Bobby Beckerson was the American All-Star hockey player–he was the spitting image of perfection to his family. Goofy, sweet and undeniably gorgeous, he had everything but the one girl he wanted: River Ahlers.

River Ahlers is successful in everything but love. She’s been in love with Adam Beckerson since they were kids. Worst of all she’s stuck right in the middle of the brother’s dueling over everything and anything, and she doesn’t even know she’s the ultimate prize.

Adam Beckerson was a boy with a guitar, a smile that sunk girl’s hearts and a stone wall around his own. He was anything but perfect, and no matter how hard he tried he was nothing compared to Bobby. Sweet, damaged, with boyish good-looks, nobody thought Adam loved anyone but himself.

Bobby loved River, River loved Adam and Adam only loved himself–or so everyone thought. Then one night everything changes, and as it threatens to destroy everyone involved a tragedy strikes that will break them all…
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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The writing was smooth to take in as the pages almost flipped for themselves. I was done with this book before I knew what happened. It was that smooth. I just kept flipping pages to get all my answers and to understand the characters and I was done before I knew what happened. I was happy with the ending of the book.

The storyline flowed smoothly like a glass of brandy through out the book. The plot was one I understood and have read many times, but is loved the way this author took me on a new ride with an old plot. It was familiar but new all at the same time.

The characters were ones that took my heart before I knew what was happening. They felt realistic like I knew them for years.

*Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for a real honest review.*


Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. In 2012 she became a published Young Adult author, releasing In Between Seasons (The Fall, #1) and the Amazon bestselling thriller, Walking in the Shadows. In 2013 she branched out by using her artistic illustrating talents to publish her first Children’s novel, The Adventures of Skippy Von Flippy: Tales of Friendship (Skippy Tales, #1). Cassandra released her first New Adult novel, Love Exactly, which became an Amazon Bestseller overnight in June of 2013. She’s currently working on her new New Adult Contemporary Romance, Beautifully Flawed. The first novel in the series, Flawed Perfection is scheduled to be published on March 7, 2014.

Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is the owner of Gio Design Studios Photography and Gio Design Studios Publication Marketing . She is currently studying to receive a degree in Marketing. Cassandra is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with the other loves of her life their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

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Why Book Covers are so Important​

As a photographer, graphic designer and marketing professional I can see the reason why covers are so important quite quickly. Simply, the cover is the first thing that the reader sees.

If you have a cover that doesn’t sell the book to the reader, than chances are they won’t pick it up and read the back cover—that is unless you have a catchy title. Covers also set the tone for the book, and the reader expects it to reflect its contents. Unfortunately, like skinny jeans, covers come in and out of vogue—and even worse are the fact that when one person does a certain thing that sells, everyone else attempts to jump on the band wagon. This results in a monotonous array of covers that have couples kissing in faded light, or girls in pretty ball gowns. For the New Adult genre it tends to be couples kissing half naked or in lingerie.

At first, when I heard that New Adult had a reputation for being YA smut, I was offended; then I started seeing these covers. Honestly, that’s what the covers look like. If you hold one of these up to a Fabio-tastic adult Erotica novel, you have the same exact thing except with man-boys on the cover. The moral of the story, if you look like smut, people are going to think you’re smut—even if you’re not.

The other issue with the monotony in the genre is simply that every book starts to look the same. If you don’t have a memorable cover than it will be hard to pick you out from the sea of other books floating out there. Some others even go so far as to brand their covers by using the same fonts across all books. I tend not to go with this because I aim to brand the series as well as myself. Another thing to keep in mind is the colors that you choose to use, as these will set the tone for the story. If your story is soft than using a harsh red color font isn’t good.

Speaking of fonts, using standard fonts like Times New Roman is an instant giveaway to self-published novels along with fonts like Papyrus and anything found in Word. There are a lot of small nuances to designing a book cover, so it’s best left to a professional. When you are looking at a professional be sure that they fit your style and novel, but keep in mind one thing—do all their covers feel the same?

If they do, then readers may confuse your novel to be someone else’s that they have designed a cover for. Covers are the first thing your readers see; therefore, you should make sure yours stands out in a crowd, represents your book and its contents and it looks professional.


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