“Love is certainly never safe, but it’s absolutely worth it.”
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…
Trigger Warnings: Anxiety/ chronic pain/ domestic abuse
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this book. It was refreshing, it was like a magnet to me. I couldn’t put it down before I finished it, I only stopped because well, I needed to eat at some point. I read it in a day. I did this backwards which is a bit upsetting to me and I should have researched before reading Act Your Age Eve Brown. It’s not the end of the world, you don’t need to read the books in order because they aren’t directly related but it feels right nonetheless. You catch the names of the characters from the previous books and they also appear in minor scenes so, please read them in order.
Here we follow the story of Chloe Brown, an oversized black woman with fibromyalgia and chronic pain. After a near death accident, Chloe decides to have a life worth living for and makes a bucket list. She moves to an apartment complex and everything seems perfect for her to start her bucket list, with one exception: Red Morgan.
Red is a charming and handsome man who recently got out of an abusive relationship and is really trying to move on. He’s the superintendent in his best friend’s building and is loved by everyone….except Chloe, he believes.
Then one day, they’re paths cross due to a cat stuck in a tree. After knowing a little bit of one another’s goals they decide to make a deal: Chloe builds him a website and Red helps her with her bucket list.
Chloe is an amazing character. I loved to read about her chronic illness. I think Talia describes it so well in this book and how she’s such a sassy woman. She’s so confident and I love that about her. It’s about time we start to see romance novels with oversized characters as love interests! I loved how Red was deeply ‘in love’ with her curves and how confident she was with her body.
This was such a beautiful book and I can say Talia Hibbert picked my interest indeed! I will definitely be stalking her work closely.
“Life hurts,” he said fiercely. “It’s unavoidable. But I know the difference between torture and growing pains.”
“Whether something bad is coming from your body or your brain, it makes no difference. Still feels like shit, right? Still hurts. Still needs fixing. They shouldn’t have dismissed you, even if it was in your head. When it comes down to it, everything we feel is in our heads.”
“You are a woman who, in a life filled with pain, came here to ask about love.”
“He was probably the worst kind of monster because Chloe was sick, but he still thought she was unbelievably sexy. Then he remembered that she was always sick, so maybe poor health wasn’t something that should de-sex a person.”
“Also, please take your hand off me before my uterus explodes with lust. Actually, does the uterus even feel lust? Note to self: learn more about own genitals.”
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