Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: NOW AND THEN by Brenda Rothert

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.


Now and Then is a light love story about Emma and Cole. Emma is 3 years younger than Cole has been crushing on him since she was a teen living next door to him and stuck in her older sister’s shadow.

Like some 10 years later the literally run into each other in a coffee shop and the sparks FLYYYYY…..of course the do right?!

It’s a cute story and I like that in MOST aspects Emma seems strong and independent…except when it comes to her sister. This one quirk really swallowed a lot of the stories potential. It was EXHAUSTING…..

Cole “dated” Emma’s sister when they were KIDS…..through some lies and the embellished mind of a teenager the reality of the “relationship” got built it up from more than what it was. Layla, Emma’s obnoxious sister didn’t help the situation…but neither did Emma by keeping everything so quiet.

Layla makes her intentions of going “after” Cole very clear, however it is ALSO clear that this isn’t a love connection, more of a conquest…..

Emma STILL moves forward with Cole...knowing this…..
Cole gives Emma A LOT of reassurance of his feelings and intentions for HER ALONE and yet she STILL always goes back to the issue of HER SISTER…and I kind of just wanted to yell at her “shit or get off the pot woman!” ….I mean you either get over it or you don’t….If you are SO CONCERNED about your SISTER then WHY are you pursuing this at all? GROSS.

I understood Cole’s frustration, especially when the truth of it all really comes out.

Other than that, it progressed at a good pace, hit all the marks and was light and quick. The drama was minimal, the characters had some depth to them so it wasn’t completely cardboard. I don’t know if I’ll continue with the series, but this book served its purpose and though it wasn’t my favorite it wasn’t BAD either. (The cover just looked so enticing...I went for it!)


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