Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers) – book review

Ever After Always
By Chloe Liese
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Book #3 in the Bergman Brothers series
Number of pages: 366
Contemporary Romance
Ages 16 and up
CW: mental health issues, intimacy issues
Buckle up for an emotional journey of hijinks, heartache, and a hot slow-burn in this marriage-in-crisis romance about going the distance to make love last.

I’ve spent twelve years loving Freya Bergman and twelve lifetimes won’t be enough to give her everything she deserves. She’s my passionate, tender-hearted wife, my best friend, and all I want is to make her happy. But the one thing that will make her happiest is the one thing I’m not sure I can give her: a baby.

With the pressure of providing and planning for a family, my anxiety’s at an all-time high, and I find myself pulling away, terrified to tell my wife how I’m struggling. But when Freya kicks me out, I realize that pulling back has turned into pushing too far. Now it’s the fight of a lifetime to save our marriage.

I love my cautious, hard-working husband. He’s my partner and best friend, the person I know I can count on most. Until one day I realize the man I married is nowhere to be found. Now Aiden is quiet and withdrawn, and as the months wear on, the pain of our growing distance becomes too much. 

As if weathering marriage counseling wasn’t enough, we’re thrown together for an island getaway to celebrate my parents’ many years of perfect marriage while ours is on the brink of collapse. Despite my meddling siblings and a week in each other’s constant company, this trip somehow gets us working through the trouble in paradise. I just can’t help worrying, when we leave paradise and return to the real world, will trouble find us again?

Such a lovely and heartwarming marriage in trouble story. Since this is the third book in this series and this couple has played a significant part through the series so far, it was more poignant for me when their marriage started to crumble. I already had a strong connection to Freyda and Aiden and wanted them to fight for their marriage as well as fight for their individual happiness.

There’s no denying that Freya and Aiden love each other. As is the case with all humans, their past molded who they are today. That’s wonderful in some ways. They are both caring, sturdy, and passionate people. But where Freya is also very confident and outspoken, Aiden is not. He grew up poor and feeling left behind. Something that, no matter how much she sympathizes with, Freya cannot fully understand. Which means she doesn’t know what to do to help her husband get out of his head.

This story deals with anxiety and other mental health issues, as well as some pros and cons of the medications used to help with these issues. It is so real and raw. These are not easy things to talk about, even with your best friend you’ve been married to for years. I applaud the author for including the good the bad and the ugly to show us the beauty at the end.

One of the beautiful things about this story is the way the Bergman family reminds Aiden, over and over, that he does have a large family…them. He may have grown up with just him and his mom against the world, but he’s been in their orbit for over 15 years and is their true brother and son no matter what. A couple of the brothers do some really unforgivable things to force this couple back together, but they also use romance books in a wonderful way. As an avid romance reader, I loved the romance book discussions.

Through Aiden and Freya working on their marriage, there are some parts that are two steps forward and one step back for them. That was another thing I appreciated about this story. There was not one magic scenario that made all of the angst and hurt feelings disappear. They had to do the work. Both of them. As we see when Freya admits she’s not as confident as she lets on, even with her husband.

Even with the missteps of the brothers, I loved this book. It is emotional and engaging.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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4 Responses to Ever After Always (Bergman Brothers) – book review

  1. I loved reading this review! I really liked this book. It was kind of a hard read, but I had hope.

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