Always Only You (Bergman Brothers #2) by Chloe Liese
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.
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.
*This is an #OwnVoices story for its portrayal of autism by an autistic author.
This book was so endearing and cute! Frankie is on the autism spectrum and has arthritis, which forces her to use a cane. She doesn’t understand nonverbal cues and has trouble reading between the lines. Ren is a giant ginger Teddy Bear who loves Shakespeare and is the ultimate gentleman and family man.
I loved reading through Frankie’s thought process and I can’t thank the author, Liese enough for sharing more about how autism impacts everyone a little bit differently. I loved how successful Frankie was, both professionally, and personally by finding friends who love her as she is. Beyond bringing a voice to different development disorders, Liese had diverse characters, LGBTQ+, and feminism.
I loved reading a contemporary story where the characters weren’t mean or rude to each other initially. I am really over the enemies to lovers trope, because who really falls for someone who treats you like shit? I digress. Frankie and Ren’s story was beautiful and authentic and corky and easy to read about.
My only issue with this story, and I use issue lightly because it is really minor, is that the final conflict before the big finale seemed a bit forced and was over stupid stuff. Yes, I could see how the whole book was leading up to that being a fight, however, it felt more like it was a bigger fight when it could have easily been a discussion.
Overall, 10/10 recommend this book. I can’t wait for Liese to continue with the series. The book is available on Kindle Unlimited.