Release date: February 22, 2022
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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…
Ok this one had it all and then some for me, definitely one of the most perfect romances I’ve read lately and I freaking loved it! You have a grief element, former mean girls who are all grown up, a single parent, bridesmaid shenanigans, found family, a perfect balance of tenderness and steam and much more. Adored it SO much!
I love that we’re seeing more queer romance being published lately and this one is the cream of the crop. Delilah is unapologetically queer and Claire is bisexual and instead of it feeling like the author just slapped a label on them it felt like a true part of their identity and incredibly authentic to boot. Both women are complex and have depth and not only are they well drawn, the secondary characters are as well too. Oftentimes in a story with so much going on some characters will fall a little flat and that wasn’t the case here at all, everyone felt purposeful and intregal to the story and they added value to an already valuable story. I’m thrilled this is a start to a new series as I could read about these characters again and highly recommend this one to romance fans!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.