Hello, book lovers!
I’ve decided to post a round-up of all the Bergman Brothers novels I’ve read instead of making individual posts with the reviews. However, I do have to admit, I skipped book two. So if you’re thinking I forgot to post about it, I didn’t. I just didn’t read the book. But anyway, let’s get into it!
Only When It’s Us
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.
Title: Only When It’s Us (Bergman Brothers, #1)
Author: Chloe Liese
Publication Date: March 27, 2020
Genres: New Adult, Sports, Romance, Contemporary
I really enjoyed this book! It wasn’t my favorite book ever, but it was a good introduction to the Bergman family and Liese’s writing.
I enjoyed Ryder and Willa’s enemies-to-lovers thing they had going on. They aggravated each other to no end and it was endearing. Also, Aiden’s matchmaking was *chefs kiss*
Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this book. I read it very quickly and thought much of the story was good enough. I think I’m going to like some of the other books in the series better though.
Ever After Always
I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby.
With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage.
I love my cautious, hard-working husband. He’s my partner and best friend, the person I know I can count on most. Until one day I realize the man I married is nowhere to be found. Now Aiden is quiet and withdrawn, and as the months wear on, the pain of our growing distance becomes too much.
As if weathering marriage counseling wasn’t enough, we’re thrown together for an island getaway to celebrate my parents’ many years of perfect marriage while ours is on the brink of collapse. Despite my meddling siblings and a week in each other’s constant company, this trip somehow gets us working through the trouble in paradise. I just can’t help worrying, when we leave paradise and return to the real world, will trouble find us again?
Title: Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers, #3)
Author: Chloe Liese
Publication Date: January 12, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I skipped book 2 to get to this one because I love Aiden and Freya so much! This book did not disappoint. I’m usually not a marriage-in-crisis fan, but this book has me changing my mind. It was emotional, honest, and so well written. Plus, of course, incredibly romantic.
Aiden’s struggle with anxiety was at the forefront of this book. It plays a lot into some of the problems he and Freya are having in their marriage. I thought it was well-represented and well-written throughout the book.
I just love Aiden and Freya together. They’re polar opposites but so in love with each other that it’s contagious. The desire they had to overcome the problems in their marriage and work on communicating and bettering themselves was admirable.
I was also very happy with the fun vacation setting. It was a nice change of pace from the day to day scenes of their life. Also, it allowed for some creative scenes and events for Aiden and Freya to experience.
Overall, this might be my favorite Bergman couple, but there are still many books ahead so the jury is still out.
With You Forever
Rooney Sullivan is sunshine incarnate. Warm, bright, always smiling, she’s everything I’m not and the last person I have any business desiring. Desperate to hide a hopeless attraction, I’ve done everything possible to keep my distance…until a charades game gone wrong brought that to a grinding halt.
Since then, steering clear of Rooney has been impossible. In a matter of months, she’s kissed me speechless, commandeered my art career, and infiltrated not only my dreams but my home. The woman who was once avoidable has become the last thing I needed: temptingly within reach.
Axel Bergman is a gorgeous grump who doesn’t have the time of day for me. Thankfully, I’ve kept my crush under wraps…well, until I kissed him. Charades got away from me, okay? It was an accident! I haven’t seen him since, which is for the best. My life is a mess, and the last thing I need is to embarrass myself further with the man who avoids me like that’s his job rather than painting modern masterpieces.
It seems the universe, however, has a different plan. When Axel and I unexpectedly find our paths—and problems—converging, a marriage of convenience proves the perfect solution. At least, until I’m facing my most serious problem yet: a once-loveless marriage of convenience that’s inconveniently become a love match, after all.
Title: With You Forever (Bergman Brothers, #4)
Author: Chloe Liese
Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This was another good Bergman family novel. Kinda like the first, I liked it but didn’t love it. I will say, the representation in this series is phenomenal.
This book followed our long-time friend Rooney and broody Axel. There has been so much sexual tension between them for many books now that I was so happy to finally get their book. It was different than I thought it would be but also exactly what I thought it would be. There was a marriage of convenience, outdoor man vibes, and lots of denial.
This book felt like it had less of a plot than the other books. It was more like following Rooney and Axel as they fell in love rather than having a plot and following these characters fall in love. I wasn’t mad about that, but I would have preferred more of a plot.
Overall, a good book to keep the series going. I’m very excited for Oliver’s book now after getting a glimpse into his more vulnerable side in this book. Also, long live Viggo and romance novels!
Everything For You
We’ve been teammates for two years, but it feels like a lifetime that Oliver Bergman’s been on my last nerve. A demanding captain and veteran player, I’m feared and friendless, while he’s the beloved rising star, all sunshine smiles and upbeat team spirit. To make matters worse, he’s obscenely attractive. In short: he’s genetically designed to get under my skin.
Avoiding Oliver has been my survival tactic on and off the field. But when Coach drops the bomb that we’re now co-captains, avoiding him becomes impossible, and keeping the truth from him–let alone my distance–is harder than ever.
Life was great until soccer legend Gavin Hayes joined the team and proved he’s nothing like the guy I grew up idolizing. Instead, he’s a giant–albeit gorgeous–grump who lives to rain on my parade. I’ve sworn off pranks since entering the public eye, so rather than settle our differences the Bergman way, I’ve had to settle for killing Gavin with kindness. There’s just one problem: killing him with kindness is killing me.
To make matters worse, Coach gives us an ultimatum: put an end to our enmity or say goodbye to being captains. I’m prepared to be miserable while we meet her demands and make nice, but the last thing I expect is to discover an explosive attraction we can’t help but act on, and worse yet, to realize the man hiding beneath Gavin’s gruff exterior is all I’ve ever wanted.
Title: Everything For You (Bergman Brothers, #5)
Author: Chloe Liese
Publication Date: May 10, 2022
Genres: Adult, Sports, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
I loooved this book! It’s giving Freya and Aiden’s book a run for their money. It was angsty, had a professional sports romance, and had a four year jump?
I’m not gonna lie, I was mildly thrown off by the time jump. I got over it pretty quickly, but I definitely didn’t see it coming. I can see how it helped the series though because we were getting into the younger siblings stories and we needed to give them more time to grow up and live life.
Oliver is an absolute sweetheart. I felt indifferent about him in all of the books until #5, when we got a brief glimpse into his love life and vulnerable character. And him being the sunshine to Gavin’s grumpy was amazing. Gavin was not what I expected, but I was totally happy with who he was. He complemented Oliver so well and made this book even better than it already was. Also, his grand gesture was IT for me. I mean, I knew I liked him, but that gesture really solidified it for me.
A couple of other random thoughts…This book felt a lot spicer than the others. I don’t know if it actually was but it felt like it. And the man cub bromance up close was something to behold. It made me love the man cubs even more and got me so excited for Viggo’s book! I need more of my romance book-loving man!
Overall, another great Bergman brothers book that I’m pretty sure set things up for our youngest Bergman sibling. Can’t wait for the last two books!