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?
 The beat from the song is reverberating through my body as we take our place in the centre of the dance floor amongst hundreds of others. In here we are our own island. The club is full but we may as well be all alone. All I can see is Lijah. All I can feel is Lijah and all I can smell is his fresh masculine scent as he pulls me towards him and rests his hands possessively on my hips.
His lean body is showcased in faded jeans that sit low on his trim hips, paired with a pale blue shirt that sits tight against his muscular chest. The blue compliments the green of his eyes, making them appear more jade than their usual deep emerald.
We start to move. 
My hands find their place on his strong biceps as he sways us to the rhythm of the song. I give them a light squeeze and marvel at the rock hard feel of him beneath my fingertips. 
He can move. 
Really well.
His body is so perfectly attuned to mine that it feels like our hips are melded together and we are moving as one. His deep green eyes have not looked away from mine as we dance together to the song. As the lyrics sound out, and they sing about not being able to live without you now, I look to Elijah and his face reflects everything that I am feeling. Pure lust clouds his features overtaking every other emotion. We may not be able to talk about whatever is happening here, but I know in this very moment that he is feeling exactly the same way as I am.
I want to kiss him.
More than I have ever wanted to do anything in my life.
It’s like an urge that is so strong that I don’t even want to think about fighting it anymore, and even if I could, I wouldn’t.
I’m his.
I have been since we were kids.
He’s mine.
It’s time to take back what’s mine.

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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