Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents’ death and to try to figure out his next step.
Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands—but that’s what best friends are for, isn’t it? Having each other’s backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family’s summer home—but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along?
It’s impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt’s past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn’t want to lose the one woman who’s shared his past and owns his heart.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**
“Catching Cassidy was laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, sexy, and hands down one of my favorite reads so far this year!” — #1 NYT Bestselling Author of The Bet – Rachel Van Dyken
Catching Cassidy is truly a coming of age story for both of the main characters, Cassidy and Wyatt. The growth and maturity of the characters is reflected not only in the actions of the characters as the story progresses, but in the language used by the author throughout the book. When the book started, I worried that I would not be able to relate to the characters and the language because it really reflected teenagers / young adult (of which I am neither). But as the story progressed, and both Cassidy and Wyatt were forced to take on more responsibilities, become more mature, and ultimately grow into the adults they were going to be, the language, dialog, and actions of the characters began to reflect that maturity. I found myself really relating to the characters as the story progressed towards its conclusion. The book is written from a first-person perspective, moving back and forth between Wyatt and Cassidy. While I sometimes found myself looking back to remember whose perspective I was reading, I do believe it helped me to relate on a deeper level with the characters and their growth throughout the story.
This is the first installment in the "Harborside Nights" series, and as such, we were introduced to many characters in the small beach-side town of Harborside. At first, I felt overwhelmed by the number of people I was meeting, but as the book progressed, these characters became as endearing to me as Cassidy and Wyatt and I look forward to reading future stories involving the many characters we met in Catching Cassidy. Melissa Foster introduced extremely emotional aspects of many of the secondary characters introduced in this story and enabled us to get to know those characters, and want to know more about those characters, without taking away from the primary storyline featuring Cassidy and Wyatt.
I really loved Wyatt and I hope we continue to see him in subsequent books. Forced to grow up by the death of his parents, we really see him grow and mature into the man he is meant to be. Wyatt is a sensitive man and I really enjoyed seeing him relating emotionally and empathetically to Cassidy and his sister Delilah - there were many times in there story that I felt Wyatt truly feeling what Cassidy and Delilah felt. I loved how he had personal insight into his own shortcomings and felt that it wasn't the right time for him to begin a relationship with Cassidy. But as he matured into the man he was becoming, he also realized that who used to be his best friend is now the love of his life - or maybe she always has been.
I was hurting right along with Cassidy in her relationship with her parents. Through her feelings of abandonment by her parents, we see the child in her struggling to gain acceptance and any morsel of attention and love from her parents. I found myself wanting to give her a good smack upside the head when she continued to make her decisions driven by her overwhelming need for attention and acceptance from her parents. Ultimately, she made the right decision for herself and her future with Wyatt, but I struggled right along with Wyatt as he withheld his opinion about her decision in deference to her and her parents.
Melissa Foster's first installment in Harborside Nights is an emotionally-charged, intensely personal story about two people's whose lives change with a single event. This coming-of-age story demonstrates that people can often become the great adults they are destined to be, even despite themselves! I look forward to subsequent books in the series!
Disclosure: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Disclosure: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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About Melissa Foster
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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COMING IN 2015 the full Harborside Nights series...
Catching Cassidy (Het)
Discovering Delilah (F/F)
Tempting Tristan (M/M)
Chasing Charley (Het)
Breaking Brandon (M/M)
Embracing Evan (Het)
Reaching Rusty (Het)
Loving Livi (Het)
Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books.
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