Now and Then
Book Review by Brenda Wright
Now and Then
Now Emmaline Carson has settled into her career as a graphic designer, though she’d rather be painting or shopping with her sister Layla. But then – in the years before she went to art school in Paris – she was a shy, awkward teenager with frizzy hair, a flat chest and a massive crush on the boy across the street, Cole Marlowe. Too bad her incredibly hot neighbor only had eyes for Layla.
Cole is now a confident, laid-back attorney who’s even hotter than he used to be. He’s planning to stay single while working his way up the corporate ladder – until he’s knocked off course by a chance run-in with Emma.
Everything is different between Cole and Emma now. He finally sees her in a way she only dreamed of, and their hot chemistry is fueled by a growing friendship. But Emma’s deception of her sister – who wants Cole for herself – and the secret Cole’s been keeping for more than a decade threaten to tear apart what’s only just begun. Because sometimes the only thing standing in the way of now is then.
I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.
First off.....I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!!Now this isn’t your typical love story. This is more of the love story that you WISHED you could have. You know how in high school, the big hot football star that you have a huge crush on, but he dated your older, more beautiful perfect sister? Well yeah, that happened here, too. EXCEPT years later when Emma and Cole meet again, she’s no longer that awkward, flat chested, shy girl any more. She’s HOT!! Well Layla (the older sister) still thinks so, too. So, Emma doing what she always does – steps back to let her sister “get her guy” again. Well that doesn’t work for Cole! He doesn’t want Layla.....he wants Emma. He can’t stop thinking about her. She doesn’t want to hurt her sister, so they try to keep it a secret. Mmmmmmmmm . I just can’t say enough about this book. You can tell that Brenda Rothert poured her soul into this book! You can feel the emotions of the characters. You know what each of them is thinking and feeling. I can’t wait for book 2 to come out on 10/1/13. It’s going to be Layla’s story.
Overall Rating: 5 starsHero Hotness: 5 stars
Heroine Hotness: 5
Lovableness of couple: 5 stars
Tearjerker: 3 stars
Story Depth: 4 stars
Story Plot: 5 stars
Published: August 2013
· Would I read future books by this author: Yes· Was there a cliffhanger: no
· Do I love the characters: Yes
· Do I want more of their story: yes
· Is this part of a series: yes
About the Author
Brenda Rothert started her writing career as a print journalist. She now writes Romances, some Contemporary and others with a twist of dystopian society and adventure. Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys.
Good Reads link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7010859.Brenda_Rothert