Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights, #1)Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Catching Cassidy is a New Adult romance. The main characters are aged 22, they are past first loves, they have just graduated from college with the rest of their lives in front of them and big decisions and discoveries ahead.

Wyatt Armstrong is at a graduation party with his twin sister Delilah. He’s waiting for his best friend to show up. Cassidy Lowell, has been Wyatt’s best friend for 17yrs. She’s being messed around by her boyfriend and Wyatt is once again wondering why she’s still with that loser. Wyatt’s very protective of Delilah and Cassidy, they’ve grown up together and now the doors are open for the rest of their lives. Cassidy hopes to get an accounting job in New York.

News comes of a fatal car accident and everything changes. Cassidy stands by Wyatt and Delilah, they take each day one at a time. With memories and emotions running high, the three take off to Harborside and the Armstrong summer house. Here there is a supportive network of friends and The Taproom bar which the family own.

Beneath the surface Cassidy and Wyatt’s relationship is changing, a hot attraction is forming which they fight to deny. Wyatt sees the next step as a risk to their relationship, but he’s so jealous of anyone else who gets close to Cassidy.

This storyline has a good building of relationships, there are sub-characters whose own relationship issues reflect much of the everyday lives of this age group. Wyatt, Delilah and Cassidy all face their own parentless struggles, but the book has several other older people who offer support and guidance. Wyatt works through the question – Just how old do you have to be before you no longer need your parent’s guidance? The book is told between the POV of both Cassidy and Wyatt at times it was hard to know which one was narrating for the first few sentences of each POV change. This is the first in a series of NA books which will have links to her adult Bradens from the Love in Bloom series.

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“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

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.


HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is 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.


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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 annual 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.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Olympic gold medalist skiers Jayla Stone and Rush Remington have been best friends for years. They’ve seen each other at their best and worst and have kept each other’s secrets without fail. Only there’s one secret Rush has kept close to his chest. After months of introspection, Rush realizes he’s been filling his bed but not tending to his heart. He’s changed his womanizing ways, and the only woman who can fill his heart has been right by his side all this time.

Years of intimate conversations and the sharing of hopes and dreams collide when Rush reveals his secret, and one toe-curling kiss changes everything between Rush and Jayla. They’re no match for the passion that kiss ignites, or the pull of true love. But being Rush’s best friend means knowing all about his revolving bedroom door–and Jayla has a secret of her own that could jeopardize her career and her relationship with Rush. Even their love may not be enough to overcome Rush’s past or secure Jayla’s future.

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne

Today we have a book review from team member Karen, she blogs at

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Karen chose to read and review Relative Strangers by Helen Treharne


My Opinion

The book introduces you to Sophie Morgan, 23. A trip to Belgium, destined to let her forget her broken up relationship, triggers some unanticipated events. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Relative Strangers, Helen Treharne has created an intriguing story of a young woman who learns how to defend herself – without losing herself and her values. Relative Strangers is an entertaining and gripping read with a very likeable main character. She meets new persons, her instincts tell her who to trust. Helen Treharne develops the story pleasantly – it has a good flow. I was drawn into the story right away, was pretty close to all events. This first instalment is a very promising start of a series. A minor issue: 6-7 not too relevant words are missing (at least in my version). Relative Strangers is a great read for paranormal and/or new adult fans. Also an interesting reads for those who read their fair share of vampire stories

This a book to read again. Recommended.

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Discussing Book Genres

Are Book Genres fixed?

A good friend and blog reader asked me to write a post defining some of the genres I write about in my book reviews. With particular reference to the differences between New Adult, Young Adult and Teen fiction. There are, as you can probably imagine, many differing views when you start researching a subject like this, so I’ve put together some general definitions which I find fit with the books I’ve read, and then I thought I’ll open it up for some discussion.

Teen Fiction: Generally this can be put into the age brackets of 10-15 years.

Young Adult: This is often targeting the 16-25 years age bracket, but with the emergence of the New Adult genre, I would personally lower this to 16-19. For me it covers the transformation from adolescence to young adults, first loves, leaving home, college, learning to drive, drinking, parties.

New Adult: This crosses the Young Adult age bracket and is generally for 18-25 years. For me these books will contain characters who use strong language, first sexual relationships, first jobs, university students. They are more experienced with life and the storylines will reflect that.

 I find the edges really blur between Young adult and New adult and with the explosion of books about vampires, wizards and the supernatural. There are varying levels of horror and violence that these contain.

I enjoy reading books from both the Young adult and New adult genres when mixed in with my other reading material. I’m not one who enjoys alot of horror, violence or erotica, so they often suit my mood.

Over to you…

So what about you? How would you define the genres?

Is New adult just a new marketing scam?

Do you enjoy reading from these genres?

A high percentage of adults read from these genres, do you think this is because they follow a trend for shorter books?

Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni

Flawed Perfection (Beautifully Broken, #1)Flawed Perfection by Cassandra Giovanni

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is written for the New Adult contemporary Romance market. Adam and Bobby Beckerson are brothers who both love a girl called River. Having been brought up together since childhood the three struggle to deal with the changes from best friends to boyfriend/girlfriend, especially when there is a feisty love triangle going on. All three live in the same apartment block in Boston with the boys sharing.

Bobby is a hockey coach after an injury stopped his sports career. He is the favoured son and can do no wrong in his mother’s eyes. Adam is a musician and gets a job teaching music in a school. His job, music and choice of girlfriend is despised by his mother.

River has been friends with the boys since childhood, she’ll stick up for them, hang out with them and do everything good friends do until love gets in the way.

This book has a lot of dialogue. There are many tears and tantrums, fights and relationship issues. Contemporary fiction often throws you right in to the middle of the characters lives, it’s a chance to compare your own life to those of the people in the book rather than escaping into another world offered by other genres.

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