It all began with two simple words: "Hi Gorgeous!" Melissa Dean's odyssey into the world of on-line dating was spawned and her life was changed forever. Her autobiographical account describes the sinister turns taken on her journey as she becomes embroiled in the world of Jack Cass, a would-be Navy SEAL with a tale of woe, a heart of gold, and a quicksilver tongue. The fantasy slowly unravels following their whirlwind courtship and Las Vegas wedding as Melissa begins to learn the truth about her husband's background and finds herself in the middle of his destructive life path. Dean realises far too late that her husband's military background is fabricated, and that he will stop at nothing to profit from her beauty and talent. Dean's unflinching account of emotional abuse and financial exploitation describes how she frees herself from the madness, reclaims her health, and vows to help other women avoid the pitfalls of similar con artists.
Melissa Dean is an attorney and public educator in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor's degree in political science from Ohio University in 1992. She furthered her education at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 1996. Dean passed the Ohio bar examination and became a licensed attorney in 1999. A life-long champion for women and families at risk, her social conscience has guided her work as an advocate for domestic violence survivors and as a juvenile court magistrate. In addition to her solo law practice, she has also served as a college instructor and personal fitness trainer. She has written and spoken publicly on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment, civil rights, and the First Amendment. She continues to devote her education and resources to the improvement of her community and the furtherance of social justice.