Carol Cassada is a young writer from the small town of Ringgold, VA. From a very young age Carol developed a love of reading and by the time she reached high school she decided on a career as a writer. After graduating from Old Dominion University in 2008, she began her writing career. Throughout the years she's released 5 books, including the romance/soap opera series Westmore.
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Going Home Again
by Carol Cassada
Published: November 4, 2013
Rachel Mitchell had the perfect life in New York, however a family tragedy sends her home to Virginia, where she meets her ex-boyfriend Cole Ashton. Their encounter causes Rachel to question her life and the choices she made. Will Rachel give up her life in New York for a reunion with Cole? Find out in Going Home Again.
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- A Tragedy: The Short Story of Fox & Tango
on Oct. 02, 2014
This is a heartbreaking story of young lovers torn apart by tragedy. The author does a wonderful job of capturing Fox’s emotions as she deals with her grief, and at times I found myself wanting to reach out and comfort the young girl.
There’s a plot twist at the end that’ shocking, yet also touching.
Word of warning, you may want to grab a box of tissues before you start reading.
- Taint on Religion
on Oct. 14, 2014
Love God, love yourself, and always go to church.
Those are the words her mother told her and that Natasha tries to live by.
Natasha is a character that readers can relate to, she’s had a hard life and at times she questioned why God would allow this to happen to her. After going down the wrong path, she begins to get her life back on track and starts attending church. However, she begins to question her faith after learning some shocking revelations about the reverend of her church.
The story does a good job of exposing what’s wrong in the world of religion and how people tend to turn a blind eye to the truth.
The ending was great, although I felt bad about how Natasha was treated, yet I knew it was important in bringing across the point of the story.
- Heat Waves
on Dec. 12, 2014
If you’re looking to beat the cold this winter, this collection of erotic short stories will warm you up.
I loved all of the stories, but my favorites were Throwing Caution to the Heat, It Happened in Vegas, and Summer Lovin’. I wouldn’t mind seeing those stories turned into a full-length novel because I’d love to know what happened to the characters.
The authors know how to write hot love scenes and I’ll be checking out more of their work.
- Eclectic: Beyond the Skin
on Jan. 24, 2015
This is the second book of poetry I’ve read from Queen of Spades and just like the first book, I was amazed by her writing.
All of her poems are wonderful, a few of my personal favorites are Promise, Loving (You and Me), Precipice, Impede, and Loving Her (Never Broken).
She touches on a variety of topics; everything from heartache to working in customer service to women’s fashion. With each poem, she does a perfect job of conveying the human emotion and drawing you in.
- Jason's Duty
on April 20, 2015
Jason’s Duty is a sweet, heartwarming love story that will leave you in a whirlwind of emotions.
Jason is the oldest son in The McGregor family and he’s responsible for running their ranch, when his father gets sick Jason has to step up duties. His world is thrown for a loop when Haley Sheridan and her mother arrive at the ranch. Haley is a city girl who’s dealing with the recent death of her father, her and Jason’s relationship gets off to a rocky start with them getting into arguments and Jason nicknaming her Ice Queen. As Haley’s trip progresses, she helps out at the ranch with the horses and gets a glimpse into Jason’s world. Before long she’s letting her guard down and finds herself confiding in Jason.
I loved how Jason and Haley’s relationship naturally progressed throughout the story. It was cute the way they brought out the best in each other, Jason taught Haley how to let her guard down and she in turn helped him loosen up by having fun dancing and going shopping. I also liked how Jason was conflicted about his feelings for Haley, even though he knew she had a boyfriend that didn’t stop Jason’s love and he wasn’t afraid of telling her that Andrew wasn’t the right man for her.
Even though Jason and Haley are the main focus of the book, the story also touches on the other members of the McGregor family. I loved how close-knit the family was. Jonas and Anna proved they’re the perfect parents by raising their boys to be polite and teaching them valuable life lessons. I also loved the bond Jason had with his brothers Jesse and Jude; my favorite moments in the book are when the boys are teasing each other. Jesse and Jude also had their own side stories about whether they were going to stay and help with the ranch.
The story had me laughing, crying, and wondering what’s next for Jason, Haley, and The McGregors in the next installment.
- Patton Pending
on Dec. 11, 2016
*I voluntarily reviewed this book*
Patton Pending is the sequel to The Way He Looks At Me.
The sequel picks up right where the first book left off. Annie is continuing to experience problems in her love life.
This time, Annie is stuck in a triangle with high-profile musician Hayden and Dathan, Annie’s best friend. To make matters worse, Annie’s ex-boyfriend shows up in California and immediately causes trouble for her.
As chaos continues to follow her, Annie finds herself in a difficult predicament as she tries to find out if Hayden or Dathan has her heart.
Overall, the story’s good. Much like the first book, Patton Pending tends to go by too quickly, plus there’s a lot going on that it’s hard to keep track. As for Annie, at times I felt for her plight with the guys, but at other times she came across as selfish with not wanting to make a decision.
Aside from that, I thought it was a good story.
- The Way He Looks at Me
on Dec. 11, 2016
*I voluntarily read this book*
The Way He Looks At Me is a story about young love. Annie is the main character in the book. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Jesse, she moves to California with her family. As her mom begins a music career, Annie finds herself adjusting to life in California. She begins hanging out with Dathan, a family friend. It’s through Dathan, that Annie meets musicians Colt and Hayden. The two rockstars fall quickly for Annie, who soon finds herself trying to choose which guy has her heart.
The premise of the story is good, I thought the author had a good storyline. My main problem with the story is the pacing. I felt like everything moved too quickly. For instance, just a few days with moving to California, she automatically meets, then falls in love with both Colt and Hayden. To me that was a bit too fast. I would’ve liked some scenes with Annie adjusting to her new home before the romance part began.
Also, I felt that by slowing down the pacing it would’ve helped to develop Annie’s relationships with the guys. At times, the relationships felt unnatural and forced. So I would’ve preferred if it slowly progressed instead of rushing too quickly.
Aside from that, I believe the story was good and has potential. I would like to see more of what the author has to offer.
- Stolen Valentine Kiss ~ A Sweet Romance
on May 31, 2017
Stolen Valentine Kisses is a feel good romance filled with lots of amusement and passion.
The couple in the story Lorna and Logan are two people who are complete opposites. But a chance encounter has Logan hatching a plan to meet the beautiful Lorna. What follows is a fun, engaging story about two people overcoming difficult pasts and opening their hearts up to love.
Logan is a fun hero; he brought a dash of humor throughout the book. My favorite moments are when he’s working in the charity shop with Lorna. The way he swept Lorna off her feet had me swooning. Lorna gave Logan a hard time during his courting of her. Yet, later it’s revealed why Lorna was reluctant to open up to him.
The pacing of the story was great, although at times it appeared to move fast at times. I loved how throughout the story, there’s hints about Logan and Lorna’s pasts, yet everything’s saved until the end. I think having everything revealed at the end was a beautiful way to conclude Logan and Lorna’s love story…for now.