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To Stand Beside Her

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  101 reviews
To be the best courier in the world, eighteen-year-old Benét 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 advice.

Leila is a courier. To the people she takes from, she is seen as a common thief; to the people she helps, she is a savior.

Nalick is your typical king. He's rich,
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by Createspace (first published January 11th 2013)
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This book made me a little emotional...
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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 hooked:
'"I 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
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
To Stand Beside Her was described to me as a YA Paranormal Fantasy, but to me, historical/fantasy romance would be more accurate. 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 ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I 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 any more than 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
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who loved "Throne of Glass" and do not mind some lack of structure
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
Sarez Tomoan
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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, more 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
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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.)

Brenda A
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thank-you
I expected a much more upsetting 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
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
What the hell kind of ending was this?

I started out liking this book, but soon became annoyed. The protagonist is supposed to be some kind of ueber-thief that's so good at sneaking around that every king wants to marry her (????). It is repeatedly remarked upon how beautiful and famous she is for her amazing skills, but these supposed skills lack detail.

For example, when she is locked up somewhere, she thinks to herself that she can get out easily because she's done it so many times and she's s
Mar 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been hesitating for a while now, not being sure on how I wanted this review to go. But I did receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review, and even though there won't be any goshing or any happy dancing going on (guessing the rating gave that much away), I still feel that there should be a review. So here we go. (Brutally honest I'm afraid.)

The plot itself had potential. The execution ...
The omniscient narrator confused me. A lot. The POV changed all the time. At t
Jennifer Madero (Boricuan Bookworms)
Ebook copy provided by author through the group We ♥ YA Books! in exchange of an honest review

Rating: 3.5 stars

Benét Leila is the best courier there can ever be. She follows strict rules as to not fail in any of her assignments. But when her best friend Kay is in the hands of King Nalick, she has to offer and break the most important rule of all: not to fall in love again. After exchanging her hand in marriage for her friend to escape, both Leila and Nalick begin to like the other -- or at lea
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, r4r-arr
This review is also available on my blog confessions of a broke bibliophile

for the most part this did not read like the first book of a self published author. From the beginning we are thrown into the action as Kay is trying to escape from the guards, this immediately caught my attention and i connected with her almost straight away, however this was not her story. it was Leila's cue her arriving in the next scene in a comparably dull entrance and unfortunately in my opinion this did not change
Cynthia Stacey
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a free eBook copy by the author in exchange for a review. The read 4 review was offered through my Goodreads group Never Too Old For Y. A. Books. To sum up the story line, Leila is a courier; a one woman kick-butt fighting chick who steals things for a living. She encounters Nalick a King who, like every other king wants to marry her. Why not? She is gorgeous, witty, smart sexy and can take care of herself. He convinces Leila to marry him by kidnapping her best friend Kay and offerin ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I loved every moment of this book. From page one all the way to the bittersweet and unexpected ending. I love the world of this book Lexia the desert city, Dria the river city, North Country the mountain city, each with their own unique way of life and each equally descriptive and beautiful. I especially love the characterization, each character has a different unique personality with their own individual quirks. I loved that I could relate to each and every one of them. I also lik ...more
Ashton Brammer
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the biggest draws for me when reading this book was that the story was original. The world established by McMichael was very clear to me, despite discrepancies of an actual time (i.e. toy cars vs. actual cars exisiting). I love how we get the details and world of the courier throughout the novel, and just the fact that the novel dealt more with this type of character and strayed from the over-done fantasy novels of vampire/zombie/elf/insert-monster-of-choice-here. It was definitely a nice ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I was fortunate to receive this book in exchange for an honest review by the author.

I really enjoyed this book. I admit that the beginning was kind of hard for me to get into because I wasn't used to the author's writing style, but afterwards I was just drawn into the story and its characters. All the characters were great. I fell in love with Nalick. He was just so sweet and caring, and he won me over just like he did with Leila. There were so many other characters that I liked too including L
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-review
I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this one, McMichael! :)

Hmmm... I don't quite know where to begin with this review. I liked this book for the most part... I was intrigued enough to keep reading, but I wasn't so completely drawn in that I couldn't put it down. The story had great potential, but something about the way it was written made it hard for me to connect with it. There were a few grammatical errors, which I tried to look p
Sara Bree High
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour-book

All right so lets start here.. I normally do not read this genre. I enjoy fantasy, just not something I normally pick up. I am glad that I had the chance to read it. What I found was a fresh story, that I became engrossed in very quickly. It has a great fantasy theme, and the author took me on one hell of a ride.

Leila is a courier. She is a very determined and full of courage. I think this helps her. Since Leila has enemies! She is one that others want to possess.Her compassion and just overall
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Leila is a ghost courier and one of the best there is at it. She helps people who need it and this includes her friend Kay. Kay takes on a job she should not have took. It is up to Leila to get her out of trouble. The problem is the price is marriage to a king who she doesn't like. Nalick is a king that is powerful and not a very nice n from what Leila knows about him. She may just see another side to him as time goes by but she has to love him. With a bad history of caring for people and gettin ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thank you to B. Kristin McMichael and Never Too Old For Young Adult for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. I have a thing for kings and queens era books and I was really excited to read this.

When I started the book I forgot what the summary said so I was kind of confused when it started with Kay and I remembered that Leila was actually the main character. Also, there were many typos. Repeat words or words that weren't me
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my gosh!!!! I was blown away by this novel!! In all honesty, that was the best book I have read this year. The characters were very well developed and the plot was amazing! Hearing the love story of Leila and Nalick was beautiful. The ending was very bittersweet. I won't reveal what happens because everyone seriously needs to read this book! I normally don't write reviews but this one defiantly deserves one. I can normally guess the outcome of the book but tho one kept me guessing until the v ...more
Michelle Kannan
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I received an ARC for an honest review. I don't really like to give out stars but if I did this would fall somewhere between 3.5 and 4.

I wanted to read this one because it was different from what I would normally read. I ended up really liking it.

Leila was a strong character and I really loved her. Between her loyalty to her friend ( I mean she ends up getting kidnapped trying to save her- that's a big deal) and her strength in learning to love again I was really a fan. I also loved her relati
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given the oppertunity to read this book in return for an honest review. After reading the blurb I knew it was something that, I wouldnt normally read but still thought the story sounded interesting and was happy to give it a chance.

Im glad that i did! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found all of the main characters intruiging. After a couple of chapters in i was excited to see where the story was headed.
In fact i found it hard to put this book down :)

Leila was a strong and highly likea
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I wish I could give this book a 5-star review. I really do. It's just that although this book had an amazingly strong start, at about 70% into the book I could barely make myself keep reading it. I felt like the author stretched this story so much that it became almost boring.

Don't get me wrong- this book was absolutely amazing! The story was extremely unique, interesting and really gripping and the writing was really good! It just wasn't as great as it could have been. I felt like the ending w
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting, I have not read anything quite like it which made it so much more exciting. It picks up pretty quickly and is easy and fun to read. The main character is funny and easy to relate to and the other characters are just as loveable. There is also a surprising twist at the end that caught me by surprise. I think this is a great book and would recommend it to others!
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I received this book as a free copy for my honest review.

This was a great book. It caught me from the beginning and had me until the end. I have to admit that this book did make me cry towards the end because I never saw it coming. All of the characters were a delight to read about and the relationships between everyone was wonderful.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a good storyline with a twist I did not see coming. I do have mixed emotions about the twist, but I don't think I would like the story as much without the twist. I wish the author would have elaborated on the male lead a little more. I wanted to know more about him. However I still managed to fall for him. I would definitely recommend this book!
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sure, I'm married to the author, but I got to read it before anyone else! This story starts off like 'Beauty and the Beast' and ends sort of like 'Romeo and Juliet'. There's plenty of action to keep to story moving and the heroine is pretty feisty. I think the king is a little TOO nice to her, I'm certainly not that nice, but he seems to have a lot of fans.
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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 scienc ...more

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