Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights, Contemporary Romance)

Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights, Contemporary Romance)

by Melissa Foster

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If you enjoy the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster, you'll love HARBORSIDE NIGHTS.

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is an 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.

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

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 series:
Catching Cassidy (Het)
Discovering Delilah (F/F)
Tempting Tristan (M/M)
More to come...

Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books.

Author Bio:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling 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 love stories are always family oriented. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

Foster's love stories are perfect steamy romance beach reads for fans of Susan Mallery, Linda Lael Miller, Brenda Novak, Debbie Macomber, Jill Shalvis, Maisy Yates, and other big-family, small-town romance fans. The characters are romantic and loyal, some are billionaires, others are blue collar, and you're always guaranteed a happily ever after.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150270770
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Love in Bloom: Harborside Nights Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 31,575
File size: 580 KB

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction 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 beach reads for contemporary romance and new adult romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name, Addison Cole.

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Catching Cassidy (Harborside Nights, Book One) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really hard to get into the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every book is great. This one may be my favorite!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wyatt and Cassidy have been best friends for as long as either of them can remember. He's always looked out for her. Despite the revolving door in Wyatt's love life, Cassidy's loved him for years. When Wyatt catches Cassidy's boyfriend Kyle cheating on her, it triggers a chain reaction. Suddenly, Wyatt doesn't just think of Cassidy as his best friend. He notices how she looks, what she wears...the physical attraction is off the charts. The situation is exacerbated following the death of Wyatt's parents and he and his twin sister Delilah are thrown into a tail-spin. Cassidy stays with Wyatt and Delilah, following them to Haborside. As Wyatt deals with all of the changes in his life including taking over management of his parents' bar, the Taproom, family secrets rise to the surface. Wyatt will soon discover that the time has come for him to think past "today." Neither Wy or Cassidy want to risk their friendship, but how can they walk away from a chance at something--especially when it feels so right? This story world drew me in from the first page. What got me immediately is how Foster shines when writing from a male point of view. Wyatt is a guy's guy. I love that about him. He was completely believable as a character and I wanted to know what would happen to him. At first I couldn't get a read on Cassidy, but I grew to love her quirky nature. Plus, who among us hasn't been turned around about what we really want in our lives? The cast of characters in Catching Cassidy is rich, complex, and interesting. I loved that there are gay, straight, and bi characters--everyone is welcome. That made it even more real for me, because we are not "one size fits all" in real life, so why should we be in books? Everything combined to form a well-written, page-turner in a format that had me sticking a Netflix marathon on for the kids just so I could finish the last chapter. Oh, and the heat factor? I had to go and grab and ice tea after a kissing scene. Enough said. Bottom Line: An excellent, steamy summer romance with entertaining characters and a world that will reel you in!
Mengel2 More than 1 year ago
It’s true what they say … you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. That couldn’t be more true for twins, Wyatt and Delilah. Following their college graduation, it should be one of the happiest times of their lives, but when their parents are killed in a car crash their worlds are quickly turned upside down. Dealing with their loss and taking over the family’s business quickly forces them to grow up. Thankfully their best friend, Cassidy, is there to help them out along the way.  Cassidy has been a staple in their lives for seventeen years. Through Wyatt’s crazy years full of a revolving door of girls and Delilah’s struggle dealing with her sexuality, Cassidy has been through it all with them. But it’s now when they need her the most. But Wyatt’s not sure if it’s the death of his parents or witnessing how Cassidy’s ex-boyfriend treated her that makes him start questioning his true feelings for his best friend. When his protectiveness over Cassidy turns to jealousy, he’s left wondering if it’s worth risking their friendship by potentially taking their relationship to a new level. Love, loss, family and friendships … Spend the summer with Wyatt, Delilah, Cassidy and a whole group of amazing friends at Harborside as they share highs, lows, laughs and tears. But through it all, they always have each other’s backs.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters, I'm glad thimgs worked out, but it was really kind of blah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this story. Great growth in the characters. Enjoyed every bit of the storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not the author's best work. Dull and depressing. Couldn't get past page 80. Will not read series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like angst this is your book; it's full of angst. I skimmed the last 70-80 pages just to get to the end. Just when you think all sources of angst have been wrung dry another deep well is found.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars. On the boring side which made it seem long and drawn out. C
shortsassyblog More than 1 year ago
4 stars Melissa Foster is my go to author. She always seems to get me with her books. We just click. Catching Cassidy is her newest book in her newest series Harborside Nights. All new characters in a new place having new problems. This book centers around Cassidy and Wyatt. Wyatt has always been Cassidy's person. They have been best friends for as long as they can remember. The three musketeers. Cassidy, Wyatt and Wyatt's twin sister Dehlia. On the night of their college graduation Wyatt and Delilah lose both parents in a tragic car accident. This changes their lives forever. Going from college students to adults in a blink of an eye. To add to everything going on, Wyatt and Cassidy have been ignoring the intense chemistry that has been between them. It seems to have always been there, but they have been ignoring. Now, there is no more ignoring. Spending the summer in the same house, and living under the same roof makes them see what has always been there. Cassidy has been living under her parent's strict rules and expectations for a long time. She is now coming into her own and realizing maybe their expectations for her and not what she wants. She realizes she is in love with Wyatt and may not want to leave him for a job she has lined up. Cassidy may want the small town living that Wyatt has. Can Cassidy finally come into her own and be happy with Wyatt? Can she finally realize what has been in front on her all along??? Another fantastic book and sorry by Melissa Foster!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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.
missfee81 More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Harbourside Nights, Melissa Foster's new series! And what a series it is going to be!. We meet Wyatt, his twin Delilah, and best his friend Cassidy. they have just graduated and are getting  ready for Summer when Wyatt receives a devastating phone call, His parents have dies in a car crash, not only that Cassidy caught her boyfriend of 2 years cheating on her. They all decided to head to Habourside for the summer and this is where Wyatt and Cass fight their feelings for one another. They have known each other since they were 5 years old and Wyatt is slowly pusing her away  for fear of getting hurt if she lands a job in New York. They are right for each other and once they both realised that the sparks fly! I did struggle with the syle of writing, as in I sometimes didn't know what character wast talking. It would be Wyatt one minute then jump to Cassidy the next, It would have been better to have some kind of heading as to who it was to make it easier to read. A few times I had to go back a few paragraphs to get it. Apart from that I loved the book, the characters and I cant wait to read Delilah's story next. So glad to be starting a Melissa Foste
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
As I sat down to write this review, I had everything that I wanted to say planned out. Then I started thinking, and all of it sounded like things that I had said before. Melissa is amazing and knows how to captivate an audience. I’ve said that before, but there are very few other authors that have written this many books in a series or ever for that matter and that still have me caught up in the story like it’s my first time reading something that they wrote. Favorite authors are something that are of differing opinions to everyone, but for me, Melissa Foster is right up there with the greats. Catching Cassidy was amazing. The way that the Harborside was described was as if I had been there or was going to go there one day. It sounds like such a place that I would want to call home. I used to live in a beach area and so this just took me back to when I could say that I didn’t vacation there, I lived there. Each and every character that Melissa writes about or introduces to her readers is one that becomes your new favorite. She does not make it so that the secondary characters fall to the wayside either. They all have their story and their background of what got them where they are. You will always want to know more and what is going to happen next. It’s that draw that sucks you in and has other people around you wondering if you are ever going to come out of the book back into reality. I don’ want to sometimes, honestly. Wyatt and Cassidy are the type of characters that make me just want to jump and shout at a book. They had known each other for what was forever in their lifetimes, but why ruin a good friendship with something more? It’s a question a lot of people have to ask when they cross that boundary between friendship and wanting to be more for each other. Even though things happen in the novel to both Wyatt and Cassidy to slowly make them unravel, they are there for each other. Period. I love that. The feelings had probably been there all along but they just needed that push to make them surface. They can’t hide what is happening to them, but their fear makes them drag their feet. I kept screaming in my mind that they were great together and they just needed to get over that hump. I was so happy when they finally made that leap. I was excited for them and where this would take them. This is the beginning of yet another great series by Melissa entangled within the rest, and I can not wait to see where it takes us. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
To find true love one must endure a true tragedy. A mantra that I find to be whole heartedly true and fully supported in Catching Cassidy. College graduation should be a euphoric experience, but Wyatt, Deliah, and Cassidy are in for a totally different experience.  Wyatt is a party now think never type of guy and then out of the blue is forced to shoulder huge responsibilities. His twin, Deliah is a little more down to earth, but is dealing with her own decision to come out to the world. Cassidy has always been the one with the plan: graduate and land the dream career in New York City. Life had its own plan for the trio... Cassidy and Wyatt have been BFF's for as long as they can remember. Then that line is crossed. Should they risk everything and continue down the path to possible destruction?  Death, love, cheating boyfriends, and embezzlement make for an action packed love story. A love story that you will totally love sitting poolside this summer!
nadzNR More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of friends becoming lovers stories I was excited to read this title. From the moment I started reading I knew that this would be an emotional ride. The fact that it was written by Melissa Foster cemented that thought deeper in my mind. This title is slightly different from her other series as it is geared towards college kids. However, this was where the difference ended. Like her other books Catching Cassidy tugs on your emotions and leave you wanting more. It was a pleasant surprise to see characters from her other series being included in this title. As usual Melissa knows how to make her characters come alive. This ability enables readers to be able to relate to the characters. I enjoyed reading Wyatt’s and Cassidy’s story, although there were times when they both caused me no ends of frustration. Wyatt dealing with his parents’ loss brought back some painful memories for me. I understood the pain he was going through and could also relate to the regrets he was experiencing. This story reminded me that life goes on even after we have lost someone close and dear to us. I loved that Wyatt was able to recognize this. In the process, we see him growing from an irresponsible college kid into a mature young adult. What frustrated me about the story was the interaction between Cassidy and Wyatt. These two have been friends for seventeen years. Cassidy has been in love with Wyatt for some time now, but she hid her feelings. Lately, Wyatt discovered that his feelings for Cassidy went beyond the realms of friendship. Cassidy is willing to take the risk to move from being just friends. Wyatt, however, is afraid to do so. He was not willing to risk losing his best friend. I understood why he felt this way. It was a huge risk because if things did not work out he stood to lose his best friend. However, life is all about risks. There are times when we have to take risks that we may not be comfortable with; failing to do so could result in one missing out on great opportunities. Now just when he finally acknowledges how he feels, Cassidy allows her insecurities, as it relates to her parents, to intrude on their newfound happiness. The story is told from the POV of Cassidy and Wyatt. This was ok for me as it allowed me to have insight into their thoughts and emotions. However, the problem I had was there was no indication when POVs were being switched, as such there were moments when it took me some time to figure out which character was speaking. As one would come to expect from Melissa Foster, Catching Cassidy is a beautifully written story of loss, friendships, love and growing up. This story speaks to the emotional journey that the leading characters were forced to undertake and how the bonds of friendship helped them to move beyond the pain and discover that loss is inevitable but life goes on no matter what. I enjoyed this story immensely. It was believable and the character’s actions were relatable. It tugged at my heartstrings. There were times it made me cry and there were some laugh out loud moments and most of all it was very romantic. I highly recommend reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book just didnt do it for me. Loved her snow/remington/braden/seaside stories, but i just wasnt feeling this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Friends like brother and sister for many years. A life changing event makes him realize what he wanted was right in front of him. Beautiful love story. Keeps you interested until the end.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster is the first book in her new Harbourside Nights series. I have always felt that Melissa Foster always gives us wonderful romance stories, with fabulous couples, great secondary characters and steamy sex. Catching Cassidy continues the trend that we have all come to expect from Melissa. Wyatt Armstrong is our hero, and the story begins with him celebrating his college graduation, with his friends, and his twin sister, Delilah. He is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his best friend since childhood, Cassidy. When her boyfriend fails to show up to take her to the party, it is Wyatt with Dee (Delilah) who go to pick her up, and they end up having to console Cassidy when they find her boyfriend having sex with another girl. Of course, Wyatt loses it and punches out Cassidy’s boyfriend. A short time later a tragedy will force changes in their lives, forcing them to grow up, learn to deal with their grief, their future, and discovering their true feelings. The three of them head to the family home in Harborside, Massachusetts, where Wyatt and Dee must deal with taking over the family owned bar on the seaside. Cassidy, who has been both of their friends for 17 years, also has to deal with a move to New York to take an accounting job, and to leave her lifelong friends. The focus of the story is Wyatt and Cassidy, who suddenly find themselves having feelings for each other beyond friendship. They both try to avoid those feelings, fearing to lose their friendship. Cassidy has watched her gorgeous hunk of a friend constantly becoming involved with girls, and secretly hid her feelings, not totally understanding why Wyatt doesn’t look at her other than as a friend. While learning what is needed to keep up the bar, growing up and becoming independent, and spending the summer with friends, their friendship starts to suffer, with their feelings taking a different turn. Wyatt is afraid to take the next step, despite Cassidy’s willingness. He cannot lose her as a friend. But one night his jealousy causes him to lose control again, and he finally gives in to those feelings. We finally cheered when they succumbed to their lust. Just when things heat up and believe me they do get steamy, Cassidy is being pressured by her parents to take the job. Will Wyatt and Cassidy be able to keep this relationship if she moves to New York? Dee is also trying to cope with the loss of her parents, just when she had told them the truth about her sexuality. Now she feels she has to face this secret alone, though Wyatt knows and tries to support her. As much as I loved Wyatt (his refusal to act on his feelings at first made me want to smack him), and Cassidy, I also thought Dee was a wonderful character, and I can’t wait to read her story in the next book of this series. What follows is a wonderful story of love, friendship, family, and a fabulous cast of characters, who are their friends. There were so many emotional moments for each of them, as we felt thier turmoil, and it is always great to have those friends help them. Cassidy has her own issues with her family, who have always been distant, thereby her growing up much of the time with the Armstrong family. She always wanted to live in New York, but with her love for Wyatt, and discovering how much she enjoys her hobby of taking pictures, and possibly working with friends in a business that she would love, Cassidy is caught in the middle of a major decision. Will she fall to the pressure of her parents and leave Harbourside? Melissa Foster has written a wonderful emotional and touching story, about friends to lovers, family and friendship that will pull on our heartstrings. If you love romance, great stories, wonderful characters, family, and steamy sex; Melissa Foster is one of the best. You will never go wrong reading anything by Melissa.
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
This is another winner from Melissa Foster! I was given this book by Beck Valley Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. As a proud member of the Melissa Foster Street Team you can probably guess that I loved this book! This is the first in the Harborside Nights Series and I loved getting to know these characters. Cassidy, Wyatt and Delilah have been a constant through the years. They watched each other struggle and grow into adults and now, at the potential lowest low of their lives Wyatt and Delilah realize just how important this grouping is. Delilah struggles with her sexuality (I love that Melissa doesn't exlude any type of love in her books and she doesn't do it in a stereotypical way, which is very refreshing) while Wyatt struggles with the feelings he realized he's had for quite some time for Cassidy. I can't wait to see what else is up ahead for this trio. We see the story of Cassidy and Wyatt unfold but now we're just getting started on what lied ahead for Delilah. I highly suggest reading this book now so you'll be ready for the next Harborside Nights book!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite Wyatt and Cassidy have been best friends since…forever. Their college careers are over and real life is set to begin, whether or not they are prepared. Cassidy plans to spend the summer with her boyfriend and his family, while Wyatt plans to spend the summer drinking beer and enjoying a few bikini clad hotties. But two pieces of devastating news change their plans — and their feelings — in one night. Catching Cassidy is your classic friends to lovers story, but with depth and grit. Melissa Foster does a great job of showing how hard Wyatt and Cassidy fight their growing feelings to protect their most important relationship, their friendship. But when tragedy strikes, it is difficult to justify not going after what you want. The constant struggle as these friends adjust to their new found romantic feelings is what drives this story and makes it so real. I really enjoyed reading as Cassidy struggled to reconcile her feelings with the playboy she knows Wyatt to be. After finding out her boyfriend was unfaithful, it is easy to see why she’d have a hard time believing that Wyatt’s feelings are nothing more than convenience and grief. Catching Cassidy is a story that catches you off guard. At the beginning, you think it will be a typical new adult read with partying college kids looking for a good time, but I loved the way Melissa Foster threw things at both Wyatt and Cassidy that forced them to grow up quickly. Between running the bar, new romantic feelings, and crippling grief, it’s a wonder Wyatt and Cassidy were ever able to find their way to the light. Melissa Foster has proven again that she is a fantastic storyteller, excelling at making seemingly simple stories complex and heartfelt.