Review: Always Only You by Chloe Liese

ALWAYS ONLY YOU

Chloe Liese
Series: Berman Brothers #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Released: July 25, 2020
Source: Hoopla Audiobook
Rating: 4.25 stars

Ren

The moment I met her, I knew Frankie Zeferino was someone worth waiting for. Deadpan delivery, secret heart of gold, and a rare one-dimpled smile that makes my knees weak, Frankie has been forbidden since the day she and I became coworkers, meaning waiting has been the name of my game—besides, hockey, that is.

I’m a player on the team, she’s on staff, and as long as we work together, dating is off-limits. But patience has always been my virtue. Frankie won’t be here forever—she’s headed for bigger, better things. I just hope that when she leaves the team and I tell her how I feel, she won’t want to leave me behind, too.

Frankie

I’ve had a problem at work since the day Ren Bergman joined the team: a six foot three hunk of happy with a sunshine smile. I’m a grumbly grump and his ridiculously good nature drives me nuts, but even I can’t entirely ignore that hot tamale of a ginger with icy eyes, the perfect playoff beard, and a body built for sin that he’s annoyingly modest about.

Before I got wise, I would have tripped over myself to get a guy like Ren, but with my diagnosis, I’ve learned what I am to most people in my life—a problem, not a person. Now, opening my heart to anyone, no matter how sweet, is the last thing I’m prepared to do.

Move over all you other book boyfriends, there’s a new man in town. Ren Bergman might very well top the list when it comes to sweet, sexy, humble, swoony, cinnamon rolls. Ren delivered the goods in Always Only You and I was so there for it.

This slow burn romance gave me all the feels. Ren was an absolute sweetheart. A guy from a big family, who still felt the scars from his nerdy high school years, and had been secretly pining for Frankie for three years. Past experience had Frankie keeping most people at a distance but she was far from cold or unfeeling. Frankie was on the autism spectrum and also dealt with chronic arthritis. It was interesting to see through Frankie’s filter, but this was not a story about an autistic character. It was about two people falling in love and one of them just happened to be autistic.   

These characters had such heart and, even when I didn’t agree with their choices, I pulled hard for them and wanted to see them get what they wanted and deserved. I loved the way Ren looked out for Frankie and tried to help without being overbearing. I loved the way Frankie called Ren Zenzero. I laughed every time Ren came up with another pet name for Frankie. I got teary over Frankie’s scenes with Ren’s sister, Ziggy. And I loved every minute with the big, boisterous Bergman clan.


HAVE YOU READ THE BERGMAN BROTHERS SERIES?


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31 comments

  1. This series sounds so cute, and Ren sounds so lovable!

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  2. This sounds so good! I haven't heard of this series but I've been reading a lot more romance lately so maybe I'll check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it if you decide to give it a try!

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  3. Ren owned me as I read this book. Mama Bergman raised those boys right

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  4. This sounds like a story I'd love! I'm off to see if they have it in audio. Wonderful review, Tanya!

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    1. Well, obviously it's in audio as that's how you read it. Just noticed, lol. :)

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    2. LOL Yes, it's in audio. Haha. And it's really well done, too. I hope you'll enjoy it, Rachel!

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  5. OK you convonced me with your new favorite book boyfriend LOL

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    1. LOL He's definitely up there with my favorites now! :)

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  6. I love when a romance slowly comes together and you can really fall for the characters. It sounds like this one is a hit!

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    1. I'm definitely a character-driven reader so loving the main characters is a must. :)

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  7. I haven't tried this series yet but it's going on my TBR right now. I need to meet Ren!

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    1. You won't regret giving Ren a try... what a sweetheart!

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  8. Oh my gosh, these characters sound fabulous! Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it if you decide to give it a try!

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  9. YES! I love that you loved this one!!! I did, too. I think Ren is in first place for favorite Bergman brother right now.

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    1. Ryder from the first book was good but Ren is just off-the-charts awesome. LOL

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  10. I started reading this a while ago but I just wasn't meshing with it. Maybe I should see if my hoopla has it as well!

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    1. If you're interested in giving it another try, the audio was really well done!

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  11. Awww I love books that can pull such emotion from us while reading! Ren sounds absolutely amazing and this story sounds so heartfelt! I'm so happy this series continues to be such a huge win♥!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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  12. I love the sound of this book. I can't believe I haven't heard about it or the first book. I'll definitely check it out.
    I'm glad to read you enjoyed it so much.

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    1. Thanks Maureen. :) This one was a hit for me and has me excited for the third book.

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  13. I LOVE secretly pining guy characters!! I'm going to try this.

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    1. Then you'll love Ren, Jen! He'd been pining away for Frankie for 3 years!!! :)

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