Friday, 31 July 2015

Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster
Series: Harborside Nights #2
Release Date: 9th July 2015
Publisher: World Literary Press
Genres: New Adult / Gay Romance / Lesbian

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.

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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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Whilst same sex romance books are not usually the genre I'd reach for, I felt that it was definitely worth a read. Romance and sex cannot and should not be boxed into one nice little package of man loves woman, woman loves man. Love is more complicated than that and I feel Melissa Foster has captured the true picture of love here in Discovering Delilah.  Like anyone who is struggling to make sense of their sexuality, Delilah is portrayed here as not someone who just wants to sleep around and totally immerse herself in the gay scene, but as any other young woman her age............she is on a journey of exploration and a search for love. Whilst I am not altogether sure about her involvement with Janessa, I can totally understand the relationship and what it provides Delilah with.............the confidence to go after Ashley.

In Discovering Delilah we share in Delilah's pain  about her parents and the guilt that seems to consume her on a daily basis. It is heart breaking to see how she struggles with 'coming out' (like Delilah I hate that phrase too) and sharing with the world just where her feelings lie. I have a number of gay friends so understand the difficulties and dilemma this created for them. This book's over-riding message is to look deep within yourself, follow your heart and be whoever you want or need to be. Life is too short to be an imitation of what others expect of you. With lots of hot hot hot passionate scenes, Discovering Delilah is a super sexy read and at the same time a compelling love story. I love the complexity and diversity of all of the characters in the series, although this book can be read as a standalone.  I will admit to shedding a little tear towards the end when Delilah makes a startling discovery about her parents. But, no spoilers here! Go read the book. Its great! 

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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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2 Responses so far.

  1. Thank you so much for giving Discovering Delilah a try! I'm so happy you enjoyed it and that you even shed a tear. What an amazing review--thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to post your thoughts on the book XOXO

  2. The book cover is very tasteful and is very inviting - it would definitely make me want to read it xx

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