Catching Cassidy (harborside Nights): New Adult Romance by Melissa FosterCatching Cassidy (harborside Nights): New Adult Romance by Melissa Foster

Catching Cassidy (harborside Nights): New Adult Romance

byMelissa Foster

Paperback | April 28, 2015

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When tragedy strikes, best friends turn to insatiable lovers...But harsh realities may tear them apart. Harborside Nights is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real contemporary romance series featuring a group of friends who have known one another for years as "summer" friends, and come together after college to build their lives. They're tough, edgy, and accepting--most of the time. 

Catching Cassidy is told in first person POV and written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times bestseller 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.
Catching Cassidy is told in first person POV and written in the loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster. 

Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books. Wyatt is the cousin of Max Armstrong ("Lovers at Heart, The Bradens).

Harborside Nights series:
Catching Cassidy (Het)
Discovering Delilah (F/F)
Tempting Tristan (M/M)
More coming soon

CATCHING CASSIDY is a SILVER MEDAL Winner, Readers' Favorite Award, Realistic Fiction 

Melissa Foster is aNew York Times&USA Todaybestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented--perfect be...
Title:Catching Cassidy (harborside Nights): New Adult RomanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:420 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:April 28, 2015Publisher:EverAfter RomanceLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941480071

ISBN - 13:9781941480076


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it ! Wyatt Armstrong is a non-planner who enjoys life, women and take care of his twin sister Delilah and his best friend Cassidy. Cassidy Lowell is a planner, she has it all figured out; college, moving to New York and start her career. Tragedy will make them all realise that life is not what you always expect it to be and that you have to face it head on no matter what. No more plans. Wyatt has always been Cassidy’s rock but as he’s falling apart, she tries to understand him and keep her conflicted feelings hidden deep inside her so she can help him as best as she can. Can their friendship survive the feelings of lust and love they are discovering towards each other? Can they be strong enough to resist so they won’t jeopardize their friendship? Wyatt : “She’s the only woman I want and the one woman I can’t have”. It’s a story about growing up faster than you wanted. About taking responsibilities for your actions and taking charge of your own life; holding your future in the palm of your hands. It’s the will to follow your heart instead of meeting everyone else’s expectations. It’s what makes you feel alive, what drives you to make it what you need and want your life to be. "Why is it bad to have aspirations that aren’t going to make us a million dollars but are going to make us rich in other ways, ways that matter, like being happy, fulfilled? Loved." A beautiful, well written story that you won’t put down! Melissa Foster keeps on making us “feel” throughout all of her books; she makes them real and allows us to escape to her world. Even thou all her books can be read as standalones, I love the fact that all her books are connected somehow and we get to “re-visited” with some characters over again 
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exceeds expectations This was my intro to this author and now I have read several more of her books. The characters are sensitive and sexy, they seem like real people. I love them all.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a moving and totally enjoyable story After reading so many great reviews of Catching Cassidy I couldn't resist the urge to read it myself and I am so glad I did or I would have missed out on such a moving and totally enjoyable story. The main characters, Wyatt, his sister Delilah and their best friend Cassidy, have all known each other since childhood, now left college they are ready for the next step in their lives and careers. They have such a warmth and beautiful bond of friendship between them that it's so easy to fall in love with them. Sadly instead of enjoying this time, Wyatt and Delilah's parents suddenly die in a car crash leaving the devastated brother and sister to pick up the pieces and take the reigns of their parents bar in Harborside, with no experience and the overwhelming grief to live with. Just before this happens Cassidy escapes the cheating arms of her boyfriend with the help of her two best friends and they had decided to spend the summer together, although now with heavy hearts in Harborisde. As we arrive in beautiful setting of Harborisde with the trio of friends, you immediately feel the trendy, caring, laid back vibe of this close knit beach community and are introduced to their amazing friends. It was great to be in their company as they rally round to help Wyatt and Cassidy. I was particularly drawn to Wyatt's character, although I loved Cassidy, what Wyatt was going through and how he felt he had to carry all the burden on his shoulders, while putting his own needs and grief under the carpet, was extremely touching. His grief made me want to reach out to him and tell him everything would be alright. The author, I feel, did an amazing job of incorporating the sensitive stages of grief within the story and all the emotions felt, it certainly sparked reminders of my own past loss while reading it. Such a loss can shake your world and for partying Wyatt, it becomes clear what is important to him and what really matters in life. Realizing after all these years of caring and protecting Cassidy the reason is he simply loves her more than anything else in the world. Cassidy secretly has the same feelings for Wyatt but the with heavy hearts and vulnerability these childhood friends struggle to come to terms with how they now feel, not wanting to act on these feelings or let each other know and ruin their special bond of friendship by the unknown of a relationship. For others the undeniable love and passion between them is obvious, it's just a matter of time. At one point I almost had to have a word in Wyatt's ear myself but his actions stopped me. I was literally turning the pages almost faster than I could read them, as the explosion of true passion and feelings took over. You will feel a rollercoaster of emotions as you feel that your right there, in the moment of this emotional and passionate romance. A wonderful end to a wonderful story and as I was teased to a glimpse of Book 2, Discovering Delilah, I am now craving more.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The icing on the awesome cake Wyatt's always been one to live in the moment, spending time with his friends and his sister, navigating a string of casual hook-ups, and never really thinking about the future. But when his parents are killed, the future he'd always taken for granted is suddenly unclear, and he's got some growing up to do if he's ever going to figure things out. Cassidy can't deny her attraction to Wyatt, but he's her best friend, and he's never had any interest in a girl for longer than a night or two. He's a great guy to have on her side, but he's not right for a relationship. But when her boyfriend is caught cheating on her, Wyatt is the first one to come to her defense, and when he needs her friendship just as much as she needs his, she doesn't hesitate to try and be there for him. Even when the lines between them begin to get a little blurred. Judging Covers: Isn't it gorgeous? Stock images are just that — stock images. But this design by far beats the few other covers I've seen this couple on. Something about that color and texture overlaying the bottom contrasts perfectly to highlight that sunburst. I probably would have gone with something lighter, pastel maybe, and as this cover shows, that would have been a big mistake. Someone's certainly got a good eye… The Verdict: Best friends + New Adult + one of my all-time favorite authors? It's like this one was written just for me! Cassidy, Wyatt, and Wyatt's twin sister Delilah have just graduated from college and are celebrating when everything comes crashing down. They stumble across Cassidy's long-time boyfriend cheating on her, something that's apparently been going on for quite some time, and Wyatt lets his fists fly. But Cassidy's relationship troubles are nothing compared to what Wyatt and Delilah are about to go through. When their parents are suddenly killed in a car accident, Wyatt and Delilah are crushed. Trying to deal with the loss and everything that comes with it, they decide to spend the summer in Harborside, a small town where their parents had a vacation home and a bar & grill. Cassidy joins them, both to support her friends and because there's not much left for her at home anyway. Wyatt's immaturity stands out almost like another character in the book, and throughout the story we see him giving into it, facing it head-on, and finally overcoming it. He and Delilah are both dealing with so much more than anyone their age should, and at a time in their lives when they thought the future was theirs to shape. Instead they're dealing with post-college life, the loss of their family, the inheritance of a business they know nothing about, a close family friend who's starting to come off as a bit sketchy, and Cassidy, who had planned on moving to New York once summer was up. Obviously there's a heavy load of angst in the story, but it's tempered well with hope, selfless friends, and the romantic potential between Wyatt and Cassidy. But most refreshing is the realism with which the characters are portrayed. They act their ages, which often means they're reacting to things emotionally, immaturely, and without any semblance of reason. But they all truly care about each other, so even when things get awful, they never turn their backs on each other. And of course, there's Delilah. To be honest, I sort of expected her to find a relationship somewhere in this story, a secondary plot in which we wouldn't get much insight but would be told about, and I set myself up for that disappointment early on. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out that Delilah's story will be told in the next book! It's no secret that I love Melissa Foster's books. They're all classic romance plots, complete with everything that keeps us going back to the genre, and yet her characters are just different enough, each with unique stories, that not only is each book different from the rest of the series, but they're a fresh change from just about everything else in the romance category. Throwing some New Adult and LGBT into the mix is just the icing on the awesome cake. ***FicCentral received this book from Tasty Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF - premise is sound, but execution fell flat It's books just like this one, that keep me away from New Adult. When I first saw it, I didn't know it was New Adult. The cover looked good, the blurb sounded promising. College graduates? I thought there would be a higher maturity level to be found. Yeah? No. I couldn't even force myself to finish this book. The flip flopping back and forth, back and forth that Wyatt does gave me whiplash. First its, 'We're only friends'. Then, 'Lets be more'. Next, 'Oh, noes it will wreck our friendship'. Then, 'But I love you'. Back to 'Our friendship means more to me'.... Back and forth. *eye twitch* I am guessing the book ends with 'Let's have the best of both worlds and be friends and lovers'?? I don't know, and honestly, I didn't care after awhile. But let's talk about Cassidy. I had some issues with her as well. First off, why would you let this guy, I don't care if you have known him forever, keep doing this to you. Then there is the whole deal with her parents and how crappy they treated her all her life. But she went to school to get a degree in a field that makes her miserable on the off chance they will finally keep a promise about being around more if she gets the job they want her to have, in the city they want her to live in? After pages and pages (literally) of her thinking about their broken promises and casual disregard for her feelings. Really? Really?? It's possible that I could have dealt with all this if the writing wasn't all tell, tell, tell. There were pages upon pages with no dialogue. None!! There would be one little scene with some dialogue and then pages of what happened over the next few hours or days told from each of their perspectives, with no real action to show for it. I finally threw in the towel and called it a day. There were some promising secondary characters in this introduction to the series and I liked the idea and where the author will eventually head with the series. Basically, the premise is sound, but the execution fell flat. Personally, I think the book needs a really good editor and a rewrite. But that's just my opinion. Thanks to Tasty Book Tours and the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memories will always last a lifetime. I always enjoy reading well developed characters, and Melissa Foster does just that! Catching Cassidy is a real down to Earth book, everything is simply believable. As you read the words that come from each page, she paints a beautiful, but raw picture into your mind. You feel as though Cassidy and Wyatt are with you through every challenge they have to face. I really loved the fact of the back story of the friendship Cassidy and Wyatt share. Their chemistry, emotions, and friendship is so grand. I personally have a friend in my life that I have known 28 years, but we have a connection that is hard to explain. I feel as though Cassidy and Wyatt have the same thing. It is like a sixth sense of sorts. Wyatt and Delilah are fighting to gain who they are as they lay their parents to rest. Watching Wyatt come to gripes that life is about change, and the emotions he has to go through is realistic. Delilah has to overcome, and work through the raw emotions of the last look her parents gave her before they passed and Wyatt has to be there for his sister, and figure out what kind of man he is. Ms. Foster really does a great job on the feelings, and raw things people have to face when we lose loved ones. It is hard sitting in an empty room-house when they were always there, and you will forever “hear” them in your mind. It sucks at the beginning, and it sucks as time moves on because you might forget the way they smell, or how their voice sounds but one thing for sure, you will never forget their love, or their sayings. Memories will always last a lifetime. Cassidy, the long time friend, has her own challenges to face. She has to figure where her backbone is when it comes to her parents, and if love will be enough to hold her where she needs to be. Within this read you will catch a snip of Cassidy’s food allergies. Melissa, you done a wonderful job bringing this to light, not a lot of people pull it off and you did. Thank you. This story is a magnitude of love, friendship, and family. Family can be more than blood, Family can be a bond only true friends can understand. Disclosure: I received this ARC from Tasty Book Tours, for an exchange of an honest review.
Date published: 2015-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I have to say there wasn't one thing about this book I didn't like. The story is fantastic, nice pace, well written, and the characters are so beautifully described you feel you are one of the gang of friends. I'm really excited about the new NA series from Melissa Foster and I can't wait to get my hands on more! This book is the first in the series and is about the relationship between Wyatt and Cassidy. The best of friends but both has suppressed feeling for the other not wanting to jeopardize their relationship. After graduating college and facing major life changing situations, they soon realize that suppressing them doesn't make feelings go away and now is the time for tough decisions. This is a great read and one I highly recommend to everyone!
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True coming of age novel! Catching Cassidy is truly a coming of age story for both of the main characters, Cassidy and Wyatt. The growth and maturity of the characters is reflected not only in the actions of the characters as the story progresses, but in the language used by the author throughout the book. When the book started, I worried that I would not be able to relate to the characters and the language because it really reflected teenagers - young adult (of which I am neither). But as the story progressed, and both Cassidy and Wyatt were forced to take on more responsibilities, become more mature, and ultimately grow into the adults they were going to be, the language, dialog, and actions of the characters began to reflect that maturity. I found myself really relating to the characters as the story progressed towards its conclusion. The book is written from a first-person perspective, moving back and forth between Wyatt and Cassidy. While I sometimes found myself looking back to remember whose perspective I was reading, I do believe it helped me to relate on a deeper level with the characters and their growth throughout the story. This is the first installment in the "Harborside Nights" series, and as such, we were introduced to many characters in the small beach-side town of Harborside. At first, I felt overwhelmed by the number of people I was meeting, but as the book progressed, these characters became as endearing to me as Cassidy and Wyatt and I look forward to reading future stories involving the many characters we met in Catching Cassidy. Melissa Foster introduced extremely emotional aspects of many of the secondary characters introduced in this story and enabled us to get to know those characters, and want to know more about those characters, without taking away from the primary storyline featuring Cassidy and Wyatt. I really loved Wyatt and I hope we continue to see him in subsequent books. Forced to grow up by the death of his parents, we really see him grow and mature into the man he is meant to be. Wyatt is a sensitive man and I really enjoyed seeing him relating emotionally and empathetically to Cassidy and his sister Delilah - there were many times in there story that I felt Wyatt truly feeling what Cassidy and Delilah felt. I loved how he had personal insight into his own shortcomings and felt that it wasn't the right time for him to begin a relationship with Cassidy. But as he matured into the man he was becoming, he also realized that who used to be his best friend is now the love of his life - or maybe she always has been. I was hurting right along with Cassidy in her relationship with her parents. Through her feelings of abandonment by her parents, we see the child in her struggling to gain acceptance and any morsel of attention and love from her parents. I found myself wanting to give her a good smack upside the head when she continued to make her decisions driven by her overwhelming need for attention and acceptance from her parents. Ultimately, she made the right decision for herself and her future with Wyatt, but I struggled right along with Wyatt as he withheld his opinion about her decision in deference to her and her parents. Melissa Foster's first installment in Harborside Nights is an emotionally-charged, intensely personal story about two people's whose lives change with a single event. This coming-of-age story demonstrates that people can often become the great adults they are destined to be, even despite themselves! I look forward to subsequent books in the series! Disclosure: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book really hit home for me. It deals very openly with the death of a parent, and the grief that comes with the struggle of picking up the pieces. I lost my mother at 19, and this was a perfect representation of the emotions you go through. It was gut wrenching. The interactions between the group of friends was perfect. It was very realistic, and took me back to when I was that age (not tooo long ago) and made me much more sentimental than I probably should have been. I loved the romance, it was realistic. The way the characters deal with their feelings, the conversations they have, and their inner monologues are very real and frank. I appreciate a writer who doesn't make extra drama by having stubborn characters that refuse to solve a problem when a simple conversation could do so much. I can't wait to read the next books in this series, because I am eager to see what happens to the rest of the characters.
Date published: 2015-03-21

Read from the Book

"HEY, ARMY! GET the hell over here!" my buddy Carter Young yells from the corner, where he's filling his plastic cup with beer. Some girl's running her fingers through his blond hair with a fuck-me look in her eyes. I push from the couch and look at my watch, wondering where the hell Cassidy is. It's Saturday night at eight o'clock, and my buddy Carter's graduation party is in full swing. I can hardly believe I'm finally out of college. Four years felt like forever when I was going to classes, playing football, and trying to keep my head above water with my grades so my parents would stay off my ass. Looking back, even now, on the day we graduated, it seems like four years went by really fast. Strange how that happens. Carter widens his glassy blue eyes and hollers again. "Army! Come on, man. It's our last party. Get your ass over here and toast with me." I've known Carter since we were freshmen, when we were eyeing the same girl in one of our classes. I can't even remember which class it was, but I remember what he said to me on the way out the door that morning. I'll flip you for her. The son of a bitch won the coin toss, and we've been each other's wingmen ever since. Carter calls me Army because he says Wyatt Armstrong is a pussy name. Girls hear Army and they're all over me. Well, except Cassidy. She calls me Wyatt, always has. I pick up a plastic cup and hold it under the nozzle, then check my watch again while he pumps the keg. Come on, Cass. Get here already. "To freedom!" He crashes his cup into mine, and our beers splash everywhere before we tip our heads back and drain them. "Dude, stop looking at your phone. I've watched you pine over Cassidy for four years. She'll get here when she gets here." "Pine, my ass. She's just a friend and you know it. I swear, if that fucker screws Cassidy over again and she misses this party, I'm going to kick the shit out of him." My best friend, Cassidy Lowell, has been dating a douche bag for two years. Kyle Warner. Even his name is douchey. He graduated a year ago and works at a furniture store. Loser. "Dude, fess up. You've banged her, right?" Carter flashes one of his come-on-dude-you-can-trust-me smiles. "No, man. I told you. You don't bone a girl you've known since you were five." Cassidy's too good of a friend to sleep with. I've known her since we were kids, when she moved into my neighborhood in Connecticut. Her sucky parents are never home, so over the years she's stayed at our house probably more than her own. Hell, the truth is, we've slept together many times. The key word being slept, as in not fooled around. "That's fucked up." Carter stumbles backward and bumps into a hot blonde. "Hey, babe. Lemme ask you something," he says with his face so close to hers he might as well kiss her. He lifts his cup and points his index finger at me. Carter's blond hair is a shade lighter than the girl's. He played football for two years, until he blew out his knee. But he's still ripped, and the way the girl's eyeing him, she loves it. He wraps his arm around her neck and I check my watch again. Goddamn it, Cassidy. I know Kyle's screwing her over again. He's always forgetting to pick her up or showing up late, but Cass is a girl, and they can be really stupid when it comes to guys. She forgives him and forgets, until the next time he treats her like she doesn't matter. I'd like to punch his lights out, but Cass gets pissed when I tell her that. "If you were him"-Carter points to me again-"and you had a hot best friend, would you do her?"

Editorial Reviews

"Catching Cassidy is 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