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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Side By Side follows the story of Katy Lou and Elijah. Katy Lou and Elijah both had difficult childhoods. But the one thing that got them through it all, was each other. Elijah was Katy Lou’s best friend, her protector. Until one day he was gone. Nine years have passed and every single day, Katy Lou has wondered about Elijah. She’s in a comfortable relationship right now, but that’s all it is: comfortable. She had no idea that fate was about to change things up. Katy Lou usually doesn’t like the underground fight scene. But this particular night, she decides she’s going to tag along with her boyfriend. What she doesn’t expect to see is that one of the fighters is non other than, Elijah. To say that she’s stunned and shocked to see Elijah would be an understatement. She’s conflicted. She’s so happy to see him, but at the same time, she’s hurt. Katy Lou knows one thing for sure, she needs answers. She has so many questions for Elijah The question will be what will she do once she gets those answers?? Elijah is a new fighter to the underground scene and he’s on top of his game. He’s turned his abusive upbringing into a success. He’s got fame, money, women. What else could he want in life? Well, there’s always one thing that he’s thought about….Katy Lou. She is his biggest regret. Now that fate has made their paths cross again, he realizes he can’t be without her. He wants her in his life forever. But, is it be too late for Katy Lou and Elijah? Has too much time passed? Can the past be forgiven? Side By Side is told from dual pov’s and had a lot of great potential. I’m a really big fan of fighter books and I love friends to lovers romances. So, I was really excited once I started to read this one. In the beginning, I was really pulled into the story-line. I loved the reunion between Elijah and Katy Lou. Their feelings towards one another were really palpable. It was as if no time had passed between the two of them. However, that’s also when things took a turn for me. I felt like things just started happening at warp speed. I totally get that Elijah and Katy Lou were in love as kids, but I would have liked to see their adult relationship develop a little more. Nine years is a long time and people change. So, I just felt like their relationship was too rushed. I was also frustrated with Elijah and Katy Lou’s communication skills. They were so in love and were supposed to talk about things, but yet, it seemed as though anytime they hit a rough patch, Elijah was out the door. He didn’t even let Katy Lou try to explain things. And then once things settled and they finally talked, Katy Lou would forgive him way too easily. Come on Ladies! When your man messes up, he should have to grovel a little bit. My biggest issue was the writing. I had a really hard time with some of the verbiage that was used and the tenses of certain words. This may not be a big issue for you, but for me, I found it really distracting. I felt as though some of the grammar that was used was too proper for the setting of the story. It’s a contemporary romance, so I expect that the writing should be modern and use contractions when necessary. Again, this is is just a peeve of mine, and may not bother anyone else. Side By Side was an ok read for me. It’s one of those books that I didn’t love, but didn’t hate either. I adored the friendship between Katy Lou and Mindy. Mindy is they type of friend that every woman needs in her life. She’ll tell you like it is, help you to see the truth in things even when you don’t want to and is there for you when it matters the most. I thought Elijah and Katy Lou had great chemistry. Elijah was definitely an alpha male. I loved the friends to lovers aspect. I thought the romance was really sweet. There were just some issues that were hard for me to get past. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*