Delilah Green Doesn’t Care- Review
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
By Ashley Herring Blake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTIA Romance
Series: Bright Falls #1
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: February 22,2022
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
A clever and steamy queer romantic comedy about taking chances and accepting love—with all its complications—by debut author Ashley Herring Blake.
Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls—nothing is there for her but memories of a lonely childhood where she was little more than a burden to her cold and distant stepfamily. Her life is in New York, with her photography career finally gaining steam and her bed never empty. Sure, it’s a different woman every night, but that’s just fine with her.
When Delilah’s estranged stepsister, Astrid, pressures her into photographing her wedding with a guilt trip and a five-figure check, Delilah finds herself back in the godforsaken town that she used to call home. She plans to breeze in and out, but then she sees Claire Sutherland, one of Astrid’s stuck-up besties, and decides that maybe there’s some fun (and a little retribution) to be had in Bright Falls, after all.
Having raised her eleven-year-old daughter mostly on her own while dealing with her unreliable ex and running a bookstore, Claire Sutherland depends upon a life without surprises. And Delilah Green is an unwelcome surprise…at first. Though they’ve known each other for years, they don’t really know each other—so Claire is unsettled when Delilah figures out exactly what buttons to push. When they’re forced together during a gauntlet of wedding preparations—including a plot to save Astrid from her horrible fiancé—Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms. Even worse, she’s starting to think she doesn’t want to…
I devoured Delilah Green Doesn’t Care in one sitting. This book was that delicious. Both Delilah and Claire were such complex and well-crafted characters. I was pulled into their story from the first page. I didn’t expect to like Claire so much. From the description, I thought I would be automatically on Delilah’s side and that it would take a while to warm up to Claire. That didn’t happen. From the start, it was clear how complex Delilah’s relationship with her hometown and her family was and that we shouldn’t judge Astrid and her friends through Delilah’s eyes. There were moments where I really wanted Delilah especially to just communicate her feelings but it took a while to dismantle the wall she built up.
The passion that initially sparked between Delilah and Claire when they meet as adults really lights up the page. Their relationship starts so steamy and flirty but there are still moments of quiet support that they give each other which really warmed my heart. Minor spoiler alert that there is a third act breakup but it needed to happen for the story and I was honestly okay with it. I can’t wait for the next book and to really delve into what makes Astrid tick!