REVIEW + Giveaway: Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

catching-cassidy_coverAuthor: Melissa Foster
Series: Harborside Nights #1
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: 4/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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.

The first time I read a Melissa Foster book, I was glad I took the risk because I regret absolutely nothing.

By the second book, I was ready to build her a monument.

By the third, I knew she could write anything and maintain the Melissa Foster charm her fans love about.

By the fourth, you’d think I was used to her writing and stories now.


Because as I finished reading Catching Cassidy at 3AM, I stared blankly at nothing, thinking…

How could Melissa write something so potent?

So real?

So freaking good?

Even if it’s told in a first person, dual point of view?

My words are failing me because Catching Cassidy in one word? Consuming! I swear I was up until the crack of dawn, slowing down my reading pace because I never wanted it to end. It’s one emotional story with twists at every turn and feelings—so much feelings seeping through each page. I swear, this book has consumed my soul.

Cassidy and Wyatt have been there for each other since they were children. Both of them came from different type of parents. Cassidy’s being the always-not-there-for-her because they’re too in love with each other and busy to fit a child between them, whereas Wyatt’s the strict, always-too-pushing-hard yet they loved their children to the core. One horrible night that changed Cassidy’s life turned into a seriously more devastating night for Wyatt’s (and Delilah, Wyatt’s sister) life as they face the death of the two people they loved most.

Friends-to-lovers romance is something I know I won’t get tired of reading ever and Melissa Foster sure did a hell of a job to feed the FTL romance junkie in me with Catching Cassidy. It’s like she had this direct line to my mind that she knew all the things I’ve been looking for in this kind of trope: angst, tension, desire, hotness, chemistry, twists. It’s there and it was creepy. For me. Or not at all.

I knew I would love a Wyatt Armstrong and not just because of his bad boy aura but more importantly because he has a heart that’s so giving, so human, protective, strong and vulnerable at the same time. The death of their parents took a hit on him and my heart broke as he field through life’s most difficult challenge. He was forced to give up a lot of his selfish actions and grow up because he has people now under his wing. He has a bar to run after all. Wyatt’s not perfect though. He had a temper and he was definitely a d-bag once or twice (or thrice?) in the story. But he’s a (book) boyfriend material for his heart alone. And I loved him for that. But add in the perfect body and awesome personality? Good luck with your ovaries.

Cassidy, on the other side, is the perfect girl for Wyatt. They’re both just it for each other. And I loved that she didn’t rush things with Wy. She was there for him on the good, on the bad—basically every step of the way. And even when she was struggling on her own because of her issues with her parents, she didn’t let it define her.

There’s also the thing with all the people in Harborside. It’s full of people. Vital ones in Cass and Wy’s life that added to the soulful vibe of the story. They’re just this good-hearted, supportive people and I loved each of them.

Catching Cassidy is a lot of great things but let me point out the three that I loved the most:

  1. The setting of the story. With Melissa’s talent for words, the description of Harborside amplified the overall feel of the story. It was the perfect beach setting—closed-knit friends, good food, the peaceful sound of sea breeze, the amazing feel of the sand beneath your toes. Small town, chill life.
  2. Melissa’s writing. If I could bottle each word she wrote in this book, I would. You know how simple the word is and yet it speaks so much already? That. It’s just that amazing.
  3. The trope. Catching Cassidy upped the friends-to-lovers romance game to its most emotional state.

But (you knew there’d be a but, right?) here’s a side of the story that made me deduct stars to its almost-perfect score:

  1. Trigger. There was a little cheating involved from both parties even when they weren’t together yet that time. I called it cheating since they both knew they had feelings for each other already but they weren’t ready to act on it yet.
  2. Ending. Though it was still solid and totally heartfelt, I felt like it lacked something. Perhaps, an epilogue would suffice? At least?

All things considered, Catching Cassidy is one of those books you wouldn’t want to miss even when you’re a longtime Melissa Foster fan or not.


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