Pairing a used Hue Bloom to ST without a hub?

I recently picked up a Hue Bloom for super cheap from a buddy, but after doing a ton of research, it seems that while you can pair Hue to ST without a hub, some don’t recommend it, some can’t get it to work, and some it just works fine?
I’d rather not have to pick up a Hue Bridge if I don’t have to, and just use one bridge for everything. Is it possible? I’d be OK having to run custom scripts on my desktop to keep it connected like you do with TP-LINK plugs.

Any wise words of advice?