After seeing her life (or lack of) flash before her eyes in a near-death experience, Chloe makes a list of things that will help her get a life. After moving out of her family’s house, she comes to an agreement with her apartment handyman and artist, Red, to help her check items off her list.
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Content Warnings: chronic illness, past abuse, graphic sex
I kind of picked this book up on a whim, but it ended up becoming one of my all-time favorite romances!
I love the way that Chloe’s chronic illness was handled throughout this book. I saw so many reviews that complained that it was mentioned too often, but if you’re living with chronic illness or chronic pain, you don’t get a chance to forget about it and it affects daily life, so why should the reader be able to forget about it?
I really liked both Chloe and Red as individual characters. Chloe is strong and brave and Red is guarded, but so caring and attentive. They both had individual goals that they worked towards, with support from each other.
I freaking loved the relationship between these two! There was so much sexual tension between them in the beginning that absolutely killed me. I love scenarios, like this one, that have two characters working together on something, so they have excuses to be around each other all the time. I also loved how respectful and understanding they both were to each other. Red is so attentive and always keeps in mind what could push Chloe too far in terms of her physical limits and Chloe keeps Red’s past trauma in mind.
There was some conflict at the end of the book, but I actually think that it was pretty reasonable, given Red’s past experiences. It was resolved quickly, so I didn’t have an issue with it.
I also loved the ending because it was just really cute, but it also avoided the three cliches I hate in romance novel endings (I won’t say which ones they are).
I can’t wait to read more from this series and more from Talia Hibbert in general! She stated somewhere that her goal is to write sexy, diverse romances, and I think she has absolutely done that with this book!