Saturday, June 27, 2020

Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert ~ Review

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Get A Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And... do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

I've had a copy of Get A Life, Chloe Brown for a couple of months now, but only just picked it up because 1) I was finally in the mood for it & 2) I've been seeing teasers for book 2 (Take A Hint, Dani Brown) and am beyond excited to read it. So I figured a good way to bide my time until I had the book in my hands was to read book 1. And I am so very glad I did because just thinking about this book still makes me smile.

I LOVED these characters. Loved. Them. Chloe is strong and stubborn and sassy and funny. She also has chronic pain. I appreciated how she was such a well rounded character--her health was a focus, but it wasn't everything about her. Red is kind and sweet and healing from his past relationship. Both Red and Chloe offered tender topics into the story, and they were handled by the author with such care. 

That care speaks to Talia Hibbert's talent because this book was so delightful. The romance was constructed to easily fall in love with the couple while at the same time juggling topics that could have been heavier but were instead integrated in the story in a way that didn't make it feel weighty. And man, do I love this romance. There's banter. There's maturity. I live for couples that grow together and handle building relationships maturely. Not perfectly, because obviously everyone makes mistakes, but learning from those mistakes and making the effort to act better? Beautiful.

Speaking of growth! Along with their relationship, these individual characters had lovely growth. Chloe stepping out of her comfort zone. Red going for his dreams again. Both of them taking a chance on being together. I loved them.

Overall, Get A Life, Chloe Brown was a delightful romance that made me so happy. I adored the characters and their relationship, and I'll be thinking about this book and smiling for a long while. Now I can't wait to read about Dani Brown!

5 stars - If you enjoy romance and haven't read this one yet, you absolutely must!

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