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…
“His focus was formidable, it stilled the earth and stopped time. It made her feel…
But that was it. That was all. Red’s focus simply made her feel.”
I. Loved. This. Book!
I requested it months ago from the library, and by the time I got the hold I had completely forgotten what it was even about! Reading this blind may be even better than going in knowing what it is about, let me tell you. I had so much fun in the beginning without knowing anything about anything. You should try it sometime.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a contemporary romance, and it didn’t really hold any true surprises. It is easy to see from the beginning who is going to be the love interest and everything. What did surprise me is that I had no idea that Chloe Brown is chronically ill. She lives with pain and low energy and she is sometimes not able to get everything she wanted (or needed) to do in a day. She has a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia which I don’t think I have ever seen represented in anything before.
A quick note about Fibromyalgia: it is a disease that disproportionately affects women. For every 9 women that are diagnosed with the disease, 1 male is. According to this study I found, a diagnosis takes an average of 2.3 years and 3.7 physicians. Due to biases in medicine, and the nature of the disease (pain and fatigue being the key symptoms, chronically dismissed as “everyone gets like that sometimes”), getting a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is difficult. I’m proud of Chloe and her family for sticking through and getting the help she needs. It helps that they are rich, but..you know. if you’re interested, I recommend reading that study.
Back to our regularly scheduled review.
Ever since her diagnosis, Chloe Brown has not been living life like she used to. Or living life at all. She doesn’t really go anywhere or do anything anymore. After a near death wake up call, Chloe decides to get her life back. She has created a list of things she thinks she should do so she officially has a life again. Step one, move out of the family home.
Where she meets Redford ‘Red’ Morgan who is an artist currently working as a handyman for the place Chloe moves into, as he gets back on his feet after a bad break up. He also just happens to have the perfect skillset to help Chloe on her “Get a Life” list.
I really loved reading about these two. They think the other hates them in the beginning, then Red catches Chloe in a tree she climbed to rescue a cat, and it just really starts to blossom from there. These characters are adorable, and they are fun to read about. And Chloe is kind of ridiculous because she doesn’t actually really want to do the things on her list, she just feels like she should. And Red is all twisted up inside after his terrible ex screwed him up. Which is like my catnip.
I enjoyed the hell out of Get a Life Chloe Brown and I read it in one sitting.