TITLE: Always Only You
BY: Chloe Liese
SERIES: Bergman Brothers #2 (can be read as standalone)
GENRE/s: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: August 4th, 2020
NOTE: I was given an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.
Frankie learned earlier in life that with his diagnosis, people see her as a problem and not a person. Opening her heart to anyone is the last thing she wants to do, but ever since Ren joined the hockey team she’s a social media manager of, she’s finding it hard to keep her tough exterior. Ren, on the other hand has been in love with Frankie since the day he met her, only dating is off-limits as long they work together. But he knows Frankie won’t be their staff forever and he’s good at waiting.
I love Frankie and Ren, not only together but more as individuals. Frankie’s tough exterior is very understandable. She has reason to have one. She’s grumpy and frank. And I think the author did a really great job with the representation of Autism through Frankie, which makes sense because this is an #OwnVoices story. Due to his diagnosis, which she keeps secret, adjusting to her daily life is hard but I admire how she handles everything. She’s also soft-hearted, which, of course, hasn’t escaped Ren’s attention.
Ren is a ray of sunshine. He’s cheerfulness always makes the day brighter. He’s a softie and such a good-hearted person. I met Ren first in book 1 of this series and I was really excited to read his story. I’m glad that the author didn’t disappoint me. She gave me the perfect story for Ren, and the perfect love interest.
They’re really perfect for each other and they didn’t bore me even for a second. I was always happy to learn more about them. I can say their characters are both layered and well-developed. Also, the romance is fantastic. I love the pacing. And by the way, even though it’s obvious that both of them are already attracted to each other, the romance is slow-burn, which is my favorite.
The side characters played big roles into making Frankie and Ren’s a reality. And I love all of them, even the slightly mean ones. I think they’re well-written characters, none of them is one-dimensional. I’m especially in love with the Bergman siblings and I’m so excited for the next installments in this series. By the way, the Bergmans are Swedish-Americans and I fell in love with them since book 1.
My only issue with the book is that sometimes it tells rather than shows, which I think is because of the POV used. The story is told via two POVs, Frankie and Ren’s, and in first-person. But this is a very small issue. The story, so heartwarming and fun, makes up for it.
One more amazing thing about this book is the playlist. In every chapter, there is a designated song and you can listen to while reading or before, whichever you prefer. For the complete playlist, there’s one in Spotify, and just search, “Always Only You (BB #2)” I actually didn’t listen to the songs while reading but afterwards, and I can say that yes, the playlist is perfect for Ren and Frankie’s journey.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
Overall, if you enjoy a heartwarming story with great, lovable characters and an #OwnVoice representation, then this book is for you. I also highly recommend book 1 of the series, Only When It’s Us which is equally heartwarming. Here’s my review for it, if you’re interested.
Have you read this book? Or planning to? What do you think of it? Let’s chat.