Series: Bergman Brothers #2
on August 4, 2020
Get ready for an emotional ride filled with laughter, longing, and a sweet slow-burn in this sports romance about love’s power not in spite of difference, but because of it.
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.
Always Only You is an opposites-attract, forbidden love sports romance about a nerdy, late-blooming hockey star, and his tough cookie coworker who keeps both her soft side and her autism diagnosis* to herself. Complete with a meddling secretary, tantric yoga torture, and a scorching slow burn, this standalone is the second in a series of novels about a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters, and their wild adventures as they each find happily ever after.
*This is an #OwnVoices story for its portrayal of autism by an autistic author.
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FTC – This was KU.
Notes: This is an Autistic own voices rep written in First POV.
Frankie and Ren are a love story that cannot be. She is the media co-ordinator of the sports team, of which he is the star – workplace romances are frowned and so they keep their feelings a secret, from even each other.
When Frankie ends up staying at Ren’s house, things start to heat up until they simply can’t deny the heat between them any longer.
Ren has never had a serious relationship. Frankie has never had a relationship where she can truly be herself. Can they make this work?
Several other reviews have stated that the start up of this book wasn’t that great. I agree; it was very slapstick and there were multiple forced proximity tropes used in succession to force these two together quick. It was quite skippable. Once they were together, it got much better and the story was lovely.
The author voice is really light but it deals with some deep issues. Frankie is autistic and has Rheumatoid Arthritis. She struggles with both throughout the book but the book is overwhelmingly positive about both. Frankie is open with all her loved ones around her social and communication difficulties, telling them what she needs from them. It was such a positive representation of friendship that it made me really happy. The Rheumatoid Arthritis rep is equally positive. Frankie is in constant pain, but she functions and she, again, says what she needs from her friends.
It takes quite a while for Ren to be brought into her circle of trust and, I’ll be honest, I have no idea how she resisted as he is such a cinnamon roll.
Ren loves her from the first moment he sees her and, from that moment on, he doesn’t even look at another woman. He doesn’t fight on the hockey field, he cries when he reads to children in the hospital and he literally would do anything for Frankie. He is ridiculously lovely … I wanted him to get the girl.
This is a wonderful grumpy and sunshine love story that truly promotes positive relationships between both friends and lovers. I will definitely pick up more from this author.