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  • An absolutely charming read!

    Chloe Brown is a woman on a mission. After suffering losses in her life following the diagnosis of a chronic illness, Chloe has become a bit of shut-in. With the encouragement of her sisters, she develops a list on how to get her life back on track. With the help of her sexy building superintendent, she slowly begins crossing items off her list and begins to get her life back. The book is charming and kept my interest throughout. I appreciate the fact that the author has developed a character with a chronic illness which gives some insight into living a life with constant pain/discomfort and how life goes on. Chloe is a woman you just want to take care of - a similar experience I found while reading Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine. However, a few lusty scenes will completely disassociate any similarities with the aforementioned book. Thank you to Edelweiss + and HarperCollins for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here. I rate this book a solid 4.5/5 stars.

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  • “Bravery wasn't an identity, so much as a choice.”

    This book was delightful. Simply delightful! It might've taken me uncharacteristically long to finish it, but it was all due to the reading slump, not the story itself. I loved Chloe and continued to cheer her on through her quest to shake her life up. Red was a great male character as well. First of all, this book is effortlessly diverse and that's something we need. And I'm not only talking about physical appearance but it is a part of it for sure. Not all men are tall raven-haired strangers with six packs and not all women are blonde and ivory-skinned, with waistlines so tiny someone can wrap their hands around them and have their fingers meet. It also comes down to characteristics. Call me picky, but I do so enjoy characters that are not carbon copies of people I've read about previously, cut out of a bunch of tropes and stereotypes and nothing else. I like...substance. It doesn't need to be much but just a bit of it. And this story had lots of substance. Chloe is sarcastic, often times prickly and unapologetic about it (love it, love it, LOVE it). Partially, it might be due to her having fibromyalgia, which main symptom is chronic pain. What I appreciated about this aspect of the story was that it was present, but not really part of the plot? Judging from the writing, I'm sure the author has done lots of research on this illness because of the way Chloe's experience has been described - how it affected her relationships, how it affected her life, how it affected HER. As well as people's reactions and how it all contributed to her reluctance to form new relationships and trust people. With Red, we also have a male hero who is not a standard alpha-jerk and really, I've had just about enough of those, at least in contemporary romance, so bless Talia Hibbert for this. Red is kind, sensitive and considerate. He takes care of his mother, has soft spot for elderly ladies and knows how to manifest his attraction to women in a non-threatening non-creepy way (which is common decency, which should not really be celebrated as it's bare minimum, but I still like to acknowledge an author who writes their characters like this due to the sad fact it's not a standard YET). Red also has history and part of it is having been in an abusive relationship. I thought this was also done with a lot of care and respect for the topic. What I absolutely loved about Chloe and Red's relationship was how they respected each other, their feelings and past. Despite the rocky start, they opened themselves to the possibility of something new, something exciting - at the cost of being vulnerable to the other person. What they did was not perfect because both of them were not perfect. There were misunderstandings and mistakes. But what really moved me in their story was the way they never invalidated each other's hurt and feelings. This, to me, underlined a simple truth - in life, and in relationships, you have a right to feel your hurt and your feelings are your own. How you choose to heal and move on is yours. But you do not have a right to hurt other people because of it. Sometimes you will, because we're all just humans, but then it's important to recognize it and work on yourself and fix it. Being brave is a choice. Being kind is a choice. And reading this book was a beautiful adventure - and an excellent choice.

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  • I ADORED it!

    4.5 stars — I don’t even know where to begin you guys. I adored it. Like I could feel the stupid grin spreading across my face and couldn’t stop it kind of adored it. Like I cried near the end because I’m stupidly emotional adored it. It started off feeling a bit enemies to lovers-ish (or hate to love?), but that didn’t last as long as I’d expected. And once we got to the crushes and the tingles and the feelings? Ugh, I was so in it was disgusting. This is my first book by Ms. Hibbert, but I can tell you right now it won’t be my last. She has this absolutely quirky way of describing feelings that just had me highlighting everything. It just made *sense* to me. It was a bit non-sensical, but it made sense. I just love seeing the world through her eyes. Chloe was such a complex character. I was worried I wasn’t going to like her at first, b/c she has SUCH a wall wrapped around her, protecting her from emotional pain. But there’s so much going on under that, and you really came to feel and understand all the little things that make her who she is. She was smart, smart-*mouthed*, sassy, irreverent. And deep down she was caring and empathetic, even if she tried to keep it hidden. I think I was gone for her when she rescued Smudge. And then there’s Red. Red had all these positive attributes that anyone could see, but it was hiding some deep hurts/traumas underneath. I loved that he could be vulnerable. And OMG that boy was hilarious. I really loved seeing the world in colours through his eyes. And he was just so earnest. They both had these huge journeys to undergo, and they made those steps both together and apart. It was nice to have their journeys linked. Their chemistry was fantastic. From the bantering and teasing to the steamy moments that came later, it was all good stuff for me. And I loved how much they cared for one another and wanted to be there for one another. It was also fascinating to learn more about fibromyalgia through Chloe’s eyes. I’ve known about it, but it just feels so much more personal now, you know? Lots of fabulous secondary characters, I am DYING to read about Dani and Eve now. And I loved that Red had Vikram in his corner, even if we didn’t get many scenes with him. All in all it was just fun, and refreshing, and emotional, and made me feel so satisfied in the end.

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  • Sweet and Funny Read

    This book was very enjoyable. It is a lighthearted and funny read for all that there are some dark undertones. Based on the synopsis I was expecting a heavier book but while the more serious matters were treated with respect to their gravity, they also weren't the main focus of the story. The relationship between our heroine and hero was the main focus of the story and the development of their feelings felt quite realistic. I also appreciated the fact that Ms. Hibbert didn't give either character moral superiority. I find it frustrating to read books where only one character needs to grow and I was initially afraid this book would be one of those. I should have had more faith. Both Chloe and Red had issues that needed attention. Ms. Hibbert wrote her characters and their support of each other is a believable way and didn't overdramatize or undersell the problems. I will be continuing on with this trilogy.

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  • Cute

    It was wonderful. May reread again later to recapture that moment of awareness when it became safe to show emotion.

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