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Delilah Green Doesn't Care: A swoon-worthy, laugh-out-loud queer romcom

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The setting, the scheming, the spice - Ashley Herring Blake paints every scene with a lyrical, tender brush. Iris was still petty and rude and mean towards her even tho she didn't even fucking do anything this time except simply exist. A great book to pick up when you just need to take your mind off of the real world and just enjoy seeing a connection bloom.

Snarky, steamy, and swoony in equal measure, I never wanted this book to end, but there's an easy momentum to Blake's writing that made it impossible to put down. I have been highly anticipating this book ever since the cover was announced because, honestly, who could resist such a pretty cover? Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls - nothing is there for her except memories of a lonely childhood. I don’t know if it’s because I listened to it on audio, but the sex scenes were pretty awkward and I just wasn’t feeling it at times.

She preferred women her own age, always had, and was happy to leave behind all the fumbling and fluttering lashes she remembered from her early twenties. I thought they had good chemistry but Claire’s issues with her baby daddy sometimes made me feel she still had real feelings for him too? There's family drama, trauma, childhood memories, love, romance, diverse relationships between not just the main couple, but everyone in the book, that'll have you on the edge of your seat. Lydia-sure, why not-grinned, pulling down the linens to her hips for a split second before tucking the sheet back up to her chin.

The book is full of little moments like this, from the profound to the trivial, that make the fictional world the characters inhabit feel familiar and real and—to me, at least—recognisably and undeniably queer.I read a final copy I purchased myself, but for the sake of disclosure, I was also sent an early review copy by the author/publisher. The actual plot here concerns Delilah Green, a thirty-ish photographer, currently trying to make it in NYC having fled the small town where she grew up. My only gripe about this book is the use of “the other woman” from Claire and Delilah’s POV which felt slightly odd and the unnecessary, undisguised descriptions of race (always white) when characters were introduced. And when they’re forced together during the many wedding preparations, Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms.

Charming and entertaining, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care entrances the reader with the redemptive power of love. I'm aware that it's really difficult for publishing companies to pick up ff romances; a huge problem in the publishing industry. It is not just the two mains but also a group of friends that the book centers on like Astrid, the ice queen -who you want to know more about-, and Iris, the comedic relief.I loved every hilarious character, every outrageous shenanigan – and most of all, I loved Delilah Green. She's often spiky and even immature at times, but her behaviour's never irritating because it's so understandable. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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.

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