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    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format grow up, but in three months time, she will be married to King Nalick, if Nalick can keep his end of the bargain First, Nalick must make Leila fall in love with him, a hard task since Leila is not ready to love again after losing her first love to a greedy king Second, Nalick must keep her safe He is not the only king trying to hold onto her Leila has made many enemies over the years, and even admirers that want her as a prize Lastly, Nalick must convince Leila that ten years of love is better than a lifetime without Unless Leila can trust her destiny, she might not reach her wedding day at all."/>
  • Paperback
  • 348 pages
  • To Stand Beside Her
  • B. Kristin McMichael
  • English
  • 16 September 2019
  • 1481972995

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  1. Booknut Booknut says:

    This book made me a little emotional Okay very emotional At first it seemed like this was just going to be another fearless assassin thief like female clashes with a guy she ends up with book But To Stand Beside Her surprised me in so many ways.The witty banter, of course, got me hookedI am guessing I can answer your questions just as well as he could Okay, Nalick responded, taking the bait, Are you the woman that I should marry Probably, but it is not going to happen, Lei This book made me a little emotional Okay very emotional At first it seemed like this was just going to be another fearless assassin thief like female clashes with a guy she ends up with book But To Stand Beside Her surprised me in so many ways.The witty banter, of course, got me hookedI am guessing I can answer your questions just as well as he could Okay, Nalick responded, taking the bait, Are you the woman that I should marry Probably, but it is not going to happen, Leila responded And why not he inquired Because in order to have a real marriage, both people need to be willing to marry each other Leila looked him up and down He was handsome, but he was also an arrogant jerk I am not willing to marry youAnd then there was the character of Nalick He didn t miraculously transform into a knight in shining armor Instead, B Kristin McMichael reveals Nalick s many layers as the story unfolds, slowly but surely securing him a place in our heartsand Leila s The only thing I couldn t get on board with The ending.I get it, authors, I do you want shock value Even if it breaks our bookworm hearts in the process stares pointedly at Veronica Roth But something just didn t feel right about this ending Poor Leila goes through hell and back when it comes to her love life And just when she thinks it s all gonna be rainbows, kittens, and sunshinesome stupid seer stuffs up everything We re left with an Epilogue that sends you into a whirlpool of emotion without a life raft It s truly a bittersweet endingand call me spoiled, call me naivebut I wanted a happy ending Instead I got an ending that guarantees that I ll be sobbing at the mention of true love for at least two weeks straight


  2. Jeann (Happy Indulgence) Jeann (Happy Indulgence) says:

    To Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical fantasy romance would beaccurate The start of the novel started off with a bang as we meet Leila, a courier and a thief who is also known as a ghost, as she s never been caught before Leila is beautiful, a skilled fighter, and also spirited and fiesty She has men wrapped around her little finger but also knows how to stand on her own two feet She definitely isn t the type that would let someone li To Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical fantasy romance would beaccurate The start of the novel started off with a bang as we meet Leila, a courier and a thief who is also known as a ghost, as she s never been caught before Leila is beautiful, a skilled fighter, and also spirited and fiesty She has men wrapped around her little finger but also knows how to stand on her own two feet She definitely isn t the type that would let someone like a King sweep her off her feet.Unfortunately, that s exactly what King Nalick did, which seemed incredibly uncharacteristic of the character that was set up Nalick apparently isn t like all the other Kings, not letting social class get in the way of love or acceptance, much to the nobles contempt He s noble, honourable, and protective, but Leila still manages to mesmerise him, much like she s mesmerised every single male that she encounters.While To Stand Beside Her had an interesting premise, Leila seemed a bit too unrealistic and perfect to be believable Kings around the world want her, men will grovel at her feet and she s falls in love with not one, but two men She just doesn t seem the type to settle into the court as comfortably as implied, taken care by a man.The writing was also unnecessarily difficult to get into It described every single minute detail about things that were seemingly unimportant, such as Leila s leg injury yet would skip over things like the wedding and a competition between the kingdom s best fighters Throughout the course of the novel, we re introduced to so many characters that aren t an important part of the plot We re simply experiencing Leila and Nalick s journey together after they meet, which certainly was not a journey I expected after the start of the novel.There also didn t seem to be any particular plot until late in the book, when the whole story title suddenly clicks and before you know it, it s all over With a bit of editing, polish and retweaking, I think To Stand Beside Her would be a much better title.I received a review copy from the author and Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.Check out the promo bliz and my review on the Happy Indulgence Book Blog


  3. Bethany Bethany says:

    5 heartsI was lucky enough to receive this book for an honest review by the Author, B Kristin McMichael I don t think I could have loved this book anythan I did My heart literally still hurts, from reading this The story was brilliant and beautiful, and so amazingly well wrote I instantly fell in love with the characters and went on an epic journey with them I felt so emotionally vested with the characters in To Stand Beside Her Leila is a courier, and strives to be the best courier 5 heartsI was lucky enough to receive this book for an honest review by the Author, B Kristin McMichael I don t think I could have loved this book anythan I did My heart literally still hurts, from reading this The story was brilliant and beautiful, and so amazingly well wrote I instantly fell in love with the characters and went on an epic journey with them I felt so emotionally vested with the characters in To Stand Beside Her Leila is a courier, and strives to be the best courier that she can be Living in the North lands is great for her, no one can find her and that s exactly how she wants it Leila is strikingly beautiful, smart, funny, and every countries King wants her for himself Until the day that her best friend Kay gets caught Leila being the self sacrificing person that she is goes to rescue her best friend While rescuing her, she gets herself caught Freeing both Kay and herself wasn t much of an issue though, until Kay got caught again escaping from the prison Leila then makes herself get caught again by the palace s gaurds Upon reentering the palace, she meets King Nalick Leila thinks she knows all about this King, but she could never be so wrongKing Nalick, He has a reputation for being pretty mean Leila thinks she has him pegged, until she gets to know him In honor to free her best friend Kay, she agrees to a deal to marry King Nalick, and also agrees not to escape the kingdom Nalick held up his end of the agreement, and then some Nalick basically doted on Leila, making Leila and myself fall completely in love with him Which is something she thought would never happen again Nalick will forever be one of my all time favorite book boyfriends He was always surprising Leila with his kindness, and would go to the end of the earth to protect her Leila will probably be one of my all time favorite Book heroines, as well The depth of the all characters and their interactions with eachother, blew my mind Finishing this book was probably one of the saddest moments, but happiest moments Bittersweet is definitely not a strong enough word for this novel B Kristin McMichael made me laugh, smile, cringe, and cry Several times while reading this book I had to set it down, and take a minute to collect myself because of the potency of her words The ending was phenomenal Everything weaved together perfectly Albeit I wasn t exactly happy about how it ended, it pulled the book together so fiercely and perfectly I can t wait to read what B Kristin publishes next Amazing Amazing Amazing novel A definite must read for anyone who loves strong female characters, or fantasy, or even just a love story Once you pick this up, you ll be so grateful that you did Just be sure to have your tissues ready, cause this was a heartwrencher


  4. oliviasbooks oliviasbooks says:

    I received an electronic review copy of B Kristin McMichael s fantasy romance To Stand Beside Her in exchange for an honest review from her husband To be entirely fair I have to add that he did not force it on me I had put the debut on my wishlist first and thus expressed my unmistakable interest That means the blame for misspending 30 minutes by struggling twice through the first 10% should be entirely mine Before someone else repeats my mistake and maybe doesn t even dare to throw the tow I received an electronic review copy of B Kristin McMichael s fantasy romance To Stand Beside Her in exchange for an honest review from her husband To be entirely fair I have to add that he did not force it on me I had put the debut on my wishlist first and thus expressed my unmistakable interest That means the blame for misspending 30 minutes by struggling twice through the first 10% should be entirely mine Before someone else repeats my mistake and maybe doesn t even dare to throw the towel as early as I did, I offer my review both as a payment and as means to help like minded readers to pass go without accepting or purchasing a copy Believe it or not, I even plan to entice some readers into pressing the to read button after browsing through my ramblings, for what is appalling to me might be appealing to others And those others stand clear in front of my mind The unabashed admirers of strong, beautiful, physically fit, unbeatably witty, unbearably female, lime light addicted and uncompromisingly self promoting heroines like assassin Celaena Sardothien The now wildly popular Throne of Glass, too, started out as a self published novel, but having readthan half of the story my guess is that a lot of work went into re structuring and basic editing afterwards All in all it turned out to be quite readable in spite of not meeting my personal taste in character design and dynamics To Stand Beside Her did not benefit of the services big publishing houses have to offer, but if you can generously overlook that the text does not tell you what a courier ghost courier is except that her job is split into six skill levels, extremely legendary, kind of hush hush and certainly mind blowingly dangerous , that you will long await the moment when it will revealed to you were the story takes place apart from that it is a world with at least eight kingdoms of which five kings are wifeless and keen on getting a feisty spouse that verbally abuses them on a day to day basis with her special brand of smirky wit , and that other details keep leaping spontaneously at you like that this fantasy world has running hot water even in windowless special prisoner castle suites, then you may blissfully dive into a novel featuring Celaena reincarnated into a parallel universeLeila was the best Leila could easily enter any heavily guarded place and leave unnoticed with her assignment No one, no man, or woman, could keep up with her Leila was a ghost to many and a legend to everyone else Through her training, she had perfected the use of multiple identities so she could travel from city to city, fulfilling even the the most demanding assignments She had yet to find a man who could beat her in both weapons and hand to hand combat All told of encountering a lady so beautiful she would take your breath away and yet was so cunning none could cage her long enough to make her into a wife But, alas, almost right at the beginning Leila lets her guard slip in front of the guard after being really smug about losing a pair of newbie trackers And, oops, the uncatchable maiden is caught Surprisingly not for the first time Leila proudly mentions she has already first hand knowledge of both the men s and the women s section of the prison and of five other kingdoms , too, but she never intends to stay She simply scales the prison s inner and outer walls with her dainty, little feet view spoiler they must really look unproportional on her, since we learn later, that she is taller than all the palace guards hide spoiler and leaves before supper Sadly her dumb Level 2 associate Kay is still inside the castle, which means she goes straight back in to fetch her out and does not miss the chance to wiggle her tongue at the flabbergasted guards at the main gate.Because she does not make her skills a secret and offers her new fans some in detail glimpses into the tricks of her trade, cruel King Nalick bless him, the first of acceptable height and muscle mass is curious, sends for her, showers in a select mix of rude comebacks, seductive disregard and violent eye lash batting, and is instantly smitten Leila languidly anticipates his proposal, because she had received five similar ones from his colleagues before The offer of Nalick s farther s hand even resulted in the forced demise of her beloved fianc So keeping alive Level 2 Kay dictates taking different measures than that unrelenting no four years earlier view spoiler when the heroine had been 14, should I have counted correctly hide spoiler Right It does not hurt, though, to ask the next best priest standing in the way to help her flee as if he regularly dismisses his ruler s instructions for fun Strangly, he does not comply.Well If your Celaena addicted mind is not yet salviating yet, I give you the following last bits on topLeila did not approve of hurting innocent people Never once had she killed anyone who attacked her Even those who would try to kill her did not deserve to die in her opinionThis shocking revelation of Leila s purity of heart is apparently necessary for the story to come, for according to the palace seer Miss Smarty Parts Dirty Mouth hasthe power to change the world. Naturally He elaboratesWhen people come in contact with you, their aura becomes whiter in color to match yoursShould you think this is sweet, but not stickily so, go ahead and indulge The e book is very affordable, but it seems to lack a love triangle.If you feel like wiping off your fingers, just stay well behind the yellow tape I do no know for sure, but I cannot imagine that the story improves enough to brighten your day


  5. Sarez Tomoan Sarez Tomoan says:

    I was provided with an ARC for an honest review so here it is.When I first signed up to provide the review I wasnt all that sure that I had made a good decision but wanted to give it a go,for the fact I was told it wasn t your perfect happy ever after It just didn t sound like it would be my kind of book even though I read pretty much anything So ending first my first reaction when I finished the book was to jump in the shower and bawl my eyes out then immediately pick the book back I was provided with an ARC for an honest review so here it is.When I first signed up to provide the review I wasnt all that sure that I had made a good decision but wanted to give it a go,for the fact I was told it wasn t your perfect happy ever after It just didn t sound like it would be my kind of book even though I read pretty much anything So ending first my first reaction when I finished the book was to jump in the shower and bawl my eyes out then immediately pick the book back up and reread it to enjoy it all over again It is not a horrible ending, it is as I heard described bittersweet Please do not be turned off by the thought of a bad ending.It was fast paced, and with the perfect amount of action in it I absolutely loved the book, the story and the characters just drew me in Leila is fiesty and tough and I loved her to pieces Nalick the apparently awful king who has a sweet side but is keeping a secret from leila The author kept me guessing and wondering the whole way through and I struggled to guess what this secret was I love it whan an author is gifted enough to keep me guessing She created this whole world for me and I was right there the whole way through I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to readers of any age I look forward to readingfrom this author as she has a true gift with the written word and plenty of imagination Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book, it is one I will definately reread hence the 5 stars


  6. Jennifer Showalter - MAMA Bookasaurus Jennifer Showalter - MAMA Bookasaurus says:

    SEE ALL MY REVIEWS ON MY BLOG TWITTER MamaBookasaurus Facebook Tumblr MySpace Pinterest MAMA Bookasaurs Technically 2.4 rounded to 2 It really saddens me I had to rate this a two There were five very important reasons why I had to lower my rating, otherwise I found it to be enjoyable The premise was interesting If these concerns were fixed, I d rate it a four or a five Please note I am NOT bashing the book, but giving constructive criticism Rea SEE ALL MY REVIEWS ON MY BLOG TWITTER MamaBookasaurus Facebook Tumblr MySpace Pinterest MAMA Bookasaurs Technically 2.4 rounded to 2 It really saddens me I had to rate this a two There were five very important reasons why I had to lower my rating, otherwise I found it to be enjoyable The premise was interesting If these concerns were fixed, I d rate it a four or a five Please note I am NOT bashing the book, but giving constructive criticism Reason Number One The GrammarThere seems to be a shocking number of books these days that have been published looking like they snuck past the editor s desk Honestly, editors are not scary people Really All the red marks on the page are your friends Spellcheck can only do so much Unfortunately, I found a large number of mistakes such as wrong tenses, missing or wrong words as well as misspelled words that hindered my reading Reason Number Two The Mythology The DetailsI could not figure out if this was based on a historical time period or modern day She talked about swords, dresses and riding horses, which made me think 14th to 19th century Then McMichael said one of the kids was playing with a toy car CAR Not once in the book did they ride in a car Then Leila wore pants and a sweater, which made me think 20th or 21st century There was no clarification of the time period and culture Major events were glossed over How could they not prep Leila for her role as Queen She had been a street rat, a thief, a commoner What about the royal events No one prepped her on what to do Her leg injury Barely a mention It was a tiny blip on the radar Meanwhile, large amounts meaningless details were given to unimportant things Or details were repeatedrepeatedly The plot didn t seem to have much direction until late in the book Reason Number Three The Lack of WillNalick knows the future because of the reports from his priest So why does he lay down like a dog and take it This was the poem that kept itself on repeat in my mind while reading Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Though wise men at their end know dark is right,Because their words had forked no lightning theyDo not go gentle into that good night.Good men, the last wave by, crying how brightTheir frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,Do not go gentle into that good night.Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sightBlind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light And you, my father, there on the sad height,Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light by Dylan ThomasThere is a Divine plan, but there is also Free Will If I knew my left leg wass going to get run over by a truck, I would not get up that morning and say, Oh Today s the day Whoo hoo Let s go crush a leg I would duck tape myself to my bed and watch TV all day long Maybe wrap myself up in bubble wrap Who knows The point is, I wouldn t just accept it I don t think anyone would The future is not written in stone Reason Number Four Lack of Personal PerspectiveIf only I could have gotten into Leila and Nalick s minds The connection was lacking and left me unengaged I didn t understand why every King wanted her and made war over her She was poor, a criminal, a smart mouth and not of noble birth What was the draw If Leila was this independent, lone wolf fighter, hater of the indoors who refuses to stay put for anyone then why would she drop everything so easily I couldn t get inside her head to figure it out It just didn t make sense There was just no real character development to justify what happened in the book A twist towards the end had me shaking my head Ugh Squirms in seat Kind of sick, really weird and felt completely wrong Realistic No way The POV changed a lot and at awkward times in the writing That didn t help me understand the characters Reason Number Five Lack of Dialogue TimeIf Nalick was trying to get her to fall in love with him, he had to give the relationship attention and time That didn t really happen He supposedly had this big, drastic character development If there was one, it seemed hurried and unrealistic He knew everything from the priest, so then wouldn t his attitude have already changed There wasn t a build up to back any sort of relationship The turn around was too abrupt Leila should have been raging with internal conflict, yet there is no conflict of feelings shown He did lock up and hit her best friend after all Yes, there were positives The pace was fast and fairly consistent, the premise was sound and there was a strong, fierce heroine Leila was incredibly intriguing Her past with Eric was tantalizing but all we were given was a skimpy appetizer Lukewarm and vague Flashbacks to situations with him would have greatly added to the depth of the book Conversations from the past could have added much needed richness The action scenes were fun to experience Leila was brilliant Seeing how she handled situations was outstanding Leila had a sharp sense of wit Her fighting skills were impressive and I loved how she took on teaching I think if she gave this a through going over with an editor on these concerns, she could have a winner on her hands


  7. Brenda A Brenda A says:

    I expected a muchupsetting ending after I was rather forcefully warned that this didn t have a happy ever after, but I ll get to that in a bit.To Stand Beside Her is this in a nutshell badass courier who can do basically everything willingly gets captured by a king to save her friend, then falls in love with said king I liked this story Leila s skills were impressive and I think the best parts were the ones where we got to see her in action There s not as much of that as I would have I expected a muchupsetting ending after I was rather forcefully warned that this didn t have a happy ever after, but I ll get to that in a bit.To Stand Beside Her is this in a nutshell badass courier who can do basically everything willingly gets captured by a king to save her friend, then falls in love with said king I liked this story Leila s skills were impressive and I think the best parts were the ones where we got to see her in action There s not as much of that as I would have liked, but I can overlook that She has expert training in battle both with weapons and without, with escaping, with camouflage, etc She finds that everywhere she goes people align themselves to her because she s so honest and beautiful And I stress that because it s very fair to say that people like to help pretty people Especially if it s a pretty girl with a knockout bod this was described to us every time a different guy kidnapped her that s asking for the help The relationship between Leila and Nalick just didn t work for me at first It was too quick of a turn around She absolutely despises this guy, has heard numerous stories of his ruthlessness, and forces her to his kingdom which basically every king has tried to kidnap her by taking her friend And within a very short span of time she s dropped all reservations It was too sudden, as if she totally forgot the fact that he placed one of her loved ones in peril While I can argue that all he did was throw her in jail, again, Leila supposedly heard all kinds of rumors about his ruthlessness, and yet this doesn t worry her one bit view spoiler I know she s confident about her escaping ability but her entire mood changed when it was Philip who was taken, not Kay hide spoiler That aside, though, I really like the relationship between the two of them after that beginning point It wasn t so gushy and annoying as many romance books, and I was appreciative that it managed to be romantic without shoving the gooey down my throat As a general rule I tend to like minor characters in novelsthan the main characters, and that was the case here again I always enjoyed anytime the children, Roger, Theo or Anatolio were in the scene They were always supportive of Leila and Nalick and ready to help at a moment s notice It was pleasant to learnabout these characters as the novel progressed.Okay, now I m going to talk about the ending view spoiler I really don t get it I was expressly warned that this did not have a happy ending, but that s exactly what it was I mean yeah, Nalick dies after only 10 years of them being together, but really, come on He s going to die saving his child And he knows, thanks to the seer, that his family will be successful and well taken care of thanks to him and Leila and Anatolio and all the others I don t see how this is a bad ending Especially for Leila She s had a million exaggerating I know marriage proposals and had countless men in love with her, so that s nothing new But she gets to love three men in her life without having to deal with jealousy or bitterness Come on now, I don t think that s bad at all I mean sure two out of three died and that s why she moves on, but it s still pretty damn good luck to have so many men willing to love her and that she loves in return And Anatalio gets to have his time with her, so he s happy Nalick has babies with her, so he s happy Erich I assume was happy because he was the one who was originally going to be with her forever til he died I just don t see how it s a bad ending I kept waiting to see that Leila would die from the poison stones in her back or that Nalick would die because of some twist or something hide spoiler Okay now that that s out of the way I really enjoyed this novel The characters were fleshed out enough that I had no problem with development, and I was pleased with the scenes of Leila teaching others the skills she had The villains were especially villainy, essentially dirty old pervy men With the exception of quite a few missing words and wrong words, it s well written I would definitely read this author again


  8. Kasey Kasey says:

    To Stand Beside Her is quite unique, I don t think I ve ever read a novel that s close to similar Leila s personality is not uncommon in today s novels but what she goes through during her life is I truly enjoyed the spunkiness that Leila displayed at every turn, and nothing could keep her down for long Nalick starts out as the villain, and I wasn t sure that I would like him, especially since he was trying to force Leila to stay with him However, it soon became obvious that all he wanted wa To Stand Beside Her is quite unique, I don t think I ve ever read a novel that s close to similar Leila s personality is not uncommon in today s novels but what she goes through during her life is I truly enjoyed the spunkiness that Leila displayed at every turn, and nothing could keep her down for long Nalick starts out as the villain, and I wasn t sure that I would like him, especially since he was trying to force Leila to stay with him However, it soon became obvious that all he wanted was a chance for her to know him The relationship between Nalick and Leila grew at the perfect pace, it didn t feel contrived at all It took a few steps forward, and a few steps backward and then settled down into contentment That was the part I most enjoyed about the book, when they finally both admitted they loved each other and accepted it I think my favorite scene with them was after she broke her leg Roger was on his way to visit and check on Leila, and she was doing a terrible job of keeping still, but somehow Nalick was keeping her contained and mostly happy I also have to mention Philip, Tim, and Ruth These children stole my heart from the moment they appeared, until the very end Leila had a very caring heart and it made it easy for me to identify with her, because I would have wanted to take these kids as my own too Anatolio simply captivated me with his shadowing of Leila He truly cared about her, and I loved being able to see her through his eyes The only thing that prevents me from giving this book 5 stars, is the ending I don t mind that Nalick and Leila didn t end up living happily ever after They had a beautiful 10 years and a happy family I even loved Anatolio as much as I loved Nalick, and I m so happy that Leila would never be left alone What I missed and wanted wasof Anatolio I want to see Leila and Anatolio grow together, especially because his concern that she couldn t grow to love him was big in the latter half of the novel I just wanted to see a littleof Anatolio and Leila Plus, I would really like to get to know the other kids as well as Philip, Tim and Ruth If a sequel were to come out showing their growth together I would absolutely revise my review to being a full 5 stars


  9. Marni Marni says:

    First off, since Goodreads won t allow 1 2 stars I upped this to a 4 Personally, I feel it was a 3.5 That isn t horrible by any means, I just didn t feel it was a full 4 star read.I went into this book looking for something a bit different than the usual read The author had stated that ending was not typical so I was itching for the difference Unfortunately, getting to that point was a bit bumpy.The author provided me a copy in exchange for an honest review It started off interesting enough First off, since Goodreads won t allow 1 2 stars I upped this to a 4 Personally, I feel it was a 3.5 That isn t horrible by any means, I just didn t feel it was a full 4 star read.I went into this book looking for something a bit different than the usual read The author had stated that ending was not typical so I was itching for the difference Unfortunately, getting to that point was a bit bumpy.The author provided me a copy in exchange for an honest review It started off interesting enough, but I just couldn t get fully into the story The main character Leila, is a very well known mischief maker aka expert courier As stated in the book she was a ghost to many and a legend to everyone else To me she comes across as many things but I wouldn t label her a ghost There were parts in the book that just seemed to contradict her awareness One example is when the king picked her up, out of her bed and took her to the boat where she continued to sleep Honestly, I would have seen her do some serious ninja moves and give the king a few bruises before someone calmed her down Now that would have been believable.The story itself is laid out nicely Plenty of description, but not in an overbearing way Sometimes too much going on in the story, trying to figure out who was who but all in all everyone had their place Described with beauty, she can easily fool someone who is not knowledgeable of her toughness As the story evolves, so does the relationship between Leila and Nalick The story starts off as one of adventure but the true story is the bond that binds the two and just how much he loves her Along with the evolution of the characters, I found myself changing my perspective of the story There was a tenderness that I didn t expect to feel And yes, I went from cynical reader to one who rooted for the relationship and hoping that the ending wasn t what was prophesied by the seer.I recommend this to anyone who likes a good love story with a touch of toughness that round out the characters I recommend this to anyone who has felt a loss but has come out stronger This is a book that will tear at your heartstrings but in a way that doesn t leave you devastated


  10. Donna Donna says:

    I just have to say before I begin my review that I cried Yes, I did I cried at the end of this book It was bittersweet and I cried because I was sad and happy at the same time.This book follows Leila and her strong independent ways She s a courier, the best the country has She takes assignments and delivers things or takes things making sure no one knows she was there It s part of her adventurous spirit, the one that doesn t want to settle down, and never be still.But when her friend, Ka I just have to say before I begin my review that I cried Yes, I did I cried at the end of this book It was bittersweet and I cried because I was sad and happy at the same time.This book follows Leila and her strong independent ways She s a courier, the best the country has She takes assignments and delivers things or takes things making sure no one knows she was there It s part of her adventurous spirit, the one that doesn t want to settle down, and never be still.But when her friend, Kay, is captured, she strikes a bargain with king Nalick A bargain that she has to come to terms with it Having had her heart broken by love, the story unravels just as the walls she s built up around her, preventing herself from becoming hurt again But Nalick is persistent and truly loves her It warmed my heart to see that he wasn t just trying to get into her pants, but honestly wanted her to be happy So happy that he was willing to forfeit everything for her.And the twist that is Anatolio can t be forgotten How could it be, he s such a big part of it all The friendship that develops between Leila and him is sweet and warms my heart.The ending of this book is like I said bittersweet I love that the author did that It definitely made me cry, my heart is still heavy the next day, but I love it I was prepared for the ending, but I didn t want to read about it, if that makes sense.Reader if you want to read a book that is adventurous and sweet, this is it


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To Stand Beside Her[Download] ➾ To Stand Beside Her By B. Kristin McMichael – Polishdarling.co.uk To be the best courier in the world, eighteen year old Ben t Leila follows three simple rules always work alone, never stay in one place too long, and never fall in love Too bad she didn t follow her To be the best courier in the world, eighteen year old Ben t Leila follows three simple rules always work alone, never stay in one place too long, and never fall in love Too bad she didn t follow her own adviceLeila is a courier To the people she takes from, she is seen as a common thief to the people she helps, she is a saviorNalick is your typical king He s rich, powerful, and always assumed to be right When Leila crosses paths with King Nalick, she finds herself trapped In a To Stand eBook È rush to save her best friend Kay from a prison sentence for a crime Leila committed, Leila trades her hand in marriage in exchange for Kay s freedom Tomboy Leila does not want to grow up, but in three months time, she will be married to King Nalick, if Nalick can keep his end of the bargain First, Nalick must make Leila fall in love with him, a hard task since Leila is not ready to love again after losing her first love to a greedy king Second, Nalick must keep her safe He is not the only king trying to hold onto her Leila has made many enemies over the years, and even admirers that want her as a prize Lastly, Nalick must convince Leila that ten years of love is better than a lifetime without Unless Leila can trust her destiny, she might not reach her wedding day at all.


About the Author: B. Kristin McMichael

Originally from Wisconsin, B Kristin currently resides in Ohio with her husband, three small children, and three cats When not doing the mom thing of chasing kids, baking cookies, and playing outside, she is using her PhD in biology as a scientist In her free time she is currently hard at work on multiple novels Every day is a new writing adventure She is a fan of all YA NA fantasy and science fiction.



10 thoughts on “To Stand Beside Her

  1. Booknut Booknut says:

    This book made me a little emotional Okay very emotional At first it seemed like this was just going to be another fearless assassin thief like female clashes with a guy she ends up with book But To Stand Beside Her surprised me in so many ways.The witty banter, of course, got me hookedI am guessing I can answer your questions just as well as he could Okay, Nalick responded, taking the bait, Are you the woman that I should marry Probably, but it is not going to happen, Lei This book made me a little emotional Okay very emotional At first it seemed like this was just going to be another fearless assassin thief like female clashes with a guy she ends up with book But To Stand Beside Her surprised me in so many ways.The witty banter, of course, got me hookedI am guessing I can answer your questions just as well as he could Okay, Nalick responded, taking the bait, Are you the woman that I should marry Probably, but it is not going to happen, Leila responded And why not he inquired Because in order to have a real marriage, both people need to be willing to marry each other Leila looked him up and down He was handsome, but he was also an arrogant jerk I am not willing to marry youAnd then there was the character of Nalick He didn t miraculously transform into a knight in shining armor Instead, B Kristin McMichael reveals Nalick s many layers as the story unfolds, slowly but surely securing him a place in our heartsand Leila s The only thing I couldn t get on board with The ending.I get it, authors, I do you want shock value Even if it breaks our bookworm hearts in the process stares pointedly at Veronica Roth But something just didn t feel right about this ending Poor Leila goes through hell and back when it comes to her love life And just when she thinks it s all gonna be rainbows, kittens, and sunshinesome stupid seer stuffs up everything We re left with an Epilogue that sends you into a whirlpool of emotion without a life raft It s truly a bittersweet endingand call me spoiled, call me naivebut I wanted a happy ending Instead I got an ending that guarantees that I ll be sobbing at the mention of true love for at least two weeks straight


  2. Jeann (Happy Indulgence) Jeann (Happy Indulgence) says:

    To Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical fantasy romance would beaccurate The start of the novel started off with a bang as we meet Leila, a courier and a thief who is also known as a ghost, as she s never been caught before Leila is beautiful, a skilled fighter, and also spirited and fiesty She has men wrapped around her little finger but also knows how to stand on her own two feet She definitely isn t the type that would let someone li To Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical fantasy romance would beaccurate The start of the novel started off with a bang as we meet Leila, a courier and a thief who is also known as a ghost, as she s never been caught before Leila is beautiful, a skilled fighter, and also spirited and fiesty She has men wrapped around her little finger but also knows how to stand on her own two feet She definitely isn t the type that would let someone like a King sweep her off her feet.Unfortunately, that s exactly what King Nalick did, which seemed incredibly uncharacteristic of the character that was set up Nalick apparently isn t like all the other Kings, not letting social class get in the way of love or acceptance, much to the nobles contempt He s noble, honourable, and protective, but Leila still manages to mesmerise him, much like she s mesmerised every single male that she encounters.While To Stand Beside Her had an interesting premise, Leila seemed a bit too unrealistic and perfect to be believable Kings around the world want her, men will grovel at her feet and she s falls in love with not one, but two men She just doesn t seem the type to settle into the court as comfortably as implied, taken care by a man.The writing was also unnecessarily difficult to get into It described every single minute detail about things that were seemingly unimportant, such as Leila s leg injury yet would skip over things like the wedding and a competition between the kingdom s best fighters Throughout the course of the novel, we re introduced to so many characters that aren t an important part of the plot We re simply experiencing Leila and Nalick s journey together after they meet, which certainly was not a journey I expected after the start of the novel.There also didn t seem to be any particular plot until late in the book, when the whole story title suddenly clicks and before you know it, it s all over With a bit of editing, polish and retweaking, I think To Stand Beside Her would be a much better title.I received a review copy from the author and Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.Check out the promo bliz and my review on the Happy Indulgence Book Blog


  3. Bethany Bethany says:

    5 heartsI was lucky enough to receive this book for an honest review by the Author, B Kristin McMichael I don t think I could have loved this book anythan I did My heart literally still hurts, from reading this The story was brilliant and beautiful, and so amazingly well wrote I instantly fell in love with the characters and went on an epic journey with them I felt so emotionally vested with the characters in To Stand Beside Her Leila is a courier, and strives to be the best courier 5 heartsI was lucky enough to receive this book for an honest review by the Author, B Kristin McMichael I don t think I could have loved this book anythan I did My heart literally still hurts, from reading this The story was brilliant and beautiful, and so amazingly well wrote I instantly fell in love with the characters and went on an epic journey with them I felt so emotionally vested with the characters in To Stand Beside Her Leila is a courier, and strives to be the best courier that she can be Living in the North lands is great for her, no one can find her and that s exactly how she wants it Leila is strikingly beautiful, smart, funny, and every countries King wants her for himself Until the day that her best friend Kay gets caught Leila being the self sacrificing person that she is goes to rescue her best friend While rescuing her, she gets herself caught Freeing both Kay and herself wasn t much of an issue though, until Kay got caught again escaping from the prison Leila then makes herself get caught again by the palace s gaurds Upon reentering the palace, she meets King Nalick Leila thinks she knows all about this King, but she could never be so wrongKing Nalick, He has a reputation for being pretty mean Leila thinks she has him pegged, until she gets to know him In honor to free her best friend Kay, she agrees to a deal to marry King Nalick, and also agrees not to escape the kingdom Nalick held up his end of the agreement, and then some Nalick basically doted on Leila, making Leila and myself fall completely in love with him Which is something she thought would never happen again Nalick will forever be one of my all time favorite book boyfriends He was always surprising Leila with his kindness, and would go to the end of the earth to protect her Leila will probably be one of my all time favorite Book heroines, as well The depth of the all characters and their interactions with eachother, blew my mind Finishing this book was probably one of the saddest moments, but happiest moments Bittersweet is definitely not a strong enough word for this novel B Kristin McMichael made me laugh, smile, cringe, and cry Several times while reading this book I had to set it down, and take a minute to collect myself because of the potency of her words The ending was phenomenal Everything weaved together perfectly Albeit I wasn t exactly happy about how it ended, it pulled the book together so fiercely and perfectly I can t wait to read what B Kristin publishes next Amazing Amazing Amazing novel A definite must read for anyone who loves strong female characters, or fantasy, or even just a love story Once you pick this up, you ll be so grateful that you did Just be sure to have your tissues ready, cause this was a heartwrencher


  4. oliviasbooks oliviasbooks says:

    I received an electronic review copy of B Kristin McMichael s fantasy romance To Stand Beside Her in exchange for an honest review from her husband To be entirely fair I have to add that he did not force it on me I had put the debut on my wishlist first and thus expressed my unmistakable interest That means the blame for misspending 30 minutes by struggling twice through the first 10% should be entirely mine Before someone else repeats my mistake and maybe doesn t even dare to throw the tow I received an electronic review copy of B Kristin McMichael s fantasy romance To Stand Beside Her in exchange for an honest review from her husband To be entirely fair I have to add that he did not force it on me I had put the debut on my wishlist first and thus expressed my unmistakable interest That means the blame for misspending 30 minutes by struggling twice through the first 10% should be entirely mine Before someone else repeats my mistake and maybe doesn t even dare to throw the towel as early as I did, I offer my review both as a payment and as means to help like minded readers to pass go without accepting or purchasing a copy Believe it or not, I even plan to entice some readers into pressing the to read button after browsing through my ramblings, for what is appalling to me might be appealing to others And those others stand clear in front of my mind The unabashed admirers of strong, beautiful, physically fit, unbeatably witty, unbearably female, lime light addicted and uncompromisingly self promoting heroines like assassin Celaena Sardothien The now wildly popular Throne of Glass, too, started out as a self published novel, but having readthan half of the story my guess is that a lot of work went into re structuring and basic editing afterwards All in all it turned out to be quite readable in spite of not meeting my personal taste in character design and dynamics To Stand Beside Her did not benefit of the services big publishing houses have to offer, but if you can generously overlook that the text does not tell you what a courier ghost courier is except that her job is split into six skill levels, extremely legendary, kind of hush hush and certainly mind blowingly dangerous , that you will long await the moment when it will revealed to you were the story takes place apart from that it is a world with at least eight kingdoms of which five kings are wifeless and keen on getting a feisty spouse that verbally abuses them on a day to day basis with her special brand of smirky wit , and that other details keep leaping spontaneously at you like that this fantasy world has running hot water even in windowless special prisoner castle suites, then you may blissfully dive into a novel featuring Celaena reincarnated into a parallel universeLeila was the best Leila could easily enter any heavily guarded place and leave unnoticed with her assignment No one, no man, or woman, could keep up with her Leila was a ghost to many and a legend to everyone else Through her training, she had perfected the use of multiple identities so she could travel from city to city, fulfilling even the the most demanding assignments She had yet to find a man who could beat her in both weapons and hand to hand combat All told of encountering a lady so beautiful she would take your breath away and yet was so cunning none could cage her long enough to make her into a wife But, alas, almost right at the beginning Leila lets her guard slip in front of the guard after being really smug about losing a pair of newbie trackers And, oops, the uncatchable maiden is caught Surprisingly not for the first time Leila proudly mentions she has already first hand knowledge of both the men s and the women s section of the prison and of five other kingdoms , too, but she never intends to stay She simply scales the prison s inner and outer walls with her dainty, little feet view spoiler they must really look unproportional on her, since we learn later, that she is taller than all the palace guards hide spoiler and leaves before supper Sadly her dumb Level 2 associate Kay is still inside the castle, which means she goes straight back in to fetch her out and does not miss the chance to wiggle her tongue at the flabbergasted guards at the main gate.Because she does not make her skills a secret and offers her new fans some in detail glimpses into the tricks of her trade, cruel King Nalick bless him, the first of acceptable height and muscle mass is curious, sends for her, showers in a select mix of rude comebacks, seductive disregard and violent eye lash batting, and is instantly smitten Leila languidly anticipates his proposal, because she had received five similar ones from his colleagues before The offer of Nalick s farther s hand even resulted in the forced demise of her beloved fianc So keeping alive Level 2 Kay dictates taking different measures than that unrelenting no four years earlier view spoiler when the heroine had been 14, should I have counted correctly hide spoiler Right It does not hurt, though, to ask the next best priest standing in the way to help her flee as if he regularly dismisses his ruler s instructions for fun Strangly, he does not comply.Well If your Celaena addicted mind is not yet salviating yet, I give you the following last bits on topLeila did not approve of hurting innocent people Never once had she killed anyone who attacked her Even those who would try to kill her did not deserve to die in her opinionThis shocking revelation of Leila s purity of heart is apparently necessary for the story to come, for according to the palace seer Miss Smarty Parts Dirty Mouth hasthe power to change the world. Naturally He elaboratesWhen people come in contact with you, their aura becomes whiter in color to match yoursShould you think this is sweet, but not stickily so, go ahead and indulge The e book is very affordable, but it seems to lack a love triangle.If you feel like wiping off your fingers, just stay well behind the yellow tape I do no know for sure, but I cannot imagine that the story improves enough to brighten your day


  5. Sarez Tomoan Sarez Tomoan says:

    I was provided with an ARC for an honest review so here it is.When I first signed up to provide the review I wasnt all that sure that I had made a good decision but wanted to give it a go,for the fact I was told it wasn t your perfect happy ever after It just didn t sound like it would be my kind of book even though I read pretty much anything So ending first my first reaction when I finished the book was to jump in the shower and bawl my eyes out then immediately pick the book back I was provided with an ARC for an honest review so here it is.When I first signed up to provide the review I wasnt all that sure that I had made a good decision but wanted to give it a go,for the fact I was told it wasn t your perfect happy ever after It just didn t sound like it would be my kind of book even though I read pretty much anything So ending first my first reaction when I finished the book was to jump in the shower and bawl my eyes out then immediately pick the book back up and reread it to enjoy it all over again It is not a horrible ending, it is as I heard described bittersweet Please do not be turned off by the thought of a bad ending.It was fast paced, and with the perfect amount of action in it I absolutely loved the book, the story and the characters just drew me in Leila is fiesty and tough and I loved her to pieces Nalick the apparently awful king who has a sweet side but is keeping a secret from leila The author kept me guessing and wondering the whole way through and I struggled to guess what this secret was I love it whan an author is gifted enough to keep me guessing She created this whole world for me and I was right there the whole way through I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to readers of any age I look forward to readingfrom this author as she has a true gift with the written word and plenty of imagination Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book, it is one I will definately reread hence the 5 stars


  6. Jennifer Showalter - MAMA Bookasaurus Jennifer Showalter - MAMA Bookasaurus says:

    SEE ALL MY REVIEWS ON MY BLOG TWITTER MamaBookasaurus Facebook Tumblr MySpace Pinterest MAMA Bookasaurs Technically 2.4 rounded to 2 It really saddens me I had to rate this a two There were five very important reasons why I had to lower my rating, otherwise I found it to be enjoyable The premise was interesting If these concerns were fixed, I d rate it a four or a five Please note I am NOT bashing the book, but giving constructive criticism Rea SEE ALL MY REVIEWS ON MY BLOG TWITTER MamaBookasaurus Facebook Tumblr MySpace Pinterest MAMA Bookasaurs Technically 2.4 rounded to 2 It really saddens me I had to rate this a two There were five very important reasons why I had to lower my rating, otherwise I found it to be enjoyable The premise was interesting If these concerns were fixed, I d rate it a four or a five Please note I am NOT bashing the book, but giving constructive criticism Reason Number One The GrammarThere seems to be a shocking number of books these days that have been published looking like they snuck past the editor s desk Honestly, editors are not scary people Really All the red marks on the page are your friends Spellcheck can only do so much Unfortunately, I found a large number of mistakes such as wrong tenses, missing or wrong words as well as misspelled words that hindered my reading Reason Number Two The Mythology The DetailsI could not figure out if this was based on a historical time period or modern day She talked about swords, dresses and riding horses, which made me think 14th to 19th century Then McMichael said one of the kids was playing with a toy car CAR Not once in the book did they ride in a car Then Leila wore pants and a sweater, which made me think 20th or 21st century There was no clarification of the time period and culture Major events were glossed over How could they not prep Leila for her role as Queen She had been a street rat, a thief, a commoner What about the royal events No one prepped her on what to do Her leg injury Barely a mention It was a tiny blip on the radar Meanwhile, large amounts meaningless details were given to unimportant things Or details were repeatedrepeatedly The plot didn t seem to have much direction until late in the book Reason Number Three The Lack of WillNalick knows the future because of the reports from his priest So why does he lay down like a dog and take it This was the poem that kept itself on repeat in my mind while reading Do not go gentle into that good night,Old age should burn and rave at close of day Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Though wise men at their end know dark is right,Because their words had forked no lightning theyDo not go gentle into that good night.Good men, the last wave by, crying how brightTheir frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,Do not go gentle into that good night.Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sightBlind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light And you, my father, there on the sad height,Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.Do not go gentle into that good night.Rage, rage against the dying of the light by Dylan ThomasThere is a Divine plan, but there is also Free Will If I knew my left leg wass going to get run over by a truck, I would not get up that morning and say, Oh Today s the day Whoo hoo Let s go crush a leg I would duck tape myself to my bed and watch TV all day long Maybe wrap myself up in bubble wrap Who knows The point is, I wouldn t just accept it I don t think anyone would The future is not written in stone Reason Number Four Lack of Personal PerspectiveIf only I could have gotten into Leila and Nalick s minds The connection was lacking and left me unengaged I didn t understand why every King wanted her and made war over her She was poor, a criminal, a smart mouth and not of noble birth What was the draw If Leila was this independent, lone wolf fighter, hater of the indoors who refuses to stay put for anyone then why would she drop everything so easily I couldn t get inside her head to figure it out It just didn t make sense There was just no real character development to justify what happened in the book A twist towards the end had me shaking my head Ugh Squirms in seat Kind of sick, really weird and felt completely wrong Realistic No way The POV changed a lot and at awkward times in the writing That didn t help me understand the characters Reason Number Five Lack of Dialogue TimeIf Nalick was trying to get her to fall in love with him, he had to give the relationship attention and time That didn t really happen He supposedly had this big, drastic character development If there was one, it seemed hurried and unrealistic He knew everything from the priest, so then wouldn t his attitude have already changed There wasn t a build up to back any sort of relationship The turn around was too abrupt Leila should have been raging with internal conflict, yet there is no conflict of feelings shown He did lock up and hit her best friend after all Yes, there were positives The pace was fast and fairly consistent, the premise was sound and there was a strong, fierce heroine Leila was incredibly intriguing Her past with Eric was tantalizing but all we were given was a skimpy appetizer Lukewarm and vague Flashbacks to situations with him would have greatly added to the depth of the book Conversations from the past could have added much needed richness The action scenes were fun to experience Leila was brilliant Seeing how she handled situations was outstanding Leila had a sharp sense of wit Her fighting skills were impressive and I loved how she took on teaching I think if she gave this a through going over with an editor on these concerns, she could have a winner on her hands


  7. Brenda A Brenda A says:

    I expected a muchupsetting ending after I was rather forcefully warned that this didn t have a happy ever after, but I ll get to that in a bit.To Stand Beside Her is this in a nutshell badass courier who can do basically everything willingly gets captured by a king to save her friend, then falls in love with said king I liked this story Leila s skills were impressive and I think the best parts were the ones where we got to see her in action There s not as much of that as I would have I expected a muchupsetting ending after I was rather forcefully warned that this didn t have a happy ever after, but I ll get to that in a bit.To Stand Beside Her is this in a nutshell badass courier who can do basically everything willingly gets captured by a king to save her friend, then falls in love with said king I liked this story Leila s skills were impressive and I think the best parts were the ones where we got to see her in action There s not as much of that as I would have liked, but I can overlook that She has expert training in battle both with weapons and without, with escaping, with camouflage, etc She finds that everywhere she goes people align themselves to her because she s so honest and beautiful And I stress that because it s very fair to say that people like to help pretty people Especially if it s a pretty girl with a knockout bod this was described to us every time a different guy kidnapped her that s asking for the help The relationship between Leila and Nalick just didn t work for me at first It was too quick of a turn around She absolutely despises this guy, has heard numerous stories of his ruthlessness, and forces her to his kingdom which basically every king has tried to kidnap her by taking her friend And within a very short span of time she s dropped all reservations It was too sudden, as if she totally forgot the fact that he placed one of her loved ones in peril While I can argue that all he did was throw her in jail, again, Leila supposedly heard all kinds of rumors about his ruthlessness, and yet this doesn t worry her one bit view spoiler I know she s confident about her escaping ability but her entire mood changed when it was Philip who was taken, not Kay hide spoiler That aside, though, I really like the relationship between the two of them after that beginning point It wasn t so gushy and annoying as many romance books, and I was appreciative that it managed to be romantic without shoving the gooey down my throat As a general rule I tend to like minor characters in novelsthan the main characters, and that was the case here again I always enjoyed anytime the children, Roger, Theo or Anatolio were in the scene They were always supportive of Leila and Nalick and ready to help at a moment s notice It was pleasant to learnabout these characters as the novel progressed.Okay, now I m going to talk about the ending view spoiler I really don t get it I was expressly warned that this did not have a happy ending, but that s exactly what it was I mean yeah, Nalick dies after only 10 years of them being together, but really, come on He s going to die saving his child And he knows, thanks to the seer, that his family will be successful and well taken care of thanks to him and Leila and Anatolio and all the others I don t see how this is a bad ending Especially for Leila She s had a million exaggerating I know marriage proposals and had countless men in love with her, so that s nothing new But she gets to love three men in her life without having to deal with jealousy or bitterness Come on now, I don t think that s bad at all I mean sure two out of three died and that s why she moves on, but it s still pretty damn good luck to have so many men willing to love her and that she loves in return And Anatalio gets to have his time with her, so he s happy Nalick has babies with her, so he s happy Erich I assume was happy because he was the one who was originally going to be with her forever til he died I just don t see how it s a bad ending I kept waiting to see that Leila would die from the poison stones in her back or that Nalick would die because of some twist or something hide spoiler Okay now that that s out of the way I really enjoyed this novel The characters were fleshed out enough that I had no problem with development, and I was pleased with the scenes of Leila teaching others the skills she had The villains were especially villainy, essentially dirty old pervy men With the exception of quite a few missing words and wrong words, it s well written I would definitely read this author again


  8. Kasey Kasey says:

    To Stand Beside Her is quite unique, I don t think I ve ever read a novel that s close to similar Leila s personality is not uncommon in today s novels but what she goes through during her life is I truly enjoyed the spunkiness that Leila displayed at every turn, and nothing could keep her down for long Nalick starts out as the villain, and I wasn t sure that I would like him, especially since he was trying to force Leila to stay with him However, it soon became obvious that all he wanted wa To Stand Beside Her is quite unique, I don t think I ve ever read a novel that s close to similar Leila s personality is not uncommon in today s novels but what she goes through during her life is I truly enjoyed the spunkiness that Leila displayed at every turn, and nothing could keep her down for long Nalick starts out as the villain, and I wasn t sure that I would like him, especially since he was trying to force Leila to stay with him However, it soon became obvious that all he wanted was a chance for her to know him The relationship between Nalick and Leila grew at the perfect pace, it didn t feel contrived at all It took a few steps forward, and a few steps backward and then settled down into contentment That was the part I most enjoyed about the book, when they finally both admitted they loved each other and accepted it I think my favorite scene with them was after she broke her leg Roger was on his way to visit and check on Leila, and she was doing a terrible job of keeping still, but somehow Nalick was keeping her contained and mostly happy I also have to mention Philip, Tim, and Ruth These children stole my heart from the moment they appeared, until the very end Leila had a very caring heart and it made it easy for me to identify with her, because I would have wanted to take these kids as my own too Anatolio simply captivated me with his shadowing of Leila He truly cared about her, and I loved being able to see her through his eyes The only thing that prevents me from giving this book 5 stars, is the ending I don t mind that Nalick and Leila didn t end up living happily ever after They had a beautiful 10 years and a happy family I even loved Anatolio as much as I loved Nalick, and I m so happy that Leila would never be left alone What I missed and wanted wasof Anatolio I want to see Leila and Anatolio grow together, especially because his concern that she couldn t grow to love him was big in the latter half of the novel I just wanted to see a littleof Anatolio and Leila Plus, I would really like to get to know the other kids as well as Philip, Tim and Ruth If a sequel were to come out showing their growth together I would absolutely revise my review to being a full 5 stars


  9. Marni Marni says:

    First off, since Goodreads won t allow 1 2 stars I upped this to a 4 Personally, I feel it was a 3.5 That isn t horrible by any means, I just didn t feel it was a full 4 star read.I went into this book looking for something a bit different than the usual read The author had stated that ending was not typical so I was itching for the difference Unfortunately, getting to that point was a bit bumpy.The author provided me a copy in exchange for an honest review It started off interesting enough First off, since Goodreads won t allow 1 2 stars I upped this to a 4 Personally, I feel it was a 3.5 That isn t horrible by any means, I just didn t feel it was a full 4 star read.I went into this book looking for something a bit different than the usual read The author had stated that ending was not typical so I was itching for the difference Unfortunately, getting to that point was a bit bumpy.The author provided me a copy in exchange for an honest review It started off interesting enough, but I just couldn t get fully into the story The main character Leila, is a very well known mischief maker aka expert courier As stated in the book she was a ghost to many and a legend to everyone else To me she comes across as many things but I wouldn t label her a ghost There were parts in the book that just seemed to contradict her awareness One example is when the king picked her up, out of her bed and took her to the boat where she continued to sleep Honestly, I would have seen her do some serious ninja moves and give the king a few bruises before someone calmed her down Now that would have been believable.The story itself is laid out nicely Plenty of description, but not in an overbearing way Sometimes too much going on in the story, trying to figure out who was who but all in all everyone had their place Described with beauty, she can easily fool someone who is not knowledgeable of her toughness As the story evolves, so does the relationship between Leila and Nalick The story starts off as one of adventure but the true story is the bond that binds the two and just how much he loves her Along with the evolution of the characters, I found myself changing my perspective of the story There was a tenderness that I didn t expect to feel And yes, I went from cynical reader to one who rooted for the relationship and hoping that the ending wasn t what was prophesied by the seer.I recommend this to anyone who likes a good love story with a touch of toughness that round out the characters I recommend this to anyone who has felt a loss but has come out stronger This is a book that will tear at your heartstrings but in a way that doesn t leave you devastated


  10. Donna Donna says:

    I just have to say before I begin my review that I cried Yes, I did I cried at the end of this book It was bittersweet and I cried because I was sad and happy at the same time.This book follows Leila and her strong independent ways She s a courier, the best the country has She takes assignments and delivers things or takes things making sure no one knows she was there It s part of her adventurous spirit, the one that doesn t want to settle down, and never be still.But when her friend, Ka I just have to say before I begin my review that I cried Yes, I did I cried at the end of this book It was bittersweet and I cried because I was sad and happy at the same time.This book follows Leila and her strong independent ways She s a courier, the best the country has She takes assignments and delivers things or takes things making sure no one knows she was there It s part of her adventurous spirit, the one that doesn t want to settle down, and never be still.But when her friend, Kay, is captured, she strikes a bargain with king Nalick A bargain that she has to come to terms with it Having had her heart broken by love, the story unravels just as the walls she s built up around her, preventing herself from becoming hurt again But Nalick is persistent and truly loves her It warmed my heart to see that he wasn t just trying to get into her pants, but honestly wanted her to be happy So happy that he was willing to forfeit everything for her.And the twist that is Anatolio can t be forgotten How could it be, he s such a big part of it all The friendship that develops between Leila and him is sweet and warms my heart.The ending of this book is like I said bittersweet I love that the author did that It definitely made me cry, my heart is still heavy the next day, but I love it I was prepared for the ending, but I didn t want to read about it, if that makes sense.Reader if you want to read a book that is adventurous and sweet, this is it


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