Delilah Green Doesn't Care Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 11-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....
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 41 minutes|
|Author||Ashley Herring Blake|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 22 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,672 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#59 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#77 in Lesbian Romance
#209 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
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delilah was no different. an absolute rock-steady romcom with a holistic plot including: girl-gang-unites-over-shared-hatred-of-sh*tty-man, navigation & healing of familial trauma, immediately loveable characters throughout, non-toxic sacrifices, authentic conflict resolution, and page after page that had me full-out smirking or tearing up and everything in between
what i love about queer adult romances these days is that they so often go beyond the romance - friendships and/or familial relationships are explored and see growth themselves. more often than not i find them a lot more holistic than cishet contemp romances while still delivering a romance arc that is relatable and powerful and sweet
needless to say i *highly* recommend this and cannot wait for the next book in the series following astrid!
ty to @berkleyromance & @netgalley for the digital galley though i also immediately pre-ordered this and also have the physical copy on my shelves as we speak
By Jenny Meilleur on August 4, 2022
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I really dislike insta love. It doesn't matter if it takes 20 pages out of the story or 350. If ppl fall in love after spending together a few days... it's just not what I enjoy reading about. And this book is one of the worst examples of that. I was sure the hardest part of this story would be coming back to hometown trope, which I'm not a fan of either. But in this case I thought it was done surprisingly well. Yet by the end of the book all I could think was "you love her? You met her Sunday". It just really lacked any kind of realism for me, and I don't require that much of it from romance books.
My other problem was Delilah herself. She was mean and rude and only concerned with herself and her own feelings, and as much as I tried to have some sympathy for her tragic past, she was so self involved it was simply exhausting. I understand that it was hard to balance the story where the readers would know Astrid isn't the bad guy in this situation, especially when she's the protagonist of the next book. But for me it worked perfectly at making me very sympathetic towards Astrid, and completely annoyed with Delilah at all times. I hated how Delilah somehow managed to make every situation to be about her without really considering how it affected other people around her. Even in interactions with Claire, the expectations Delilah had versus reality of Claire's life and circumstances just didn't make any sense and further showed that Delilah only cares about her own feelings.
On the bright side getting so invested in Astrid as a character certainly made me excited for the next book, especially since the writing in this book is really good and makes for a quick and pleasant read. This story just wasn't for me.
Content Warnings: death of a parent
I've been on a bit of a contemporary romance binge since I got a kindle a couple months ago so this book fit in absolutely perfectly! I found this novel to have an excellent balance of romance and other plot elements, both of which I was really invested in.
Delilah Green Doesn't Care is a dual POV contemporary adult romance, featuring lesbian and bisexual protagonists. Delilah Green is pulled from her life as an up-and-coming photographer in New York City to the small town where she grew up to work as the photographer for her step-sister Astrid's wedding. Returning to her hometown brings up a lot of lingering emotions for Delilah from an unhappy childhood. At the same time, she's dealing with a growing crush on one of Astrid's bridesmaids, and quickly realises that Astrid's life (and upcoming wedding) may not be as perfect as they seem.
There was a lot to like about this book. The main characters were multidimensional and complex - they have plenty of flaws and sometimes you want to scream at them, but overall they felt relatable and real. In particular, Delilah, Claire, and Astrid - who I didn't expect to like but really ended up loving - were all very well developed characters, and the relationships between them were similarly fleshed out and realistic. I really enjoyed the romance - Blake hit a good balance between sweet and sexy, and Claire and Delilah felt believable as a couple for me (I was rooting for them!) It's not hugely common to read a romance book where one of the romantic leads has a child, but I also liked this element. Claire's daughter Ruby didn't feel like an obstacle to Claire's relationship with Delilah for the most part, and I loved the scenes where watching Ruby and Delilah interact made Claire feel all gooey inside - that's such a cute trope. Speaking of tropes - the only one bed trope popped up in here too, which I'll never complain about. As much as I enjoyed the romance in this book, I think I actually found the development of Astrid and Delilah's relationship more compelling. Their relationship is allowed to be confusing and complicated, but I really enjoyed the portrayal of their tentative reconciliation.
That said, here are my nitpicky complaints. The 'I bet you I can sleep with her' plotline. Ugh. Not my favourite trope by any stretch of the imagination, since it just serves to breed miscommunication (another trope I do not like). It felt pretty unnecessary to the plot and I don't think much would have been lost by leaving that element out. Thankfully, it didn't end up being such a large part of the overarching plot of the book so as to be a dealbreaker, but I definitely cringed when this trope cropped up. Another issue I had was that this book, where the titular character is pretty clearly a lesbian, only uses the word 'lesbian' one time, and in a joking context at that. This is such a pet peeve of mine, as a lesbian, since I feel like the refusal to use the word (particularly in contemporary romances) when it's applicable feeds into the problematic idea that 'lesbian' is a dirty word. I don't think this would be an issue for the majority of readers, but once I noticed the lack of the word lesbian in a book where the main character is a lesbian, I couldn't stop noticing it.
Overall, this was a really enjoyable read for me, and a relatively quick and easy one. I'd definitely recommend it!
Tropes: sisters best friend, grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity, single parents.
This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. It is fun and romantic but with a depth that makes it relatable. A lot of this is due to the incredible characters and their chemistry/relationship with each other. Delilah is a badass, confident artist that all 'weird' teens want to grow up to be. Claire is a loving single mum, fiercely loyal to her friends and dedicated to growing the book store she has inherited. They shouldn't work together but they do - each one brings out the best in the other without losing any of their own identities.
Delilah and Claire are surrounded by a cast of also complex characters - Astrid (Delilah's estranged sister and Claire's best friend) and Iris (an outspoken but funny best friend) being the most important. This book tackles modern family dynamics in a refreshing way, without falling into any stereotypes. When reading, you feel like the characters are real, acting like anyone else would in their situation.
THE REPRESENTATION!! I have never felt so seen by a book. It does bisexual and lesbian representation so well. There were no harmful stereotypes and, honestly, the queerness was treated as irrelevant. The focus was on the love story, not the gender of the couple. I always worry with a small town romance that homophobia is going to be the conflict, but in this case the conflict came from internal character reflections rather than external bigotry, resulting in a small town queer romance that is actually fun to read!
I loved this book and have nothing negative to say about it at all. I 100% recommend picking it up if you want a fun, steamy, romantic read.
Thank you to Net Galley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.