Monday, 27 April 2015

Blog Stop & Review: Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

Catching Cassidy

Harborside Nights # 1
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing April 28th, 2015
World Literary Press

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.

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Catching Cassidy is a compelling and emotional coming of age story which will tug at your heartstrings.

Harborside, Massachusetts is small seaside town which has come to be a magnet for young people who fall outside of what is considered the norm for society. The fact that Wyatt and Delilah's parents own a beach house and a bar business in this diverse town is surprising considering their very conservative views on life.
At what should have been an exciting time in their lives after graduating college, Wyatt and Delilah Armstrong's lives change direction after the tragic death of their parents. Suddenly, they have business responsibilities and insurances to sort out whilst coming to terms with their loss. To get away from the family home which holds too many painful memories, the twins, along with Cassidy Lowell, head to this small town where they have spend so many long summers.

Cassidy Lowell is Wyatt Armstrong's best friend. They've known each other years and shared everything together including their beds occasionally, although their relationship has always been platonic. After finding her boyfriend Kyle in an uncompromising position, Cassidy, decides to spend summer with Wyatt and Delilah whilst waiting for a job offer in New York.

Witnessing Cassidy's boyfriend cheating on her triggered far more emotions in Wyatt than he expected. She's been his best friend since they were five years old and you just don't have those kind of feelings for a friend do you?

I love how the author develops the protagonists. Watching them mature during this sad and challenging time in their young lives. Wyatt is dealing with the loss of his parents, his feelings for Cassidy and the realisation, he is now solely responsible for making his own decisions in life. Coming to terms with not having parental interference and guidance, is a tough lesson for him to learn. Cassidy is understanding for the first time in her life that she needs to make decisions for herself and not to suit others, even if it means breaking her own heart in the process.
The secondary characters give us a glimpse into their own lives and challenges, painting a colourful scene in the daily life of the Harborside residents, where they are part of a community that shares and supports one another like a big extended family.

I've read a couple of Melissa Foster book before and this is by far my favourite. This first book in the Harborside Nights series covers grief, angst and deception as well as love, compassion and hope. All wrapped up in a plot that will keep you eagerly turning the pages. Additionally, we are given a tantalising glimpse of what to expect in future books in the series. I'm really looking forward to reading Delilah's story and very impressed by the sensitive way her character has been portrayed so far.

4½ Stars

***arc generously received in exchange for an honest review***

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Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. 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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs onFostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
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