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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By ChantalG on 01-24-15

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

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3 out of 5 stars
By Audiobookhoe on 07-18-17

Not a bad story, just didn't wow me.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I usually like second chance but I found myself not truly invested or engaged with the characters. To be honest, I can't recall their names even though I can recap the story. I think what I liked about this one was the fact that they knew each other from way back when, but didn't feel their chemistry as much as other readers have. It wasn't a bad story at all, it just didn't capture my interest. I'd totally try another book from her though. Her writing is solid and I'm anxious to try another book with perhaps a different trope.

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