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Only When It's Us

(Bergman Brothers #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  9,250 ratings  ·  1,827 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Chloe Liese
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I decided to check this one after reading fantastic review of my book-twin Fran. And guess what? She is so right! This book is underrated secret gem!

OMG! I love this book so much! It’s so entertaining, hot, sexy and also emotional, sweet, swoony, incredibly romantic!

This book surprisingly exceeded my expectations because there are so many published advertised with highly recommendations and in my opinion this is so much better than a few anticipated romances of this year. Thanks for NG for putt
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading by: preoccupiedbybooks
4.25 Stars

My tall, sandy haired, bearded, brawny, flannel wearing, green eyed lumberjack who’s as blunt and bossy as they come and cooks mean Swedish meatballs DESERVES more recognition than this. If you love your romance slow burnt and brimming with piquant banter and heated sexual tension while also feeding into your sentimental streak, go get your sweet butt a copy of this underrated gem!

Ryder Bergman and Willa Sutter share a class together. One wrong first impression and they’re more than e
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A New adult frenemies to lovers sports romance, where the girl is the college sports star! A story of love, friendship, family, heartbreak and grief.
Willa, a fiery, hot tempered up and coming soccer (football) star, and Ryder Bergman, a quiet and blunt guy are thrown together to do a project in their business mathematics class. Cue assumptions, wrong first impressions, misunderstandings and a whole lot of chaos and sexual tension, before they finally get to know each other.

Guys I randomly downlo
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars


Only When It's Us is my first Chloe Liese book, but after reading it, I'm looking forward to reading more! This is one of those books that's so fun to read you won't want to put it down. I enjoyed it so much!

Willa Rose is a D1 Athlete who has a lot on her plate. Between soccer, her mom, and school, she's busy. She's doing well juggling it all but she has this one class with an uncooperative professor. This professor tells her if she needs his notes when she misses class she needs to
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Warda by: preoccupiedbybooks
Crying because of how perfect this was.

I have so much I want to say, but I can’t put thoughts into words right now.

This was perfect.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
5 ‘Sunshine and Lumberjack’ stars

Thank you dear Fran for arranging a blind date between me and this book. I enjoyed my time a lot and I don’t think it’s too early to say I’m in love.

This book was so good, so funny, so emotional, and so sweet. I didn’t know what to expect going into it, but it was so much more! It has the perfect romance package. I loved their frenemies relationship. And the slow burn was so good!! The type of slow burn that ends with a huge fire. I loved how this book shows how
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Ahh, nothing beats young, overly dramatic love.
Dilushani Jayalath
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

First of all, let me stress on the fact that this is not your normal NA college romance. This is much more the story is of two people growing up and the fact that makes this book special is that our characters were willing to grow. In a way this book is much more mature than one would think. If you’re looking a for a whole-bang-and-a-fuck, this is not for you. Yes as many mentioned before this book is a slow burn but the ro
✩ Mira ✩
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok

um 2 stars for um ??? i can maybe see the things people liked about this book?

For the majority of the time I was reading Only When It's Us I was sure that this was an "it's not you, it's me" type of case. I have been super busy these past few weeks, yes, you read that right, weeks - it took me 2 weeks to read this

However , towards the end I realised that this book, in fact, is shit and it took all of my desire to read so much so that it put me into a reading slump, because upon further th
♛ may
I knew the instant I saw the soccer jersey-ed girl on the cover of the book, I would have to stan.

A Rambly List of my Thoughts

- The characters of this book are written phenomenally well. They are polar opposites.
- Our main character, Willa, grew up as a military kid, raised by a single mother. She is entirely dependent on herself, focused on her professional upcoming soccer career (!!!!!), and has some serious commitment/trust issues

- On the other hand, our love interest, Ryder, comes from
“I want to close my eyes and feel the memory of the moment only when it’s us became only us, forever.”

This book has been on my tbr for way too long.
I have a folder on my kindle for all my kindle unlimited downloads and this one has been in there for many many months and I don't know why I didn't read it because I loved this book.

After a misunderstanding over some lecture notes a frenemy relationship between soccer star Willa and lumberjackesque Ryder is sparked. The two then engage in a ser
myo (myonna reads)
May 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports-romance
you’d think that i would like the main character because she’s usually my type of favorite character but i found her very annoying, she acting as though her problems were the biggest problems in the world and no one else experience the same thing as her? i understand people feel like their problems are the biggest and she did have a lot to deal with but she acted like her problems were harder than everyone else’s as though she knows what goes on in people lives. i also feel like the author tried ...more
✨ A ✨
This was filled with great banter, a fun frenemy dynamic, a matchmaking professor. SLOW BURN. There were funny parts, tender parts and sad parts.

I loved it and I want MORE

Pre read thoughts

Whenever I'm sick all I want is to binge romance. They make me feel better, even the ones that make me cry. Anyone else like this?

I've been assured by Warda and May that this one has some great banter and a frenemy dynamic that I'll enjoy. fingers crossed!
TJ ☾
Jun 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
dnf @ 40%

k but this girl needs to discover shavasana 🥱
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW for cancer and loss of a loved one.

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this author, so I couldn't wait to start this book!

From the cover, I had no idea that this was a new adult book; both protagonists are in college and actually share a class tougher. Willa is a soccer player and is really struggling with a professor who will not accommodate her athletic schedule. She turns to her neighbor in class, but he ignores her and she becomes angry. While I was annoyed with Willa's reacti
TheBibliotheque ♡
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. Inhaled it. Consumed it. Gobbled it right in. Ravaged it top to bottom.

Sure, OWIU is a fun college romance, but it is many other things too. A frenemies romance. A grumpy that's soft for the sunshine, the latter coming with a side of firecracker. A sports romance where the sports super star is female. A deliciously frustrating and rewarding slowburn. Miscommunication that will have you turning pages instead of putting you off. A tug of war that would make a battlefield seem
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Fun & steamy twist on the sport jock frenemies to lovers romance.
This does also come with hidden depths as both leads deal with some heavy duty adjustments and responsibilities. This book hits ya in the feels as well as turns up the tension & heat between the MCs who thankfully do communicate better than a lot of adults in similar romcom type novels - a trope we all know I hate.
Now don't get me wrong there is some serious lack of communication at times but the way this feeds into what the chara
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Only When It's Us reminds me why I choose romance as my genre. I love everything about this book. For 11 hours, I was lost in the story. The writing from Miss Liese is perfection. The characters are just... adorable. Relatable. And that's not just main characters. Secondary character, Willa's mom played important role in the story.

11 hours of bliss. I can forget for quite a while listening to the audiobook. This kind of book delivers hope to it's reader. There is always hope in this world. Even
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, romcom
“Only When It’s Us” is the newest upcoming release by @chloeliese. Set in my hometown, beautiful Southern California, this frenemies-to-lovers romance read between Willa, a women’s soccer star and Ryder, a sexy hipster lumberjack classmate is as fun as their pranks and banters, sexy and hot as their love for soccer, making this slow burn romance a swoon worthy read!

I enjoyed reading about Willa and her strong character physically but emotionally protective creating a wall to the outside world.
Feb 07, 2021 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
dnf @ 34%

I don't like Willa at all. I find her behavior very annoying, she is such a cliché of a female character. In the first third of the book she has already done so many things I can't stand, I could make a list.
Also, what is it with heroines in MF romance books (view spoiler)
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rozberry🍓 by: preoccupiedbybooks
reread/first listen 12/8/20
Second time around & 5 stars still don’t feel sufficient enough.

If it wasn’t enough their sexual chemistry crackles & sparks right off the page or if the banter between them isn’t at the tippy top of top shelf that leaves me all smirky & actually laughing out loud. Then they go & make me feel so warm & fuzzy to a point it’s like some sort of equivalent feeling watching sleepy puppies...maybe 🤷‍♀️.
I’m a puddle of satisfied goo right now. For me, OWIU is such a beautifu
I absolutely adore the Bergman family and based on this book I can’t wait to read more about these siblings cause they’ve got me hooked.
Ryder and Willa are such a great couple who starts off as enemies but it slowly evolve to friendship. It’s such a natural progression especially because they get their time so shine and flourish as individuals. I had so much fun when they teased one another because for them it was just right and I could easily feel that something more was brewing under the surfa
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tani by: Jessica
Another case of "It's me, not you". It is good but I didn't enjoy as much as I should've. ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gah, I loved this book!! It's such a perfect love story, and now I'm a blubbering mess. So so good. ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars....I guess.

* * *

As the reigning queen of reading series' out of order... I’m really frustrated at this book, while still being grateful I read the second one first.

Do I have only myself to blame? Maybe.
Am I gonna whine about it though? Yes.

The small bits we got of Willa and Ryder in Ren’s book I thought I’d really like their story. And I should have, but then...... some shenanigans ensued.

~ Commence ✨the whining✨ ~

At first the chemistry wasn’t really there for me. Which is fine, MCs
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I AM SWOONING SO HARD! Goodness!!! THIS. BOOK! I loved it SOOOOOO MUCH! It was sweet and funny and tender and heartbreaking and SO MANY GOOD THINGS! I loved the slowburn romance. I adored the family dynamics! And the banter... perfection! I honestly couldn’t put this down. I can’t wait to start the next standalone in the series!
Dec 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
shre ♡
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it

this. book. was. so. CUTE. and heart-wrenching. and beautiful. and funny. and to quote one our beloved mc's: "tempestuous" . cause it WAS a stormy ride. there were both ups and downs, growths and defeats, and it definitely didn't hold back from tackling real world shit. romance isn't always rainbows and unicorns and i will always prefer to read and enjoy reading books that choose to address important and realistic matters which help to further develop and strengthen relationships rather
4.5 stars.
This book was such a pleasant surprise...not only was it a really good read but I also loved the feel of the writing and the storyline was so unique and original as unexpected gem for sure!!!!

It was so refreshing to have a strong heroine that is also an athlete (a soccer player) .....we certainly need much more of these women in contemporary romances ....and Ryder was the perfect foil for Willa as her surly lumbersexual classmate in this frenemies-to-lovers New Adult sports
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book will definitely has/will have a hold on me. I could relate to Ryder to an extent especially when it came to his hearing. Ryder and Willa are so perfect for each other. It was kind of slow burn because one was denying and has a fear of commitment. Shout out to Aidan for pairing them together. Teachers be knowing something and ultimately play a role of matchmaking while teaching. Multi-tasking of course.
The romance and chemistry was chef kiss!
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Chloe writes romances reflecting her belief that everyone deserves a love story. Her stories bring humor, heart, and heat, and often feature neurodiverse characters. She's an avid reader, lover of leggings, and can't eat enough mint chocolate ice cream. Diagnosed as an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome), she supports #OwnVoices writing to represent neurodiversity an ...more

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