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

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Not my favourite trope by any stretch of the imagination, since it just serves to breed miscommunication (another trope I do not like). 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. Iris thinks Delilah is weird and has since childhood, when in fact Iris is a bully and it's weird we are supposed to like her, when she tortured Delilah as an adolescent and still talks to her in the exact same way and generally does not appear to have changed very much. 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?

On the counter, the phone stilled, Astrid's name disappearing, only to pop back up like a greeting card from hell. Everyone was just on pointe and you feel completely transported into this small town among this interesting group of characters. But I will say that I have a sense that queer romance is in a complicated place publishing-wise (EDIT: in terms of queer romance published by mainstream publishers) at the moment: it’s been comprehensively proven there’s a market for it, but I think there’s a natural conflict at the heart of this market concerning the needs of queer readers versus the expectations of the dominant cishet audience. She very nearly answered the phone like that, but then grabbed a silk robe-definitely not a college-level kind of robe-that hung over a gray upholstered chair in the corner.

And let's not forget the snappy banter and seriously scorching chemistry; you'll need a very cold shower after this read!

While it may seem like this is too much conflict, it created dynamic and well developed main characters and side characters. having read middle grade books by this author, it gave off the same energy where she was over-explaining everything to the reader. Things like that are hard to fight because you’d have to fight them on a socio-cultural scale and that’s just… tough. A truly exquisite romance about second chances, new beginnings, and the fragile joy of letting people in. The plot brings us second chances, self development, new beginnings, healing, chemistry, steam and dreamy romance, told between dual perspectives from Delilah and Claire, both of whom I adored.Every single piece of information in this book is well-rounded and serves a purpose in getting us to know the characters and their struggles and how they came to be the way they are. And Claire’s irresponsible but well-meaning ex-husband gets his own little maturation arc that feels genuinely earned. Is that the one where the douchebag hid his wife away in the attic and then lied about it to the girl he wanted to bang who was, like, half his age? Delilah dropped the phone to her chest while Jax drifted into her thoughts for the first time in a while. Other than this I ADORED this book, it was super engaging and I was hooked from the first page to the last - I’m SO excited to have just been granted the second book on Netgalley which I can’t WAIT to read!

Contemporary romances are what I reach for most when I'm in a major reading slump or I'm feeling a bit down and I want to read something that's guaranteed to have a happy ending. I’ll be skipping the rest of this series, which is a shame since I was hoping this would be a winner.

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. She pushed Claire's front door closed before crowding into her space, hands on Claire's hips and her mouth bumping up against Claire's bottom lip as she spoke.

All of which is to say that I personally (and I am speaking purely personally here) can often find reading queer romance quite an alienating experience. By rejecting non-essential cookies, Reddit may still use certain cookies to ensure the proper functionality of our platform.While I love small town romances I'm not always a fan of the ways in which they ask characters (often women) to give up certain passions or wants - it's why Emily Henry's Book Lovers is such a triumph - but Delilah Green Doesn't Care thankfully doesn't fall into that trap.

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