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Now and Again

(Now #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,395 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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 attorn ...more
Published September 22nd 2013 by Nla Digital LLC
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

I'll admit, I'm surprised how attracted I am to your combative nature. But you're under my skin now. I don't want a compliant woman - I want you.

I knew just one thing going into this book; how much I absolutely HATED Layla in book 1. How do I even describe the way she came off in that book? Ahh yes!

Think I'm exaggerating here? Not even close. Then there was Layla's penchant of sleeping with pretty much every hot guy that crossed her path. Honestly!

She was selfish, arrogant, rude, and pre

Going into this book…I hated Layla. I wasn’t looking forward to reading about her. After the crap she pulled and the way she acted in the previous book, I just didn’t care about her story. Even as I started this book, my heart wasn’t in it…Until I met Ben.

Ben was a HUGE bright spot for me. He was everything you would expect in an alpha male. And with my dislike of Layla, everything I would want to see matched against her. All the typical alpha behaviors that would typically have me reaching
**4.5 stars**

Now and Again by Brenda Rothert is the the second installment of the series Now. In the first book, we were introduced to Emma Carson's beautiful older and fiercely independent sister, Layla. She was basically portrayed as a slut and bitch in Now and Then. While most readers love to hate her in the first book, I was one of the minority of readers who actually liked her. I was intrigued by her spunky attitude and how she isn't afraid t
Cupcakes and sweet police detectives - 3 stars ☆☆☆
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This book can be read as standalone, let me tell you this first.
It has some characters from book 1 (Layla's sister Emma, and her boyfriend Cole), but this now it is all Layla story.

So, Layla was a promiscuous girl, you already know...♫♪, then she decided it's enough of all that cr*p or else, she won't ever get married and find a nice guy.

Then comes, the man of the hour, to save the day - Ben!
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first page had me wanting to devour this book. I stormed through it and LOVED it!!

Layla was actually likable in this book, (complete bitch in Now And Then). She was a complete changed woman since she swore off one night stands, I was in hysterics at some of the things she came out with. I really came to like her, she was considerate (sometimes), witty and independant. She just needed someone to see HER for HER, not as a casual one night stand. She just needed to figure out she was worth mor
Alpha Possessive Heroes
4.5 Bitches!


If you read the first book in this series, then you met Layla.. the bitch sister. Well, surprise surprise! This is her story. :)

Layla is tired of mindless fuck with random guys and promised herself that she's done with casual sex...

Gotta say that I love this bitch! Layla is the exact opposite of her sister Emma. She's edgy, strong independent woman that loves to sleep around with guys. I would say, she's a certified 100% WHORE. :)


But honestly, behind this tough independent is a woma
I freaking love Brenda Rothert! Review to come with my tour post on 11/7...


“Writing her goals on a sheet of pink Hello Kitty paper as she started high school had seemed like a way to get everything she wanted, back then. As long as it was on the list, she believed it would happen. So far, she’d checked off “be valedictorian”, “become an attorney”, and “visit another country”. The list was tucked into a compartment of her wallet, and she hadn’t looked at it in a while. Since she
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After working hard and pushing others around to get what she has wanted her whole life, Layla comes to the point where she realizes some things can't be forced – like love. She decides she needs to take a step back and reevaluate her priorities, and when she does she realizes she doesn't like the person she has become. After taking a hiatus from her life, or at least her dating life, she starts to see things clearly for the first time.

I liked this story even more than Emma's, mostly I think beca
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

WOW, this book's steamy level was completely of the charts; I LOVED IT, I LOVED.

I received the book as an ARC and I was extremely exited seeing as I had read Now and Then a couple weeks before and couldn't wait to see how Layla's book would be.I wasn't one of those people who had disliked her in the first book; yes she was bitch, but not enough to hate. Not to give away too much but the book starts with Layla being Slutty McSlut but she's so ashamed of herself that she decides to stop.
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers Blog (Co2BL)
Lindsay: Going into this book…I hated Layla. I wasn’t looking forward to reading about her. After the crap she pulled and the way she acted in the previous book, I just didn’t care about her story. Even as I started this book, my heart wasn’t in it…Until I met Ben.

Nikki: OMG! I hated Layla too! (to see our rants, click here) And you practically had to twist my arm to get me to finally read it! But once I got into it, I fell in love with Ben!

Lindsay: Ben was a HUGE bright spot for me. He was
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Now and Again by Brenda Rothert in exchange for an honest review.

Now and Again is the second book in the Now series by Brenda Rothert. The first book, Now and Then, was Emma's story and Now and Again is her sister Layla's story. While it's a series, Brenda Rothert gave enough back history on Emma and Cole, that you could read Now and Again as a standalone and be able to fully understand the story.

When I first met Layla in Now and Then, she wasn't easy to like. She was mani
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now and Again is book 2 in the Now series. It focuses on Layla Carson who is the sister of Emma from book 1. This is a different Layla then we read about in Now and Then. She's learned her lesson in this book. She is no longer trying to sleep her way to finding a husband. And just when she stops looking she managed to meet Ben.

Ben is a detective with the police department. He also wasn't looking to find anyone. But their chemistry is unmistakable. They have amazing banter. I love it when an aut
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We meet the sexy attorney Layla Carson again. This time Layla still angry over her baby sister snagging their hot sexy childhood neighbor, the object of Layla's list to the altar guy, she has decided to swear off of sex.

But what the reforming sexaholic is about to find out is her attraction to one uber hot Ben Montrose ex-marine turned sexy as hell detective will knock her off her game. But Ben is dealing with his own reasons for not wanting to be in a co
This book was amazing. After reading Now and Then, the first book in the series, I wasn't a fan of Layla. After reading this book, I love her. Layla is trying to reform herself after trying to sleep her way through men trying to find a husband when she meets Ben. The chemistry between them is amazing, and the sexual Besides the romance, there was humor which I wasn't expecting. I found myself laughing out loud a few times. And of course there is drama. Yes, I had tears. I loved ev ...more
Ok I will admit, I did warm up to Layla! I loved Ben, and sadly could only tolerate Cole and Emma. I don't know what happened to them in this book but they were not themselves! The story was good and even though I had to wait for freaking ever for the sex, the 'playtime' between Layla and Ben was pretty hot! I wish the 'suspense' aspect had been more draw out and played up because it was pretty interesting but other than that I have few no complaints! :D ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hated Layla in the first book of this series! Honestly, I almost didn't read this book because I wasn't sure she would be able to redeem herself & all her bitchiness from book one, but she totally did. And Ben....he was one sexy, dirty talking Detective. Loved this book!! ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received an ARC in exchange for honest review*

*******4.5 stars********

Layla Carson is back!! I wasn’t a fan of Layla after reading Now and Then I think I went as far as calling her a bitch, I didn’t really warm to her and didn’t like the games she played. However she had somewhat redeemed herself by the end of the book and I was looking forward to reading this book, and her story.

Layla relationship with her sister is a little better she has realized she can’t go on acting the way she does by
Monique Machuca-Austin
**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, popula
Patti K
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved book 1 in the Now series so much that I had to go immediately to Amazon and 1-click the second book! I'm a sucker for a soldier. I've said this a lot lately. I've been writing three of them over the course of the last year and I keep coming across stories with soldiers in them that I can't put down. So it's no surprise that I loved Ben when he's a former Marine. Then he's a detective, protective of his twin sister and of Layla (who, let's face it, could use a guy like him in her life to ...more
Elsa Carrion
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sexual frustration was through the roof with this one!!!

Layla is a hoe. She knows that and everyone else does too. But she gets tired of doing the one night thing, so she tries to change it, going without satisfying her libido for 6 months!! For a sex-a-holic that is darn hard.

Ben, sexy cop with a body full of muscles; he is controlling and also a man whore. Not one for long term relationships he goes through women like dirty underwear. When he meets Layla, strong, very opinionated hard head
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

There is the Layla I saw lurking under all that bitchiness! All those little glimpses of kindness and goodness have finally come out into the light. She's growing up! Now if Lane can only grow up too, her life would be perfect.

Ben is the best partner for this independent woman. That he's self-assured and has an iron will apart from being a natural alpha male only makes him that much better. Totally admire that control! He k
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
He'd look so good in my bed...
Now and Again is book two in the Now trilogy. I must admit that I like it even more than Now and Then, but I am limited to 5 stars. Layla is a beautiful young attorney trying to make her mark in a prestigious law firm. She's tired of searching for Mr. Right and has given up on the list of goals written on the sheet of pink Hello Kitty paper that she started in high school. She's also given up on the hot neighbor from high school after finding out that her younger si
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I’m a huge fan of dual narrator audiobooks, so Now and Again by Brenda Rothert was pretty much perfect for me! Not only are Kirsten Leigh and Chris Ruen incredible to listen to, the actual story of Layla and Ben is sweet, sexy, and romantic. I love a good book with a hot man in uniform, and Ben is as hot as you could get. He and Layla are just perfect together – I highly enjoyed Now and Again!

I went into this audiobook without having read t
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brenda Rothert has written an amazing series; The Now Series! Book 3, Now and Forever will be released shortly. I enjoyed both of these books so much, I can't wait to read the final book. Brenda Rothert was able to write an incredible story about two sisters,who couldn't be any different from each other, find the one who completes them. Although no happily ever after is complete without some drama, which Brenda writes very well. All the characters from both books pull towards you, you really sta ...more
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
I love Layla. A lot. As in I want to have little Layla babies. She made an incredible turn around- as in actually grew up! She meets someone that challenges her, makes her feel something! And it doesn’t hurt that he is in a 6’5″ gorgeous package.

Layla in Now and Then was the Mean Girl you wanted to hate, but there had to be something redeeming about her when you read of the amazing relationship she had with her sister. It was buried deep. REAL deep. And at the end of the first book I co
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy freaking amaze-balls!!!!

There is not a single thing that I could pick from this book to say I don't like because I loved it all. The jealousy, bitterness, sneaking, desire, love, text, conversations, hot and steamy moments and angst. I freaking love it all.

How many people get to fall in,love with their hs crush when they were total,opposites, when the boy never acknowledged your existence and when your sister wants him?? Well one I know and that's Emma.

Cole, oh have mercy!! That man is a
Rebecca Edwards
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Received An ARC Of This Book In Exchange For My Honest Review.

This is the second book in the "Now" Series and it's Layla's story. I'm a big fan of Emma and Cole's from the first book in the series but Layla and Ben blew them away. I fell in love with these two and couldn't put their story down.

Layla is harsh you could even say mean. She has spunk and can be known for running her mouth. She's easy and enjoys sex and has slept with lots of different men. That all changed seven months ago after w
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay so here it goes and I know some are going to be like WTF????????? because believe it or not so did I after reading this book but holy eff what in the hell is wrong with Emma???????? Man we first get to meet Layla in Now and Then and I LOVED LOVED LOVED that book because it was about Emma and Cole and Emma is Layla's younger sister. So we got to see how the sisters were and they fought and then had a rocky relationship because let's face it Layla is a stone cold biatch which I loved. I was g ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciate Rothert’s writing style. She doesn’t try to fool her readers with fancy words and eloquent phrasing. She lets her brilliant story captivate her audience. And her story is brilliant. It’s a realistic, down to earth romance with characters that complement each other, while at the same time standing in stark contrast with one another. Rothert had me on the verge of tears more than once with this one.

In this instalment in her ‘Now’ series Rothert picks up one of the characters t
Mistress of Romance Kim  Brown
Now and Again is book come to live vicariously through your middle school diary of sorts. The story is written in post past and present tense, hence the title Now and Then.
I very much enjoy the few books out of the market right how that do this style of writing, and also add in both main characters thoughts throughout.
The way Cole and Emma reconnected together was just perfect. I can see that as a real situation, other than blind on-line-dating. As the story progresses and we learn that Emma's
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