By Marion Croslydon
From the Amazon bestselling author of No Reverse comes a moving story about love, redemption and what happens when life switches to fast forward.
Cassie learned the hard way: Love forgives… in the end.
In No Reverse, Josh and Cassie’s epic love story went from the brink of destruction to a fragile new beginning. Now they must mend their broken family and win back the son they gave up five years ago.
But second chances need to be earned and the road ahead is rocky. With Cassie on tour and Josh trying his hand at a political career, the struggle becomes clear. When the adoption takes a bad turn, Cassie and Josh are prepared to give up everything for the fight of their lives.
Will this young family finally heal the years of heartache, or will they be torn apart for good?
My Review of FAST FORWARD
There is a plan in place. Cassie and Josh present a united front in order to be eligible to adopt their biological son. The toughest road is behind them right? They been through so much. What could stop them now? Little did they know that Josh’s father would put a stumbling block in their way. They never would have thought that another family might want to adopt Lucas.
Can Cassie and Josh even survive as a couple if they are unable to get Lucas back?
It was heartbreaking to see everything that Josh and Cassie had to go through to be able to adopt their own son. I fell in love with Josh and Cassie all over again in Fast Forward and grew to admire their strength and courage throughout the adoption process. My only complaint is how this story ended. It was a bit abrupt and I felt a little robbed of Josh and Cassie’s final “Happily Ever After”. I felt like there were some unanswered questions as well.
Overall Fast Forward was a very enjoyable read. I would love it if Marion would give us a holiday novella someday to get another glimpse of Josh and Cassie’s happiness.
My Review of NO REVERSE
If you could turn back time and change one thing, what would it be? For Cassie it would have been lying to Josh about their son. Cassie is a beautiful and strong woman that has always put everyone else’s best interests ahead of her own. She loved Josh with all her heart and soul and could not bring herself to allow him to walk away from his dream. When she finds out that he got into Georgetown she does what she thinks is right. She ends up paying a high price for what she has done. She is able to lift her head high and smile because Josh is living his dream. That is more important to her than her own happiness.
When life takes a crazy turn and her son’s adoptive parents die in an accident, Cassie knows this is her only chance to make her life whole again. She needs her son more than she needs air to breathe. The problem is that she is a single mom with no education and waits tables for living. No one in their right mind would approve of her adopting her son. She might have a chance though if she can get Josh on board. There are two major problems standing in her way, the fact that Josh just sent her divorce papers, and that he has no idea that Lucas exists.
Almost immediately my heart ached for Cassie. She is selfless and loves fiercely with everything she has. I was in awe of her strength when she finally confronts Josh to tell him about their son.
Josh has done really well for himself because after he left Steep Hill he did nothing but study. He put all of his energy into making excellent grades to bury the pain that was deep down inside after he left Cassie. He was able to bury her so deep that he allowed himself to fall in love again and is very excited to be marrying Eleanor. She compliments him beautifully and together they could conquer the political world and possibly have a chance at the White House someday. So…you can only imagine the hell that breaks loose when Cassie shows up at Oxford and drops the bomb about Josh’s son. Talk about a scandal that could ruin someones political career.
Will sparks of lust or anger ignite when fate brings Josh and Cassie together again? Is it too late? Does Josh’s heart belong to Eleanor now? What if Josh and Eleanor raised Lucas as their own?
Marion Croslydon develops amazing characters. Josh and Cassie are just good people that find themselves in a bad situation. Cassie has the best intentions and just wants what right. Whats right is Lucas living with his birth parents. This couple is amazingly mature for their age and are willing to walk through fire for those that they love.
This story grabbed a hold of my heart and would not let go. No Reverse will capture your heart, body, and soul.
Fun Facts about FAST FORWARD
• I started writing the first book in the Second Chances series (No
Reverse) the day I found out I was pregnant. I was so overjoyed, but it got me thinking about women or girls for whom the news isn’t all it should be. That was how I started talking to Cassie and she told me what happened with Josh when she was seventeen. Yeah, I’m a bit batty like that. I wrote Fast Forward with my baby girl on my lap.
• In my head, Josh looks very much like Channing Tatum in Dear John. He‘s a very decent guy with a flaming temper underneath the apparent self-control and coolness.
• Sam—who is a secondary character in No Reverse and Fast Forward—is also in my paranormal series, The Oxford Trilogy. Readers keep telling me how much they love him and I hope I can give him his own girl and his own book very soon. So watch the space!
• No Reverse was supposed to be a stand-alone novel. I reached my word count and there was still so much to happen before Cassie and Josh could be a family at last. I didn’t want the ending to be rushed, but I didn’t want the book to be a New Adult version of War and Peace (like very, very long 😉 hence the sequel Fast Forward.
• I love Emma Stone’s voice. It’s all raspy and husky. I read it was because of a bad bout with colic when she was a baby. She kept screaming and screaming. I used that for Cassie although I twisted the story a little bit. She’s a Country singer and her voice is something she values and works on very much.
About the Author
Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.