Now and Then by Willa Okati

nowandthen_exlarge_PNG-210x336Title: Now And Then
Series: Soulmarked Series, Book One
Author: Willa Okati
Genre: Contemporary/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (77 Pages)
ISBN: 978-1-784300-025-8
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (May 23rd, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: 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.

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Review: This is the first book in this series and so far, it is pretty good. It was a bit hard to get into though. However once it happened I couldn’t put it down. I know people have choices some make good ones and some make bad ones. In this story two men who are soul mates had a life till it was destroyed by the wrong choices. Now they have a second chance.

Robbie and Ivan pretty much went the wrong way with their love and it cost them quite a bit of time apart. They had made a promise at one time that when the ball field was built that they would go. However, it didn’t occur to them that they would still both keep that promise. Seeing each other again brought a large amount of pain back in their faces and a lot of passion. Robbie’s first idea was to run, however with the help of his younger brother he had a chance to change his mind.

The fire between them blows even hotter when they come together this second chance at love. There are still many things going through their minds but can they make the choice to choose the right path. Robbie came from a family that always went down the wrong path in life, as with Ivan he was from a family of law enforcements. He was a detective for the city. They had decided the first time to let each other go. But the pain always followed them no matter where they went. They always thought of each other when they woke up and when they went to bed.

Robbie has made some good choices by bringing his younger brothers up in a good way. He taught them about loyalty, fairness, and love. Now he needed to give himself some of the same advice he told his brothers. That things have changed and that they deserve to be happy.
I loved this story but it was missing something important but just not too sure, what it was. I was fascinated by the way Willa can tell a story, though. She has an amazing gift. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book to this series.