Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.
Autumn Collins finds herself locked in the library over the weekend, missing out on the fun weekend planned with her friends and her “not-yet” boyfriend, Jeff. Autumn thinks it can’t get any worse, but then she realizes she’s not alone – Dax Miller, the school’s resident bad-boy, is locked in there with her. From his stint in juvie, the rumours and his loner reputation, Dax isn’t the ideal person to be stuck with. Autumn is almost certain Jeff and her friends will notice her absence and come to rescue her, but as the hours pass and no-one comes, Autumn has to make the best out of a bad situation. But there’s more to Dax than she initially thought, and the two start a reluctant friendship and deeper feeling start to surface. Except, after the two enter back into their real lives Autumn is not convinced their new found feelings can survive.
I’ve heard great things about Kasie West, and I did enjoy a previous book of hers On the Fence, so I went into By Your Side with relatively high expectations. I did enjoy By Your Side, but I do feel that there was nothing really special about it. Though, admittedly, it’s a cute book. It’s by no means a bad book or badly written (in fact, it was a relatively easy book to read with a nice and neat prose) but nothing really set it apart from any other contemporary or romance, except maybe our MC with an anxiety disorder.
I thought that Autumn was a fun and witty character and she had a good voice, and I enjoyed her and Dax’s dialogue, interaction and chemistry. BUT, there is a love triangle. It was there to create conflict between Autumn and her friends, and Autumn and Dax and I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more had it not been there.
The premise is great though, and if you’re an avid fan of romance and contemporary books, I would recommend this book. Especially if you’re a book lover because, hello, LOCKED IN A LIBRARY.