Discovering Delilah (book review)

Discovering Delilah was written by Melissa Foster.  It is the second book in her Harborside Nights series.  This post was organized by Beck Valley Book Tours.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

HARBORSIDE NIGHTSis 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 loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

DISCOVERING DELILAH is an #LGBT New Adult Romance

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.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

“Melissa Foster does a great job addressing the (still) sensitive subject of same sex relationships and the stereotypes, prejudices and sometimes even consequences of being in one. But this book doesn’t only focus on that one topic. You will also see the beauty of friendship, the love of family and one’s metamorphosis from confusion and pain to self-discovery and acceptance.

No matter if you are heterosexual, homosexual or asexual, this is a must read for everybody!” — review from Goodreads by Marlene Engel

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My review:

When I reviewed Catching Cassidy (the first book in this series) it took me quite a while to really get into the book.  I didn't immediately love it like Melissa Foster's other series books.  It took most of the story to really draw me into the Harborside world.  I think because that work was taken care of in the first novel... Discovering Delilah was a completely different experience for me.  I already knew the characters.  I already knew the dynamics of the friends. The groundwork of what they were all living through was already set.  Because of that, this novel was really REALLY able to focus on Delilah.  And, oh, how I love Delilah.

Discovering Delilah is such an amazing story of coming into who you are.  Of truly accepting yourself.  While it is about Delilah coming out as a lesbian (and I agree with Delilah... I really hate the term "coming out") it's about so much more than that.  For Delilah it's about coming to terms with not being what her parents raised her to be.  About breaking out of the bubble of the world her parents believed in, and living fully in the world she belongs in.  It's about building relationships.  It's about becoming your own person.  It's about creating a life for yourself, outside of the shadows of your parents' beliefs.

Once again, my favorite thing about Melissa Foster's stories are the characters and the full world she creates.  There is such an intricate weaving of lives, and Foster does it with such natural finesse.  From the characters at the forefront of the story... to the minor characters (who aren't every really minor), Foster creates REAL people.  Each character could essentially end up with a full novel of their own.  (I'm now fully expecting Ashley's home town to get it's own series... especially because I couldn't get enough of her little brother Kenny.  That little boy was brilliant.)

At the end of Catching Cassidy I said I couldn't wait for Tristan's story (which is book next)... but now, at the end of Discovering Delilah, I can't wait for Brandon's story.  There seem to be so many layers to him.  I can't wait to find out if he finds love (which I know he will... because, Melissa Foster).  But, mostly, I can't wait to see how he became the man he is.  There's more to him than what his friends know.

About Melissa Foster

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 Café 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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COMING SOON the full Harborside Nights series...

Catching Cassidy (Het) Discovering Delilah (F/F) Tempting Tristan (M/M) Chasing Charley (Het) Breaking Brandon (M/M) Embracing Evan (Het) Reaching Rusty (Het) Loving Livi (Het)   Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books.