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…
What happens when you’re several feet away from being run over by a car, and you realize that your life flashing by your eyes was not very… exciting? For Chloe Brown, it was a wake-up call to “get a life” and really live without hesitation. And thus begins our bucket-list romance, with a super hot superintendent riding along to help Chloe reclaim her life.
I thought Chloe’s voice was full of energy and life. She’s a coder that designs websites and the like, and ends up with a proposition for the hot building superintendent, Red: she’ll design his art website for free, if he helps her check off her “Get a Life” list. Red himself is super attracted to her and wants to spend more time with this mysterious rich girl who has such a lively personality, so of course he agrees!
Chloe’s humor and wit really shone, despite tough times that led to a lost social life. I loved seeing the fibromyalgia representation (where she has chronic pain), and how it was seamlessly woven into her daily routine and narrative. You could tell how strong she is not only because of her list(s) and determination, but also her big heart, which is shown through tender moments such as housing a ‘stray’ cat and getting attached to him. I really loved her, and was rooting for her all the way. Red, on the other hand, is an artist who is trying to find his groove back after a painful event in the past involving an abusive ex. My heart went out to this Sweet Boy (by the way, he’s a Mama’s Boy hee-hee) and his art slump. I love how patient he was with Chloe and his tender heart, which makes him perfect as a superintendent as he helps all the residents with their small building problems. Both Chloe and Red had so much heart, and it was lovely to see their interactions as they slowly opened up to each other.
The chemistry is super there too! But for me, the tender emotions that Chloe and Red made me feel really made this book shine. They were both super mature characters, and the conflicts that came up were handled with grace and humility. There’s something about these realistic, healthy, and wholesome interactions that just make me heart SING. Chloe and Red are so lovable individually, and they work so harmoniously together.
I read this book in preparation for the second book (that focuses on one of Chloe’s sisters) that’s releasing tomorrow! I’ve definitely become a fan of Hibbert’s lovely writing (that does gravitate a bit heavier at times), and am super excited to read Dani’s story. GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN starts off with Chloe’s bucket list, but ends with her finding more than she could ever imagine. Oh, and that ending? Perfection.
physical/emotional abuse from past partner, racial microaggressions, classism
Would you ever write a bucket list for yourself/do you have one? Let me know your thoughts!