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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Book Review - Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster (Harborside Nights Book #2)

Book Review
Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster 
(Harborside Nights Book #2)

Book Description
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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Our Book Review
Opening up a Harborside Nights book is just like meeting up with your old friends, the excitement, the welcoming, the fun, the issues and more importantly the love they all give to one another,  There is a warm softness to Melissa's writing that is addictive, after reading Catching Cassidy and feeling the whole friendly vibe of Harborside, I couldn't wait to dive straight back in with Delilah, although each can be totally read on their own as it briefly refreshes you on the main topics.

There is more to this story than romance, it carries depth with realistic scenarios that can effect everybody regardless of what your sexuality is, to be hesitant on reading this book simply because of the female/female romance would be such a shame.

Ashley and Delilah have the hots for each other, yet neither of them know.  Delilah hesitates as she has never been with a girl and has the enormous pressure on her shoulders of the hostility people will treat her with.  She carries the guilt of letting her parents down just before they died suddenly in a car crash, as she announced to them her sexuality and what she thought was the huge disappointment in their eyes.  On the other side, Ashley has been hurt from a previous relationship and has sworn to herself never to fall into a similar trap.  What they both don't realize is that love has it's own way of mending things.

The whole story takes the reader through many emotions, the joys life can bring, the amazing gift of true friendships and love, the constant worry of acceptance from others, the pains and sadness of self doubt and peer pressure, with all the stages of grief wrapped tightly around it all.  One thing I hadn't expected was to shed a tear while reading, if only people were more open toward one another.

I also found myself thinking throughout the story of my own beliefs and as the author brings to light how as parents we might easily imprint our belief's in our child's mind without giving it another thought, not knowing what damage this really might cause them years down the line.  It certainly made me think.

Discovering Delilah is a wonderful, and at times thought provoking, read that leaves you with a warm longing to read more from the Harborside friends.

Our rating

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 CafĂ© 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. 

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe or her personal website.Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.
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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.

Sharon x

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  1. Yay! Thanks for posting, Sharon! XO

  2. I am looking forward to reading Catching Cassidy.

  3. Sounds like an awesome book and the rest of the series look interesting. x

  4. This sounds really exciting - definitely added to my to read list!

  5. I have to admit I've never read 18+ rated book before :-)

  6. Sounds like an interesting series and I might take a chance on reading one of them.

  7. The book sounds interesting, I love the alliteration names of the books, especially Discovery Delilah! :)


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