Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel

Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel

by Talia Hibbert

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Overview

“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 thingsperfect 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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062941206
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Series: Brown Sisters , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 33,719
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
EastsideFan 22 hours ago
Get a Life, Chloe Brown, is a fantastic contemporary romance. Chloe and Red begin with intense dislike for each other, that is based on mistaken beliefs about the other. A cat in a tree and a rescue attempt, makes for the best opportunity to begin to figure out that each was wrong about the other. Chloe is everything I love. She is perfectly imperfect. She's gun-shy because of lost friends and lost relationships in her past, but also smart enough to stop and think and wonder if she did the right thing or made a mistake or jumped to conclusions. I love the introspection. I also love her organization and notebooks and lists, especially THE LIST that is at the heart of this story. Who hasn't made a list, with the intention that "this is how I will (fill in the blank)." Chloe wants her life to be more, so she's putting it out there in the universe and is taking action. Chloe enlists Red to help her check off a couple of experiences. Along the way, Red learns that the list is not just checking boxes, it is living life. Some of Chloe rubs off on him, too, so that he takes action to make his own life the "more" that he wants.. And together they fall in love. I don't often cry at a book, but this one may have brought a tear or two. The road to HEA is not straight or smooth, but when the two MCs are willing to do the work, it's even more satisfying. I applaud the great representation of a character with an autoimmune condition. Chloe's fibro impacts her world and her life in very real ways, and that is treated sensitively and accurately. We also see how those around Chloe handle her illness, both those who help and those who leave. Red is the best kind of partner, asking what is needed, how to help, recognizing signs without making a big deal of it. Representation matters! The heat level is HIGH and on the page. Surrounding Red and Chloe are a cast of characters that add some balance, some common sense, some humor, some color to their lives and the world they live in. I'm looking forward to meeting more of Chloe's family. This is the first book by Talia Hibbert that I've read and I'll be looking for more. Highly recommended to all romance fans. CW: prior abusive relationship (author includes this CW), class issues, one scene addressing racism
Samantha1020 3 days ago
This may be one of the most adorable books that I've read in a really long time! I enjoyed it so much that I found myself grinning at my e-reader at times. Because I'm that person apparently and this book was also that good. Let's start off by talking about Chloe and how much of an enjoyable character she was. Because you just don't see (in my experience at least) main characters that are not only diverse but also that have a chronic illness which isn't glossed over. Let me be the first person to say that I cannot speak to any of the above as I'm neither of these two things. I cannot speak to the accuracy but I can speak to how this book made me feel - and it made me feel so good! It was a nice change of pace to read a book where the chronic illness wasn't the point of the story but it was an important factor and was acknowledged throughout the entire book. Chloe has good days and she has bad days with her illness and this felt real to me. I'm sure that her experiences and symptoms are not the same as everyone that has fibromyalgia and that's okay. I just feel like this book helped to shine a light (however big or small) on what life is like for individuals living with chronic illnesses. And then we had a character like Red who was just perfection as well. Red's got some major relationship issues thanks to a past relationship but that doesn't stop him from being just about the most adorable love interest that I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. And the chemistry between these two was just complete perfection! Okay, I'm going to get slightly spoiler-ey here so if you aren't here for that move on to next paragraph. I do have to also say here how much I enjoyed the fact that the relationship between Chloe and Red developed naturally without any huge misunderstandings or angst. Yes, there is a few blips here and there but they were minor looking back which just really fit my reading mood perfectly. I enjoy an angsty romance when I'm in the right mood but I didn't feel like this book was that which I really appreciated (because apparently that is NOT what I wanted without even knowing it). Overall, I read this one with a smile on my face which should tell you everything that you need to know. I even found myself highlighting passages on my e-reader (which I hardly ever do) because the writing was just perfection. It was the perfect blend of humor and adorableness all rolled into one really great book! I'm really excited that this is my first book by Talia Hibbert because it won't be my last! I actually already have one of her other books on my e-reader but then when I finished this one I realized that it was beginning a series. AND I AM HERE FOR ALL OF THE BOOKS in this series! Like seriously! I cannot wait to see what else she comes up with next! I would recommend this book to fans of romance, contemporary romance, rom com readers, and just those that enjoy a really adorable book with a nice steam factor. An easy book for me to recommend! Bottom Line: A really great book that I couldn't help but enjoy from the very first page! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley. Honest thoughts are my own.
JezzaBelle 5 days ago
While I adore the cover of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, I have to say it is a little deceiving. It makes you think you are about to read a light and fluffy RomCom, when in reality, what you get is something far greater. This book was an enlightened emotional roller-coaster that was smart and snarky with its humor and whimsical in its refinement of the reader. In Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Chloe has determined that her life has become tedious. In order to combat a boring future, Chloe makes a sort of bucket list of things she feels she needs to do in order to prove that she indeed can be delightful and interesting. Unfortunately, Chloe's illness prevents her from accomplishing many of the items on the list without major help. Fairly recently independent Chloe enlists the help of Red, her neighbor who is an artist and also the superintendent of her building. Unbeknownst to each other, Chloe and Red each find the other attractive, but they have somehow gotten off on the wrong foot. Red thinks that Chloe is condescending and uppity and Chloe finds Red grumpy and boorish. As they make their way through Chloe's list, they open up to each other and begin to see things that were previously hidden to them. I enjoyed watching Chloe try new things as her sexy neighbor learns that what he saw as Chloe’s snobbish and rude behavior is really her enduring pain and coping with the way her body has turned against her. Chloe begins to peel back Red's layers of baggage and finds his past has left him altered and only Red can determine if the changes are for the good. This book was a fabulous insight into an illness I previously knew very little about as well as an entertaining story with romance that made my toes tingle.
Anonymous 5 days ago
The synopsis on this book was wonderful but the execution was lacking. I was definitely going into this one with a lot of hopes and expectations. I was expecting a quick, quirky romance story. What I received was just meh. It took me a very long time to get into this story and I was not expecting to struggle through this romance. The characters were not all that interesting. I enjoyed certain aspects of each character, but overall there was a lack of chemistry between all of the characters including the dialogue between other minor characters. The sex scenes were also very flat, the dialogue in those "steamy" parts just didn't fit my understanding of the characters. What I enjoyed was the own voices perspective regarding chronic pain and etc. Overall, the romance is what was lacking and caused me to lose interest all together. Despite this I am willing to give the author another chance. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Kindle_Loving_Mom 6 days ago
This book was an emotionally satisfying delight! It's my first by this author, and I adored it. Chloe Brown needs to figure out her life. She's become boring, stagnant, and dull. Then, a near-death experience causes her to reexamine her life choices and come up with a new plan. But, her chronic illness tries it's best to hold her back, and her family smothers her to no end, and she can't really do anything until she moves out of the family home. So, she makes a list, and executes the first item, by leasing her own flat. She has no idea where to go from there, until she's inspired to cross off another item on the list when she accidentally, and then on purpose, spies on her sexy, but infuriating, apartment superintendent. Maybe he can help her with some other items on her list too? Redford Morgan was an up and coming artist in London, until his toxic, abusive relationship imploded, and he took all his art out of every gallery in town, and moved home to lick his wounds. His best friend owns an apartment building, and gave him the job as the super (and the apartment that came with it), to give him a place to lie low for a while. When posh, snobby Chloe moves in the building, he can't figure out why he's attracted to her, even as she's constantly rude to him. He's afraid he's falling into old patterns, and tries to just stay away from her. Until she needs help, and he can't ignore her. Everything after that changes both of their lives forever. Red and Chloe had a very strong connection, and it was a constant push and pull between them. For a while, they couldn't decide if they even liked each other, and I loved watching them come to terms with the ways they were changing each other's lives. They both really had to be brave, in similar (and different) ways, to decide to try to be together. And when it all fell apart, they both were to blame in their own ways too. But, I love an epic grovel, and Red delivered his in spades. Chloe's family was hysterical, and I can't wait to learn more about her sisters in future books! Her grandmother, Gigi, was priceless as well, and I really felt like I knew them all. Red's mom was also a trip, and I loved how he took care of her. Ultimately this story was a lot about who is in your corner when you need them, and both of them had family members they could really count on, which I loved. I found this story so touching, and I enjoyed the cadence and pace of the author's writing. I laughed a ton, but I cried too, and I always love a story that makes me feel deeply, without feeling taken advantage of emotionally. The author really took us on a journey of these two people learning to trust themselves again, by learning to trust each other. It gave me all the feels, and I highly recommend it!
Readaholic19 6 days ago
Let me start this review by stating how much I loved Talia Hibbert's writing style! I loved the way the writing made me laugh, but also how much I felt for these amazing characters. I'm so glad that I was able to read an early review copy Get A Life, Chloe Brown , because I have definitely found a new favorite author. This book was such a wonderful and refreshing romance. The story follows Chloe Brown, who is ready to make a change and start living a bit dangerously. You see, Chloe is chronically ill and she's had it with being careful all the time. Number one on her list is moving out of her parents house and in to her own place and that's where her path crosses with Red Morgan, the superintendent of the building she is renting. I loved the banter between Red and Chloe! Chloe is so buttoned up (see what I did there) and Red is the opposite of her. He's sexy, rides a motorcycle and has multiple tattoos. That's when Chloe and Red form a pact - he helps her achieve the goals on her list and she helps him create a website for his other passion - art. Seeing Chloe and Red's relationship evolve was such a joy. I really like how Red and Chloe truly started out as friends. Not just because they want to be linked together romantically, but because they recognize some part in the other and want the best for each other. Red was such a sweetheart and I loved his nickname for Chloe (Button - so cute!), but also how much strength he sees in her even when she doesn't feel it or see it herself. And I loved Chloe for her bravery and venturing out of her comfort zone. We get so accustomed to doing the same thing and change is so so hard. Both of these characters have their own complex issues, but I love the way they communicated. They didn't let a miscommunication or misunderstanding get in their way (for too long at least). I quite simply loved everything about this book! Thank you Talia Hibbert for writing such a sweet, romantic book that also dealt with real issues. I seriously can't wait to read the next book in the series! **ARC provided by Edelweiss and Avon in exchange for my honest review**
JW88 6 days ago
Chloe Brown is a woman on a mission. After suffering losses in her life following the diagnosis of a chronic illness, Chloe has become a bit of shut-in. With the encouragement of her sisters, she develops a list on how to get her life back on track. With the help of her sexy building superintendent, she slowly begins crossing items off her list and begins to get her life back. The book is charming and kept my interest throughout. I appreciate the fact that the author has developed a character with a chronic illness which gives some insight into living a life with constant pain/discomfort and how life goes on. Chloe is a woman you just want to take care of - a similar experience I found while reading Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine. However, a few lusty scenes will completely disassociate any similarities with the aforementioned book. Thank you to Edelweiss + and HarperCollins for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here. I rate this book a solid 4.5/5 stars.
Kenzi_Elizabeth 6 days ago
I LOVED this book. This is the first of Talia Hibbert's books that I've read, and I'm hooked. Her character development was out of this world. This book touched all the right places that a romance should. NOT TO MENTION, and probably most important, this book has a chronically ill (and an invisible illness at that), over-weight, black girl as it's main character. They do focus on the chronic illness a bunch, as it is critical to the story, but the other two are mentioned casually and that's that. Talk about class, and not to mention the importance of those things. Hibbert did these in such a way that any person reading about Chloe could relate to her struggle, and this is extremely important for the unrepresented population who will read this! This book was just the right amounts of steamy, sweet, and funny. I think I might be in love with Red as well (don't tell my boyfriend)! It was cheesy in all the good ways, and the writing was fabulous. I'm officially a Talia Hibbert fan, thanks to this incredible story. I can't wait to see what comes next!
Cortingbooks 6 days ago
“Some of us have so many marginalizations, we might drown if we let all the little hurts flood in. So there are those, like me, who filter. I think you’ve noticed that I filter a lot. It’s not some inbuilt shield made of money. It’s just something I’m forced to do.” When Chloe Brown has a near death experience she decides that is the Universe’s way of telling her she needs to get a life. Because of her chronic pain she has been living a pretty sheltered life and decides she no longer wants to live that way. This delightful little rom com was just was I needed at the moment. All the characters have a witty sense of humor that had me laughing from the first page. Get A Life, Chloe Brown is an enemies to lovers romance and that is one of my favorite tropes. Chloe and Red can barely stand to be in the same room with each other but a weird situation involving a cat in a tree brings them together and from there sparks fly and they began there trip down the road to their HEA. There emails back and forth with each other made me loud out loud. I think I have a thing for couples writing letters/emails/notes to each other in romance novels. It’s so cute. One of the things I really appreciated about this book is that it shines a light on the some of the poor and discriminatory treatment people with disabilities face every day. While I’m sure there are other books out there that may bring this issue to the forefront it was my first time seeing it in a romance novel. Once again Hibbert brought to life an amazing group of characters that I’ve enjoyed reading about. Chloe and her sisters are hilarious, and I’m so glad they each will be getting their own book.