Series & Title: Harborside Nights, Book 1: Catching Cassidy
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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.
I love that Cassidy's friendship with the Armstrongs isn't just given to one or the other. She was friends with both Wyatt and his twin Delilah, though she was best friends with Wyatt. Cassidy and Wyatt's relationship spans years. They know pretty much all there is to know about one another, except how to deal with the change of feelings they have for each other while coming to terms with the sudden death of Wyatt's parents.
College graduation brings a ton of new things with it. It's time to spread your wings, time to explore the world, time to make your mark on it, time to find your place in it. On the rare occasion is it followed by loss and devastation. On those occasions, life changes instantly. You grow up faster out of necessity. Such was the case for Wyatt and Delilah.
Losing their parents hit them hard. They struggled to find their footing in a world they suddenly inherited. The people they depended on the most, the ones who gave them advice for nearly everything they faced, weren't there. Everything that needed a decision made now rested on their shoulders. It was such a huge responsibility for them to bear as they grieved for their parents at the same time. But the one thing that really shined through was how they leaned on each other and on Cassidy and on their other friends to make it through.
Cassidy wasn't without her own problems. Doubts about a profession she no longer feels passion for follows her from college to Harborside. Her growing feelings for Wyatt add and her parents' persistence that she move to New York for that profession only add to her confusion. How can she leave Wyatt when she feels so much for him? How can she do a job she's not passionate about after she discovered a new passion in Harborside?
I've read several of Ms. Foster's adult romances and I've enjoyed each of them very much. She has this insane ability to write a story that is, to me, very well balanced. There's the right amount of lust and sex, uncertainty and reassurances, love and friendship. *grins* I'm not sure why I was expecting her new adult story to be any different. Perfect for new adult genre lovers. Perfect for contemporary romance lovers. Actually, it's perfect for anyone needing a romance that touches your heart and speaks to your soul. Oh, and makes you smile. This will definitely make you smile.
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 on Fostering 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.