Review #36

Title- Only When It’s Us

Rating– 5/5
Genre- Contemporary Romance

POV- First person, present tense

Trope- Irritated to Lovers, Slow Burn

Similar Books/Comps– The Off-Limits Rule

My emotions-  pleasantly surprised at the build up of sexual tension!


I loved this stubborn couple and was extremely happy with their character arc compared to most books. The way they shifted in their mindsets really worked for me even though it took Willa a lot longer to get there than Ryder. She finally decided to allow herself to be vulnerable. I love how patient he was with her.



Ever since she sat next to me in class and gave me death eyes, Willa Sutter’s been on my shit list. Why she hates me, I don’t know. What I do know is that Willa is the kind of chaos I don’t need in my tidy life. She’s the next generation of women’s soccer. Wild hair, wilder eyes. Bee-stung lips that should be illegal. And a temper that makes the devil seem friendly.

She’s a thorn in my side, a menacing, cantankerous, pain-in-the-ass who’s turned our Business Mathematics course into a goddamn gladiator arena. I’ll leave this war zone unscathed, coming out on top…And if I have my way with that crazy-haired, ball-busting hellion, that will be in more than one sense of the word. 


Rather than give me the lecture notes I missed like every other instructor I’ve had, my asshole professor tells me to get them from the silent, surly flannel-wearing mountain man sitting next to me in class. Well, I tried. And what did I get from Ryder Bergman? Ignored. What a complete lumbersexual neanderthal. Mangy beard and mangier hair. Frayed ball cap that hides his eyes. And a stubborn refusal to acknowledge my existence.

I’ve battled men before, but with Ryder, it’s war. I’ll get those notes and crack that Sasquatch nut if it’s the last thing I do, then I’ll have him at my mercy. Victory will have never tasted so sweet.


Quick, easy read

Best part-

The sex scenes were much more steamy than I anticipated but because of the depth of their relationship it fit really well.

What I’d change-

I’m a speech therapist – some of the details about his hearing impairment felt unbelievable. But I’m not hearing impaired, so I could be mistaken.

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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