By Your Side – Kasie West

I’ve always been a fan of Kasie West and she’s one of my go-to laid back contemporary authors who’s books I fly through and her new novel wasn’t any different. As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I was instantly drawn in, it’s a contemporary romance set in a library, that’s a book lovers dream. I was surprised then to find out that we got a lot more from this book than just a cute romance set in a library, we dealt with mental illness, child neglect, friendship, and trust.

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. 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?

Like most of West’s books, the storyline was filled with cute and romantic scenes as well as humour and it was refreshing to see her focus more on mental illness but in a real and genuine way as it wasn’t glossed over but instead presented in a serious and relatable way. Kasie takes things slow, giving Autumn and Dax a fair chance to find reasons why to fall in love, ones that exclude physical attraction and I enjoyed slowly uncovering their secrets and backgrounds.

If you’re a fan of Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins or just looking for a cute, relaxing read then this and many other of West’s books will be perfect for you. Plus like I’ve already mentioned this isn’t your typical contemporary and I appreciated the fact that it addressed lots of different elements such as mental health in a proper and realistic way.


4 thoughts on “By Your Side – Kasie West

  1. I love Kasie West’s books – her contemporaries are cute, like a warm hug, and always a quick an easy read. Though, I have to admit this is probably the worst of her titles. I had many issues with the believeability of the story line… but it was still a fun way to spend an afternoon.
    Thanks for the post – keep it up 😉

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