eARC review: Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese

Only When It's Us  (Bergman Brothers #1)Only When It’s Us (Bergman Brothers #1)

by Chloe Liese (Goodreads Author)

2 Frenemies.

1 Disastrous prank.


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, new adult sports romance between a women’s soccer star and her surly lumbersexual 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 five Swedish brothers and their wild adventures, ending in a true happily ever after.


My review

As many of you know, I love sports romances. I liked this one because this was a bit different than most. It was frenemies to lovers, new adult, and it featured a character with a disability. And it had girl power.

Ryder was actually a relatable character to me because of his disability. I don’t like talking about this here, but I am hearing impaired so I was able to relate to what he was going through. My hearing loss definitely isn’t the same as his, I can still hear. Just not everything. But his description of loud sounds being too loud and the quiet still being too quiet was just accurate. When I read that, I was thinking, FINALLY, somebody gets how overwhelming sound levels can be sometimes!! Even clicking pens can be torturous.

I liked how relatable the characters were and there was definitely character growth. I also liked that this book was about soccer. I loved soccer when I was growing up. The pacing of the book was good, though it did take me a few chapters to get into this book.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anybody who wants a new adult sports romance book. It was a four star read. Thank you Netgalley and publishers for allowing me the chance to read this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thank you for reading!

3 thoughts on “eARC review: Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese”

  1. I love NA romance so I’m definitely going to be adding this to my TBR! It’s so nice that you felt like you could relate to the character and that it had such good representation of disability too. Thank you for sharing your review – it’s definitely made me want to pick this book up when I can

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  2. I am almost done with this book, and it has been a pleasant surprise. I cried for a bit there, but now it’s on the upswing again. I think the other brothers are interesting, and I am looking forward to their books.

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