Book Review: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (Bright Falls #1), by Ashley Herring Blake.

Rom Com | Netgalley eARC | Publisher: Little Brown Books UK | Publishing: 22nd February 2022

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

4.5 Stars


Synopsis: Delilah Green is going home to Bright Falls to photograph her stepsister’s wedding. But, Bright Falls holds nothing but grey and lonely memories for Delilah. Then she meets Claire, her stepsister’s childhood friend, and Delilah decides to have some fun. But more than fun seems to be in the cards.


Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, by Ashley Herring Blake is a steamy, funny, and heart-warming sapphic romance.


Heyhey, BookNerds – Surprise! Today I bring you a Rom-Com book review instead of fantasy! And a fantastic Rom-Com at that! Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, by Ashley Herring Blake was a delightful read that I absolutely adored – it was funny, witty, heart-warming, emotional and had it’s share of serious moments.


Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is a very well written romance. The prose is witty, evocative and full of heart. The book is told from the perspectives of Delilah and Claire, our MC and love interest. I love both perspectives, both worked well with the romance story and gave us insight into each character’s motivations, emotions and thoughts. Both narratives compliment each other, keep you engaged and keep the pace of the book balanced. The dialogue is also realistic, witty, emotional and flows well – it reflects the character’s personalities well.

The actual plot revolves around Delilah, a queer (self described) New York artist, who is going home to Bright Falls to photograph her stepsister’s (Astrid) wedding. But Delilah and Astrid have a strained relationship, their childhood shadowed with loneliness and isolation, and Delilah really doesn’t want to go home. When Delilah returns to Bright Falls she runs into Claire, Astrid’s childhood friend. Claire is a small town book shop owner with an eleven-year-old daughter and an unreliable ex. The two’s polar opposite lifestyles collide; Claire refuses to fall for Delilah’s charms, and Delilah is determined to unsettle Claire but when the two, along with Iris (Astrid’s other childhood friend), are drawn together through the wedding festivities they plan to save Astrid from her terrible future husband.

I really enjoyed the plot of the book, it had so many elements that came together to give you something very real. From Delilah dealing with her relationship with Astrid, to her aiming for her artistic goals, to her romantic relationship with Claire, everything worked well to create realistic relationships and a dynamic story. The book, being a romance/comedy is driven by it’s characters and, because the characters are so fantastic, this works perfectly. I loved the story between Astrid and Delilah, the slow unfolding of their past and the way they worked through it. I loved Delilah’s story of being an aspiring artist, a hardworking queer artist with goals and ambitions. I enjoyed Delilah and Claire’s story, the slow unfolding of their relationship and the swinging between just casual fun or something that is more real. But I also really enjoyed Claire’s own story, her life as a mother, struggling to put herself first, and her unreliable ex adding more stress to her life. Every character had a story or connected with another’s story and it made the book all the more enjoyable.

Astrid also has a key part in this story, more specifically how her friends and stepsister want to help her leave her terrible relationship. This part of the story was an interesting balance of serious and comical – some of the schemes were definitely fun and comedic but also it dealt with some more serious issues. I really hated Astrid’s fiance, and really did want to slap him but thought the plot was done well and I was most definitely on the ‘break up’ teams side!

The cast of this book is beautifully queer/lgbtq+. Delilah, our mc, is a lesbian photographer, who also explicitly uses queer and gay to describe herself. Claire is an openly bisexual bookshop owner and mother. Iris is also an openly bisexual woman. I loved that this book is so unabashedly sapphic, and so openly deals with identity and sexuality. But it is also sensitive, intense and emotional, it is comforting and angsty all in one. All these characters are in or around their 30’s, comfortable with who they are but also imperfect – they have embraced their identities but they have flaws that they overcome over the course of the book.

Every character is dynamic and realistic. Delilah is stubborn, withdrawn and keeps things casual. She has wall around her heart, and a tendency to push people to keep them away. She is very charming when she wants to be but also very witty and good at unsettling people. I actually really did love Delilah – she’s flawed, but real and vulnerable, also her tattoos!! But that’s another story. Delilah is a great mc, and I loved watching her growth over the course of the book.

Claire is the love interest and does not do casual. She is serious, devoted to her daughter, and struggles to put herself first and is easily stressed. Claire is soft, and gentle, she deeply cares about her friends but struggles to confront people and speak up. I loved Claire, and I could really relate to her character, she made for a great character and love interest. I liked watching her development throughout the story.

Astrid. So Astrid is Delilah’s stepsister and is about to get married. She seems cold, stuck-up and distant but she has her own story, she is clever, determined and a people pleaser. It took me a while to warm to Astrid but I did, I could relate to some of her flaws and I felt for her and the horrible relationship she was in. I liked her development too but look forward to more of it in the second book.

Iris is the final friend in the group and is incredibly blunt and brutally honest, but she is also hilarious and very much knows who she is. Iris may have had the least development but her character was still well written and worked well in the group – she also definitely made me giggle at times.

We also get other characters such as Claire’s daughter, ex, and more – all of which were equally dynamic and well written. I really did love the cast of characters in this book.


Overall, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, by Ashley Herring Blake is a steamy, witty, angsty and funny romantic comedy that tugs on the heartstrings and works its way into your heart.


*I received an eARC via #Netgalley #LittleBrownBookGroupUK in exchange for an honest review – Thank you!*


7 comments

  1. Fab review, Kat! I’ve been so excited to read this ever since I saw the cover and read the synopsis and after reading how much you enjoyed it, I’m even more excited for it 😍 These characters sound so dynamic and wonderful!

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