Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: Delivering Dante
SERIES: Made Marian # 6
AUTHOR: Lucy Lennox
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2017
AJ: I know Dante’s story better than anyone. After all, I was the one who rescued him from his homophobic, abusive father eight years ago. Since then, I’ve kept my distance, but when I run into him at the Marian House gala and he doesn’t recognize me, I can’t resist the incredible, sensitive man he’s become.
I would do anything to protect Dante Marian, but what if his past keeps me from being part of his future?
Dante: Every new relationship has obstacles, it just turns out that ours involves my bumbling inexperience (ugh), an octogenarian naughty toy party (don’t ask), and being on the run in an RV with Aunt Tilly (it involves the Secret Service— no really, don’t ask).
When my biological father takes his homophobic views on a national platform, the only way to stand up for what I believe in is to claim my past and confront him. So now it’s time to decide: do I put the past behind me and walk away from AJ for good or face my biggest fear and fight for what’s mine?
Fair warning: Dante and AJ’s story contains frequent detailed scenes of man parts touching, little old ladies being inappropriate (this time with, ah, props), and two hearts finding their HEA when they least expect it.
While it can also be read on its own, Delivering Dante is the sixth in the Made Marian series. Each book tells the story of one of the Marian brothers’ search for true love.
Trigger Warning: Delivering Dante includes references to domestic violence and conversion therapy.
This book features the last and youngest Marian brother, Dante. But before I get into it, let me discuss Aunt Tilly. Where do I even start? That little old lady is off the rails crazy. She, Granny and Irene’s shenanigans were a constant source of humor throughout this series but their characters weren’t featured as prominently in the other books as she was in this one. You would think that featuring her as much as the author did wouldn’t leave much room to concentrate on Dante’s and Angel’s relationship development but it didn’t. To me, it was actually the driving force for them ending up together as much as they did initially. They were on the run with crazy Tilly and her situation. Which by the way had me laughing so hard and so much that I died.
*I’m actually typing this from my casket right now.*
Now, enough about crazy Tilly and her shenanigans. Dante is the youngest, and in my opinion, the most vulnerable of the Marian brothers. His is a childhood filled with abuse-physical and mental but unlike Griff, Dante didn’t cope or as well adjusted. His past played a part in virtually every decision he’s ever made and also negatively impacted it. He wasn’t as open emotionally as the other brothers were.
Angel (AJ) is a personal security specialist who remembers the bruised and battered teenage boy he rescued eight years earlier. Dante has always held a special place in Angel’s heart over the years. When he moved to San Francisco, he sees it as an opportunity to approach Dante as a man who was interested in building a relationship with.
This book, like the others in this series is well written and the characters are vibrant and wonderful. The love and loyalty this family has for one another and the other young people in need is beautiful to read. As the last Marian brother, I think this brings the series to an end, but I definitely hope this isn’t the last we read about this great family.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters and this series and would love to read more about them.
I highly recommend this series.