Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So I bought this one in January for my Nerdy Romantics Book Club Discussion. I had recommended it, because others in the industry recommended it. But I was hesitant because our first selection did not go over well. After 2 reads, my fears were gone! This is a great book!
Premise: Chloe Brown, a privileged young woman living with fibromyalgia, has a near-death experience that makes her realize she’s got some real living left to do. So, she makes a bucket list, moves out of her parents’ mans, and tries to “get a life” by completing the things on that list. Enter Redford, building Super and artistic hunky redhead. He might have lived just enough to help her with her list…
The Characters, the story, the Sex:
The story is a classic enemies-to-lovers with Chloe as the curmudgeonly loner and Red as the understanding, genuine good guy. Watching these two get together is so adorable and so funny! But they aren’t the only truly adorbs characters. Grandma Brown, Chloe’s sisters Dani and Ellie, and Aunt Mary are great! Red’s bestie Vikram is so dude-bro hilarious.
The story was well-paced and funny. The second time I read it, I read most of it in one day, just re-living some of the more hilarious scenes–asking the EMT for chocolate, the first “business meeting” between Red and Chloe, The art gallery (one of my favorite lines of the whole book is in this scene). I felt like I was in this world and having a great time with these people! But not only do you get hilariously funny, you get poignant scenes where Chloe’s disability gets the better of her. If you don’t know how fibromyalgia affects people, or don’t know what it is, this story will give you a real life picture. This was so well-written.
The sex is open-door and so cute and steamy and funny. Just authentic-feeling. Like these are how these two people would act together. I love a good authentic sexy scene–where funny people stay in character, but still manage to be romantic..and hot! OMG I love this couple!
Overall:Straight up awesome book. When I feel like I could be in the story, rather than just “watching it on TV,” that’s when a book goes from a 4 to a 5 to me. And that’s what this does here. This is the first in a series, with a book about sister Dani coming next in 2020. I can’t wait! Just in time for a good beach read!
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