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GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN BY TALIA HIBBERT // spoiler-free book review: how my first venture into adult romance went

Hello there my friends.

How are ya holding up? I hope you’re okay.

Today’s post is going to be… fun. And different. And yeah. Let’s just get into it I guess.

Title: Get A Life, Chloe Brown
Series: The Brown Sisters book #1
Author: Talia Hibbert
Page count: 373
Date published: 5 November 2019
Genre: Adult romance

Synopsis:

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…

STAR RATING: (3 out of 5 stars)

Big thanks to Libro.fm for gifting me with an ALC audiobook copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

So this is a weird review because I genuinely feel like I have NOTHING to say but also A LOT to say? It’s weird.

Anyways so this book is my first venture into the adult romance genre (as you saw from the title), for sure a genre I want to try more of. And it was… interesting?

First off, I really loved the audiobook narrator. I thought she was great. I didn’t listen to the entire book, I read some of it via ebook but I was loving the narrator. She did such a great job. Truly. Her voice was just YES.

The writing!! It’s great. I loved how descriptive it was, but how it also remained simple and easy to consume. I also LOVED how funny this book was. The characters are witty and make very relatable jokes and I was LIVING.

And wow the representation. Was that fantastic or what!! Our main character, Chloe Brown is black, plus-size AND has a chronic illness (fibromyalgia). Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m also pretty sure it’s own voices. I just LOVE that. I really enjoyed Chloe as the main character, especially learning more about her illness. It was just one of my favourite aspects of the book. And then Redford was in an abusive relationship, which is something I haven’t read a lot about.

Also, I read this book SO freaking fast, literally in under 24 hours. It was super addictive and had such a fun time.

But you’re probably like ‘Ruby why is your rating so much lower than usual?’. Yeah, I generally am quite easy to please, or rather I know my taste quite well so I rarely rate books low. So three stars is rare for me (I’ve actually read quite a few of them this year oh well I guess that’s changing now), but this book is in no way bad. I didn’t hate it at all, it just didn’t do too much for me, and the aspects that I did enjoy didn’t overpower what I didn’t if that makes sense?

For instance, this is purely a “me” problem. And I didn’t know that Talia Hibbert is more of a smut author. I’m not a prude, I can read smut, I don’t get grossed out or anything. But I was NOT WARNED that this book had smutty scenes. The cover did NOT allude to that facet, which is super cutesy and I went in expecting a PG13 Christina Lauren adult romance. And NOBODY warned me. So yeah that was a thing that I experienced.

The other aspect that I didn’t quite click with was the fact that at first, I truly shipped the romance, they had chemistry. But like, it all happened way too fast. Like I shipped them but wanted more of slow-burn and for their relationship to develop more. I usually LOVE when they just get together but yeah I felt like they needed a bit more time because this was lowkey insta-love. Their chemistry didn’t have enough work put in for them to get together so fast. Which is why overall I didn’t LOVE the romance scenes because I didn’t feel connected.

That being said, I LOVED how sweet Redford was. He was so lovely toward Chloe and her illness. I really loved those scenes. Even though he sometimes kinda sucked and made me mad.

Another critique of mine, which is maybe also a ‘me’ thing, but I really HATE the use of the c-, p- and t- words. I know they’re used in smut all the time, but dang they make me uncomfortable. I just find them very degrading and it really makes me cringe and lowkey want to vomit? Not to be dramatic. It’s just a no from me.

But I do for sure want to read the sequel/companion novel Take A Hint, Dani Brown! I really liked Chloe’s sisters and definitely want to learn more about them. I’m also now warned that it could be smutty welp.

“You think this is a big deal because, no offense, you’ve had a lot of people in your life who claimed to care about you but didn’t act like it. That’s not me. I can cook, and right now, you can’t. So I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps. Don’t think about it too hard.”

“Bravery wasn’t an identity, so much as a choice.”

“You always say such lovely things to me, Red. Do you say them to yourself?”


HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? DID YOU ENJOY IT? DO YOU HAVE ANY ADULT ROMANCE RECOMMENDATIONS I NEED TO READ? LET ME KNOW!

xo

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