March 2022 Indie Next List
“What a pleasure to enjoy Ashley Herring Blake's layered characters in an adult novel after all her books for kids and teens. Every story beat lands and Claire and Delilah were easy to root for. More romances set in this community, please!”
— Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
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...
About the Author
Ashley Herring Blake is the author of the young adult novels Suffer Love, How to Make a Wish, and Girl Made of Stars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and the middle grade novels Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, and Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea (Little, Brown). You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @ashleyhblake and on the web at ashleyherringblake.com. She lives in Georgia.
"Blake captures all the complications of family, friendship, and romance with humor and heart."—Kirkus
"A fun hometown romance, planned as the start of a series of Bright Falls–set queer romances."—Library Journal, starred review
"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. The novel also does a great job of inputting a queer love story in the middle of an enticing read."—USA Today
"Delilah Green Doesn’t Care is a hot, frothy romcom with a relatable heart beating at its centre. I loved every hilarious character, every outrageous shenanigan - and most of all, I loved Delilah Green. I can’t wait for the rest of the series!"—Talia Hibbert, New York Times bestselling author of Act Your Age, Eve Brown
"A truly exquisite romance about second chances, new beginnings, and the fragile joy of letting people in. I can't even count the number of gorgeous lines I highlighted. The setting, the scheming, the spice—Ashley Herring Blake paints every scene with a lyrical, tender brush. I'm wildly in love with this book."—Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Weather Girl
"A classic in the making, Ashely's adult debut is a warm welcome home from the first page. A swoon-worthy, laugh-out-loud romp of a romance, this rom-com deserves to be amongst romantic titans like You've Got Mail, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Sleepless in Seattle."—Kosoko Jackson, author of I'm So Not Over You
“A spectacular debut brimming with yearning, swooning, and healing. Delilah Green Doesn’t Care reads the way realizing your crush likes you back feels. Ashley Herring Blake is a romance star on the rise.”—Rosie Danan, national bestselling author of The Roommate
"Delilah Green Doesn't Care is the dreamy, steamy, utterly satisfying answer to your craving for an outcast-and-former-mean-girl romance, with complicated step-family relationships thrown in for extra delight. Ashley Herring Blake draws her characters with such beautiful, loving depth, and infinite compassion for the many ways relatives and friends can both hurt and heal each other. And let’s not forget the snappy banter and seriously scorching chemistry; you’ll need a very cold shower after this read!"—Lana Harper, author of Payback's a Witch
“Charming and entertaining, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care entrances the reader with the redemptive power of love. Blake’s masterful blend of sexual tension and growing affection will have readers swooning.”—Karelia Stetz-Waters, author of Satisfaction Guaranteed
“Blake’s well-crafted adult debut Delilah Green Doesn’t Care combines everything you could want in a sapphic romance—snark, steam and sweetness—with an intricate exploration of what it means to love someone and how we choose to show it, all spearheaded by its unforgettable protagonist Delilah who you’ll simultaneously want to be and be with forever. Fans of Alexandria Bellefleur and Talia Hibbert won’t want to miss out on this emotional extravaganza.” —The Nerd Daily
“This tender story of growth and change is about becoming a person your younger self can be proud of… Blake’s impressive talent is on display on every page, especially when it comes to tracking the evolution of her central couple’s relationship.”—BookPage, starred review
“This is a cute rom-com type story for the LGBTQ set, with two heroines that will entertain and readers will want to see end up happily ever after.”—Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"Blake's smart and sexy first foray into adult after years of publishing gorgeous Sapphic middle grade and young adult.”—Buzzfeed
"What an absolute joy to read! 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.”—Meryl Wilsner, author of Something to Talk About
"Delilah Green Doesn't Care is a steamy romp with a warm heart at its center.”—Popsugar
“Ashley Herring Blake is an extraordinary writer.”—Autostraddle
“Smart and sexy.”—Buzzfeed
"After you take a moment to take in this gorgeous cover, you're going to want to immediately pick up this debut.”—Cosmopolitan