Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
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.
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… (Read More)
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
After a year of hearing about this series non-stop, I finally read it and yeah … I totally understand the hype.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown follows a women called, would you believe it, Chloe Brown who decides to create a bucket lists, of sort, when she’s nearly hit by a car and her very boring life flashes before her eyes. After accomplishing the first thing on her list (moving out), she ropes Redford Morgan, the superintendent of her building, to help in exchanging for her creating him a website.
And from there we see their “I-don’t-like-you” banter turn into friendly banter to full out love confessions in banter form. I loved it.
At first the writing and overall tone of the book really threw me off. I was not expecting this book to be so English, infact I wasn’t expecting it to be set in England at all. The vibes were not what I thought they were going to be but I soon got over it.
The main of focus of the novel is, of course, on Chloe and Red and their romance which was so good. Chloe is a plus sized character of colour with chronic pain. I knew next to nothing about chronic pain beforehand and while I’m still no expert I did feel more informed.
As for Red, I loved him too. How could I not? He was a sarcastic red-headed artist with an actual heart of gold. I enjoyed reading from both characters perspectives but Reds was especially funny and entertaining. We actually learn that he is a survivor of domestic abuse from his last relationship. I thought this was super important as was seeing how that effected him in his relationship with Chloe and his recovery.
I thought the author handled everything really well. Chloe wasn’t her disability. Red wasn’t his trauma. The story wasn’t solely focused on their romance. Both the characters and the novel had layers which made everything feel really well balanced. Also the pacing, I liked how we saw things through from start to finish, it wasn’t a case of “they kiss and hook up for the first time and live happily every after. The End”.
Don’t be scared of the hype for this one. I suppose I’m adding to that hype but trust me this book 100% deserves it. I can’t wait to get around to the two companion novels which follow Chloe’s sisters.