REVIEWED BY: Christie
TITLE: Delivering Dante
SERIES: Made Marian, Book 6
AUTHOR: Lucy Lennox
NARRATOR: Michael Pauley
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 8h 7m
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 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 listened to on its own, Delivering Dante is the sixth in the Made Marian series. Each audiobook 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.
So, here we are with the final Marian son’s book, tho, as I understand it, definitely not the final book in the series (if you’re thinking “thank goodness!” then I am right there with you). I have highly enjoyed each book in the Made Marian series, and Delivering Dante definitely… delivers too. *snirk* And, as with the rest of the Made Marian audiobooks, Michael Pauley totally rocks it so hard.
Eight years ago, Dante was the only son of a highly powerful religious leader in his hometown, being gay was simply unacceptable and lead to several trips to conversion camps. Until the fateful day when young Dante was caught kissing a member of the high school football team, and locked in the basement before being chained and beaten within inches of his life by members of his father’s congregation. And then, an Angel swooped in and not only saved his life, but changed it forever. Now as an adult, Dante Marian is the new director of Marian House, changing the lives of homeless LGBTQ youth, and doing an excellent job at it.
At a Gala for Marian House, Dante meets AJ, the nephew of Marian House’s administration head, and can’t get the sexy man out of his mind. Turns out that AJ (first name Angel) was the person who rescued Dante all those years ago, from being chained on his birth father’s church’s dark basement floor. As Dante and AJ spend more time getting to know each other, AJ knows that he needs to tell Dante who he really is, but can never find the right time. Then Dante’s birth father runs for office, and his world threatens to collapse all around him. Taking AJ along with it.
As I have said with the other five Made Marian books, Lucy Lennox has yet another hit on her hands with this new installment in the series. Dante and AJ have such a special relationship and fantastic chemistry. And as usual, aunt Tilly stole the show. Especially in Delivering Dante. She had me laughing out loud, garnering weird looks and many side-eyes from the people around me.
But what made this book even more brilliant was Michael Pauley’s outstanding narration. The amazing emotion and passion he can convey brings a depth that I could never fathom. His narration made me fall even more in love with Lucy Lennox’s Delivering Dante. Listen, do yourself a huge favor and get this book. It is wonderful!