Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Book Review)

Publisher: Piatkus
Page Count
: 384

All my friends, and I really mean all of them, who have read this book (be it in physical form or via audiobook) have raved about it and loved it with all their hearts. Not going to lie, that set the standard for this book pretty high, but I am glad it didn’t disappoint in the end.

Chloe Brown, a chronically-ill Black woman, and Redford “Red” Morgan, a tattooed rough-looking whtie ginger guy, do not fall in love at first sight. In fact, they are so convinced that the other one doesn’t like them, that they end up not liking each other. It all perfectly makes sense, because once they actually take some steps towards each other and open up, they learn just how different their true feelings are. The fact that it really starts going because of a floof monster of a cat just makes it a plus point for me!

There’s much to like about Get a Life, Chloe Brown. The characters are well rounded and feel real. They have pasts that have created insecurities, they have lives that are complex and filled with people they have history with. So often, I feel like the baggage everyone carries isn’t addressed so much in the woes of new love, but Chloe and Red really had some interesting hurdles to master and it was nice to see that neither of them was perfect, but they were perfect for each other.

“So I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps.”

To simply Talia Hibbert’s writing style in saying that it is merely funny would be a grave disservice to her. She manages to capture so many different emotions and really makes you feel in the moment! It was so easy to understand the thought process of the characters, be it in their pain or joy or lust, that you might have been in their heads just as easily.

I honestly don’t care much for the sexual and very physical parts. It’s not my thing or something I pay a lot of attention to, but I did find the writing very sensual and not unappealing? I really don’t know what more to say to that, because I do understand the physical attraction between the two and how it seemed to be amplified by the fact that they fit each other like two missing puzzle pieces in terms of characteristics and personality – like, it was sizzling – but also … I care more about the conversations they had? They really were so compatible on all fronts, it was just a joy to see them try to make this work.

“Life hurts,” he said fiercely. “It’s unavoidable. But I know the difference between torture and growing pains.”

Still, in the end, there’s really nothing not to like about this book! The conflict made sense in terms of character development, without suddenly disliking anyone for the choices they made to protect themselves. I had a blast with this one!

“Love is certainly never safe, but it’s absolutely worth it.”

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Already looking forward to diving into the rest of the Brown Sisters’ books in the near future!

Have you read a book by Talia Hibbert? Did you enjoy it? Do you plan to read one? Let’s talk!

Rookie Blue Season 6 Premiere

After the disappointment that was Season 5, not in terms of content but rather length, I was super happy to have Rookie Blue back! For all of you who don’t remember, they announced that Season 5 would be extended and have over 20 episodes, just to run it normal-length and have me on the edge of my seat waiting for its return.

Now, finally, it is back with “Open Windows“. So, beware of Spoilers!

The promo is obviously solely about McSwarek, but there was a lot more going on the actual episode. We finally got the band back together, starting off a couple weeks after the Season 5 Finale. There was a lot of stuff unresolved by the end of it all and they didn’t get much farther since we last saw our heroes. Going through it all, those are my thoughts:

  •  I guess I should start with the most pressing issue: Is McSwarek alright? I honestly don’t know. Marlo has finally told Sam about her pregnancy and that the baby is definitely his. Andy knew there was something bothering him, but she only feared that Marlo went off her meds again. She did not anticipate a pregnant ex getting in the way of her relationship. I know that Sam and Andy simply happy together is boring, but they would deserve it so much!
  • Someone tried to break in and rape Traci, but it was Andy in the apartment instead of her and she fought the offender off. That must be such a bad feeling though. Knowing that someone stalked you for weeks before trying to assault you. The Division is not allowed to investigate, so the case is handled by someone else and no one likes that.
  • It was only shortly mentioned that Gail’s quest for adopting Sophie is pretty rocky. I hope she makes it!
  • Diaz has an affair with the wife of his boss, who’s also an ex-addict. Not sure that will redeem him anytime soon …
  • Chloe feels like a Pariah and as if everyone is siding with Dov … She can’t just expect everyone to be cool about what happened, can she? Still, her scenes are definitely the most hilarious ones, especially when she’s with stoic Nick. Gotta love their friendship! Also, she has found a new girlfriend in Juliet (later more about her).
  • Dov has really stepped up his game! He’d have a chance as profiler in my opinion! Is he maybe out for a position of Detective?
  • And then there was Nick. He’s kind of my favourite by now and at the end of last Season he got stood up by a women he met in a coffee shop. Now it turns out that exact woman is a new fellow officer, Juliet Ward. While Nick originally thought about leaving for ETF, his new colleague has definitely got his attention and might just make him stay (please?). I was totally digging their reunion and crazy sexual tension until she got into a car with a guy and he asked her about what she’d found out. Is she undercover at the station? Why would anyone do that? I’m not shipping her with Nick anymore now, even if she feels remorse at some point. I’d rather have McCollins back!
  • May I just add that there was not enough Oliver in the episode? Good thing that’s noted!

I thought that Season 6 might be the last one, but Showrunner Tassie Cameron has announced that there’s still the possibility of a 7th Season. I keep my fingers crossed for more of Rookie Blue, but only as long as the storylines still make sense and they don’t stretch it out unnecessarily. What do you think?

Rookie Blue

So, my latest obsession is Rookie Blue. I’ve just binge-watched everything up to yesterday’s episode “Wanting” from season 5 during the course of just one week. Does that sound crazy? I’m pretty sure it is, but I love that show so much!

Now, how do you even start to surmise that many episodes … generally, the show’s about five rookie cops (but I guess you really can’t call them rookies anymore) from the fictional 15 Division. You follow them as they have to deal with the expectations of friends and family, the dangers of the job and, how else could it be, love. I’ve heard people describe it as the Grey’s Anatomy in the world of cops, and I am afraid I really can’t disagree with that. The amount of drama and extraordinary cases that can be found in this show definitely isn’t realistic, but who cares. It’s television after all!

There are so many things about this show that I like, I feel incapable of listing them all. The show is amazingly suspenseful and I am dying to watch the next episode as soon as the last one finishes. As a person who romantises pretty much everything, I also don’t mind the constant love-triangles and the drama. That’s really my thing! The actors and actresses are all amazing. There really isn’t one person (from the original cast up to the end of season 4) that I don’t like!  Some of the names you can find on the cast list are:  Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Peter Mooney, Travis Milne, Priscilla Faia, Rachael Ancheril, Ben Bass, Eric Johnson, Noam Jenkins, Adam MacDonald, Enuca Okuma, Matt Gordon, …

But let’s get on to the juicy stuff! Seen as they are like in their 5th season (which amazingly got extended to 22 episodes, instead of just 13 – yay!) I just want to warn you that there will be spoilers ahead! So, I’m afraid that I will give a looooot away if you haven’t the watched the show yet. I, personally, like surprises (at least most of the time), so proceed with caution.

Here are some things I am really anticipating to see more about and to explore or that really shocked me about season 5:

  • I can’t wait to see the whole Nick-Andy-Sam drama unfold. I was totally on board with McSwarek until Sam totally screwed it up. And Nick was so sweet and Andy and him looked so happy, so, I was on board with McCollins as well. I read that even the writers room is divided as to how this will end. So, we’ve definitely not seen the end of this. I think I just ship everyone with Andy, because I definitely can’t decide either.
  • Rumour has it, that Marlo will return in season 5. That just corresponds with the previous point! More drama on the Sam and Andy front.
  • Matt Murray, the new rookie and stepson of Inspector Jarvis, Duncan, is really getting on my nerves. How can he sue the division and Andy, if he’s the one who’s such a coward. He seems so incompetent! I don’t like him!
  • What the heck was Chris thinking? Is he on drugs? I get that the whole Chrisitan-is-not-his-son-thing was really hard on him, but drugs? No!
  • Traci and Steve Peck are so cute together. I didn’t really see them as a couple, because he’s a Peck, but they are actually really sweet.
  • The whole Gail and Holly thing was over before it really began. I doubt that this really was the end of their relationship. Although, I am definitely on Gail’s side. I thought it was way more between them, than just having fun.
  • Oliver is the boss! He’s so great, but he so hates this position. It’s genius!
  • Chloe-Wes-Dov … I don’t think Wes stands a chance!

So, what do you think of the show? And what are some of the things you are looking forward to in season 5? No matter what, I love it! There’s no doubt about it!