Book Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

This is my third book from Kasie West and I am starting to see a trend here. Almost all of her books are romance novels but ironically her portrayal of romance is minimal in the sense that she does not hover over “love” and making it all mushy and cheesy.

By Your Side Official Synopsis


When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

By Your Side RWAT Take

By Your Side

 I don’t know what others may see it as but for me this is the best way to go. The romance just becomes a part of the book and the focus is on the other aspects of the story. This atleast helps me in not getting creeped out and enjoying the book without eye roll

As I keep warning in books like these. Keep your theories, reasoning and logics outside when picking this book as those things will only hamper your reading experience . It might also give you an eye injury from all eye rolling if you start searching too much reasoning

In all seriousness the book like all other Kasie West book, I have read so far is a light, quick and innocent romance that doesn’t hover over “emotions” and feelings and move quickly with its narration.


It’s high school love so the intensity is at the basic level which is fair enough for a light summer evening read.

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