Now and Then (Now Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Magan Vernon
This is a sweet, sexy read that was hard for me to put down. I'd recommend it if you're in the mood for something different with a little bit of extra steam.
Goodreads - Carrie Jones
This was a fun read. It was emotional and angsty at times. It was hard to put down at times. And I love that this is going to be a series. I can't wait for Layla's book b/c she was a real bitch at times.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045201940
  • Publisher: Brenda Rothert
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Series: Now
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,052
  • File size: 245 KB

Meet 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.
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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    I¿m such a sucker for happy ever after love stories!! I love

    I’m such a sucker for happy ever after love stories!!


    I loved the characters; Emma is smart, quiet and towards the end a fighter; Cole is a hottie with brains and a body!! He fights for what he wants and he wants Emma. You can’t help but root for Emma when it comes to her sister Layla.

    The story flows well; the pace is pretty fast with a few twists and the editing is great. The chapters alternate between Emma and Cole’s POV. A nice sweet love story; between childhood friends and a sister who had outshined the other while growing up.

    Several spots in the story that were very touching and several quotes I really liked.

    “I have to open the door, sex on legs is in my hallway. F!
    “Is it possible I can drive him as crazy as he drives me?”
    “You smell to f-ing good, Em, he said, forcing her back against the car as he pressed his body against hers”
    “F. me! I’m trouble, he thought as he looked at her”

    This is the first book I read from this author and she didn’t disappoint, I will be adding her to my favorite authors list and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series “Now and Again #2” which is out now!! I love that I don’t have to wait for the next one!!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.

    Title: Now and Then (Now #1)
    Author: Brenda Rothert
    Format: eBook 546 epgs
    Length: 19 Chapters
    Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
    Published: 8/1/2013
    Cover: 4 stars
    Tense: First Person Present
    Setting: Present day Chicago
    Characters: Emmaline & Cole
    Rating: 5 stars
    Series: Yes!!


    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2013

    **JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review** ¿LOVE is a

    **JUST BOOKED received an ARC for an honest review**

    “LOVE is a leap of faith…It’s not always easy or smooth or comfortable. Only you know…enough to risk it.” – NOW AND AGAIN

    Now and Then is the first novel in the Now series and we are introduce to Emma Carson growing up in the shadows of her older
    beautiful and popular sister, Layla Carson. Emma also had a crush on her neighbor across the street, Cole Marlowe, since he moved
    in the neighborhood when she was a little girl. Cole is handsome, popular, and closer to her sister’s age, so she always found herself
    in the shadows looking at Cole from afar, until 12 years later they run into each other at a coffee shop. Emma is has changed since her
    adolescence years, leaving to attend art school in Paris and returning as a graphic designer and artist. After Cole an attorney now really
    saw Emma for the first time, he can not stop thinking about her and is determine to learn more about her. Emma also thought she had
    forgotten about Cole, but it seems her heart has not forgotten the love she had for him 12 years ago. Unfortunately, his task was not
    going to be easy because Layla had told Emma she was determined to have him as her future husband. Unravel the twists and turns
    of a siblings love for the same man and uncover the challenges he has to faces between the two to fight for his love too.

    Now and Again is the second novel in the Now series is about Layla Carson story about finding love and the novel begins immediately
    were we left on in the first book in the series, Now and Then. Layla is a cooperate lawyer and decides she is making a change her life
    because sex has been making a little messy, until she meets Ben Montrose. Layla and Ben have many things in common, like
    independence, hot & beautiful, stubborn, determination, and dominating. The chemistry is undeniable, so they arrange to be exclusive
    with each other for four weeks, but what they did not plan for was what journey their feelings were going to take them after the four weeks. 

    Author Brenda Rothert romance novels, Now and Then and Now and Again, has done an AMAZING job writing a BEAUTIFUL LOVE
    STORY that will capture your attention immediately and find yourself unable to put the book down. You will also experience a roller
    coaster of emotions from feeling SCARED, SADNESS, SUSPENSEFUL, SHOCKED, LOVE, SALACIOUS, and TENDERNESS. 

    Brenda Rothert will not have us to waiting too long to find out what will happen next, because she is currently writing the third book in the
    series, Now and Forever, the story of Emma Carson & Cole Marlowe and Layla Carson & Ben Montrose. 

    I rate Brenda Rothert’s novel in the Now series, Now and Then and Now and Again – 5 AMAZING STARS!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    REALLY LIKED

    GOOD STORY. WAS A FULL STORY, NOT JUST PART OF A STORY. WILL LOOK FOR THIS AUTHOR.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    good book

    You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Well written

    Although well written, the main character dwelling so much on the past was a bit much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Great read

    I liked the story. I am no usually a fan of flashbacks but the author kept them interesting. Will be reading the whole series. You will enjoy this if you try it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    3.5

    Cute story. Dwelled too much on heroine's dilemma...almost ad nauseum, without which i would have given a higher rating. Serious issue handled tastefully. Looking forward to more from this author!



    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    very enjoyable

    This book was well written with good character development. I couldnt put it down. It was the perfect read on a rainy Saturday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Great read

    I like this book cant waite to read the next one Thank You hope they get married

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    A really good read

    A good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Good story

    Fast read. Good story. Enjoyed

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

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    Who wants to chat with me and how do u chat ....and i need your nook name or watever

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Now and Again is Brenda Rothert sophomore novel for the Now seri

    Now and Again is Brenda Rothert sophomore novel for the Now series. This here is Emma Carson's sister Layla story, which I am happy to say I actually enjoyed more than Emma's story in Now and Then.




    Layla Carson is a powerful force to be wreckin with. She's all business, no games, and sometimes a bi*** on the outside. On the inside, in private she's a little broken by the unfortunate choices she's made with men. Deep down she only wants the same things that any other woman wants...to find someone to love her the way she deserves.




    Now and Again starts off where things left in Now and Then. The relationship between Layla and Emma are still a tad uneasy and sometimes awkward. Although, I feel both ladies are making an effort to be more civil with each other.




    While working on her most recent case Layla finds herself in ex-marine Ben Montrose now Chicago Investigator office. Let's get a few things clear he is all man. Alpha type that has a way with his hands. I absolutely loved the fact that he was more than willing to stand up for Layla's honor. Case in point when Cole was being a major douche. -- Like really. Really. Where did this blatant disrespect come from. On some small level I think that he may have been jealous of what Ben and Layla had--.




    After a few encounter these to developed some intense chemistry, but being who they are neither wants to give up control. So they come up with a comprise to share. That's when things not only get interesting but also even more intense between these two. The story is told from a dual POV, which I absolutely love so much.The romance between these two dominant spirits was not as instant as the initial attraction they felt for each other. Considering they both had very thick walls that needed to be broken down.




    I would really like to give many thanks to Ms. Rothert for creating a story with characters that were so enjoyable and relate. Allowing the story to flow so that I did not want to put my e reader down. Now and Again hands down more intriguing than Now and Then. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get more of Ben and Layla in the near future.




    **Huge thanks to the author for providing me with an arc copy in exchange for my honest opinion**




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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    177 pgs

    It was a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Waste of time

    I was very disappointed in this book. It could have been a cute story, but it had the F word at least 2x per page. Also a ton of sex scenes. But the language is what really got to me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Glad it was free

    Was not that great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Liked a lot

    Liked book and was well written, but musr be over age of 21 to read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    I love this story but

    This story was great should be a movie but i did not likwe you describing the sex its weird but still a great book do the other books countine the story

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    I really enjoyed this story. Cole is a hot and everyone's dream

    I really enjoyed this story. Cole is a hot and everyone's dream but he only has eyes for Em.
    Em and her sister Layla have always had a strained relationship, Em living in her sisters shadow kinda thing.. Layla was the popular cheerleader and Em the quirky art girl, they become friends after Em leave home for college in Paris & Layla visits.
    There are a few twists in the story and I feel the story moved smoothly.
    This is a first time read of this author for me, but I will be adding her to my Favorites and I'm ready to start book two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    She comes out of her shell

    Well written story about an awkward girl who growsup and meets up with her high school crush. The family dynamics are dificult and drive the plot fotward.

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