Get a Life Chloe, Brown – Published 2019
“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…” – Goodreads
I am late to the party on this one, I know. And full disclosure, it took me a while to get into. It was my before bed ebook for weeks, and most of the time I could only get through a couple of pages before falling asleep. About a quarter or maybe halfway through, though, it hid its stride and I was able to quickly finish the rest and enjoy it. I think it started slow to me because it took a bit for Red to open up.
Redford, Red, is perfect in every way and should be protected at all costs. He’s emotional, he’s in therapy, he’s close to his mom, he’s honest, he’s considerate, and he’s sexy. He does come with his own emotional baggage, but he doesn’t try to hide it, and he is fully aware that it’s affected him (hence the therapy). Chloe’s got a lot going on emotionally and physically. She lives in constant pain and struggles with day to day activities. Red is so sweet and tender with her, without being seen as a savior. While she absolutely can take care of herself, Red wants to make her life easier out of respect.
While this one is FULL STEAM, I did find the sex scenes a little jarring, because the rest of the book is so endearing. It flipped a switch so quickly that it took me by surprise, and while I appreciate characters having multiple sides to them, it still seemed a little out of place at times.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s sexy, and you’ll love both characters!