Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Rating: 3 out of 5.
  • Fiction
  • Contemporary romance, chick lit
  • Ebook
  • 384 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 3.86

In Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, Chloe Brown sets herself a challenge to.. well, get a life. Chloe is a chronically ill computer geek who finally moved out of her parents house after almost dying and composing a list of six directives to help her get a life. Number one was moving out: check! Now she has to enjoy a drunken night out, have meaningless sex and go camping, among other things. She has no idea how she’s going to cross all those things off her list, until she meets the building’s superintendent, Redford Morgan. Red is an artist in need of a website and Chloe just so happens to make websites. Could they make a deal?

Get A Life, Chloe Brown had a few things that I liked and a few things I didn’t like. The plot and the characters were definitely original, that’s one thing I liked. There aren’t many romance books out there with a disabled or chronically ill main character, so it was refreshing to read about Chloe and her fibromyalgia. The main characters weren’t very likeable, though, which made it really hard to relate to them. Chloe is just a flat out bitch in the beginning of the book and Red is not much better. Both characters get a little better throughout the book, but they still felt a little flat. The dual point of view gives you a little peek into Redford’s mind every now and then, but he is just not layered that well. He has some kind of anger and trust issues that come from a bad relationship, but he just kind of shuts down and then turns back on again which seems a little flat. The constant going back and forth between “oh she likes me” and “no she hates me” was also a little frustrating and annoying. He would constantly jump to conclusions in a matter of nanoseconds and take it out on Chloe. Chloe’s sisters seemed like a lot of fun, though. They’re pretty much the only likeable characters in the story. Which is good, since the other two books in the series are about them.

The book was definitely funny, amusing and quirky for most of story. Hibbert has a gift for making you giggle out loud. The interactions between Red and Chloe are witty and Chloe definitely has a sharp tongue that makes her interactions with Red fun to read about. These interactions with Red and her sisters are the only reason that this book still gets three stars.

My least favourite thing about this book were the extremely graphic sex scenes. Maybe graphic isn’t really the right word, the fact that it’s graphic isn’t really the problem. The bluntness of the language used and the lack of romance is the problem. I don’t mind a little spice, but the spicy scenes in this book just weren’t tastefully done at all. Why did it need to be so graphical, why did there have to be so much sex in public places and elaborate descriptions of Red jerking off and stuff like that. There is literally no need to write entire paragraphs on how Red really has to jerk off after every time he sees Chloe, because he likes her thighs or her ankles or something. It was just too much. A lot of the scenes made me plain uncomfortable. I would not even call them spicy, some of them were just plain disgusting. I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone under 16.

If someone would ask me whether or not I would recommend this book, I wouldn’t know what I would say. It was enjoyable enough, I guess, but the blunt, distasteful sex scenes just really bothered me. If you’re used to the use of the words “cunt”, “shaft” and “pussy” and you don’t mind scenes where public sex happens out of the blue with no real motivation or cause in a phase of the story when nothing romantic has happened yet, then I would definitely recommend it. If that’s not your thing, don’t read it. I haven’t read the sequels yet, so I can’t tell you if it gets any better, but I’m not really a fan of struggling through a book just because “it gets better” anyway. That’s like 8 hours of your life we’re talking about. Spend them reading something you actually like.

I’m going to keep on reading the series because the next two books are about Chloe’s sisters and they were actually my favourite characters from the book, but I do really hope that the other two books are much less graphic and focused on sex. If the series keeps going in this fashion, it’s going to be a DNF for me. This one already almost was.

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The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale

The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale

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  • Fiction
  • Ebook
  • 240 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.13
  • TW: rape, sexual abuse, abortion

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Comfort of Others is a story of tragedy, friendship and forgiveness. It follows Minnie and her sister Clara, two spinsters who live in an old manor called Rosemount, in the middle of a housing estate that was built after the war, when their father sold off most of his land. Directly opposite of Rosemount lives 11-year-old Max with his mother. Neither of them know who Max’s father is, so it’s always just been the two of them. Until his mother meets someone. Both Max and Minnie begin to tell their stories over the course of the summer and they find comfort with each other.

I was very sceptical when I started this book. To be completely honest, I started reading this book because I wanted to create a little breathing room in my Goodreads Challenge and this was the shortest Ebook that I had on my Ipad. I loved the title, but I wasn’t that enthusiastic about the blurb. Nevertheless, it turned out to be pretty good, almost exactly what I had expected.

I’ve never really liked books written from the POV of a child. Sure, this was pretty well-written and I really felt for Max throughout the book, but it just always kind of bothers me. It just either feels way too mature for a child to have written it, or it feels like it was written by a child, but then it is terrible to read. It’s just a really tough POV to do right. I feel like Langdale did alright with it though. Her writing as Max wasn’t too complicated, but also wasn’t annoyingly childish. Kudos to her for that. It’s still my least favourite POV, though.

The book alternates between Max’s point of view and Minnies point of view. Minnies story starts in the 1930s and works its way through 70 years, where Max’s story starts the day the book starts and tells the story of the events of the next few weeks. Minnies story gets sad very quickly, while Max’s story is still building up. I like how the events are spread out over the book, but I just couldn’t help waiting for something else to happen in Minnies story. Her story peaks very early on in the book and then kind of starts wrapping up very slowly, which was kind of a shame. Luckily we still had Max’s story.

Kay Langdale is not a writer I had ever heard of before. I was surprised to see she has actually written quite some books, none of which I had ever heard of before. Even though I only gave the book 3 stars, I do think Langdale deserves much more publicity than she’s getting right now. The book was very well-written, very emotional at times. It was just missing some elements which, in my opinion, made the story feel a little flat at times. But then again, I’ve never really been a fan of slow-paced books. Langdale definitely has a lot of potential, though.

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From Fame to Ruin by Jina S. Bazzar – coming out on December 21st

From Fame to Ruin by Jina S. Bazzar – coming out on December 21st

Rating: 5 out of 5.
  • Fiction
  • Romantic thriller
  • Suspense
  • Ebook
  • 334 pages
  • Goodreads rating: 4.32

First of all, a great thanks to the author Jina S. Bazzar for gifting me a copy of her upcoming book From Fame to Ruin in exchange for an honest review.

From Fame to Ruin book cover, a romantic thriller novel that will be released on the 21st of December.
From Fame to Ruin cover, copied from goodreads.com

Carol is the sole heir to a broken empire, Ricardo the newest celebrity in the rock world. When they came together, their fire blazed. When their past caught up, they were left burned, scorched to the ground. When a psychopath decides it’s payback time, Carol is faced with an impossible choice – save her son or sell her life. Ricardo wants nothing to do with the woman who played him for a fool, but finds himself moored by circumstances, half truths, and memories of the past. They say time can heal anything. So far, time’s brought nothing but complications.

This book really took me by surprise. This was the first time I was contacted by an author to review their book and I was really flattered, but it also added a lot of pressure. What if I didn’t like it? I would have to give it a bad review and I really did not want to do that. I decided to take the leap and thank God, it paid off.

I didn’t know what to expect from a “Romantic thriller”, but now that I’ve read this book, I think it’s the most amazing combination of genres. Call me a girl, but I think the romance part of a book always just adds an extra dimension. In this book especially. The book constantly alternates between 4 years ago and today. The thriller part is happening in the today and the romantic parts of the story are (mostly) happening 4 years ago. This is the perfect recipe for a book that never gets boring. Usually the “4 years ago” is the boring backstory of how things came to be. That’s the part you have to plow through, because the information is essential, but you mostly just want to get back to the good parts. Now add a little (or a lot) romance and suddenly the backstory isn’t so boring anymore.

The choice of using a dual timeline was a really good one. The “4 years ago” chapters give your heart rate a little time to slow down again. I would be reading a chapter that happens in the “today” and then moving on to a chapter that happens 4 years ago and I would suddenly notice that I was clenching every muscle in my body. The best books are the books that give you high blood pressure, in my humble opinion.

From Fame to Ruin comes out on the 21st of December. I put the Amazon link below, so check it out if you’re interested!

https://www.amazon.com/Fame-Ruin-Romantic-Thriller-Novel-ebook/dp/B09HSGMFYC/ref=sr_1_1?adid=082VK13VJJCZTQYGWWCZ&campaign=211041&creative=374001&keywords=From+Fame+to+Ruin&qid=1639741832&s=books&sr=1-1

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