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.
**Warning** This book contains adult language and situations.
©2013 Brenda Rothert (P)2015 Brenda Rothert
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"Loved Now and Then"
I read this book a while back and loved it. Listening to it was even more amazing. Cole and Em bump into each other literally in a coffee shop after not having seen each other for years. Cole was Em's secrete crush growing up. He never seemed to pay too much attention to her back then. He was more interested in her older sister Layla. But once he recognized her and noticed how grown up and beautiful she'd become he did noticed her this time. Perusing her he finally convinced Em to go out with him and they fell for each other fast. Knowing Layla was still interested Cole herself Em thought it better to keep their relationship secrete for now. But we all know secrets don't stay secret for long. Having found happiness things start to fall apart when unspoken secrets from the past and their discovery by Layla threaten to come between them. This book has it all from romance, sex, seduction, laughter and heartbreak. Loved it. A 5 star read and listen for sure
"Love and addictive"
Loved this book. Frustraring at time with the way Emma was making decisions but Cole is an awesome book boyfriend
This book was enjoyable. I didn't get bored, they gave enough detail on the important plot points but didn't go into too much detail.
Narration was great story itself dragged in areas and tended to get bored with it. Fine over all. Entertaining. I
"A Definite Have for your Audiobook Collection"
Having never read this story previously, I wanted to listen to this audiobook. I enjoyed how when the point of views changed, so did the narrators. The story flows beautifully, and the way she goes back and forth in both points of view really stands out with me. I'm not much of a fan of audiobooks, but listening to this while I was driving definitely helped lower my stress level in traffic, and I even laughed during some of the funniest scenes in the story. In my opinion, if you're a fan of romance novels, give this audiobook a try, because I don't believe that you'll be disappointed.
"Super-Sexy Friends To Lovers Tale"
I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Brenda Rothert writes engaging stories, with equal amounts humor, sweetness, and sexiness. Anyone that appreciates a good romance would enjoy this audiobook.
When Emmaline and Layla finally have it out over Cole on Christmas Eve. Their poor parents!
I had several, but the above scene, the one when Cole tells his parents about him and Em, and the one when he finally tells Em about his sister are all favorites.
I would have loved to listen to it all in one sitting, but, alas, could not.
Kirsten Leigh and Chris Ruen are both excellent narrators. I've heard them before when listening to another book by Brenda Rothert, and really think they bring something special to the experience.
The narrators did a great job of bringing this sweet story to life. I enjoyed listening to every minute of it.
"LOVE this book!"
Listening to the narrator voices. They spoke so clear with so much emotion while telling the story.
No. This was the first time.
I loved how Emma stuck up for herself against her boss. This displayed so much strength.
"Sweet & Sexy Romance!"
My thoughts on the narration:
The narrators did a great job of bringing the authors words to life. They were both able to convey the angst, the heartbreaking moments, and all the hotness that the author poured into the story. The voice of Cole is simply yummy! I'm looking forward to more narration in this beautiful series!
My thoughts on the story itself:
Brenda has such a smooth, easy going writing style. This story follows Cole and Emma after they meet again for the first time in over a decade. However, we also get a taste of what these characters were feeling and experiencing all those years ago with flashbacks from the past.
Emma is one of those girls that seems unsure of herself. That is mainly due to having an attractive and popular cheerleader sister. She begins as an awkward preteen looking to find herself and evolves into a talented young woman. She is content and doesn't have the need for a man in her life.....
Cole...sigh...Oh, sorry!! Cole is one of those boys that you look at from afar because you know that you could never be good enough to claim him. He begins as the hot, popular football player that can have any girl he wants. He works hard at everything he does and becomes an attorney with little time on his hands to truly enjoy life.
Now, I know I said this was a sweet romance and it is. However, just when you are thinking "What a nice, sweet, G rated book this is".....BAM!! The author turns up the heat. Holy Heck! This isn't raunchy, but man is it hot!
Even though this story ends with a 'happy ever after' and no cliffhanger, you are still left with wanting more of the swoon worthy Cole and Emma.
"A fantastic mix of heat and romance"
The narrators are wonderful and the story line very engaging. Keeps the reader wanting more. Very well written and read.
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