Aw, this was cute and fun. Just finished this book as an audiobook on Scribd. In this past week, I started reading several books but it felt like I needed something lighter. I’ve been busy with doctor’s visits, checking up on my mental health, general health check and also had an appointment with my caseworker. It has been a bit straining for my brain, so this book was just like a fresh breeze of hope and love.
Something cute ❤
Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Humor, Adult Fiction, Disability, Chick Lit
Author: Talia Hibbert
Length: 373 pages, 10 hours and 17 minutes in audiobook format
Stars: 5 out of 5, very nice
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: TALIA HIBBERT
Hibbert was born in the UK and she is a New York Times, USA Today AND a Wall Street Journal bestselling author! She currently lives in a bedroom full of books in the English Midlands. Apparently, there is supposed to be a world beyond that room “but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate”. Sounds vaguely familiar…I do not know anyone who could relate to this AT ALL sarcasm.
If you take a look at Hibbert’s website, you will instantly see what she specialises in – Sexy, diverse romance.
Interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.
About the book and my thoughts
If the title didn’t give it away our main character is big sister Chloe Brown – a web-designer suffering from the chronic illness Fibromyalgia. Chloe has lived a rather sheltered life and due to her pain, she tends to push people away. Her illness has affected her past relationships and it is therefore important to her not to show when she’s in pain. Despite this, she has still maintained a wonderful relationship with her family – especially with her two younger sisters, Dani and Eve (our main characters in the sequels). The sisters are of a posh stock and have never wanted for anything, and despite being a grown woman over 30, Chloe still lives with her parents. It is mainly due to practical reasons since it’s for the safety of Chloe – in case she has a sudden ill effect of Fibromyalgia. After a traumatic life-changing event, Chloe realises that her life has been dull, to say the least. Imagining what kind of memory she will leave behind in case of her death, she decides to do something about it. She does what she good at – making a list. See, making a list was the easy part but following through with it is something completely different. The first tik off her list – moving out of her family’s home – was easy, but since then her list hasn’t gone anywhere. Enter, Redford “Red” Morgan.
Red is the superintendent of the building in which Chloe lives in. He’s a caring man with a rough exterior. All tough on the outside, but soft as a marshmallow on the inside. Red gets along great with everyone. Well, everyone, except Chloe. After an incident with a cat in a tree, the two get to talking and despite some banter back and forth they agree upon giving each other a hand. Chloe helps Red with a website for his art, and Red helps Chloe with getting through her list.
Following their relationship is a sweet and enjoyable ride. There’s this Pride & Prejudice feel about the story. Red has his prejudice towards Chloe, especially because she comes off as posh and stand-offish. Chloe is proud and scared of showing weakness. They both have these flaws due to experiences in their pasts, and in finding each other – connecting – they work towards moving through their flaws. I love how they both have something to get through, and yet they still have empathy and care for one another. So this book is Pride & Prejudice with art, chronic pain and sex.
This isn’t erotica, but a romantic comedy containing sex. The sexy bits surprised me – I was not prepared for that, but they were fun!
The reader who’ll enjoy this is someone who likes romantic comedies, banter, and does not shy away from sex scenes – and especially that lust and yearning two people can feel towards each other.
Portraying chronic illness and pain
I do not personally suffer from chronic illness or chronic pain, but I have seen someone close to me suffering. Reading this book, and seeing how Chloe’s Fibromyalgia is portrayed – I could recognise what I saw. A woman, who is in pain daily – always in pain and thunders right through it. A woman who works her ass off, despite being in pain. She’ll hurt herself by helping others. She feels apologetic for being in pain. She is a strong woman and I adore seeing her through Red’s eyes. He sees her pain and he sees her strength – even when she feels weak. Sometimes we just have to remind the person in pain to relax and listen to their body. Even when you are in pain you still deserve to have a life and be happy.
If you’ve read this book, please let me know what you think and whether or not you loved it as much as I do 🙂