Side by Side by Wendy Louise

Posted June 16, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Side by Side by Wendy LouiseSide by Side by Wendy Louise
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance, Sports
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What would you do if your childhood best friend, your soul mate, and the one person that means more than anyone else in the world was suddenly in front of you after disappearing from your life ten years ago?
Would you risk your stable life, to allow them back in to your heart, even after they had left you without any explanation?
Katy Lou Reynolds needs to make a choice. She can either ignore the fact that Elijah Trent is standing in the middle of the cage about to fight, or she can face him and demand answers as to why he left her.
Is it worth risking her heart for her one true love even though she knows it may get broken again, or is it better to let him walk away?


When Katy Lou tags along with her boyfriend to an Underground Cage fight, the last thing she expects to find in the ring is her childhood best friend, Elijah. Seeing him again brings back distant memories - a drunken mother, an absent father and relentless school bullies. Most of all, it re-awakens the feelings she had for him. Elijah has always held her heart; but after he left her when they were fourteen, without a word, can she risk everything to let him back in to her life again?
Elijah is a great fighter. He channels all the aggression he suffered at the hands of an abusive father in to every fight, every time. His success feeds his lifestyle of new cities and endless women, eager to spend time with him. His one regret has always been leaving behind his best friend, Katy Lou. There's nothing he wouldn't give to see her again, but if he does, would she forgive him for leaving her and risk her heart?

If I have said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I love best friends who get together. This was a little bit different because while these two people had been best friends for a huge portion of their lives, when they were fourteen they were pulled apart, and hadn’t seen each other since. So with Katy goes to a fight with her boyfriend and sees her childhood best friend, Elijah, in the ring, everything changes.

So to start with Katy was an interesting character, I liked that she was an author, and that she worked hard at her job. I also really liked that she followed her gut instincts. She really should have talked to Jacob, her boyfriend when the story starts, sooner than she did, but honestly it didn’t bother me too much. I did really like her best friend Lacey too.

Elijah, is a pretty nice guy. I liked the whole dynamic with Katy at the beginning. Although I really hated that he called her Katy Lou, it drove me nuts, I don’t know why. Towards the second part of the book I started liking Elijah less. I think it had something to do with him doing the “right thing,” I hate when guys do things in order to protect the poor, innocent heroine because of course the guy knows best right?

In all honestly, about half of this book I really enjoyed, and the other half not so much. I thought that a lot of this book was a little over the top. There were just too many things going on all at once. There was the bad family situations, the unplanned development with Katy, Katy’s ex-boyfriend drama, and then of course a final showdown between everyone. Another thing that I didn’t really like in this book was that it was British spellings but the book takes place in California. I have no problem reading books written in the Queen’s English, but the book should have Australian or British characters, or take place in those places, if not it just annoys me.

I think there is definitely an audience for this book, and I really wanted to fall in love with this book, but I just didn’t. I did enjoy parts of it, which is why I gave this book three stars.
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About Wendy Louise

I have had a wonderful time over the last 18 months, writing and dreaming up stories. I never thought I would have so many ideas and there have been days where my fingers couldn’t type quickly enough to get the words on to the page. It has been a long journey but now that I am ready to let my ‘book babies’ go, I am so proud of the final products.

In my ‘normal’ life, I am married with two young children living in Melbourne, Australia. Reading is my favourite pastime, and I usually have one or two books on the go at a time. I can’t devour them fast enough. Somehow I managed to get my first book written while still working full time, raising two busy children and still reading a couple of books a week!

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