First of all I’d like to thank Avon (HarperCollins) for sending me a copy in exchange of a honest review!
I asked for this ARC because the synopsis really spoke to me since the story follows a character with a chronic illness. Talia Hibbert is an award-winning author. This is the first book I’ve read of her so I didn’t know what to expect.
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.
This is my favourite read of 2019.
I absolutely adored this book and finished it in no time. The writing style makes it a very easy read. The story really takes you in and doesn’t leave you alone. I wanted to know what would happen next and really had to force myself to stop reading to get some sleep.
“I started feeling afraid of my own body, like it was a torture chamber I’d been trapped inside.”
The author likes to write sexy (therefor I must say it is a very much 18+ book) and diverse romance as she wants a honest, positive and realistic representation of people who are often marginalized. Which, unfortunately, disabled people often are.
As someone who’s disabled herself I can say that the author totally did the right thing. She really shows what it is like to be disabled and being marginalized because of it. Chloe is quite lucky to have a family who 100% supports her while having a flare-up and don’t tell her to ‘just suck it up’. Chloe has Fibro so she has good and bad days which the story really represents well. I could relate to Chloe multiple times and I often thought
“Yes girl! Totally get the struggle!”
Waking up one day to realize that her friends, bored with lists and rain checks and careful coping mechanisms, had left her behind..
The story also follows Red which is the handyman of the building she lives in but is also an artist that for some reason doesn’t want his art to be seen to the outside world. After getting to known Chloe, she wants him to help her complete her bucket list. But Red struggles with his own demons which causes some hiccups during their journey.
Like I said before this book is an 18+ story, there’s a lot of sex, swearing and even more sex. Personally I did enjoy this as I felt like I was in the head of the characters (both Chloe and Red) as it was so explicit, as if it’s in your own mind.
I have to say that this book is an emotional rollercoaster. I laughed, I cried, I laughed out loud and then I sobbed. But it’s what made this book so damn good. So you’ve been warned, but it’s totally worth the emotional drainage.
This book is on sale from November 5th!