BLOG TOUR: Now and Then, Then and Again by Brenda Rothert

 Now and Then
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

Now and Again
Once again, 26-year-old Layla Carson has the attention of a man eager to satisfy her. Ben Montrose, the hot, confident cop who gets off on frustrating her, is eager to show her just how arresting he can be. But as a reforming sexaholic, Layla’s sworn off casual hookups, and doesn’t miss the days of her early 20s –much.

Ben’s caught off-guard when the sexy, outspoken attorney turns him on and then turns him down. But the confident former Marine knows he can handle the simple seduction of a beautiful woman. He finds Layla’s weak spot – competition, which he happens to share – and challenges her to a game that could make them, or destroy them.

As they compete to crown the master of seduction, Ben and Layla discover there’s more to their game than power and foreplay. But as the stakes go up, they realize the game has changed, and they both stand to lose more than they bargained for.

Now and Then (Book 1)
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Now and Again (Book 2)
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This series is about sisters Layla and Emmy Carson.


Book #1 – Now and Then – I loved how this book went back and forth between the past and the future. Emmy Carson has always has a crush on her neighbor, Cole Marlowe. And she has always been in the shadow of her older sister Layla too. Layla was a cheerleader and always the go getter. Layla’s number one target just so happens to be Cole too. So when, 6 years later Emmy runs into Cole – he finally sees Emmy as the beautiful woman she has turned into. Now if she could only get over her insecurities about her past and learn to trust Cole.
I liked this story, but Emmy at times was just too whiny and insecure for me. Especially when everything was going good, she just couldn’t get over her own past and put too much trust into her sister who was lying to her about everything! Cole was swoony and everything you look for in a Book Boyfriend, giving redemption to the book. 4 Stars.
Book #2 – Then and Again – I didn’t honestly think I was going to like this book, since it was about Layla (who I hated in Book #1) but this book was a pleasant surprise and I actually liked it more that Now and Then. Layla and Ben are HOT together and Layla has her own set of insecurities too. But she is trying to turn a new leaf and Ben is just the guy to help her through it all. They enter a little bet, since both a fairly dominate and have to have things there way, which was fun to read. 4.5 Stars.


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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.


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