Only when it’s us – Chloe Liese

Reviews by Yael Waknin




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.

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My review

This book is the first of the “Bergman Brothers” Series.

It’s a story about two people whose life, or rather the university professor, forces them to get to know each other and work together. From there, we learn together with them what it is like to accept someone so different from you but somehow really just like you.

Ryder was a true hero who was struggling for two years without hearing or speaking. Without the ability to listen to music, the voices of people he loves, or even to hear their laughter.

Ryder had the amazing ability to love Willa so much and still be afraid at the same time – it was human and honest.

He was so unique and special. His sensitivity just got to me.

Willa – The truth is, at first, I had mixed feelings about her. Regarding her determination towards men and her refusal to admit her emotion or desire for Ryder.  Almost to the end, I felt she was too closed, too hardheaded, and too complicated, but suddenly, in one sentence, she made it clear to me, just like she made it clear to him, why she like that and who she is behind all this toughness, it was amazing and inspiring.

The way Willa was coping during her mother’s illness and their conversations made me so empathetic and sad.

There is no doubt that a book with death in it is a book that evokes painful feelings (Especially because I lost my mom to cancer). Still, with this book, I felt a deeper connection, and maybe it’s because of the excellent writing or maybe because of everything in this book – it made me feel everything.

Their story together was perfect. There were so many layers for each character that I relished every layer that pealed and everything new that I discovered about them individually and together.

Such a good and beautiful story. Full of emotion, happiness, sadness, love, friendship, trust, and many other emotions that mix well in our stomachs that make the book appear in front of our eyes.


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