Ashley Herring Blake
Delilah Green returns to her hometown to photograph her stepsister’s wedding celebrations. What Delilah doesn’t expect is romance and friendship in a place she hated.
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…
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is a sapphic romance that also includes a few other tropes – grumpy/sunshine and shared bed. It is a story about a woman who returns to her hated hometown to photograph her stepsister’s wedding. What Delilah finds is unexpected romance, friendship, and reconciliation.
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is told through two points-of-view: Delilah’s and her love interest, Claire’s. Delilah is a hard ass and grumpy after a difficult childhood while Claire is the sweetest person ever despite her circumstances.
I liked that there was more going on other than the romance in Delilah Green. This book explored family dynamics in a few ways without criticizing any family type. I also loved the queer representation with a lesbian character and two bisexual characters. Their sexuality is treated in a manner where it is just part of their identity and not a novelty, which I always appreciate.
I had high expectations for Delilah Green Doesn’t Care since I have only read glowing praise and reviews. Apparently, I am the only person who did not absolutely love this book. While the book was fun at times, it was also a bummer. The writing was pretty average and not particularly compelling. There was some over repetition of words and phrases that started to bug me. The story lacked banter. Sure, I like steamy scenes as much as the next person, but there has to be more to romance than sexual attraction. This is a hill I will die on.
Miscommunication or noncommunication played a significant part in the plot. If you have been following me for a while, you know that I hate this. I know it happens in real life, but it is frustrating to read about. Because some of the miscommunication was based upon childhood interactions, it was not terrible or especially irritating. But can we just make it the norm that people talk to each other? Please and thank you.
Overall, I enjoyed Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, but I really wanted to love it. I would recommend it, especially if you are interested in sapphic romances and bisexual representation. For now, I will be debating whether to read the next in this series when it is published later this year.
Delilah Green Doesn’t Care
(Bright Falls #1)
February 22, 2022