I’ve been looking for Katy Lou since I left her almost ten years ago and to know that she is here with me now…. I need to stand and watch her sleep just to convince myself that I am not dreaming.
She stirs on the bed and sighs deeply before twisting in the bed sheet to lie on her back. The movement causes the sheet to pull down her long legs, and she exposes a tiny pair of white lace panties as the t-shirt I loaned her to sleep in rides up her flawless body. Without thought I pad quietly towards the bed to cover her up. She mumbles again and opens her eyes until the lids droop lazily across her gorgeous brown orbs.
“Sssshhh, just sleep,” I croon as I pull the sheet up over her to cover up the expanse of creamy skin that I just had the pleasure of seeing.
“Thank you Lijah,” she says in a husky, sleep-mussed voice, “Thank you for protecting me, thank you for being happy to see me again and thank you for welcoming me back in to your life.”
She smiles that pretty smile of hers that exposes her perfectly placed white teeth and closes her eyes again. I place a light kiss on her cheek and run my fingers down the side of her face.
“I will always protect you Katy Lou, I will always be happy to see you and you will never ever have to welcome you back in to my life again because I am not letting you go.”
She smiles in a dreamy state, as if the words I just said have registered and her breathing returns to deep, signaling her sleep. I can’t resist and place one more light kiss to her forehead this time, inhaling her sweet rosy scent as I pull back.
I commit her to memory as I leave the room and walk back to mine. I will need to use that vision in my dreams.
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.
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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