Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
My Rating: 3/5 stars
When classmates Autumn and Dax are accidentally locked inside a library together for the weekend, things are pretty awkward. These two were from such different worlds: Autumn is pretty and popular, her mind occupied by Jeff, her almost boyfriend; and Dax is mysterious and, while handsome, supposedly dangerous. There are many rumors surrounding the aloof Dax Miller, and Autumn decides to use their newfound time together to find out if they’re true.
While she tries to get Dax to warm up to her, Autumn finds herself warming up to him. She realizes that he’s much more complicated than he appeared, and feelings of more than friendship blossom within her. But how can she dream of a relationship with a boy who’s as afraid of commitment as this one?
This book started off very sweet. I loved reading about their time spent in the library together, and there was something very fantastical and romantic about it. Seeing these two characters draw closer to one another and seeing their relationship flourish was so rewarding and special. It was all very swoony.
Much to my dismay, Dax and Autumn didn’t stay in the library for the duration of the book. In fact, they were out and back in the real world by the halfway mark, which I found disappointing. After that, this became a very frustrating read.
Maybe this is due to my impatience, but I didn’t like the second half of the book and how long it took for Autumn and Dax to get together. Sure, it was probably to add suspense and tension to their romance, but I felt it took away from the progress they made and the time they spent together in the library. I didn’t enjoy the second half of the book at all and was relieved when everything finally resolved itself and the story had ended. I shouldn’t be relieved for the end of a book, though. I should be sad and wistful. Disappointed to be separated from characters I had grown to like. But no, I was just ready to be done.
This is my second experience reading Kasie West, and even though I was disappointed in the ending, I’m definitely planning to read more of her books. You can read my thoughts about the first book I read by hers, P.S. I Like You here.