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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ARC Review: Caught by Erika Ashby and A.E. Woodward

I have to admit that I was first drawn to this book because of it's eye-catching cover! I fell in love with it right away and knew I had to read it. But then I read the blurb and I was even more excited to read the story. Caught by authors Erika Ashby and A.E. Woodward is one of those stories that I knew would tear my heart out and yet I couldn't stop myself from reading. This book was really good, and I have to admit that it had me feeling just about every emotion possible. 

Quinn has been in love with her best friend Chace since they were children. But when Finley moved to town, she never got the chance to let Chace know how she felt. Chace and Finley were a couple ever since they first met, and Quinn always felt as though she was the third wheel by being best friends with both of them. As they prepare to go their separate ways for college though, things begin to change between the three of them. Soon Quinn finds herself even more caught in between what she wants and what she knows is wrong.

I will admit that I was slow to warm up to Chace. At first I didn't really like him through his POV seeing how he was with Finley. I know that is unfair considering that she was his girlfriend and Quinn wasn't, but knowing that Quinn was in love with him and had him first made me biased. It's completely irrational, but I somewhat blamed Chace for not seeing what was right in front of him all those years. But then I started to see the connection he shared with Quinn and I started to change my opinion of him. He loved Quinn and their friendship was so special. He hadn't really gone there as far as thinking about her besides as his friend, but you could tell once he did that he really struggled. I think he was completely oblivious to his own feelings and it was obvious that there had always been more between them than he had ever acknowledged. Quinn was fantastic and I loved her right away. She was snarky and sarcastic, and I loved how quick witted she was. This girl could instantly come up with some of the funniest things I have ever read, and I couldn't get enough of it! I honestly have no clue how she was friends with Finley though, because they could not have been more different. I never really warmed up to Finley, but I didn't hate her. (At least most of the way through. After the end of the book that was a different story!) Quinn and Chace had always had such a great connection between them that it made me wonder how they could have possibly gone so many years with nothing happening between them. I never felt the connection between him and Finley like I did when he was with Quinn, and it really seemed as though Finley and Chace had more of a physical connection than anything. 

Overall, this was a good book and I liked the witty banter a lot. I felt like Quinn was such a fantastic character, and I really loved how she was with her friends. This book kept me laughing all the way through, but it also had me tearing up as well. Ashby and Woodward did such a great job of handling a pretty sensitive subject, and I know a lot of people will be skeptical about the cheating aspect of this book. I am not a fan of cheating, but I will say that it didn't feel that way to me at all because of the connection between Q and Chace. These two had always been meant for each other and it felt right to me in a way that him with Finley never did. What they did was wrong, but these two were made for each other. I have to say that the epilogue completely shocked me. I can't say much about it without spoiling a ton, but suffice it to say that it was a complete game changer. I never expected that, and it really changed my opinion about so many things in this book. I think that if you are a bit skeptical about this book knowing that it is a love triangle and has cheating, that it is still worth giving a chance. I really enjoyed this book and the story was great. The angst was definitely worth it, and I look forward to reading more from both of these authors.

**ARC Provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions**

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