Only When It's Us by Chloe Liese Review

Only When It’s Us Chloe Liese | Pub: 4/1/20

“I just know I’d rather be afraid with you than fearless with anyone else.”

I love a good romance book. I truly do. So many people hate on romance and I really don’t know why. I think that people think it’s only sex but most of the romance books I have read are so much more than that. Including Only When It’s Us.

Only When It’s Us ripped me open. Willa and Ryder both have challenges they need to overcome within the story. They are so similar yet so different.

When I first started reading, Willa really pissed me off. She was a downright bitch. There’s no better word to describe her, sorry. Throughout the book though she starts to really develop. Did she frustrate me until basically the very end? YES, but she did grow on me. Was she stuck in a difficult situation? Also, yes.

Ryder was just an amazing character. His struggle was hard. Did he make it worse by not trying? Yes. So, two extremely stubborn characters just trying to figure the world out.

I cried an ungodly amount while reading. It hit me in so many of my feels. It was also a very slow build to get to the “good stuff” (if you know what I mean) but that slow build was absolutely worth it once we got to where we were going.

Have I preordered the next Bergman Brothers book? Yes. Will I be adding all of Chloe’s other books to my Amazon Wish List? Also, yes.

If you love a romance book with a deep story, great sexual tension, and great sex scenes… this book is for you.

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

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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