Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Discovering Delilah blog tour stop! I’m a new Melissa Foster fan, and this is the second book of hers that I have read and reviewed. But, I can pretty much guarantee that there will be a lot more to come! So, read on and enjoy!
Title: Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights #2)
Author: Melissa Foster
Published by: World Literary Press on July 9th, 2015
Length: 221 pages (eBook)
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Source: InkSlinger PR (for honest review)
After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.
Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.
When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.
Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.
So, I realized that I hadn’t read an LGBT book in a long time. Sure, there have been plenty of gay characters in the books I’ve read, but I can’t remember the last time I read a book where the main character is gay and where the focal point is a same-sex romance. So, when I saw the cover of this book and the synopsis, I immediately knew I had to read it. Plus, I loved Delilah as a secondary character in Catching Cassidy, and I was looking forward to reading more about her story.
WHAT I LIKED
Delilah. I had so much respect and admiration for this girl. She lost her parents tragically, but she couldn’t even properly mourn them because of how they made her feel when they were alive. They weren’t exactly supportive of the gay lifestyle, and she felt like she had to hide who she was for the majority of her life. And now that they’re gone, she’s not only struggling with losing them but also with finally coming out and feeling like she is betraying them. I can only imagine how Delilah felt growing up, and I initially felt sympathy for her, but then I realized how strong she really is. A lot of people in her shoes would’ve given up. And I really enjoyed reading her story and witnessing the journey she goes on to finally be who she was always meant to be.
The lesbian storyline. I have to admit…I don’t think I’ve ever read a lesbian romance. And I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to connect with Delilah or Ashley, but that definitely wasn’t a problem. Their romance was sweet but also sexy as hell, and I couldn’t get enough of it. I may not have found my next book boyfriend here, but I certainly found my first book girlfriend!
The connection among all the books in the series. I read Catching Cassidy first, and while it is not necessary to do that, I’m glad I did. It was even more enjoyable reading about Wyatt and Cassidy as secondary characters. I love that we get to know the other characters a little more in each book. I seriously cannot wait to read about their stories in the rest of the series. I know I’m going to be impatiently waiting until I can.
The ending. I don’t want to give anything away, but I absolutely loved how this book ended. Let’s just say that there was closure in a way that I didn’t expect but I truly hoped for. It brought a tear to my eye, and it was perfect on every level.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
I did feel like Delilah and Ashley’s relationship was a bit rushed. For someone like Delilah, who was afraid to be who she was and be in a relationship with a female, I thought that it should have progressed a little more gradually. I loved that they were friends first, but when they realized they both wanted more, it kind of happened too quickly for me.
Melissa Foster has done it again! This series is turning into my new addiction. I don’t know what I’m going to do as I wait for the rest of the series. Delilah is a character that girls, both straight and gay, can look up to. She learns that it is so important to be who you are, no matter what other people think and no matter how you think others will judge you. And Melissa Foster did an amazing job conveying that message. Discovering Delilah was a great book with a passionate love story and an inspiring protagonist. A definite must-read.
“You must learn to envision a future for yourself without those you have lost…Find ways to turn your memories into something you can live with and celebrate, rather than something that pulls you under.”
“There are certain things we have to forgive ourselves for. Otherwise we’d never learn and grow or move forward on any level.”
“It’s no secret that our parents mess us up big-time. It’s like their jobs or something. So, sure, most people probably believe whatever their parents teach them. It takes strong people to break the mold…”
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that owning our mistakes can help us heal. Unless, of course, the reason we made them in the first place was to give ourselves an out. And if that’s the case, cut your losses and walk away, because if you wanted out once, you’ll want out again.”
“Funny how a sliver of hope can instantly heal a broken heart.”
4 out of 5 Hearts!
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
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