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Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters) (edició 2019)

de Talia Hibbert (Autor)

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"Absolutely charming... a flawless balance of humor, heat, sweetness, and depth, and I loved every page." - Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Bride Test Talia Hibbert, one of contemporary romance's brightest new stars, delivers a witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who's tired of being "boring" and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things--perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang! 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...… (més)
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Títol:Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters)
Autors:Talia Hibbert (Autor)
Informació:Avon (2019), 384 pages
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I do not like contemporary romance stories. Mostly because they are so formulaic. I read far to many Mills & Boons and Harlequin romances back during high school and in my 20s, and eventually they all began sounding the same. The all used the same formula. They all had to have a conflict that causes some angst and which split the 2 lovebirds up for a time before they finally get back together. so I stopped reading them and now I dont read them at all.

The only reason I purchased Get a Life Chloe Brown was because it was going cheap at the time, and because it has been really really hyped on booktube!!

Please note that this review is explicit (dont blame me - the book is rather explicit as well!!) so I will be stating things in an explicit manner. R-Rated review -in other words. You have been warned.

It's been sitting on my TBR for months now and I finally decided that since I was not going to read it for the September read-a-thons (Bookoplathon and Magical Read-a-thon) then I would just read it now to get it over with!!

I got up to chapter 12 and there was still no angst. I know there has to be some angst and I did not want to read it so I put the book down and did not read it for a week. I picked it back up today to get this done. Sept is now just 3 days away!!!!

So basically Red is the superintendent of Chloe's apartment building and when they meet, the sparks fly and they both get electrical shocks. He falls first. Both of them have been hurt by previous relationships so they are both wary. But they are both also falling for each other.

Chloe has made a list of things she needs to do to "get a life" instead of staying at home because of her chronic pain and illness. One of the items on the list was to find herself a new Home, which means she moved out of her parents home and into an apartment where Red is the superintendent. Another item was to have "meaningless sex". A third was to go camping. A fourth item was to ride a motorcycle. And a fifth was to go dancing at a bar.

One day, Chloe finds herself stuck up a tree after trying to rescue a cat, when Red comes across her unable to get down. So he climbs up and helps her to get down. She spots his motorcycle and asks if he can take her for a ride. He agrees and the next day she goes for her first motorcycle ride around the city!! Chloe explains why she wanted a ride on a motorcycle - so Red asks how he can help her to get through her list.

Over the next few days Red takes Chloe out on the night to a bar. She does not like that experience very much. After the bar experience they both sat down in a square where he fingers her to an orgasm. Then he makes plans to take Chloe camping.

When they go camping, roast marshmallows over a small fire, ask each other 20 questions and end up having full-on sex - all very explicitly described.

The next day they pack and return home. They are about to have sex again in chloe's bedroom when Chloes (Brainless stupid) Sisters both invade her apartment and demand some answers. Then it all goes to hell when one of the sisters mentions "meaningless sex" as an item from Chloes list. An item she had not mentioned.

Red panicks and thinks Chloe is just using him, so he gets dressed and leaves. Chloe begs him not to leave, but the last words she says are quite frankly cruel -If you can leave this so easily then don't F***ing come back.

Red just gets outside her door but cannot bring himself to walk away because his heart is breaking. So is hers. He immediately apologizes, but when he asks if he can come back to talk, she says NO. How do I know you wont do this again? You dont trust me. And now I cant trust you.

It takes a week for Chloe to not break down and speak to red again. During that week, he send her small gifts and a note which she has so far refused to read. She also goes to see her grandmother Gigi and asks her why does Love have to hurt so much. How can I be guaranteed that it will never hurt. Gigi says there is No guarantee. Love is hard work, but yes people can do or say horrible things that do hurt. But Love is definitely worth it!!!

So one week after the split, Chloe finally reads Red's apology note. She then goes downstairs to his room, they both apologise again, they both say ILY and they both fall into his bed.

I was in tears when they were having their argument. I cannot believe that Chloe could be so cruel.

And on the grounds of the stupid sisters brainless interruption and mentioning the "meaningless sex" item, and thus being the DIRECT CAUSE of Chloe and Reds Breakup, I hereby swear that I will NOT be reading their stories. I like SMART women. Chloe is smart.

The 2 sisters ACT like dumb blondes and I detest reading about dumb blondes.
I know they are not dumb blondes because they are of colour!!
One of them supposedly is doing a PhD, but she sure does not ACT like she is!!
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  Robloz | Sep 23, 2021 |
Such an excellent read! It’s sucks you in and keeps you hooked the whole way through. It was funny, romantic and wholesome. I found myself constantly smiling while reading. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read. ( )
  DaisyDate | Sep 11, 2021 |
CW: talk of past abusive relationship

This book has been on my tbr since it’s release and I had a feeling I was gonna enjoy it, but I just kept putting it off. And I’m glad I did because I really needed a fun lovely book yesterday when I started it and this story really was soothing balm to the heart.

I own a couple of Talia Hibbert’s books and I think I actually DNFd one because I couldn’t connect to it much, but thankfully this was a very different experience. The writing is funny, full of witty and sarcastic quips, a swoony love story and on the whole, something that is great to read when you need a smile on your face. The pacing is steady, so it was very easy for me to complete in just a couple of sittings. The author does a brilliant job treating her character’s disabilities and mental health issues with a lot of sensitivity, and I appreciated that. I also alternated between the ebook and audiobook and I have to say that the narrator made this an even more enjoyable and entertaining experience with her voice and storytelling style.

Chloe is surviving with her invisible disability but she is finally ready to live a little. She is witty, self-deprecating, a bit prickly because she wants to protect herself from getting hurt, loves her nosy family but is also mildly annoyed when they worry about her too much. She is just a delightful character to follow and the narrator does a stunning job bringing her to life. It really hurt getting to know her backstory because we all hear stories about how medical professionals deny any diagnosis for many people suffering from chronic, and the author showed the kind of impact that can have on the overall life of a person. But Chloe is a survivor and she maybe scared of caring for someone new, but she is brave and admirable in every aspect of her life.

Redford (aka Red) is an artist who is struggling with this own past abusive relationship, is a kind, charming, sweet person who can’t stop feeling attracted to Chloe. But he also has to work to convince himself that Chloe is different from his ex and while he understands this on a subconscious level, certain situations trigger him and it broke my heart whenever he panicked. But he finally decides to start therapy because he wants to move on and I really appreciated the author normalizing the need for help.

The banter between them is a joy to read about and I loved every scene between them. The emails were particularly amusing and I was hoping for me. It’s not exactly a slow burn relationship but it never felt too fast or unrealistic, and I loved how they both respected each other’s limits and boundaries and just were there for each other in whatever way necessary. But they also had baggage which led to some misunderstandings and fights, but it was great to see that they always gave themselves and each other a chance to explain and understand what went wrong and how to work through it. It just felt like a beautiful aspirational relationship and I adored them so much.

The familial relationships in the book are also such a joy. Chloe’s family might be nosy and quirky, always up in her business, but they support her completely and were the source of a lot of laughs in the book. Red’s mother only shows up a little but the mother-son love is totally evident and their dynamic was so fun. I even enjoyed Red’s best friend Vik who was damn sarcastic and kept wishing he would show up a bit more.

To conclude, this is a beautiful and fun love story featuring two wonderful characters who’ve survived a lot and are finally trying to move on. It’s an amazing relationship based on love, respect and support and I really liked that. If you enjoy romances with witty but softhearted characters, delightful banter and a great relationship, then this is perfect for you. And I would definitely recommend the audiobook because the narrator just brings this story to life and will delight you from the first page. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Enjoyable read for our book club with Book CLubbin' with Ms. Mesha.
British humor.
A lot of fun. ( )
  ogaines | Aug 16, 2021 |
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a good book for its genre, as far as I can tell.

It’s also very much not my genre. Very much. I’ll explain why in a bit, but I wanted to start with the good stuff.

First of all, both Chloe Brown and Talia Hibbert are Black women who experience chronic pain. While I do not and therefore am not adequately equipped to give an accurate estimation of how well this story illustrates a true-life experience, I do have faith that Hibbert’s life experience informed her writing of Chloe. Characters written by members of the community who have lived experiences are always better.

The characters are all distinct and have their own needs and motivations. In romances, sometimes a single party ends up flat and objectified (the “Prince Charming” effect) and it’s good to see two fleshed out individuals in this relationship. Chloe’s sarcasm is well woven through the story and is presented both as an aspect of her personality and as a defense mechanism. I appreciated the three-dimensional view of her challenges and successes!

While the plot feels a bit cliché since it’s a checklist-driven romance, it is nonetheless cute in many ways, and the plot itself is really just the vehicle to represent the growth of this relationship and Chloe’s ascent into the person she wants to be. Hibbert was careful to express the division between Red being a romantic interest and being a “savior” character, and I think the distinction is important. These boundaries keep the relationship healthy.

Here’s why I didn’t like the book… and why many other people probably will. It’s quite steamy. Hibbert doesn’t hold back on sexual content at all. If the characters are feeling something, you definitely know it. Because of who I am, this type of story doesn’t resonate with me and if anything made me uncomfortable, but objectively I can see how Hibbert did a good job here. Early in the book it’s very much a rom-com style story, and then as things progress… well… things progress. There were some dramatic descriptions, but not too many, and the situation was immersive yet appropriately timed. Not my cup of tea, but I know there’s a huge readership for books with explicit sexual content like Get a Life, Chloe Brown and I’m happy for Hibbert’s success.

As a whole, I am not going to pick up another book by Talia Hibbert, but that’s entirely because I now know her corner of the market is not one I typically enjoy. That said, if you are into adult romances, I highly recommend picking this book up! But know that it’s quite graphic in places – it can be shocking if you’re not prepared. ( )
  Morteana | Aug 10, 2021 |
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"Absolutely charming... a flawless balance of humor, heat, sweetness, and depth, and I loved every page." - Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Bride Test Talia Hibbert, one of contemporary romance's brightest new stars, delivers a witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who's tired of being "boring" and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things--perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang! 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...

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