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REVIEW: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Book: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Series: The Brown sisters #1

Author: Talia Hibbert

Release date: 5 November 2019

Main characters: Chloe Brown, eccentric web designer whose chronic pain makes her prickly and a thorn in Redford Morgan’s side, until he takes a closer look.


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 six directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous 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…

Why you should absolutely read it: Because it has a lot of heart and, like Mary Poppins, is practically perfect in every way. I loved Chloe Brown. Like many of Hibbert’s heroines, she’s real; she’s inappropriate or socially awkward; and she has a long journey of discovery ahead of her. I wasn’t disappointed with this book OR its characters. Chloe made me empathise and wince at both her physical pain, and her inability at times to react how she ‘was supposed to’ in order to head off the looming trouble on the horizon. Her imperfections made her the perfect heroine. Red? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

  1. He’s a gentle, sexy giant of a man.
  2. He’s open and honest despite his painful past experiences.
  3. He’s sexy as hell. Did I mention that already?
  4. His love for Chloe had me swooning like someone touched by the spirit in church.

All in all, I loved the story and the snappy dialogue, the story and how it evolved. I loved how the heroine came from a background of privilege, rather than the hero and didn’t feel the need to apologise for it.

What you may not like: Not a damn thing. This is the easiest paragraph I’ve ever written. I told you it was as close to perfection as you can get and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. (I’ll just need to remove my glasses first!)

Rating: 5/5 for dialogue that rang true and for a story I will re-read again and again. Thank you Talia for another thumping good read! Looking forward to Take a Hint, Dani Brown, which is out next June.

Here’s a look at the cover:

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 steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.