Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chasing Cassidy by D. Kelly

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Title: Chasing Cassidy
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 28, 2015
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Synopsis
When Zachary Stafford first set eyes on Cassidy Pope she was being beaten by her father. After witnessing the traumatic event, he made it his mission to befriend her. As the years pass, their relationship evolves and Cassidy not only gives Zack her friendship but her love, as well.
Cassidy spent her childhood being verbally and physically abused. The best part of her life is her friendship with the Stafford twins, Zack and Rylee. Although she tries to put on a brave front, the years of abuse have turned Cassidy into a woman filled with insecurities who doesn’t believe she deserves love. Especially not the kind of love Zack has given her for the last twelve years. On their wedding day, Cassidy’s insecurities get the best of her and she does the one thing she knows how to do well…she runs. Zack is devastated and when he discovers why Cassidy ran, his devastation becomes fury. Long ago, Zack made Cassidy a promise he fully intends to keep and sets off on a journey to bring her back into his arms where she belongs. Will Zack and Cassidy get their happily ever after, or will Cassidy’s inner demons keep her from getting the only thing she ever wanted in this world? To be loved.


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Excerpt
Placing my hand behind her head, I gently roll her over and position myself on top of her. I’m going to make this girl feel the depths of my love if it’s the last thing I do in my life. “I love you,” I whisper a breath away from her lips then cover her mouth with mine. I take my time kissing her then pull away slightly. “I’m going to love you and only you until the day I take my last breath,” I tell her softly before meeting her lips again, claiming them with mine. This time, I kiss her longer but still don’t breach her mouth with my tongue. Again, I pull away just a bit but whisper into her mouth in hopes that my words will not only weave themselves into her mind but also into her heart. “Love is love. It comes without strings, without obligation, without judgment, without fear. It is unconditional and all-consuming. I couldn’t separate my love from you if I tried, so please stop trying to push me away because I’m not going anywhere, baby.”


Review:

A heart wrenching emotive read that will literally pull at your heart strings. Chasing Cassidy is a love story first and foremost, however, some of the subject matter in this book deals with child abuse verbally, mentally and physically, however, the author has covered this sympathetically and the scenes are written beautifully.

Cassidy spent her childhood believing she was unworthy of love. Forming a strong and steadfast friendship with the Stafford twins, Zack and Rylee is the only good thing in her life. Although throughout the years she has learnt to put a brave face on things she has become a woman filled with insecurities and demons from her past that need to finally be put to rest in order for her to move forward and get the happily ever after she deserves.

Zack has loved Cassidy since he was 8 years old. First seeing Cassidy when he was 6 years old being beaten by her father. On what should have been the happiest day of their lives, their wedding day Zack is left devastated when Cassidy’s insecurities get the better of her and she does the only thing she knows how to do well and runs. Zack makes it his mission to slay Cassidy’s demons once and for all firmly severing all ties to her past and showing her why she is loved by him and everyone around her, that she is worthy of love and finally fulfilling his promise.

“My life isn’t complete without you in it. I know love is real because of you. I am loved because of you, and most importantly I can love because of you.”

This is the first book that I have read by this author but will certainly not be the last. The story was well written, flowed effortlessly and I felt the main characters and secondary characters had depth and were relatable. The banter between Rylee, Cassidy and Zack was witty, funny and real. I could instantly connect to them and felt that I was firmly strapped into my seat on the roller coaster of emotions as I was there for all the ups and downs along their journey.

Looking forward to Rylee’s book, of which a snippet is enclosed at the end of the book.

Would definitely recommend, however it may be advisable to have tissues, wine and chocolate at the ready for when starting Cassidy and Zacks story…you may need them 

**ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review via Words Turn Me On Book Blog**

About The Author
Dee
I'm a wife, a mom, and a dog lover. I'm also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker, and my kids’ biggest fan in anything they do. I’m married to my high school sweetheart... how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and mean people suck. I'm California born and raised, and I love the beach but hate the sand. And, of course, I believe Starbucks makes any day better. I’m the author of The Acceptance Series and Chasing Cassidy with more books soon to come. Mailing List | Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | Pinterest | Amazon | Instagram | Goodreads | Facebook Group | TSU
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