Title: Chasing Cassidy
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 28, 2015
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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Review by: Leeann
There is a content warning at the beginning of this book & I have to say, you need to read it & decide if you want to continue with the book.
Personally I loved this story. Yes it does touch on situations of child abuse, but once you get past that you see that the story underneath is
about a beautiful lost girl who is going to marry the love of her life.. Or is she?
Cassidy has suffered years of abuse at the hands of her father, but the one saving grace she could always count on was her best friends Rylee & Zach
who are twins & Nick. They made her awful life bearable & gave her light and hope where she thought there was none.
This is a though provoking story about young love and self-discovery. This young woman who, although she has suffered immeasurably throughout her life
is always able to see the good in people. She gives her love freely even though she has been taught to believe she is unlovable. She never holds grudges
and understands that in order to move forward, you need to let go. There are some things she can’t let go of, but Zach, the love of her life is not giving up &
he is not letting her give up either.
Not once during this story did I get frustrated with Cassidy, you could see clearly where she was coming from at all times & there was never any confusion about her
love for her fiancé or his family. She is a truly beautiful soul. I could help but fall in love with Zach! He is 100% devoted to Cassidy & will always put her 1st above everyone else.
He will fight for her & with her and he proves this time and time again. There is nothing he won’t do for her. He is the type of man I want my daughters to fall in love with!!
The author writes with emotion and she has clearly done her research with this book. The serious content is not fluffed up or exaggerated. It is a tough subject to read about
and in this book it was written in a way that at some points was shocking and other times heartbreaking. My heart literally broke for the little girl who was belted up by one parent while
the other one watched on doing nothing. The incident when she was 8 years old had me wanting to climb in to the book & carry her away from it all. And the reasons her father
would abuse her were not understandable at all. I just could imagine a world where I could hurt my own children like that & don’t understand why people do it at all.
Sadly this is common in the world we live in not every abused child has someone or somewhere they can go to seek refuge.
The reason I have given this book a 5 star rating is because the author has done a damn good job of writing a tough story & I can’t imagine it would have been an easy topic to write
about, but she did it & did it exceptionally well. Although at times it was sad & heartbreaking it was also full of joy, hope, romance & sexy. I read it in one sitting & was thoroughly
hooked from beginning to end.
When I got to the end I wanted more, I was not ready for it to end, that to me is the sign of a fantastic book & an exceptionally talented author!
ExcerptPlacing 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.”
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