Disclosure; Cali Book Reviews received a copy of this book from Beck Valley Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% my own!
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 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 for this book was due on July 9th, and I’ve gotta say, I’ve had the book done & review scheduled since MAY 29. After reading Catching Cassidy and reviewing it, I couldn’t wait to read Delilah’s story & learn more about her! I kind of wondered how well I would like the book because it is a female/female love story, and I’ve never read one before. I’ve gotta say though, this book was amazing! If anyone can pull off a f/f love story, it’s most definitely Melissa Foster! This story isn’t overly sexual, not overly descriptive, etc. If you’re worried about reading THAT, you don’t have to worry about it!
Delilah had a hard time “coming out” and felt guilty because her parents died right after she told them she was a lesbian, and all she could remember was the look that they gave her after she told them. For as long as she could remember, they had drilled it into her head that same-sex relationships were wrong. She felt that everyone else would look down on her when she officially came out. Her brother fully supported the fact that she is gay, which I think is completely awesome. I mean, my kids are 8, 6 & 2, but I fully think that if any of them came out and told me that they liked the same sex, I would be fine with it. It’s been completely normal in the time that I’ve grown up.
It honestly surprises me that still, in this day and age, so many people have issues with people in same-sex relationships. I have never had any issues with anyone in a same-sex relationship! Love is Love and you can’t help who you fall in love with, or at least, that is my thought on the matter.
This book picks up not too long after Catching Cassidy left off, so you don’t have to go back & try to remember certain things that are mentioned, as it’s pretty fresh in your mind!
Delilah had a long talk with her aunt one day while packing up her parents house, and she realized that it’s not just that her dad thought being gay was wrong, it was just that was how it was perceived in his generation.
I wanted to hug Delilah. I really did. After she first came together with Ashley, she didn’t want to come out to EVERYONE just yet. She was still worried about that. How do you carry on with this secret going through you? Being out in public with Ashley, she just knew everyone was giving them disapproving looks. (She was wrong)
Melissa Foster has written this book beautifully, and as usual, I’m super stoked for the next installment in this series 😀
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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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own. 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. NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !! Five lucky winners will each win the Game of Love ebook (The Remingtons) Ending on Friday 7th August at 11.59pm EST Open Worldwide Enter Below & Good Luck !! a Rafflecopter giveaway