My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
Old crushes, big transformations, look-at-me-now kind of stories… That’s what Now and Then is all about. Before diving into the story, I knew sisters were involved and to be honest, that aspect of the plot had me a bit hesitant. I pretty much knew how I’d end up feeling about each sister, but obviously I decided “what the heck”, couldn’t resist, and read the book anyway. As I predicted, not a big fan of Layla. Adored Emma, but there are times I struggled with her issues and her mindset. Sometimes you wanna reach into your e-reader and shake some sense into these characters. That’s how I felt about Emma most of the time. As for Cole, he’s a dish and I wouldn’t change a thing about him. I liked how the author was able to give us aspects of their lives in the past and present. This book was wonderful and I would gladly recommend it to anyone!
Now Emmaline Carson is a sharp, settled graphic designer who loves painting, cooking and girls’ night out with her older 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.
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Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories. These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres.