Author: Brenda Rothert

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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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Now and Again by Brenda Rothert – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)

November 6, 2013 Blog Tour, Giveaways, Review 1 ★★★★★

Now and Again by Brenda Rothert – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)

Welcome to my stop on the Now and Again blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

inanutshell2Not only is this the sophomore book in a series, but it’s self-published to boot! And it’s incredible. Brenda Rothert writes her heroines in a way that I don’t generally see – and it’s knocking my socks off.

Now and Again by Brenda Rothert – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)Release Date: September 30, 2013
Title: Now and Again
Series: Now #2
Author: Brenda Rothert
Pages: 253
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: YA Bound Tours
Available: Barnes and Noble

From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

I really had mixed feelings going into this book. I absolutely adored the first one (Now and Then), but I really didn’t like Layla’s character in that book at all. She was selfish and spoiled and a little bit vindictive. I wasn’t sure how her character was going to be redeemed enough to be the main character – especially a likable main character.

I worried for nothing.

Rothert nailed it.

I won’t say all women do this, but there are women in the world who use sex as a way to find their worth and validation. Layla is exactly that kind of woman (though we see that side of her most prominently in Now and Then). This book takes place seven months later, after she’s decided to stop having casual sex and end her desperate search for a husband.

Without men and sex to give Layla her worth, she becomes a very different woman.

We begin to see her insecurities more prominently since she doesn’t have anything to hide behind.

It was an extraordinary transformation.

And when she meets Ben… oh my.

Those two were together for four weeks without sex and they still had some damn steamy scenes.

Where can I find one?

The only (only) problem/nitpick I have with this book is that Cole’s personality was kind of out of character. Emma and Cole were back (yay!) but Cole was jealous and downright mean to Layla and Ben – and then his actions were never addressed again. It was just dropped as if it never happened. Cole was way too amazing in Now and Then to turn into an asshole.

Overall, this book was just as amazing as the first one. The romance was epic and steamy and just… perfect. I laughed and cried and got angry and… well, I felt all the things I want to feel when I’m experiencing life with a beloved character/friend.

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About Brenda Rothert

brendarothert

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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Now and Then by Brenda Rothert – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)

October 18, 2013 Blog Tour, Giveaways, Review 1 ★★★★★

Now and Then by Brenda Rothert – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)

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Welcome to my stop on the Now and Then blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

inanutshell2I’m really enjoying these romances I’m finding that don’t stereotype the female characters as these passive, submissive, and demure characters who don’t know anything about their bodies or their sexuality. Now and Then is definitely on this list.
 

Now and Then by Brenda Rothert – Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour Stop)Release Date: August 4, 2013
Title: Now and Then
Series: Now #1
Author: Brenda Rothert
Pages: 266
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: YA Bound Tours
From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

I’ve really been hitting it out of the park lately with my choices in romance novels. It generally surprises me when I read anything that I give 5 stars to, but when that book is from the romance genre it really makes me do a double take.

But this book is well worth every one of those 5 stars.

As you probably guessed from the title, we get to see two different timelines in the book – Now and Then.

Cole and Emma lived across the street from one another when they were in high school (well, Emma was 12 when the 15 year old Cole moved in). Cole never saw her as anything more than the little girl across the street, even though he did take Emma’s older sister, Layla, to the prom. And of course, Emma had a huge crush on Cole for years.

Fast forward a decade when both have steady jobs in the city and happen to run into one-another. Cole doesn’t know what hit him, but he falls fast and hard for Emma. But when she sees him again, Layla has her sights set on Cole still, after all these years. Emma ends up stuck in the middle between the man she’s falling in love with and her sister, who she’s always been loyal to.

I’m sure you can guess what happens, but I won’t tell you because you need to experience it for yourself. Just know that you will feel all the feels. You’ll want to kick Emma (a lot) and hug Cole (a lot). But you’ll also understand. And root for them. Man, I rooted for them SO HARD. And I wanted to strangle Layla (a lot).

Brenda Rothert is an author who is now on my “instant to-read” list. And if you like romances that are emotional, swoon-worthy, contemporary, and empowering all at once? Go out and get this book. You’ll love it as much as I did.

Available at Amazon

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About Brenda Rothert

brendarothert

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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