Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.
Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.
So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell deep.
The love affair exists to this very day.
Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
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If we could give this a 6[out of 5], we would. It’s our humble opinion that Dean’s got imagination and that special touch with crafting a compelling story. It would be an understatement to say that she put Lucia and Marcus through hell and then dragged them back to finally make it right.
- Pink Owl Reviews
I [...] enjoyed and savored every page, every moment, every word – and I desperately wanted to see more.
Good characters (Oh Marcus! *fans self*), a great location and time period, and a wonderful romance – put this book on your to-read list right away!
- Siren’s Song Reviews
The plot develops smoothly, nothing is rushed, and it feels completely believable[...] This is by far, one of the more unique [romance novels] I’ve read and I can easily recommend it for lovers of romance but also of historical fiction.
- You Gotta Read Reviews
[Enslaved] is atmospheric… and filled with exquisitely rendered emotion that makes you feel every awful thing [the heroine] endures [...] The writing, on the whole, is impressive. It manages to be both finely crafted, nuanced, and spare. In fact, some of the restraint used in the prose is breathtaking. It’s tense, understated and incredibly sexy. […] I’ve read really well-researched novels that are also dry and dull, but “Enslaved” was compelling, moving, and rang emotionally true. I wish that more romances were like this.
- Joanne Renaud
Teach Me (2012)
I fell in love with this book from the first bewildering, smoldering scene, and was captivated until the last page. It isn’t every day that a couple like this comes along, or romance lingers in the imagination long after the book has been finished, and this, without a doubt, is one of them[...]I loved this book from start to finish, and though this was my first Cassandra Dean book, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
- Bridget, The Romance Reviews
With just a whisper, a caress, or a simple kiss, Ms. Dean takes the reader on an adventure full of hedonistic pleasure as well as bittersweet moments. [...] As the earl struggled with the emotional spiral that Elizabeth causes him every time they meet, I found myself crossing my fingers and hoping he would not damage the beautiful person that she is. When a novel has you feeling the way I did about the characters, you know it is a tale that will not disappoint and this one most certainly did not.
- Coffee Time Romance
Be prepared to experience a wide range of emotions. I found myself laughing, crying, blushing and even yelling at times. This was my first Cassandra Dean novel and I look forward to reading hopefully many more in the future.
- Romancing the Book
I adored this book! [Cassandra's] characters [are] fantastic, the sex never stale or forced, and the depth of emotion she displayed is just wonderful. If you like Regency erotica this book is for you.
- Ann Mayburn
This is probably one of the best stories that I’ve read of late.
- Obsessed with book smex’s Reviews
Rough Diamond (2012)
Rough Diamond is a fantastic story of love, lust and greed in the old west [...] I found this to be a really fun read with a good mix of steamy sex and story so while it was a very hot read it also had the substance and plot line to back it up. Who would have thought you could have a hot hunky hero named Rupert?!?
- Carin, Cocktails and Books
Dean is very good at writing relationships and she knows how to build anticipation and heighten sexual tension very well. She also has a wonderful sense of timing and developing a dramatic moment — the culmination of Rupert and Alice’s flirtation and Alice’s monthly Spectacular all happen in that one breathtaking moment.
- Love Saves the World
Fool’s Gold (2013)
A very sexy and sweet historical romance.
- Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and More
This reader found Fool’s Gold a delightful read. The spin on Pearl, and Ethan, both coming from a background surrounding their families, and almost hiding a different identity was a nice premise. [...] Cassandra Dean spins a story where this reader could share in the ache, and desire, that embraces the characters and brings out true emotion. She creates a story that has a way of making Christmas seem a bit brighter.
- The Romance Studio
Cassandra Dean has a marvelous talent for crafting a story that immediately catches the heart and refuses to let go…The author’s keen understanding of historic detail breathes life into each scene, and best of all, her characters are fascinating, complex, and work terrifically together. This one-sitting story is no exception, and it is impossible to enter the world of the Diamond Saloon without falling in love with Pearl and Ethan, and emerge craving more.
- Bridget, The Romance Reviews
Silk & Scandal (2013)
I adore novels, but there is something special about a short story that I truly love. When a short story is as emotional and engaging and well done as this one is, it’s a treat to be savored. Cassandra Dean knows her craft, and it shows in every scene of her first Silk Series installment.
- Bridget, The Romance Reviews
The path towards opening [Thomas and Nicola's] eyes and hearts to the truth about their feelings was done in a smart and scrumptious way that kept me clicking through the pages until the very end. An absolutely fabulous novella from their first letter until their last.
- Lady Rhyleigh, ARe Cafe