REVIEW: TALIA HIBBERT – GET A LIFE CHLOE BROWN

REVIEW: TALIA HIBBERT – GET A LIFE CHLOE BROWNGet a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
Published by Avon on November 5, 2019
Genres: RomCom
Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Avon
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Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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four-stars

Talia Hibbert, one of contemporary romance’s brightest new stars, delivers a witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who’s tired of being “boring” and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things—perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang.

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 glamourous 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…

GET A LIFE CHLOE BROWN

by Talia Hibbert

While it took me longer than usual to make it through this story I want to emphasize that this is on me and not the author. I’ve been in a bit of a slump and it’s kinda hard to get out of it.

When Chloe Brown is almost hit by a car she decides to take this as a sign to re-evaluate her life and start over. Despite struggling with Fybromyalgia she moves out of the parental home and gets an apartment, where she meets the delicious superintendent of the apartment house, Redford Morgan. Admittedly it takes a while to warm up to her. She’s a bit of a grouch because she’s always in pain but at no time I got annoyed with her. It was clear that her condition really took a lot out of her. Chloe was a very intelligent heroine, outspoken, a little prickly but later in the story really sweet and lovable after polishing up her social skills again which she’d neglected after falling ill.

While Red’s thoughts about Chloe weren’t friendly at the start he soon discovered what a softie Chloe was on the inside. I loved how he knew how to handle her prickly nature, how sensitive he was to her needs, how he wooed her once he found her golden core.

“I can’t believe you thought I was a snob.”
“Neither can I. You’re just a cute little hermit who hisses at sunlight.”

But there was also a darkness about Red which we experience in the last couple of chapters and boy, let me tell you, they were pretty angsty. Red and Chloe’s feelings were plain to see and while they were so incredibly different they shared a fundamental distrust in the other gender and that, predictably caused some disturbance in the force. I’m absolutely in love with the way the author solved this big conflict and how Red realized his mistake almost instantly.

He loved Chloe. He loved Chloe like a blank canvas and a finished piece and all the exhilarating, painful, stop-and-start moments in between.

Get a Life Chloe Brown is a low-angst, steamy sweet rom-com and I have to say, Talia Hibbert’s writing style is a thing of beauty. Her humor is totally my jam and her dialogues are some of the best I’ve read. I think this story would have benefited from a little more angst but other than that I don’t have any complaints at all. Chloe has two sisters and I’m looking forward to getting their stories!

“You know, for such a funny-sounding word, fibromyalgia is—”
“A motherfucker.”
“Chloe! Did you just swear? You never swear.” He paused. “That was fun. Do it again.”
“No,” she said primly

About Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia publishes independently via Nixon House and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.

four-stars

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