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 glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?
Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
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…
I really enjoyed Chloe and Red’s story. Ms Tibbert did a great job of showing their transformation from two people who really didn’t like each other to two people who didn’t want to live without each other. (Spoiler alert: they initially made assumptions. Can you imagine? 😉 ) I loved their banter, and how by the end they each were ready to take on anyone who dared to hurt the other, past or present. And every time Red knew what to do to help Chloe to deal with her condition without being reminded or getting a hint? I melted.
We see just enough of Chloe’s sisters to make us want to see more, and OMG I seriously hope Grandma Gigi plays a nice big role in Dani and Eve’s books, because she is a hoot!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.