Only When It’s Us ~ Review

Title: Only When It’s Us
Series: Bergman Brothers #1
Author: Chloe Liese
Release Date: April 1, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance Blurb:

Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster brimming with laughter, tears, and slow-burn sexiness in this new adult romance that tackles the vulnerability of love with humor and heart.


Ever since she sat next to me in class and gave me death eyes, Willa Sutter’s been on my shit list. Why she hates me, I don’t know. What I do know is that Willa is the kind of chaos I don’t need in my tidy life. She’s the next generation of women’s soccer. Wild hair, wilder eyes. Bee-stung lips that should be illegal. And a temper that makes the devil seem friendly.

She’s a thorn in my side, a menacing, cantankerous, pain-in-the-ass who’s turned our Business Mathematics course into a goddamn gladiator arena. I’ll leave this war zone unscathed, coming out on top…And if I have my way with that crazy-haired, ball-busting hellion, that will be in more than one sense of the word.


Rather than give me the lecture notes I missed like every other instructor I’ve had, my asshole professor tells me to get them from the silent, surly flannel-wearing mountain man sitting next to me in class. Well, I tried. And what did I get from Ryder Bergman? Ignored. What a complete lumbersexual neanderthal. Mangy beard and mangier hair. Frayed ball cap that hides his eyes. And a stubborn refusal to acknowledge my existence.

I’ve battled men before, but with Ryder, it’s war. I’ll get those notes and crack that Sasquatch nut if it’s the last thing I do, then I’ll have him at my mercy. Victory will have never tasted so sweet.

Only When It’s Us is a frenemies-to-lovers, college sports romance about a women’s soccer star and her surly lumberjack lookalike classmate, complete with a matchmaking professor, juvenile pranks, and a smoking slow burn. This standalone is the first in a series of new novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.

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*****My Review*****

What a fantastic frenemies-to-lovers story! This book just has so many awesome things going for it! It has all the fun of an enemies to lovers story ~ the hilarious pranks, snarky banter, and off the charts sexual tension. And it has all the perfectness of a friends-to-lovers story ~ they stand up for each other, they support each other, encourage each other, and genuinely care for each other. Y’all, I think frenemies-to-lovers just might be a new favorite trope of mine!

Willa and Ryder both have a bucket full of issues. Preparing for his freshman college soccer season he came down with bacterial meningitis and lost his hearing. He’s been deaf/mute for the last 3 years. And Willa’s mom (the only family or even long-term friend she has) is dying of cancer. They’ve both hardened their hearts to the world, but are also chipping through each other’s walls in the absolute best slow burn! It’s so fun to see Willa’s fire pull Ryder out of his funk. And then so touching to watch Ryder patiently pull Willa back to life herself.

There are victories and heart aches, but ultimately a lot of growth and love! I absolutely can’t wait to read more Bergman Brothers stories!! 5 Fantastic Stars!


I absolutely loved the whole frenemies-to-lovers vibe going on in this book. Do you have a book recommendation dealing with this trope for me???

Happy Reading,


17 thoughts on “Only When It’s Us ~ Review

  1. I would never have realized this was a NA book based on that cover. I totally would have thought YA. I know everyone loves the cutesy illustrated covers, but I don’t. It messes with my idea of what I’m reaching for. Shallow, I know. It’s good to know you enjoyed it, though. It wouldn’t have been on my radar without this review.

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  2. I’m actually listening to the audio version of this one right now. Unfortunately I’m just not jibing with Willa. Her anger and her temper, the way she jumps down people’s throats… ugh. It doesn’t sit well with me – and I’m not sure how much that will effect my overall feelings for the book. But Ryder is an absolute sweetheart. And I’m loving his family. 🙂

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    • I’m really curiuos about where you are in the book now. I only saw her temper in the very beginning, but didn’t get to know his family until the end of the book. Oh, but you might mean just his sister and brother-in-law. Well, I can say this for myself. After seeing all she was dealing with and how she was raised, I could understand where she was coming from. She has it pretty rough, but I don’t want to spoil things for you. I agree that Ryder is an absolute sweetheart, though. I’ll be curious to see how you feel later!


      • Actually, I’m about 70% in, or a little more. So I definitely get what Willa is dealing with. She’s obviously struggling with coming to terms with it all. And I will say there has been less temper since the beginning. But the way she felt justified in lashing out at people really rubbed me the wrong way. I was like, um, how is this okay to jump down people’s throats? Everyone is dealing with something but manage not to act that way. Anyway, I have warmed to her just a bit since then and I am liking the overall story a lot. I guess it’s just one of those personal preference type things where I just not clicking with her. I for sure need more of the Bergman family, though. I love those people! 🙂

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      • LOL! I totally get it! In real life I would not be happy with someone going off on me because I accidentally bumped into them. I’m also a kill them with kindness type, though, so to hold onto that I’m always telling myself you just don’t know what some people are dealing with. I think if her temper had continued to be a thing throughout the book, it wouldn’t have been so easy for me to overlook either. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book overall, though! The Bergman’s are definitely an awesome family!


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