Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Summary: 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. But it’s not easy getting out of your comfort zone, 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 Morgan, a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and sex appeal. But when she enlists Red in her mission, 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…
Note: an eARC of this title was acquired via NetGalley.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown was a cute, sexy story featuring a disabled, fat protagonist and an interracial romance—which should have made me go 😍—but the book was never more than just…good. Not fantastic. Not amazing. Not “you have to read this now“. Just… good. I could understand why both Chloe and love-interest Red were at odds upon first meeting, why they were both hesitant to deepen their friendship into romance, and why they hit the climactic speed-bump. But, even with the super steamy sex scenes, everything else was kind of bland.
I think I expected the book to pivot around Chloe’s fibromyalgia, or Red’s unprocessed trauma, or even their disparate class differences, but as soon as anything about any of those topics was mentioned, Talia Hibbert quickly smoothed things over. Like, Red is super supportive of Chloe and her limitations—and, yes, okay, it’s absolutely fucking adorable and Chloe is never made to feel othered by the person she’s meant to fall in love with—but still… just a bit boring. And Red clearly is Going Through Some Shit from a past abusive relationship, but, again, he works through his grief and his anger and makes it out on the other side.
Since this was my first Hibbert novel, I don’t know if everything she writes is merely okay-ish or if her getting traditionally published meant the book needed to mosey toward its HEA rather than, say, do some HIIT. And I also can’t say if you’ll get the same reading experience out of Get a Life, Chloe Brown as I did. Maybe you’ll absolutely love it and wait expectantly for the rest of the Brown Sisters series. Maybe you’ll immediately acquire everything Hibbert’s ever published and read until you can’t see straight. Me? I’ll put Take a Hint, Dani Brown on my tbr and call it a day.