Thursday, October 17, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Now and Then by Brenda Rothert

Now and Then (Now #1)
by Brenda Rothert
Release Date: 08/04/13

Summary from Goodreads:

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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About the Author
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.

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My Review:

This was a very sweet and emotional love story. I not only liked the romance between Emma and Cole, but the depiction of sibling rivalry. Emma and Layla have a complicated relationship and I felt for Emma as Cole put more strain on their already tumultuous relationship.

Emma was sympathetic at the start: growing up she was always in her sister’s shadow and harbored a secret crush on her neighbor Cole. You could see why she fell for Cole, he genuinely came across as a nice guy and the sexy scenes were very hot. Layla is high maintenance and has a thing for Cole, so Emma keeps their relationship a secret.

I love underdog love stories so this one really touched my heart. Emma made some downright stupid choices though and it made me want to shake her. I really enjoyed seeing the Emma of “now” and “then” and thought it was a great way to build character development.

If you love contemporary romances, I would definitely recommend Now and Then. It wasn’t merely a fluff read and really explored the complexities of relationships between sisters.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received this book as part of the Now and Then blog tour.

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  1. I am all about and underdog story as well

  2. I adore how you always manage to tell about what you like without spoilers or recapping the whole synopsis in your reviews, Heather. Nicely done. Sounds like an awesome read. WRITE ON!

  3. I don't think I've read a book with such open sibling rivalry. Interesting.