First of all, you might notice some changes to the blog. I’m rebranding awriterbee and hope to have that done in the next few weeks. I hope you like the changes. I read a few romances this month to celebrate National Romance Month, and this book was one of my favorites.
Overall rating: 4/5
Readability rating: 5/5
Character rating: 4/5
Plot rating: 3/5
Cover rating: 5/5
Would I recommend: Yes. It’s an adorable romance with very steamy moments.
Goodreads Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult
Perfect for: Those who love romance and the hot steamy moments in novels. It’s close to erotica at moments but it’s still very sweet.
Book Synopsis from Goodreads: “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 book was a sweet change to some of the more serious books I have been reading this year. I had just read a thriller before this as well as a book I absolutely hated before this so this was a great change.
First, the main female character is black, disabled, and chubby. I love all of these things. So different from the standard romance now-a-days.
It’s a sweet story and an easy read. Or in my case an easy listen. It was light, funny, very steamy, and made me smile a lot. The “conflict” didn’t drag out at the end which I appreciated because I hate when romances drag that out for chapters.
I definitely recommend this book.
The two main characters are a bit over the top. But I usually give that a pass in romances because that just seems the style. Chloe is disabled, black, and chubby like I said. I find myself relating to multiple facets of her character. Red is not the bad guy Chloe makes him out to seem and the readers catch that immediately. Both of them are grumpy at each other and then realize wait…I don’t hate you?
She also has a bit of an attitude due to her chronic pain and it’s the most realistic take on chronic pain I’ve seen in awhile (specifically in romance). I had terrible back pain years ago that left me unable to bend over or sit in specific ways. I was always just angry, not at people or for a specific reason, but it was almost as if being angry made it easier to just push through the day. Luckily for me, surgery fixed my issue…but hers is fibromyalgia which currently doesn’t have a cure.
As the story progresses, I love how Red doesn’t treat her like a child because of her pain. He’s gentle but let’s her make the decisions. He’s aware of it enough to slow down or make sure they have places for her to stop and rest.
He also has trauma of his own with an abusive ex that completely controlled his career and what he loved (art). And now he’s trying to start a new.
Honestly between the jabs and the steamy scenes, it was a book that was hard to put down. They were soft and wonderful together and didn’t try to fix each other. Because they didn’t need fixing. There was a line about having a person that filled in all the missing parts in someone else and it just made me all warm inside. It’s better to help fill in the shortcomings instead of trying to make them not have any.
I don’t even know if that makes any sense. I was just so swept up in the novel it’s hard to make coherent sentences that don’t just end in aaaahhh.
There is a second novel about Chloe’s sister and I’m definitely going to pick that one up.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read this book, if you plan on reading it, or what other novels you’ve picked up this month. I’d love to know.