Get into cute, witty banter from your new favorite couple. Careful where you read it though, things get steamy fast.
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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…
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Once upon a time, Chloe Brown died.
It happened on a Tuesday afternoon, of course. Disturbing things always seemed to happen on Tuesdays. Chloe suspected that day of the week was cursed, but thus far, she’d only shared her suspicions via certain internet forums—and with Dani, the weirdest of her two very weird little sisters. Dani had told Chloe that she was cracked, and that she should try positive affirmations to rid herself of her negative weekday energy.
So when Chloe heard shouts and the screech of tires, and looked to her right, and found a shiny, white Range Rover heading straight for her, her first ridiculous thought was: I’ll die on a Tuesday, and Dani will have to admit that I was right all along.
But in the end, Chloe didn’t actually die. She wasn’t even horribly injured—which was a relief, because she spent enough time in hospitals as it was. Instead, the Range Rover flew past her and slammed into the side of a coffee shop. The drunk driver’s head-on collision with a brick wall missed being a head-on collision with a flesh-and-blood Chloe by approximately three feet. Metal crunched like paper. The middle-aged lady in the driver’s seat slumped against an airbag, her crisp, blond bob swinging. Bystanders swarmed and there were shouts to call an ambulance.
Why I love it
Founder, The Stripe
At first blush, Get a Life, Chloe Brown looks like a real breeze of a read. Or maybe a sweet schmaltzy romance. And while you will be able to devour it within an afternoon (and it IS a sweet romance), it’s so much more than that. It’s a complex story about two very real, very vulnerable, very likable characters. You’ll laugh and cry (and WHOAH there are some very steamy sex scenes… don’t give this to your teenager!)
Chloe Brown is chronically ill—after getting pneumonia years ago she has fibromyalgia and is always tired and sick. Though she’s close with her family, her illness has made it difficult to have a social life. But Chloe has a plan and an utterly adorable to-do list: to help her to, quite literally, “get a life.” Things like “do something bad,” and “have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.”
When Chloe moves out of her family mansion and into an apartment building, she immediately clashes with Redford “Red” Morgan, the building’s superintendent, and an artist with some pretty heavy emotional baggage. It's hate at first sight. Though Red thinks Chloe is privileged and snobby and Chloe finds Red to be equally grating, they ultimately develop a friendship when Chloe offers to build a website for Red to showcase his artwork. Soon, Red is helping her check some of the things off of her list...
As with all great rom-coms, the tables eventually turn and Chloe and Red each find themselves falling hard. But will they be able to overcome Red’s emotional baggage and Chloe’s inability to trust? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
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Pure Perfection! Relatable heroine✔️ Swoon worthy hero✔️ Exploration of health, wellness, and ableism✔️ Exploration of toxic relationships✔️ All of the above handled with care, humor, and love✔️✔️
❤️❤️❤️ a fun light read. Perfect for getting out of a reading slump. I finished this book in a day. I was rooting for Chloe and just genuinely happy to know she’s happy. Like she’s a real friend????
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Chloe and Red’s relationship develop. And I won’t lie, I didn’t mind the sex scenes! The only bad thing I have to say is that Chlor was a little too whiny for my liking.
Witty, charming, funny and relatable. This book will have you hooked right from the first page. If this isn’t already on your bookshelf, change that now! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry.. YOU’RE WELCOME.
I loved this book. The only thing I didn’t like was the constant mention of Chloe being soft and her round middle. She is a curvy girl. We get it. We don’t need a reminder every time Red touched her.