Title: Now and Then
Author: Willa Okati
Publisher: Totally Bound
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Robbie and Ivan wrought havoc on their first chance at love. Can they mend their fences and find their passion the second time around?
Soulmarked as mates, Robbie and Ivan come from different worlds. Robbie’s the oldest son in a long line of outlaws who live squarely on the wrong side of the tracks, and Ivan’s family tree is packed with law enforcement. That didn’t stop them from falling in love, but when they risked tearing each other apart, they cared enough to let go and hope they’d find a better life.
Years later, the strength of their soulbond still burns bright when chance brings Robbie and Ivan together at the football game of the year. The passion they felt for one another is as powerful as ever, bringing them into explosive contact. They’re not the boys they used to be—Robbie’s turned his life around and raised his younger brothers to be good men, and Ivan’s learned to stand tall and mix justice with compassion. But though they want to hope they can be happy now, not everything has changed. Maybe not enough has changed.
Or has it, after all?
It’s up to Robbie and Ivan, now. Only they can make the choice that will change their lives forever.
So, soulmates for humans are a thing and finding yours guarantees love but not necessarily harmony. Our two mcs find each other young and split due to differences in… something, the book isn’t really clear; the blurb insinuates social class but the book seems to implicate different reasons. However:
“The tangles we think we can never unsnarl tend to work themselves out in the end. That’s what the soulmarks are all about, aren’t they? No matter how strange or uncanny we’ve got proof that there is such a thing as love in this world. Or the potential for it.”
And so our pair is reunited.
I liked the writing, the world, and the idea, I just found the story itself to be lacking. The reason for the separation and then the decision to put it behind them was flimsy; the ending seemed rushed. Plus it ended at 90% on my Kindle with an excerpt for another book (not of this series) taking up the remaining space. There was also noticeable page space given to setting up two more books in this series which added to the rushed feeling. I wanted more closure and description on how they were going to overcome the obstacles in their way.
I plan on reading the next book as I am curious as to how the author is going to handle Nick and Berrett’s problem. I hope to find it more fleshed out.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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