Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Format: Read via NetGalley
Ahhh, this book is amazing. I have been sleeping on Talia Hibbert for years, and I have so many regrets I waited so long. But thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for the ARC. This is definitely now one of my top books for the year!
Chloe Brown is thirty one years old, and she’s survived a near death experience. Doing so, this alters her life because now she decides she wants to live. So Chloe composes a list of all the things she’s going to do, such as camping and having a drunken night out. Suffering from chronic pain and fibromyalgia, she has disabilities but she’s determined to be more than just her disability. Her sisters are even betting whether or not she’s going to fulfill her list. Chloe comes from a wealthy close knit family, but she’s moved into a flat to gain back her independence and complete her list.
Enter in Red. He’s the building superintendent, and he doesn’t quite know what to make of Chloe. She’s cute, but she seems distant as well. Red has taken this job running an apartment complex for his best friend because he’s dealing with leaving an abusive relationship. This has hurt him so badly, he stopped making art for awhile and didn’t speak to his friends in London. When Chloe asks Red to help her finish her list, he agrees but isn’t sure what to expect. Red is attracted to Chloe, but he is not positive on her feelings for him. It’s so great to see how their relationship unfolds…
Well, this book is amazing. The representation is fantastic. Chloe is a black woman with curves, and she’s appreciated for it. Red enjoys her body. It’s such a body positive novel, I couldn’t be happier as someone who’s a POC who struggles with body image. The way her disability is discussed is fabulous too. It’s realistic, and Chloe isn’t ashamed. Her family and Red support her. Also, I liked how the abusive relationship was handled. It shows Red working through his issues and making steps to heal himself. I think more books need to bring up that men can be abused too. I can’t rave enough about the representation in this book. Seriously, it’s so amazing please read this book.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started. I anticipated cute romance with British characters. But it’s so much better. Talia Hibbert writes realistic romance. She’s exactly what the romance world needs more of. I like the other romances like this, but as Talia’s bio says, “She writes sexy, diverse romances because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation.” Yes, so much this. I’ve never read such an amazing romance book in my life. I can’t wait for the next book in the series or to devour every book she’s ever written.