Monday, June 22, 2015

Blog Tour!!! Side by Side-- Wendy Loiuse!!!

What's better than a story of love, that begins as children? Not much. Two people that grow up together, learning all there is to know about the other person, all of their good, their bad, and most importantly- their ugly. For Elijah and Katy Lou, there is a whole lot of ugly. These two, childhood friends, who were ripped apart at the tender age of fourteen, waited for years to be able to be back together. 
Elijah, who grew up in an extremely abusive home, was whisked away in the middle of the night with his mother, all to escape his abusive dad. However, as they had to keep their location a secret, he was never able to let his best friend, Katy Lou, know where he was. However, Katy Lou was always more than Elijah's best friend- she was the only good in his otherwise horrific life. 
Years passed them by, and they were both forced to move on with their lives. Katy Lou ended up in a relationship with another man, one whom she seemed to love more as a bestie than a lover, but never forgot about Elijah. She dreamed of him, always wondering what had happened to the boy that owned her heart. Elijah, on the other hand, became an underground fighter, and began touring the country in order to become the best of the best. This is the way that he decided to channel all of the rage and anger from his childhood. 
So, by chance one night, while accompanying her boyfriend to a fight, Katy Lou discovers Elijah, and it immediately turns her world upside down. They reconnect soon after, and both realize that they have always been in love with each other, and are unwilling to let the other go. Now, as there is an instance of cheating on Katy Lou's part in the book, this is one of the reasons that I couldn't give the book 5 stars. I have a problem with characters that cheat- it's just a personal pet peeve, nothing against the author. 
The other reason for my 4 star rating, comes with the fact that these two sometimes seemed to forget that they were now adults, and acted as though they were the teenagers they used to be. There were several instances of intense jealousy, and misunderstandings that occurred- that I felt could have all been avoided, had they actually talked to one another. Instead, they seemed to pout like children and run away. Those were my only faults with the book, otherwise, it was a great story, with a wonderful supporting cast of friends, who will have their own story own soon. Again, 4 stars for Side by Side!!
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?

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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