Life isn’t easy. Love isn’t easy. In the end they’re both pains in the ass but what I’ve learned in my old age (yes, my old old age of 30) is that laughter is pretty much the best medicine and it will get you through a lot of hard times. Laughter and love goes a long way and it heals you. Not completely, of course not, but enough to just give you that extra push.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a great example of this.
Chloe Brown is a woman of lists. Chronically ill and recently ailing from a near death experience she has come up with a new list to help her “Get a Life,”. Slash one off her list: moving out on her own.
After moving out she encounters her new apartment building’s handyman Redford ‘Red’ who somehow becomes entangled in helping her out with her list.
This is a love story of no other. One that involves gorgeous paintings, bike riding, and uncovering what makes two true opposites truly tick.
From the beginning I knew this book for me. Talia Hibbert tells a story that’s so wholly romantic yet funny that you’ll coo one moment and snicker with laughter the very next. Chloe Brown is prissy, eyeroll induicing, and completely relatable. This is a woman much about her shit and who she is and I for one commend her. I also love how we have a character who suffers from chronic pain and is very much I am in pain and I will not shy away from that fact. It’s so nice to see that representation especially in a black character.
Likewise Red is a great character as well with his past relationship issues. Everyone has a past. There’s good and there’s bad and Talia Hibbert does a great job in weaving it all together and keeping the story lighthearted and funny at the same time.
Plus, PLUS we have SMUDGE THE CAT.
I’ll be real. When I received this e-arc I was going through a bad breakup when I detested everything romance. I wanted nothing to do with happiness or love or anything resembling the goodness of couples. The thought made me cringe.
This book made me feel a way though. It didn’t make my feelings sink with despair or my heart ache. I was happy for Chloe and Red and felt hopeful for myself as well. Talia Hibbert is a talented author and does a great job with creating characters that while aren’t perfect are relatable and that’s what makes everything mesh so well.
Expected publication: November 5th 2019 by Avon