Catching Cassidy (book review)

Catching Cassidy was written by Melissa Foster.  It is a part of the Harborside Nights series.  This post was organized by Beck Valley Books.

About the book:

NEW HARBORSIDE NIGHTSis a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

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

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My review:

If you've been reading my book reviews for any amount of time you'll know that Melissa Foster is one of my favoritest (yes it's a word) romance authors.  So, once again, I was thrilled to start a new series with her.  And I'm SO excited that I should get to review the WHOLE series as they come available.  (I might be unreasonably excited.)

Catching Cassidy isn't going to take over the spot of my favorite Melissa Foster book.  I don't want you to think I didn't like Catching Cassidy... because I really did.  But... it took me a while to decide if I liked it.  It didn't have the same feel to me.  That is, the same feel as the other Foster series.  I'm not sure why exactly.  Like the other series, there is the romance between Wyatt and Cassidy at the forefront.  There is the usual close knit group of friends and family.  With the loss of Wyatt & Delilah's parents, we see the same support system from Cassidy and their other Harborside beach friends really play a strong part in the story.  The story had all of the details in it that made me fall madly in love with Melissa Foster's books.  But... it took me quite a while to LOVE this book.  I didn't have an immediately love for Wyatt or Cassidy.  Don't know why.  But as I'm writing this and trying to figure it out... I'm thinking it's because they had so much growing up to do.  Wyatt and Cassidy (and Delilah) in the beginning of the book WEREN'T Wyatt and Cassidy (and Delilah) at the end of the book (or even the middle).  The end of college, the end of Cassidy's relationship, the parents death... it gave them all a shove to grow up fast.  To change.  It was almost a coming of age story... but with twenty-somethings.

I can easily see how, like the other series, this will progress through each book with the different friends being featured in the stories.  I know that with each book I'm going to be drawn further and further in to the Harborside family.  I'm looking forward to see what happens with Delilah in the next book...  but I think I'm most looking forward to Tristan's book.

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.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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