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Review: Get A Life, Chloe Brown (Audiobook) by Talia Hibbert

on December 11, 2020

Get A Life, Chloe Brown (Brown Sisters #1)
Talia Hibbert
Harper Audio
2019, 10 hours, 17 minutes
Personal purchased copy via Audible

Blurb {from the publisher/}:

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…

A few months ago, I bought 3 audiobooks from audible when I had a credit or 2 about to expire. I picked up Beach Read (which I loved), The Tourist Attraction (which I did not) and this book, first in a trilogy about three sisters. I’ve heard some really good things about this book and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed it immensely.

Chloe Brown is chronically ill with fibromyalgia. There are days that are a huge struggle for her and she’s been quite sheltered for the past few years. When she’s almost hit by a car and sees her life flash before her eyes, she decides to make some changes. Firstly she moves out of her family’s quite luxurious mansion, into an apartment. Then she makes a list of things she needs to do to ‘get her life’ back as it’s slowly been slipping away. Her illness has meant that most of her friends have faded from her life. Her family is well-meaning but often smothering and her life is dominated by her illness. She wants to change that and so she carves out the list of things to do to push her out of her comfort zone.

The superintendent of her new flat building is Redford Morgan, an artist floundering after his personal life imploded. He’s been given the job as super by a friend, sort of as a favour to find his feet but Red is good at it, popular with the tenants – except, at first, Chloe Brown. Chloe’s obvious wealth grates on Red, reminds him of someone else that used to be in his life but he soon realises that Chloe is very different from that person. Although they do clash at first, they settle into an exchange – Chloe will build Red a website for him to sell his art, which he wants to get back into doing and he’ll help her with her list. Because it seems that if anyone knows how to live a little dangerously, it’s Redford Morgan.

I really enjoyed a lot of the banter between Chloe and Red and the chemistry between them is off the charts. There’s good representation here as well – Chloe is a woman of colour (Jamaican background) who is also chronically ill with an invisible illness that people do not often believe is real. Red is a big, handsome, muscly ginger (a ginger romance hero! They are few and far between) who seems like a badass, with the muscles and the tattoos and the motorbike and the accent from the less posh end of town but really he’s a soft cinnamon roll. We get his thoughts and feelings too (dude has a massive hard on for pretty much everything about Chloe) and the contrast between their ways of speaking came across really well in the audio version. Chloe has this upper-crust type voice that could cut glass. I enjoyed the fact that the book explored Red’s pain at the failure of his previous relationship and what that had done to his self-esteem and image and how it also occasionally reared its head to colour his moments with Chloe. Red had a lot of emotional baggage but throughout the novel he realises that he wants to make something work with Chloe so he takes the steps to start healing himself, to be better so that he doesn’t fall back into assuming Chloe is like the person who hurt him. Sometimes he fails, because he’s human and makes mistakes – Chloe does too. She’s got baggage as well from the people she thought cared about her (friends, former partner) leaving after her illness meant that she wasn’t the same “fun” Chloe anymore. They didn’t understand, nor did they want to. Red does, he is always thinking of how he might make experiences comfortable for Chloe and he’s understanding when a bad day means she cannot do something.

I would’ve devoured this in print form but it did take me about 10ish days to listen to. Once or twice I fell asleep listening and had to skip back a bit and try and find the last bit I remembered, so I think there were probably a few chapters I missed parts of. I actually have this reserved through my local library and I’m going to read it when it comes in, even though I’ve already finished listening to it. And I am very keen to move onto the next book – we meet both of Chloe’s sisters in this one and it sounds like I’m going to (hopefully) enjoy them both.


Book #236 of 2020

2 responses to “Review: Get A Life, Chloe Brown (Audiobook) by Talia Hibbert

  1. curlygeek04 says:

    I absolutely loved this book, but I did find the narrator’s voice a bit distracting. This is maybe the only book where I listened to it in audio and then turned around and read the whole thing as an ebook. This book stands out because the characters are so interesting and I fell in love with them both. The sequel is also really good.

  2. […] highly anticipated titles releasing in 2021. I am a latecomer to this series, only listening to Get A Life, Chloe Brown in December last year and reading Take A Hint, Dani Brown in January. That was a good way to do it […]

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