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Almost Full Marks,
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This review is from: Now and Then (The Now Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Sooo wanted to give it the full marks!
This was a freebie and for that alone it is definitely worth getting - nothing to lose!
12yo Emma(line) spots her new 15yo neighbour - Cole - for the first time, it is the start of a major crush for her.
Cole never notices Emma - he admits he never noticed anyone 3 years his junior, but Emma's kinda in the shadow of her "perfect" sister - Layla - who also happens to be Cole's age. Cole also has an older sister - Shay - but she is a periphery character in the book, but has a profound effect on Cole's life.
Emma never reveals her secret crush, then fast forward 11 years, and she literally bumps into Cole in a coffee shop. They have all grown up, but her crush remains. They eventually get together, and Emma confides in her schooltime friend - Dani - but cannot bring herself to admit it to Layla - this causes a bit of tension between Emma and Cole. Cole has been a player - Emma has had a little bit of a past, back when she studied in Paris - but generally is a good, sweet girl. Her sister has always gotten what she wanted and Emma overreacts a little about upsetting her sister, by taking what she wants, and embarking on a relationship with Cole. That whole element of the story (about Emma worrying about upsetting her sister and parents) did get a bit annoying after a while, I mean I get the sibling rivalry thing completely, but they are all adults now and Cole is obviously not interested in Layla, otherwise they would have been together. Emma's naivety and insecurities started to grate after a while and that's the reason for lack of half a star. At one point Layla mentions to Emma that she hears that Cole has a girlfriend, Emma does not believe or think that it is her being referenced to as the girlfriend and thinks that Cole is cheating on her with someone else! D'uh! The man is crazy about her and when he is not with her he is working. Cole was cute - I would have like more of his POV. The story does flip between years ago and the present, which was a nice way to better understand the characters when they were younger.
There are two follow up books - but I think I will skip the Layla story and go straight for the finale.