TITLE: With You Forever
BY: Chloe Liese
SERIES: Bergman Brothers #4 (can be read as standalone)
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: September 14th 2021 by Chloe Liese
NOTES: I received an e-copy of the book from the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My review is unbiased and honest.
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.
I am a fan of the Bergman Brothers even though I didn’t get to read the third book in the series. That said, I didn’t encounter any issue reading this one without reading the previous book. But I highly suggest that you read the series in order because it is easier to remember which brother is which.
With You Forever features Axel Bergman, the most serious among the Bergman brothers, and Rooney Sullivan, the warmest, brightest, most cheerful woman on earth (Axel’s earth 🙂 ) Obviously, Axel and Rooney are as different as night and day and that’s what makes their love story even more beautiful. So far, I think this is my favorite in the series, even though, I also rated the first book in the series 5 stars. Yep, spoiler alert: With You Forever is a five star read for me.
There are so many things to like in this book. First the main characters. I love the depiction of both Axel and Rooney. Axel, despite being too serious and prefers to spend his time alone and painting, is actually a very warm-hearted. He is the kindest and sweetest. His talk of the sunrise and sunsets just wooed me. Rooney’s a sunshine despite her condition and to be honest, I need that kind of positivity in my life.
I love their pets. Axel has a dog he said he didn’t really want. But oh God, the way he cares for Harry, the dog is just so heartwarming. And then comes the cat. I’m totally in love with Rooney and Axel. They’re perfect for each other. They fit. Their love story is the cliche’ secretly in love with each other concept and even more cliche’ is the thing that made them closer – marriage of convenience. But their romance is amazing. Sure sometimes I want to scream at them to just, you know, kiss again or just freaking sleep with each other. But given the characterization of Axel and Rooney, it’s more realistic that they hold back, especially in Axel’s side.
The representations. Axel is in autism spectrum and it’s no surprise how well the author handled this aspect so well. This is an #ownvoices story. But Rooney’s case is different because her Chronic Illness is something that isn’t always talked about. She has chronic IBD and I loe how Chloe Liese represented it in the story. It’s realistic and with respect.
There are lots of funny moments in this book. Rooney is funny and Axel is, well, despite everything, he is a Bergman and Bergman is a family of humor. Family goals, really.
RATING: 5 blissful pages with lilies
I really don’t have any issue about this book. I can see myself rereading this one to lift my mood. I find Rooney and Axel are the kinds of characters that are hard to forget and I would love to meet again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 and other marginalized voices.
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