Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

Title: Discovering Delilah
Series: Harborside Nights (#2)
Author: Melissa Foster
From: Review Copy (Blog Tour)
Genre: LGBT, Romance
Release Date: 9th July 2015
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt, 2015 New Release Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since the death of her parents, Delilah has been struggling to come to terms with life without them. More than that she's been struggling to overcome the look of disappointment she saw on their faces when she told them that she was a lesbian. But she quickly finds herself falling for her best friend Ashley, and even if she doesn't know if Ash is interested in girls, sometimes you just have to take a chance...

This book had me in tears. It was so heartbreaking in some ways that I just couldn't help myself. Some of them were happy tears (like when Delilah read her Mom's last email) but some of them were 'oh God poor Delilah' tears. Ashley had her own share of past issues but they didn't quite seem as moving as Delilah's.

LGBT romances aren't a genre I've really read in the past, but I chose to read this for two reasons. The first is that I've loved everything I've read of Melissa Foster's. The second is that I had a friend come out while we were at uni together, and though I always held the opinion that love is love it doesn't really matter who its between (there are some lines; like relations!) I don't feel I truely understood the struggles that people have with their sexuality until reading Discovering Delilah.

While reading I found myself reading differently than I do with straight romances, mainly because I don't have the same common connection with the characters. But the emotions and the difficulties that Ash and Delilah had between them were all so real, so believable and also normal. Other than Delilah being in the closet, they didn't actually deal with anything that a straight couple wouldn't, and I think that that is a fantastic thing to see in books and should be shown more.

Delilah's struggle to come out really struck a nerve. I already had a great respect for people who have been through that, and realised that it took immense courage, but now I have so much more. It was well done by the author and really powerful reading.

I really enjoyed Discovering Delilah, and it was an interesting read!

Discovering Delilah
by Melissa Foster

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real New Adult Romance series that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author 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.
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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 Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. 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 annual 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.

Visit Melissa on The Women's NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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