Monday, 11 May 2015

Caught by AE Woodward and Erika Ashby - Review




**New Adult novel coming April 20th from authors A.E. Woodward and Erika Ashby**

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.


Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: May 2015.

I'm doesn't happen very often... but you're going to have to bear with me for a moment, I've been trying desperately to collect my thoughts to write this review, but after just finishing Caught for second time TODAY, allow me to set the scene for you... I couldn't sleep so at 3am this morning I thought I'd make a start with Caught, read a chapter or two and finally pass out, but at close to 6am I turned the last page...suffice it to say, I got very little sleep. My story however doesn't end there, because when I finished work this afternoon I picked Caught up once again, and started the journey for a second time...have you ever read a book that when you turn the last page you know with absolute certainty that you're not ready to let the characters go? I've had a few books like this over the last few years, I am a HUGE re reader but I can assure you starting back in on my first re read as soon as I finish it the first time is a rare occurrence even for me.

So where do I start with this gem? Caught is a fresh take on the love triangle idea, Quinn is in love with a boy, he's not just any boy, Chace, the man of her dreams is her best friend...I know what you're thinking, yep that's not a new plot... but here in lies the problem, Chace has a girlfriend Finley, still with me... not seeing this fresh take on best friends to lovers stories? Ok ready for the big moment... Chace and Quinn have been best friends for as long as they can remember, when Finley moved to town, the duo became a trio, and Finley and Chace became a couple, and Quinn became an outsider in her own mind, the eternal third wheel. Three best friends, two girls in love with one boy, and a whole world of inner pain hidden behind smiles and smart arse remarks.

I had an instant affinity to Quinn, because I've been there, I've fallen head over heels for the best friend, I've watched him date other girls, I've been the eternal best friend, one of the boys, and I've got to tell you, it hurts, to be honest it hurts like you're losing a part of yourself every single day that you stand by their side desperately wishing they would notice you, that they would look at you the way you want them to, see you as something other than a sister or a friend. It's a pain that doesn't lessen with time, and with no distance between you moving on or getting over it doesn't even exist as an option. So to say that Caught spoke to me on a level I knew all too well is an understatement, reading this book, giving myself over to experiencing this story was a cathartic one.

You see here in lies the absolute beauty and sheer terror of reading Caught, because once a chain of events was set in motion and the carefully constructed world Quinn had built around her started to crumble you could feel the shift, you knew big things, HUGE things were coming, and the more I read the more I couldn't stop the butterflies in my stomach taking flight, or my heart beating out of my chest, because anyone who's ever had and hidden their feelings from their best friend will tell you that there's only so long you can keep people in the dark, eventually the truth will come out and you just have to hope you can survive the collateral damage.

Everything about Caught had me mesmerised, from the witty banter, to self deprecating way Quinn saw herself, to the life long friendships Quinn, Chace and Finley thought they had, but not only did these three set fire to my blood, but the man who swooped in and stole a piece of my heart was the always jovial, joker of a best mate Greg, owner of the best damn chesticles the world has even seen. He owns a part of my soul and I don't think I'll ever get it back.

I have been a huge fan of AE Woodward for sometime now, from her Imperfect series to more recently Kismet which still over a year and countless re reads later still effects me as much as it did the first time I picked it up. Woodward's ability to draw you into the world she creates, to fully immerse you in her story til you no longer know where you end and the story begins leaves me awed EVERY.SINGLE.TIME and my only disappointment is that I have had Caught sitting on my kindle since it's release and it's taken me this long to finally dive in. Erika Ashby is a new author to me but certainly not to the book world, after revelling in Caught for so much of today I'm sure the works of Ms Ashby will soon be filling up my kindle.

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About the Authors:

AE Woodward:

Co-author of CAUGHT
Author of Working Girl
A Series of Imperfections
Imperfectly Perfect (#1)
Imperfectly Real (#2)
Imperfectly Bad (#3)


Erika Ashby:

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 happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and a sweet spot for drummers. 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.


  1. Now I just have to read this. I have not read this author, so I am excited. Thank you for your enthusiastic review.
    Love the gold lipstick for favorite of the year.
    I added you to my Feedly feed. Looking forward to your posts.
    Suzi Q., The Book Dame

    1. Thanks for reading Suzi, hope you adore it as much as I do!!