Friday, April 24, 2015

Blog Tour: Caught by AE Woodward ad Erika Ashby

Title: Caught
Author: Erika Ashby & A.E. Woodward
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: April 20, 2015

**New Adult novel coming from authors A.E. Woodward and Erika Ashby late this Spring**

There's this boy. 

He kinda owns my heart.

Who am I kidding?

He owns all of me--but he's completely oblivious to it.

And I can't tell him.

Because there's this girl.

And even though he's my best friend, she is too.

Then there's me...

CAUGHT between what feels so right, yet is so wrong.

5 Heart On Stars by Jen Skewes

This book completely surprised me in so many ways.  I knew it was going to be an amazing book because come one just take a look at who wrote it. But I honestly had no idea what to expect at all.  This is a friends to lovers/triangle and that was all I really knew.   But this not your typical story of two best friends who love each other and cross that line of friendship.  No, I would say that Caught is a friends to lovers romance/triangle with a twist.  It was so different from what I have read and the unexpected turns is what had me glued to my Ipad.  I needed to know what happened and how this would all work out.  This is one of those books that I did not and could not put down. 

This is the story of Quinn and Chace, two people who have been best friends since they were kids.  Quinn has had feeling for Chace for as long as she could remember but she knows that they will never be anything more than friends.  She wants something that she cannot have.  Finley is the girl who came along and captured the heart of Chace and they suddenly became this trio.  Quinn and Chace are best friends, Chace and Finley are dating, and Finley and Quinn are best friends. 

One Guy

One girlfriend

One best friend

One trio who spends all their time together

Until one moment changes everything

And friendships are tested

And you are left wondering how this will all work out!

I will say no more about this storyline because you need to read this book and experience it all on your own.  It will bring out all of the feels and emotions and you will love every minute of it.  So instead I am going to talk about the characters that I fell in love with and just how amazing this book is.

Quinn was such a wonderful heroine and honestly my heart hurt for her.  You could feel how much she loved Chace.  I hurt with her and felt it all with her.  I honestly wanted to just run away with her and be able to make it all better.  She was the kind of girl that you want to be friends with and have by your side.   

I loved Chace but there were times when his decisions just upset met.  I wanted him to see what everyone else saw.  He was this amazing guy who cared so much and wanted to do what was right but he managed to just keep making things worse in the process.  He didn’t want to hurt anyone.  He was a confused boy who was just trying his best to fix things.  Chace and Quinn’s friendship was tested so many times and it slowly began to crumble.  And you find yourself reading as fast as you can because you need them to be able to put the pieces back together.  You need this to all work out.   And the you start to wonder if it will.  But then sometimes in life there are moments that make you realize exactly what is right in front of you the whole time.   But is it too late?  Can you fix something that has been so broken?

I went into this book thinking it was going to be all fun and laughs.  And honestly I’m not really sure why.  There was certainly fun times filled with smiles and some laughter.   Chase and Quinn are the best of friends and just have this connection with each other.  They are just so in sync and even have there own little language and “Quinnisms” that will make you laugh.   But for me there was also a sadness to it as well.   And maybe it’s because I felt everything that these two were going through.  It was if I was there with them and experiencing it all; the knots in your stomach, the laughs, the smiles and even the tears and heartbreak.  This book was fun and witty,  it was filled with drama and angst but there was also a certain level of sadness to it, and all of that combined made for one one amazing story.  I also think that it was a very refreshing take on a love triangle romance.  It was different and unique and that's what I loved.  My only complaint is that it ended.  And that’s because I am a selfish brat who wants more of Quinn and Chace.  I did not want to let go of them.   So Ms. Woodwad and Ms. Ashby if you are listening this is me begging you for more of them.  Even a short novella would certainly do :)

I hope we see more from this writing duo in the future because together their words flowed perfectly.  This story captured me from the start from the first page to the very last one.  And the epilogue, HOLY CRAP!!  And no this is not a cliffhanger but the epilogue was completely unexpected and shocking and just pure genius.  AE Woodward and Erika Ashby did an amazing job with this story and I look forward to more of their work in the future.

Greg isn’t a bad looking guy. He’s not even slightly bad looking. In fact, he’s extremely good looking with his brutish looks. But that’s the thing – he’s just too beefy for my taste. He’s thick all over. Well, from what I can see, and what I’ve heard, he is. Which is good for him since most people think buff guys usually suffer from teeny weeny syndrome and they’re just trying to overcompensate in other ways.
His head is typically filled with blonde locks, but he shaved it off this summer. Maybe it was some sort of rugby initiation or whatever weird sport he’ll be playing in college.
“Excuse me, Greg?”
His head swings my way as if he was just waiting for me to call his name. His smile is wide and his hazel eyes are bright. He’s genuinely a happy guy. And that’s what I like about him. That’s why I’m able to look past his player ways and enjoy his company.
I do a quick glance up his muscly body from feet to face. His tan, smooth-looking legs are crossed at the ankle, reaching the other side of the truck as they’re stretched out. The colorful, geometric print trunks fully engulf his thighs, which is a plus. Guys shouldn’t wear more fitted clothes than I do. Then there’s his tank top. The non-existent fabric bunches loosely in the middle of his torso.
“Yes, Quinn?” he smirks.
“Your chesticles are showing.”
He glances down and laughs. “Is that a problem?”
“No.” I pop a grape in my mouth. “I just can’t stop staring.”
He laughs even harder and I try my best to refrain from it myself. I’m not looking to choke on a grape as we drive down the highway.
“Make em’ pop,” I demand as I lift my sunglasses to the top of my head for a better view.
“Do what?”
“You know.” I sit my grapes down and hold my hands in front of my own chest, moving my hands up and down. “Make them pop, dance, jiggle. Hell, make them rain for all I care. They have to be capable of doing something cool.”
“Oh, hell yeah. I’ve had that shit down since the seventh grade.” He straightens his back and positions his arms in some weird flex in front of him. Then he begins to make them pop, drop and lock it. I giggle like a little girl as I watch. His face makes it all the better as he seems to be straining. He looks constipated.
Without any inclination, I toss a grape at his tits. And with perfect precision he bounces his man boob just in time to deflect it. I play catch with his chest a little while longer before finally putting my earbuds in and relaxing.

Being born an "Army Brat", Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She's a happy and slightly crazy mother of four. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn't until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.

A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the author of Kismet and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. She is currently writing her fifth book, Working Girl.


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