Chloe Brown’s List To Getting A Life

Chloe’s husky timbre and the memories it triggered were the only warnings he received before rounding a corner and coming face-to-face with the woman herself. Or rather, face-to-throat. As in, she was right fucking there, and they collided, and, somehow, her face slammed into his throat. Which hurt. A lot.”

~

I first saw this book through Paper Fury’s (aka: C. G. Drews, the infamous author of A Thousand Perfect Notes) Instagram story I believe and when I looked it up, I bought it because it looked cute. And I don’t read enough lighthearted romance. Or really romance at all that’s outside of YA novels. So I bought the kindle version and put it aside for the last several months.

After finishing A Thousand Perfect Notes last week, I needed something that I thought was more lighthearted, but how wrong I was to think Chloe Brown and Red Morgan’s journey would be anything but light and fun. This. Book. Is so much more. It blew me away. The sarcastic wit, the tragic backstories for Chloe and Red, and every amazing detail in between tore my already wounded heart out of my chest.

“Chloe knew she was flesh and blood and bone, just like him. But she wasn’t alive like he was. Not even close.”

I laughed for the majority of this book, I won’t lie. The chemistry and sarcasm between Chloe and Red had me laughing out loud. In front of my coworkers. I ignored watching One Piece with my boyfriend. I just could not put it down from how much enjoyment I was getting from this book.

But falling so hard and fast for characters usually leaves me an emotional mess.

When bits and pieces of these broken characters started coming to up and forming their way into the story line, it crushed my heart because I related so very much to these characters. Just as I was connected to Beck in A Thousand Perfect Notes with being a musician, I related to Chloe and Red for having so many fears about letting people in. About letting people love you, for you. All of you.

“Like a few fuck-ups didn’t make him a fuck-up.”

It’s a hard thing to do for many of us, sometimes an impossible thing, and for these characters it was definitely a battle at times. The last five chapters were the ones I rushed through because everything was so intense, and amazing, and disastrous, I couldn’t put it down. And when the final heart crushing scene hit, I balled my eyes out.

The ending itself was beautifully done and I was so satisfied with how much progress these two people had made, not only with each other, but themselves as well. So much character development! I was over the moon! This book was just everything I never knew I needed or wanted in a romance novel.

“He snorted. Pulled her closer because he couldn’t resist. Her breath hitched as she leaned forward, her cheek brushing his. Just that slight contract sent a shower of almost-unbearable pleasure through him. He whispered in her ear, ‘We okay?’ ‘We are,’ she said softly.”

~

Chloe Brown’s list on how to get a life:

  1. Move our of family home
  2. Enjoy a drunken night out
  3. Ride a motorbike
  4. Go camping
  5. Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex
  6. Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage
  7. Do something bad

Chloe Brown, after having a somewhat near death experience, decides to start changing her life by making a Get A Life list. What she wasn’t expecting, of course, was Redford ‘Red’ Morgan at one point literally walking into her life. Chloe doesn’t want people though, people can be hurtful, all she needs is family. That is until Red helps her one day after she goes to rescue a cat.

Honestly, the cat was one of the best parts about this book. But I may be bias.

Red Morgan just wants to create art and hide away, because he’s too shut up into his shell to do more than that. After being hurt by a bitch almost two years ago, he’s a gentle giant of a man to most, but opening up isn’t necessarily his forte. Then, of course, his annoyances and sarcastic ways with Chloe slowly start forcing him to open up. Opening up can be a lot of work at times though, so of course it’s not an easy road, even with Chloe.

These two, with our their flaws and closed off emotions, come together in such a way that I will probably never forget how precious this book is. It shows how much even small misunderstanding can cause catastrophic results, and how opening up, even though it is truly terrifying, is how we can learn to understand each other.

The biggest and probably best lesson I learned from reading this snippet of Chloe and Red’s life was that being vulnerable with those you love can lead to awful conclusions with the wrong people. But with the right people, what you’ll receive in return is opened arms and truly wonderful and caring love.

~

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

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 motorbike
  • Go camping
  • Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex
  • Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage
  • 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…

Published by girlfrompluto

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