Published by Self-Published on 3/14/16
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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From NYT Bestseller Alessandra Torre...
The sexy serial that exploded on Cosmopolitan.com is now a full-length, standalone novel.
Chloe Madison. That’s me. A former NYU princess who just fell from grace, right off my pampered Manhattan throne and onto the unforgiving steps of Nicole Brantley, socialite and queen bitch. Now, I walk her dog and mix her smoothies. Try to navigate my own problems while fixing all of hers.
I want what every New York girl wants. A career, an apartment, and true love, preferably in a smoking hot package.
It turns out I’ll have to fight for all of it.
I’ve had a rough week. It was the kind of week where I just couldn’t seem to find the time to be still, and the madness around me threatened my sanity. These are the times when I appreciate books the most, for their ability to calm me and allow me to escape, if only for short periods at a time. Love, Chloe is just the kind of book to dive into if you need a sweet reprieve from a crazy life.
Alessandra Torre typically writes romances with a bit of bite to them, never conforming to traditional romantic tropes or prose, but her latest two romances have been more straight-laced. I haven’t read Hollywood Dirt, but I’m happy to say that I like her style of lighter read. She’s simultaneously modern, particularly with regard to this novel’s layout (I loved it and need the paperback ASAP); and she’s classic, the coming-of-age tale about a girl looking for her place in the big city one that can be enjoyed by anyone in anytime. Plus, the big city background and charismatic characters made this a story I could totally see playing out on screen.
This is a longer than normal romance (it’s 400+ pages), and though I felt the first quarter or so was a bit slow, there wasn’t ever a moment when I was bored. There were moments when I thought the story could focus more on Chloe and not the drama that was going on around her, but after completing the story, I see how those early moments helped show her growth. And I love stories that cover a solid amount of time, as the characters’ development feels more organic. It might be because Chloe’s story was originally told in small increments over a year in real time, but Love, Chloe is the best plotted (as in, organized) story I’ve read by Torre so far, with the events feeling more balanced throughout, and never rushed.
Love, Chloe is fun, sexy, and smart — a story about a girl who loses everything and has to find out what she’s made of. I loved Love, Chloe for the journey I took with this formerly spoiled socialite as she flounders for security and stability and love. It’s funny and sweet, sometimes poignant, and lots of times sexy (ohmigod, is Carter sexy! Yum). I’ve been waiting over a year to read this story, and I can honestly say that it’s just what I wanted. I recommend.
Alessandra Torre is one of my go-to authors when I want an ultra sexy read. Even when she writes Rom Com, there are moments where she sets the pages on fire. I’m a huge lover of Rom Com as long as it’s not over the top so I was very much looking forward to Love, Chloe. Hello, look at that gorgeous cover!
First of all, this book is beautiful! The cover, yes, but wait until you open it up and look inside. There are Instagram photos that help tell the story of Chloe’s life and they’re a gorgeous addition that brings something unique and special to the story. It made me feel much more like I was following the life of a very real person. Everything about this book is aesthetically pleasing. I’m dying to see what it looks like in print.
I really enjoyed Chloe’s personal growth through the book. She starts out as a pretty unlikeable character but due to some poor decision on her parents’ part, they lose everything and she becomes less of a spoiled, entitled brat as the story progresses.
However, the rest of the characters and much of the storyline left me rather confused. At one point I had no idea who the love interest was supposed to be because I felt like I was being led to believe that it could have been any of these three or four men in her life. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but when she did get together with the “the one”, it made me kind of feel like I was left hanging.
There were also some really unlikeable characters (Chloe’s boss and her husband, for instance) who make some pretty despicable life choices and there’s a rather large climactic peak in their story, but then again I felt left hanging. I guess what I’m trying to say is that some of the storylines didn’t feel fully fleshed out.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was fun, it was sexy, it was certainly pretty to look at. I just wanted a bit more. I’m a fan of Torre’s though and I look forward to reading her books more in the future.