Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, Book 2)

Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, Book 2)

by Melissa Foster

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Discover the magic of New York Times bestseller Melissa Foster's writing, and see why millions of readers have fallen in love with the Love in Bloom series.

"Finally, a realistic lesbian protagonist! The dynamic between Delilah and Ashley was super intense. Their first kiss was insanely hot and I am very much impressed with Melissa Foster's talent for sex scenes. Lesbian sex scenes always end up TOO soft and feathery. It's not realistic. This author turned up the heat. It wasn't too dainty and prissy. There was a lot of passion and realism in the sex scenes and I loved it. I also just loved the moments where they had deep conversations or acted playfully. It was sweet and really beautiful. The entire relationship and act of falling for each other was great." Literary Meanderings, Amazon Review

If you enjoy the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Melissa Foster, you'll love HARBORSIDE NIGHTS.

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. Catching Cassidy 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 New Adult Lesbian Romance (#LGBT)

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.

Characters from the Love in Bloom series will appear in the Harborside Nights books.

READ THE FULL LOVE IN BLOOM SERIES:

SNOW SISTERS: Sisters in Love, Sisters in Bloom, Sisters in White

THE BRADENS (Weston, CO): Lovers at Heart, Reimagined, Destined for Love, Friendship on Fire, Sea of Love, Bursting with Love, Hearts at Play, Promise My Love, Our New Love, Story of Love, Daring Her Love, A Very Braden Christmas

THE BRADENS (Trusty, CO): Taken by Love, Fated for Love, Romancing My Love, Flirting with Love, Dreaming of Love, Crashing into Love, Love at Last

THE BRADENS (Peaceful Harbor, MD): Healed by Love, Surrender My Love, River of Love, Crushing on Love, Whisper of Love, Thrill of Love

THE BRADENS & MONTGOMERYS (Pleasant Hill – Oak Falls) Embracing Her Heart, Anything for Love, Trails of Love – Wild, Crazy Heart, Making You Mine, Searching for Love

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS: Catching Cassidy, Discovering Delilah, Tempting Tristan, Coming Soon: Chasing Charley, Breaking Brandon

And Many More...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941480120
Publisher: World Literary Press
Publication date: 07/09/2015
Series: Love in Bloom: Harborside Nights Series , #2
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented--perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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“COMING OUT OF grief is like coming out of a long, dark tunnel.” Meredith Garland folds her hands in her lap. Her feet are crossed at the ankles and tucked primly beneath her chair, one pointed toe touching the carpet. Her warm brown eyes slide around the room, slowing on each of the other four attendees of the grief-counseling session.

I’ve been coming to a grief-counseling support group for the past month at the YMCA. My friend Brooke Baker brought me to my first session, having attended herself a few years back to get over her own grief. Only she didn’t lose her parents to the drunk driver of a tractor trailer like I did. She was merely getting over a bad breakup. Merely, because really. Can anything match the grief of losing your parents at twenty-two, on the evening of your college graduation, when you should be celebrating and making plans for your life?

Meredith is talking about the stages of grief, all of which I know by heart: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. When we first moved here after our parents were killed, my twin brother, Wyatt, was also dealing with his new feelings for our best friend, Cassidy. I, on the other hand, was not dealing with anything. I was thoroughly entrenched in denial. One night a guy forced himself on Cassidy, and Wyatt beat the crap out of him—and scared the daylights out of me. Wyatt went straight to anger, skipping over denial altogether. I couldn’t watch Wyatt falling apart, so I moved in with Brooke, who has been a family friend for years. It’s been a little more than two months now, and I’ve finally made it past denial. Now that I’m living at our beach house again, I’m trying really hard to find a way to deal with my grief as well as the personal desires that I’ve spent a lifetime repressing—and hiding from everyone I know other than Wyatt and Cassidy.

“You must learn to envision a future for yourself without those you have lost.” Having lost her husband a few years back, Meredith says this with the confidence of someone who’s achieved such a future. “Find ways to turn your memories into something you can live with and celebrate, rather than something that pulls you under.”

Meredith smiles at me, but I’m unable to muster one in return because my toes are dipping in the anger pool. I’m not thinking about envisioning a future without grief. Although that would be nice, I’m pretty sure grief will be my partner for a very long time. Sometimes it hides in the shadows, waiting to swallow me whole, while other times it’s front and center, taking a bow for the way it’s laid me out flat.

No, it’s not grief I’m thinking about coming out of, and I can’t return Meredith’s smile because my parents left me a legacy of fear and shame. The dark tunnel I’m thinking about coming out of feels even scarier than grief. I steal a glance at the other people in the group and envy the way they know who they are, even if they’re a little lost at the moment. I envy the way Michael eyes me and the other girls in the room and how Mark and Cathy hold hands during the entire hour. I try not to look at Janessa, because I can’t help but stare, and I know how rude that is. She’s a little older than me, and I don’t have to look to know that her head is held higher than mine and her cocoa-brown eyes glisten with a surety that I can’t even imagine how to possess. She wears shorts and loose shirts that show her cleavage, and if I look at her, I know my eyes will be drawn to the swell of her breasts and the curve of her bare shoulder as her blouse slips down, which it always does.

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Discovering Delilah (Harborside Nights, Book Two) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
missfee81 More than 1 year ago
This book picks up not long after Catching Cassidy, and I couldn't wait to find out more about Delilah's story. This covers a female/female relationship line, which for some it might not be their cup of tea - for me I read anything and this was beautifully written that it didn't make no never mind to me that they were both women. It will stir up a lot of emotions as you follow Delilah coming to terms with being gay and always wondering what people will think of her because of it. Her brother loves and supports her no matter what but she is left feeling that her parents hated her as before they died she came out to them and saw (what she thought was) disdain and hurt in their eyes) Carrying that weight on her shoulder is enough to make anyone feel uneasy about accepting who they truly are. Ashley is a wonderful character and her and Delilah make a brilliant couple. They go through a lot of up and downs throughout the book and she is so patient with Delilah. Delilah gets to lay her demons to rest regarding how her parents feel when she goes back to empty the house of their things and has at talk with her aunt. I am loving this whole series and especially how well this book was written, I still find that in this day and age it hard for someone to be with the person they love for fear or being targeted by bigoted people. A brilliant book and I cant to read what happens next in the Harborside Nights series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!
katiebasie More than 1 year ago
Another winner from Melissa Foster!!! I was anxious to read this series and this book was amazing!!! Everything about this story was so very well written and the characters taking shape grab your heart and pull you in. I cannot wait for the next...and the next..and the next...and more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Relationships are not the same anymore. There are all sorts whether they be of the same sex, mixed views or even mixed races. I am so proud that I got to read this novel right after the passing of same-sex marriage. Delilah comes from a VERY conservative home and her parents have no problem in putting down same-sex relationships. So, of course, Delilah has always dated the opposite sex, but it’s just not who she loves or is attracted to at all. I’m going to be a bit honest here and say I think that the majority of women have had a same-sex encounter in one way or another growing up. Testing out the waters and kissing your best friend, for instance. Doesn’t have to mean anything, but for Delilah it does. Delilah’s parents pass and she still wonders about the belief that same-sex relationships just are not right. Harborside is not shy of having a gay community. She starts to really dig into herself and wonders why her family even chose there is a place to live when that belief was so out in the open for her and her brother, Wyatt, to see. She continues to not let her true feelings out but becomes attracted more and more to Ashley. She was so shocked after coming out to Ashley that she felt the same exact way. It’s hard to know what to do with her feelings and how to come out with them when there are so many people there to judge her if she does. This book touches on a very serious subject in the world today and does it with grace. This is a must-read no matter what you may believe, I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
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.
Silvie_MySillyLittleGang More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous and well written love story. Not that I’m surprised, this is after all a Melissa Foster book. This is a story that covers a range of emotions and even though this is Melissa’s first f/f book she perfectly nailed it!! This is not an overly descriptive story so if that’s something you’re worried about, trust me you don’t have to worry. This is another amazing book by Melissa and it’s one that in my honest opinion is worth reading. I did receive this product discounted or free of charge in exchange for a review, however all opinions are 100% honest based on my own experience.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
By now I think everyone knows that I really enjoy reading Melissa Foster's books. This one was a little different from me because it was a female/female relationship in the book. I did really enjoy it and was happy to get to know Delilah and read her love story. Delilah comes out in the book and finds a girl that she loves. It is a very well written sexy love story. Melissa Foster did not disappoint with this book and I am anxiously awaiting the next.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions below are 100% my own. Imagine feeling so in love with someone. They complete your sentences, make you feel protected and loved, gives you butterflies in your tummy, makes you laugh until you cry, knows everything about you from your eye color to your favorite author yet everyone around you tells you that you are not supposed to be in love because you're the same sex. Discovering Delilah is the second book in the Harborside Nights Series. If you've read Catching Cassidy, you can pick right up where it left off. If you haven't read it, I highly suggest picking it up before Discovering Delilah. Delilah is already facing a battle within herself because, like many of us, she's been told that it is unacceptable to love someone of the same sex and have a relationship with them. Soon after coming out to her parents, they pass away. The look that they left Delilah with haunted her every thought. Thankfully, her brother was extremely supportive! Unfortunately, the public was still an obstacle to overcome and she's not even sure that she can open up her feelings to the woman she's in love with - her long time best friend, Ashley. If you can be open to simply the idea of love (rather than being judgmental that it isn't a traditional relationship), you'll find yourself falling in love with the girls and their story. It's a story about self-discovery and being true to ourselves. Melissa Foster makes you feel so wrapped in the discovery that you will want to embark on the journey yourself! I'll compare this story to that of the life cycle of a butterfly. We all start out as a caterpillar thinking that we are going to be in the same form for our entire lives but when we open up, we all discover that there is so much more to life. Discovering Delilah is a must-read - it'll have you searching for the butterfly inside of yourself!
BoookUp More than 1 year ago
Discovering Delilah is the second book in the Harbourside Night series and my second book of this author. I had been seeing this book around the interweb and decided to take a chance on this book. As this author is one that I’m somewhat familiar with though I hadn’t read any until this week. This book though it is standalone , carries on from events that were told in Chasing Cassidy. Delilah and Ashley were both introduced with the rest of the Harbourside gang and it was obvious that there was a story to be told for both them. Delilah has faced a lot in last few months. The death of her parents and the fact that she trying to figure out the best way to come out and comes to terms what she has discovered. She is hurting deeply over those two issues as she worries what others will think after what her parents sprouted and taught their children. It doesn’t matter her brother Wyatt has been there for her and supported her. It time to cut the apron strings and discover herself. Ashleigh on the other hand, is wondering whether Delilah is interested or not. She out and proud but is dealing with a past with girlfriends who were not out .She sick of sneaking around with a girl and wants to be with Delilah but she got a lot on her plate. They maybe close but will they figure out ? Discovering Delilah is wonderful coming out NA romance that has its highs and its lows. I love this cast of characters that have become a rag tag family for each other and come together to help each other out. I love the concept of this series and the fact that they accept one and all. I must admit though I have steered away from the F/F genre because I couldn’t find a story to engage my interests. I enjoyed this coming out story and Delilah finding her way back. However it isn’t perfect as someone who has read numerous of books dealing with relationships of all kinds . This book does hit the right notes overall though it had it issues. There was some usage of words and they way things were conveyed by the author when it came to bisexual and that did disappoint me considering that I have read and heard of totally the opposite situation. Otherwise I enjoyed the journey of discover that Delilah took us on and the girls finding their way to each other. 4 couples
HeatherJG More than 1 year ago
This was another great book from Melissa Foster. The way she dealt with the topics at hand was perfection. Even though we live in what is supposed to be an accepting society, we all know it's not, and it was interesting to read a book from the point of view that I've never really fully thought about. Watching Delilah grow into who she really was in this book was beautiful. Seeing her come to terms with who she is (and realizing there is NOTHING wrong with that) was truly magnificent. You could feel the pain of the struggle she was facing, due to the untimely death of her parents AND the disappointment they exhibited just prior to their death when she disclosed her sexuality to them. The character development was amazing, as always, and you just want to go spend time with the people because Melissa makes them all feel like they'd just be amazing friends. Another stellar page turner. Can't wait to see what's next!
WereJumpin More than 1 year ago
Everything about self-discovery can be found in this book! Foster hits the emotions from family acceptance, to gut instincts. It is more than just picking or choosing who you are, or who you are not to who you want to be. Discovering Delilah really had me thinking about who in my everyday life is just dating, or getting married for the sake of what “society” thinks is right. A lot of time I am sure people don’t want to tell others they are “coming out” just due to if they will be accepted as a person instead of a smirk to a cold shoulder. Life is such a tricky game, and I can’t wait for it to be more diverse into what is right or wrong. Delilah has to live with the permanent look of her parent’s disapproval of her sexuality for the rest of her days. She will always remember their beliefs in what should not be accepted. Ashley is Delilah’s best friend, she has devoted herself to never date another girl unless she is fully out about her sexuality. She doesn’t want to get attached to someone who could potentially break her heart. Ashley and Delilah’s story is about friendship, romance, passion, patience, and acceptance. They struggle through everyday struggles: jealousy, fear, and their relationship but it is so molded you want to read more and more. I always enjoy a series that we can visit with all the characters from previous books. This book does that! You will see they will support Delilah through everything. True friendships, true family will always be supportive through everything in life, and will truly accept who you are regardless of what you do behind closed doors. I always enjoy Melissa Foster’s books! They are so thought out, you can travel through the lives of her characters. You understand their emotions, and you want more of them! Harborside Nights is where my heart is. I have completely boarded the train, and will be looking forward to get to know more of the characters!
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
This story is...emotional. That's the only way I can put it. While it is a story about self-discovery, it's also a story that deals with anxiety, grief, fear, and acceptance. Delilah struggles with guilt over her parents' deaths, which she feels happened because she told them she was gay. The weight of that guilt plus her ever-growing feelings for her best friend Ashley keep her from accepting what she really is. Because saying and accepting are two completely different things. Delilah's encounter with a woman from her grief counseling sessions didn't really sit well with me. While I understand her desire to know what it's like to make love to a woman, I would have preferred she did it with the woman she loved. (I totally get that this isn't the case in real life, or even in fiction, most of the time, but it would have been so beautiful if Delilah's first time had been with Ashley.) But I also understood why she didn't--she hadn't come out to her yet. So was the encounter helpful? I will honestly say yes. It gave her the boldness to explore Ashley without feeling like she was inadequate, which would have been horrible given everything she was already dealing with. Ashley was an incredible co-lead in this story. Her past keeps her from declaring her feelings to Delilah, but it doesn't make her immune to the intense attraction that exists between them. She's fully aware of it, wants desperately to act on it, but doesn't want to go that route with someone else who hasn't come out yet. Yet, she finds herself doing just that by being what Delilah needs as she comes to terms with everything going on in her life. While Delilah and Ashley needed love, they also needed friendship. First and foremost, that was the basis of their relationship. Ashley was there for Delilah as she grieved, as she accepted her sexuality, as she overcame the guilt she felt over her parents' deaths. For all her uncertainty about everything, Delilah knew one absolute: she trusted Ashley inexplicably. That trust coupled with Ashley's unwavering devotion only strengthened and intensified the attraction and desire already growing between them. Ms. Foster did a wonderful job of giving Delilah the closure she needed while giving her the courage to accept what she was. I hope you give this story a chance. It won't be for everyone, I totally get that, but it's a story that beautifully depicts a young woman's rise from devastation and guilt to acceptance and love. (Received from Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
JenPH More than 1 year ago
Discovering Delilah is the second novel in the Harborside Nights series from bestselling author Melissa Foster and is about two friends, Delilah Armstrong and Ashley Carver, who need to decide if they're ready to take the risks necessary to take their friendship and make it something more. Delilah may be going through the stages of grief but the one that she keeps going back to is the anger she feels toward her deceased parents, anger that quickly morphs into guilt. It's that very feeling that prevents her from being able to pursue anything with the girl who's made her wish she were courageous enough to do so: Ashley. One of the best things about this book was it's ability make this truly feel like a journey for both Delilah and Ashley. Delilah has to be honest with herself and, at the very least, those closest to her because trying to pretend to be someone you're not is the kind of dishonesty that could break your spirit. She's experiencing many things for the first time and she's still trying to find her footing. On the other hand, Ashley has to practice patience when it comes to being with someone like Delilah and trust that, in the end, it will all be worth it. The risk of getting hurt is always there but the love they have makes it worthwhile. This is a book about being true to yourself and being able to be comfortable in your own skin. Having the rest of the world reach that same comfort level is secondary. There's also a difference between accepting someone for who they are and merely tolerating them. Yes, I know tolerance is taught in homes and schools, but why teach that when acceptance is something that is a far more valuable virtue to instill in everyone? Discovering Delilah is about falling in love with yourself and with someone else and realizing that true family and friends will accept you for who you truly are. This 2015 favorite gets five-plus stars. ♥
Mengel2 More than 1 year ago
Over the years, the definition of ‘relationship’ has evolved. With more interracial, same-sex and mixed faith relationships, society is starting to accept that love comes in different varieties. But, for Delilah, growing up in an extremely conservative home with parents who weren’t shy about expressing their distaste over same sex relationships, she was forced to conceal her sexuality. In the past, she had even dated guys to rule out her attraction to them and keep her family and friends from finding out her secret. Months after her parents’ untimely death, Delilah is still haunted by the beliefs her parents tried instilling on her and her brother, Wyatt. But living in Harborside, where there is a high gay population, makes her wonder why her parents chose there of all places to live and start a business. As Delilah continues to conceal her sexuality, her feelings for her friend, Ashley, grows. She’s never had a ‘girlfriend’ nor has she had any intimate contact with a girl. Unsure of how to proceed, and even more unsure if Ashley is even into girls, Delilah is more confused than even. But one night, after her feelings for Ashley become so strong that she feels as if she might explode, she gets the courage to tell Ashley how she feels. She was surprised to learn that Ashley reciprocates her feelings. Being in a first time relationship with a girl, Delilah is still not willing to fully disclose her sexuality. This not only takes a toll on her, but also puts a strain on her new relationship. But will Delilah be able to break the ties that her parents had on her before she loses the love of her life? Or will her insecurities and past be too much for her to release? It still surprises me that, in this day and age, so many people still have prejudices over nonconventional relationships. It’s hard enough to find love, but who are we to judge in what form it comes in? In Discovering Delilah, 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!
A_Gluten_Free_Mom More than 1 year ago
Discovering Delilah is the first girl on girl romance novel I have read. Going into it, I was a little apprehensive and didn't quite know what to expect. I shouldn't have been. Melissa Foster made me forget that it was not just another typical romance novel. We met Delilah in the first Harborside Nights novel, but don't let that hold you back. This is a 100% standalone novel. Delilah is a girl that everyone can empathize with regardless of sexual preferences. She is a young woman going through a tough time, and my heart just ached for her. I liked how I got to see the inner workings of Delilah's decision. I have always wondered how it felt for someone struggling with the decision of coming out to their friends and family.
BookMomto6 More than 1 year ago
I am absolutely enamored with Discovering Delilah. There are many reasons I like Discovering Delilah. Let’s start with the main reason. I have a lesbian daughter. I am not sure when she discovered she was a lesbian but she is now married to her best friend - as we all should be. While I have never discouraged her from finding out who she is, I know that a book like this might help both parents and teens as they explore their sexuality. The book’s chapters are set up from varying view points. This seems to have become a thing. More and more authors are utilizing this method of writing. I’m ambivalent about that but do love know whose point of view the thoughts on the page belong to so appreciate the “~name~.” The book is the second in the Harborside Nights series. I did not read the first book but have read others by Foster. I do not think that it is necessary to read an entire series but sometimes do. I like when I get drawn into characters and settings and they repeat over and over in multiple novels. Delilah is a complex young adult and makes for a compelling character. She blames herself, somewhat, for her parents’ deaths in a car accident. She knows she is a lesbian but has not come out yet. She is trying to wrap her head around her life in Harborside as she has not been there long. Her counterpart in this book, Ashley, has been out for years and is supported by her family in all her endeavors. She was hurt by a lover who was not out before and swears she will never date a woman who is not out again. Delilah changes her thinking on that. On top of a story about rites of passage, this love story is beautifully written. The characters come alive as you read. I can envision having coffee with any of them during the day. I definitely recommend this new book Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
Delilah Armstrong has already lived through too much in her life. After losing her parents just a short time ago, she's struggling with her sexuality. She's known for years that she likes girls, but has kept it hidden because her parents disapproved. Now that their rules and feelings should no longer be a factor, she's still struggling with guilt and feelings of how disapproving they would be. Ever since Delilah met Ashley, she knew Ashley was the one. The quickly became fast friends and Ashley helped her through the loss of her parents, but Delilah still doesn't know whether Ashley is interested. As the heat sparks between these two, they both have to come to grips with what matter most to them, and decide if the other is the answer. This is a wonderful love story, filled with intense emotions, heartache and just enough trouble to make you wonder if it was going to work out. The only negative to me is that I found switching between Ashley and Delilah confusing, especially since they were both females. Mentally keeping track of what's going on is definitely easier if there's a he and a she in the equation. I loved hearing Ashley's side of the story, I just struggled with the switching a bit. I'm new to the LGBT genre, but I'm so glad that Melissa Foster (and Delilah and Ashley) were my first! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
ItsMySideOfLIife More than 1 year ago
Delilah Armstong always had feelings for her best friend, Ashley, but growing up with parents that don’t believe in anything past traditional couples. After their passing, their beliefs still hanging over her shoulder with guilt Delilah wants nothing more than to break out of her shell and just be herself but it seems left and right fate just isn’t on her side. Ashley Carver vowed never to get involved with a girl that is still stuck in the closet. What’s the use? Why hide yourself? She’s done with people who aren’t comfortable with who they are and know what they want in life. Her best friend is going though a hard time, she’ll always be there for her, but Ashley is starting to realize just how much she cares for Delilah and has no idea that the feelings are mutual. They have a very close relationship, neither wants to mess their friendship up but the passion and the emotion that is growing between them is getting too hard to ignore. Will Delilah be able to confront Ashely about how she truly feels? Will she be able to finally admit openly who she is? With the guilt and fear at her front door this is a huge hurdle for her to overcome, and even if she can get over it, will her best friend welcome her with open arms? After all Delilah doesn’t even know if Ashley is into the same sex. Loved this book, I know I say it in all my reviews but Foster seriously has done it again. I truly loved how this book came together. Wonderful characters, strong willed, very giving and caring. You see them grow through each chapter, and they learn a lot about each other. That really makes this book. In order to even begin to be together ( do they even get together!? Can’t say!) , they must both come to terms with themselves first. I can’t give spoilers so I need to stop now, so hard not to let a few details slip. It’s a must read though , truly enjoyed the way this came together. *I received the following product(s) to review . I was not required to write a positive review no other monetary compensation was given . Any and all opinions are my own.
libriamorimiei More than 1 year ago
It 's a contemporary novel very sweet, intense, with great characters and a good plot. Delilah has always lived by lying: she couldn't admit her diversity with her parents so closed-minded and traditionalist. On her graduation day she decided to confess to her family the truth: they react badly as her daughter had expected.Unfortunately, after a few hours they die in a road accident. Delilah is plagued with guilt, she feels as if she had killed them. Living in Harborside, a community with a very open-minded and with several homosexual persons, allowing Delilah to live more serenely her homosexuality. Also her great friendship with Ashley helps her overcome the pain. Both want their friendship evolved into a deeper relationship but do not have the courage to confess their feelings, they fear of ruining their strong and valuable friendship. One evening Delilah finally finds the courage and confesses Ashley to love her. To her amazement and delight she discovers that her feelings are reciprocated and begins a beautiful love story, even if there are many tests and difficulty to overcome. I heard a lot about Melissa Foster but this is her first book I read and I really plan on reading some more. The book is written very well, the author was so good at telling the discomfort and the inner struggle of Delilah. She must learn to accept hersef, only thus can she live peacefully her love story. It's the second book in this series set in Harborside: every books is of a different genre, the protagonist of first one is the brother of Delilah and is a M / F story. All books can be read as a stand alone but read the series in sequence allow us to integrate better in this nice community. If you do not like the stories F / F is not the book for you but it is a story really intense and engaging.
zlinski More than 1 year ago
This was the first book in this genre that I have ever read. I was leery at first if I would like it because of the subject matter, but once I was into the book my brain was taking in the words but I was forgetting that the main characters were of the same gender. The overall theme of the book is the same as what you'd find in any other romance...LOVE. The title of the book is more than just Delilah realizing her sexuality. She's discovering herself as a totality.. Who she is without her parent's influence, where she belongs in this world. She's discovering her inner self as well as who she projects to others. There are so many themes to touch on, beyond one girl's sexuality. One passage that especially stuck out to me is: "Delilah, I'm sure there are lots of people who will look at you girls sideways, just as there are still people out there who take issue with interracial relationships. I can't change them."......."I wish I could, but....well...I can't. But as far as Ash's father and I are concerned, if you're lucky enough to experience love in this mixed-up world, then you are lucky." Don't let the fact that the main characters are both female as a reason not to read it. Give it a chance..you'd be surprised.
Littlebird84 More than 1 year ago
Picking up where Catching Cassidy left off, Discovering Delilah is hot, heart wrenching and current. It was fantastic to read a book which addresses the difficulties some young people face in coming to terms with their sexuality, especially one that does it in such a positive way. Delilah has lived a lie for so long that she doesn't know how to do anything else, on top of this she is still dealing with the crushing grief of losing her parents. She fights with guilt, anger and fear but with the help of her friends, family and group counselling she finally faces her demons head on and is shocked by what she finds. I don't include spoilers in my reviews as I believe it takes away from the reading experience but I have to say that the sex scenes in this - as in Melissa's other books -are seriously sizzling hot!! This book definitely fired me up and let's be honest at its heart this is a romance novel. I'm looking forward to the next instalment of the series and would recommend Melissa Foster to anyone. Her writing style draws you in from the get go and unlike other books there are no slow parts or sections that drag. Always a bonus! I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
"You won't know unless you try, and life's too short not to go after what you want." This story speaks on how someone faces their fears and comes into their own, like most teenagers, however also has to deal with the additional barriers of being judged by family, friends, and society. I have never thought about how one could go through an internal battle just to be who they were meant to be. Foster does a good job of enlightening readers of the difficulties and obstacles that someone experiences dealing with coming out and their true feelings for who they love.