Audiobook Review: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (Bright Falls #1)

Published February 22nd 2022 

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Narrator: Kristen DiMercurio

Audiobook Length: 11 hours 41 minutes

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 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…

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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care (#1)
Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail (#2)
Iris Kelly Doesn’t Date (#3)

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is the first noel in the Bright Falls series. The first story is about the title character who now lives in New York after leaving the small town of Bright Falls in Oregon where she grew up. She currently works waiting tables while trying to become a full-time photographer. While she loves the freedom of New York for her to be herself as a lesbian who loves one-night stands, she does sometimes want more. Her current lifestyle is disrupted when she gets an invitation to her estranged stepsister Astrid’s wedding to her fiancé Spencer back in Bright Falls where she requested Delilah to be the photographer and guest.

When Delilah returns to Bright Falls, she runs into Claire, one of Astrid’s best friends. This was an interesting introduction to the other POV of Claire as she did not seem to remember Delilah at first while Delilah clearly has memories of her. Claire, who is bi, is now a single mom after a failed relationship with her partner, Josh, and the two of them raise their daughter, Ruby, together. As the chapters alternate between Delilah and Claire it was also a nice way to see how each of them relate to Astrid considering Claire is her friend while Delilah is the stepsister. Delilah has a complex family dynamic as she grew up with her stepmother and stepsister after her parents both passed away. There were moments where she came across as victimizing herself as she would be bitchy to others and then wonder why they weren’t kind back. She did grow on me as a character, but it did take a bit to connect with her projecting her past onto the job she was invited to do even if they were wrong years ago.

Since this is the start of the series, there is a lot of paragraphs dedicated to setting up the other characters. Astrid has been manipulated a lot with her relationships and has some healing to do to find happiness. Delilah and Claire each have their own dynamic and since this is their story, there is a lot resolved while leaving room for them to be great secondary characters in the sequels. As for Iris, she will take a little more to grow on me as she came across a little too brash for my taste. Since she will eventually have her own story, I am sure she will be likable to me by the end. With all their characters having their own issues in this novel, it does feel incomplete for some of the characters, which means you’ll have to read their stories to find some closure. After seeing the dynamic between the four women, Delilah, Astrid, Claire, and Iris, in this novel, I cannot wait to see how they all are portrayed in the next installment, Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail!

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