Monday, 13 July 2015

Review: Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

Discovering Delilah
Harborside Nights # 2
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing July 9th, 2015
World Literary Press

Discovering Delilah

Harborside Nights Series


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.

After reading Catching Cassidy, the standout character besides the protagonists was Delilah Armstrong, so Discovering Delilah is an eagerly anticipated second book in the Harborside Nights series for myself.

All throughout her teens and college, Delilah has been living a lie. Being brought up by conservative minded parents she's been unable to live her life as she sees fit, so had concealed her sexuality to them. After finding the strength to come out to her parents just before her college graduation, she is left devastated by their tragic death less than twenty-four hours later, leaving her reeling in despair. With the support from her brother Wyatt, the two of them relocate to Harborside where their parents surprisingly ran and owned the Taproom in this small liberal-minded community. A perfect place to start living life again?

When her new friend reveals that she has feeling for her, Ashley can't believe her luck. Their close friendship already means so much to her and wants their relationship to be so much more. However, Ashley's had her heart broken once before and is wary about getting involved with someone who hasn't “come-out.” Ashley want to be open about her feelings and not have them hidden away. Will she change her mind?

The author has done a fabulous job of making the the reader “feel” all the angst, tension and emotion felt by Delilah as she not only comes to terms with her parents' death but her sexuality too. Some of this was covered in the first book in the series and I do think that the reader will gain an even better understanding of the depth of Delilah's inhibitions and issues by reading Catching Cassidy first.
Then we have Ashley's perspective too! She's comfortable living as a lesbian and has a supportive family behind her. Her concerns are relationship related, she's experienced and understandably hurt when Delilah turns to someone else for help. Delilah knows she isn't attracted to men, but has never actively pursued her feelings towards women. In her inexperienced eyes the reason is genuine, but hurtful to the woman who has her heart. Watching Delilah break out of her shell and gain confidence is both heartbreaking and heartwarming as these two beautiful women work through their individual concerns to tentatively build a loving relationship.

This is the first F/F novel I have read, although I've previously enjoyed M/M books, especially when they are as beautifully written as this one. I'm loving this Harborside Nights series so far as the plots are edgier than Melissa's other book series'. I'm looking forward to reading more about the lives of other Harborside residents in the future.

4.5 stars

***arc generously received in exchange for an honest review***

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. 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 CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
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