Sunday, June 14, 2015

Side By Side by Wendy Louis - Blog Tour + Giveaway

Side By Side Synopsis:

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?
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3/5 Stars
This is somewhat like a second chance romance, but I think it's more like two people reconnecting kind of book. Katy Lou and Elijah were best friends during the time they were kids with pretty bad living conditions (bad parents included). Katy Lou had an alcoholic for a mother and Elijah had an abusive father. One unfortunate night, while Katy Lou is looking around for Elijah, she notices both him and his mother have disappeared. 
Almost 10 years later, Katy Lou finds him a fighting ring. With his youth gone and this new, brave, hard edged man she's looking at, she'd can't deny the attraction she once had for him...only now it's 3x stronger. One problem. She's still with a guy, or sort of is, but she doesn't like him romantically. Pushing him aside isn't as easy as you think it might be. 
This book didn't really speak to me like other books i've enjoyed, but that's totally not saying I didn't enjoy this book (I totally did). I like how the plot worked, but the story didn't flow for me. It was a long read for me, since there would be points in between where I would stop and pick up from where I left off a few days later (as opposed to reading it in one sitting). It was worth a shot though. :)

Wendy Louise Bio:
Hi, I’m Wendy Louise. I’m a wife and mum living in Melbourne, Australia. I love to read and write, and I somehow managed to fit writing this book in between my regular day time duties, which include a full-time job and life in general with two busy children. 
Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After many surgeries and treatments, I learnt that life is short and you need to grab it while you can. I always wanted to write, and I realised that it was now or never.
You can usually find me with a few books on the go at once – whether that be reading them, or writing them. I love chocolate and trashy reality TV. It’s not unusual for me to combine all these and attempt to write, while watching an episode of the Kardashians or The Bachelor, and devouring a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk…..
I am so excited to bring ‘Side by Side’ to you all. It has been such a labour of love for me. I presently have four other novels nearing completion, so I am excited to follow this up with many more.
I hope you enjoy reading Elijah and Katy’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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