Chloe Liese never disappoints with her Bergman Brother books and “With You Forever,” the 4th in the series continues to show why she is such a fun and unique romance author. Her books make you feel good and help you escape for a few hours, something I desperately need right now. This can be read as a standalone but I would recommend all her books because reading about the Bergman family is always a treat.
Up until this point in the book series, Axel has been a periphery character, appearing in small scenes and talked about but never front and center. Rooney has been much larger presence, even though she’s not technically a Bergman, a fact that is brought up often in the series. But anytime they’ve been in a scene together, the chemistry has been there, and readers knew it was only a matter of time before they got their own book. So in many ways, this is the ultimate slow burn romance, stretched out over 4 books and finally culminating in a fake marriage. I must admit that marriage of convenience is not my favorite trope because I find authors struggle with making the reason behind the marriage believable and it pains me to say that I will continue to search for that elusive great marriage of convenience plot after reading this book. This is the only blip in an otherwise fantastic (and realistic!) romance but I couldn’t buy Axel’s motivations for wanting the inheritance he was promised if he got married. Despite my not liking that part of the story, everything else worked for me. The stray dog. The close quarters. The comical surprise drop ins by family. The well-meaning, supportive friends. Everything came together wonderfully.
What I like most about Liese’s books are the diverse characters she writes and the realism with which she writes them. In each book, there is a character, and sometimes multiple characters, that are diverse. She herself is Autistic and several of her characters are as well, including Axel, but she includes other characters that are living with things that make their lives different in some way. In the case of this book, Rooney has IBS, a chronic disease that she has kept hidden from most of the people in her life while Axel has kept his Autism hidden from everyone but his immediate family. Part of what makes this story a lovely romance is seeing the walls each of these characters have erected start to come down as they fall in love and open their hearts to each other. The trust they show each other is beautiful and because this is a slow burn romance, their feelings are allowed the time they need to develop. There is a bit of angst thrown in towards the end but these two get their happily ever after, complete with a grand gesture that felt true and heartfelt. I finished this book with a big smile on my face and I think you will too.
Chloe Liese has become one of my favorite romance authors and I sincerely hope she starts to get the recognition she deserves for writing smart, funny, and diverse stories. Rooney and Axel’s love story was adorable and filled with little moments that had me swooning. I can’t wait to read about the next Bergman brother!
*Thank you to Netgalley for providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review*
Author: Chloe Liese
Expected Publication Date: September 14, 2021
Rating: 4 Stars