BLOG TOUR: Side by Side by Wendy Louise

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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?

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This book was just what I needed. I love childhood friends to lovers stories! They just warm my heart and make me feel all fuzzy inside.

Katy and Elijah were next door neighbors. They don’t have a good home life. Katy’s mother is an alcoholic, and she doesn’t know her father. Elijah’s father is an abusive piece of shit that hits him and his mother. They are each other’s comfort. One day, Elijah just disappears and Katy has never been able to get over it.

Katy sees Elijah again when her boyfriend Jacob takes her to cage fight. Elijah is one of the fighters.

Okay, so there was a part in this book that I absolutely did not agree with. It was handled incorrectly by the character. I felt like this character could have done something different. Something much more mature and respectful. I have read books with this element, and I must say that I’ve never agreed with their particular choices in this matter.

I really felt that they were still completely in love with each other. I just love stories like this. It makes me really happy!

Did they fall in love too fast? Mmm, not really. They were in love with each other as children, so technically, this isn’t an insta-love.

I enjoyed this book and I look forward to more books by this author!

unnamed (2)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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