July 13, 2015

REVIEW: Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights #2) By, Melissa Foster

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.

New Adult Romance, LGBT 

Melissa Foster started her NA series with Catching Cassidy, while it wasn’t my favorite it definitely was a great read. In the second book in the Harborside Nights series Melissa Foster does something new, for her, she has written her first F/F romance. Delilah and Ashley are taking us on an emotional journey through breaking barriers and working through grief. Delilah has to work through the loss of her parents and learn to follow her own path and Ashley has to decide if she really is strong enough to wait for Delilah.

The book starts off not long after Catching Cassidy. Both Delilah and her brother lost their parents the night of their graduation. While Wyatt seems to have moved through the stages of grief Delilah seems to be stuck. She can’t let go of the guilt that she has of disappointing her parents. They were conservative and having a homosexual daughter is not something they were happy about but Delilah has to start living her life for her and not her parents. The hard part is actually doing that. Delilah’s first step is to actually start a relationship with the girl she is falling for. The problem is that she isn’t ready to admit her sexuality in public which puts a stain on the new relationship. Ashley has been the secret girlfriend before and she doesn’t ever want to go back to that place. To Ashley Delilah might be worth being a secret for.

When I first started the Harborside Nights series I was really excited about Discovering Delilah. I love Melissa Foster and I was extremely excited to see something new from her. I was not disappointed. Discovering Delilah was full of more than an F/F romance. It was about the importance of friendship and the unconditional love of family. It also follows the journey of confusion and pain to self-discovery and acceptance. Discovering Delilah was an emotional journey that I couldn’t put down. While it had its frustrating moments, I can imagine the struggle it can be for someone in Delilah’s situation. Melissa Foster is able to capture the complex world that is out there for homosexual people. She is able to bring the stereotypes, prejudices, and sometimes consequences of being in a same sex relationship. And she does it in a truly beautiful and sensitive way.

The romance in Discovering Delilah was one of Melissa Foster’s best and most frustrating ones she has written and I loved every moment of it. Ashley and Delilah go through such a journey together and Delilah isn’t the only one that grows. They both grow individually and together through their story. No matter what sexuality you are this is definitely a book that needs to be read and shared.

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  1. Thank you for your thoughtful comments and review! I'm so happy you gave it a try--I know it's a first for many of my readers, so I appreciate that you read it. I'm so glad you enjoyed it XOXO