You know when you read a book and immediately think, well now I have to go read every single book this author has ever written, well that was me and Get a Life, Chloe Brown.
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.
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…
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
Get A Life, Chloe Brown is delightful. It’s a story about Chloe Brown, a chronically ill and geeky heroine, and Redford Morgan, a very handsome handyman with a very soft heart. There is plenty of chemistry, scorching attraction, and wonderful banter between them. But at its heart, it’s also a story about the idea of becoming more adventurous, of needing someone who can soothe our wounds. There’s tender relationships between sisters, class differences, and our fear of being alone.
Sparks fly not only as each of them deny their attraction to each other, but they also experience class differences between them – Chloe’s impeccable propriety and Red’s usage of slang and motorcycle riding persona. Not only that, but each of them struggle with their own challenges – our fear of being alone, scars from traumatic toxic relationships in the past, and confronting our fears.
At the same time, how could I not adore Chloe? She’s a chronically ill tech savvy heroine who is obsessed with lists. Totally my type. And she isn’t afraid to tackle the issues we hold closest to our hearts or her vulnerabilities in her narration – how she feels like her life has a distinct pre and post feeling to her diagnosis, how it felt to not be believed by her partner, how Chloe copes with her pain. I give this book five stars alone just for Chloe!
Ultimately, Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a story that will warm your heart. It will give you a new relationship to root for, a heroine who is strong and keeping some secrets of her past, and a handyman who will steal your heart. I can’t say enough good things about this book and emphatically recommend if you’re in the mood for romance.