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Bringing Delaney Home

(Cates Brothers #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  36 reviews
In the sleepy town of Climax, North Carolina, all five Cates brothers are known for being tall, dark, and delicious. But each has his own incomparable love story...Quinn Cates has known Delaney Lyons forever. But after years away from home, Delaney's a changed woman. A mysterious accident she refuses to talk about has left her hurting--in body and soul--and acting out in ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Lyrical Shine
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ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.

Bringing Delaney Home is my first read by Lee Kilraine. Quinn has brought Delaney back to their hometown of Climax after a mysterious accident. Quinn has always had a thing for Delaney and now that she is back, he is determined to make her see how good they would be together.

I liked this book, but there were several things that kept me from loving it.

I liked Delaney's quirky personality and
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried with this book. I really did. But it was a STRUGGLE to finish. At about 54%, I just started skimming/skipping pages at a time. I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't connect with the story at all. I didn't feel ANY connection (friendship or romantic) between Quinn and Delaney. And I didn't particularity like Quinn and his "effort" to help Delaney. It didn't feel authentic or genuine to me as an outsider.

I was just bored.

The highlight for me was Quinn's mother. I really liked her and
Bette Hansen
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that's difficult to review. Could the story and characters have been a bit more developed?? Could there have been a bit more backstory to help us understand the characters a little better? A big YES to both those questions. Even with both of those points though, I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the fact that Quinn is the younger brother and fell for his sister's best friend. I loved his dog Snot! I thought Quinn's devotion to Delaney was wonderful and was her ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is February 2nd.

I will begin with the highlights of this story.

1. Snot the dog. Although he really only made a brief appearance in the story he really captured my heart. A dog that gets super excited around humans however cannot control his coordination resulting in numberous collisions
Lee Kilraine
Apr 17, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Quinn is the youngest of the five Cates brothers...
Quinn Bringing Delaney Home
Sijan Could This Be Love?
Tynan Crazy Love
Kaz Love 2.0
Paxton You Can't Hurry Love
Plus a Christmas novella for Hawk Savage and his adorable son, Henry Lee, who needed their own HEA! Wanted: Mom For Christmas
This review was originally posted on Fifty Shades of Books

5 out of 5 Stars

Delaney Lyons has hit rock bottom. After being victim to an explosion in Afghanistan, her life has been turned upside down and she can’t seem to grasp a meaning to her life anymore. Her sister therefore send Quinlan Cates to rescue her from Washington D.C. and bring her back to her North Carolina hometown.

While Quinn sees the obvious change in Delaney, there is one thing that hasn’t changed a bit. The feelings he has for
Kari Lemor
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading new author, Lee Kilraine's first book, Bringing Delaney Home. This book had so many great things going for it. It was extremely well written and nice and long like I prefer. It gave me a chance to get to know the characters and their extended family. Which is great since I understand this is the first in a series. Can't wait for the next one!

The injured, angry military person was the main character but it was the heroine this time which was a nice change of pace. I also
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

So this is my first book by this author and it is her first release which I cannot believe because she did a phenomenal job. I loved the story in this book, I loved the characters and the way in which it was written. I found the characters (both main and supporting) to be engaging even the "bad guys" in the story, I actually ended up wondering what we will see Barbara (aka Barbie) finally get a happy ever after (I doubt with one the Cates brother) but maybe as a secondary story within
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge
Pinch me!

Sweet story that takes place in a small location in North Carolina. Officer Cates (Quinn) agrees to help his best friend, Greer, with her older sister. This is a problem for him, as she was his high school crush, but he can't say no. Delaney is in Washington, D.C., and is in trouble. She has been missing doctor appointments and withdrawing further into herself ever since her accident. Getting to know what is going on with Delaney will be no easy feat. She isn't the same girl that left
Aliaa El-Nashar
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I like family books, which is what tempted me to read this one. I was anticipating reading more about this family, but I found my self falling in love with it for more than just it being an introduction to a new family series. I loved Delaney's twisted character and her history with Quinn. It was such an interesting twist for me to have the male lead be the younger one falling for his best friend's older sister. I liked the history, the depth added to the characters, and the flow of the book, ...more
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this heroine, who is down-to-earth, matter-of-fact, and makes no excuses. Loved the hero, too, who has to work hard to help the heroine to a place where she can believe in and accept his love. The community Lee Kilraine created is special, and when the heroine realizes just HOW special, it's lovely. The book contains a lot of subtle, witty humor.
Ani Gonzalez
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful heartfelt read with a fabulous hero. This book is sweet and heartrending at the same time. Delaney's struggles will truly break your heart. She's a great heroine, so brave and so broken at the same time. Quinn is a fantastic hero, sweet and strong, and both of their families (the main supporting characters) are great. I loved Climax, NC and the Coates brothers. Highly recommend.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This was a very predictable book, not particularly well written. I had to force myself to read it to the end.
Laurie Cota
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Strong women and smart, understanding, accepting men are the best combination as far as I am concerned. Will get the next in series for certain.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aww such a sweet story <3 I loved it!
⚓ Basil ⚓
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-has-it
Slow burn. 3.5 stars.
Carol and Gary Curtis
Just a lovely book. The author provided great insight into the two lead characters. The plot involving a damaged Army vet was excellent. I enjoyed the " hell" out of this book. One of a series.
Home. Love. Books.
Recovery in a Small Town

I liked the idea of this book because it had the whole small town thing going for it (what can I say I like drama), but also because it had the heroine going through some personal hardship and I love stories where woman overcome the obstacles in their paths.
Delaney is a veteran (I don’t really think this is a spoiler since it’s only a secret to the other characters in the book) and she’s recovering from an explosion. When we first meet her, she’s in a seriously bad
Yvonne Cruz
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a heartbreaking but also heartwarming story about Delaney Lyons, and Quinn Cates.
Quinn was a friend of Delaney’s younger sister since childhood and since then, Quinn has had a crush for her. But Delaney’s and her sister’s life was not idilic .Their mother was weak, and their father was abusive physically and verbally. Delaney’s goal was always was always to protect her sister and avoid the gossip that surrounded them. Or so she thought.
Fast forward to adulthood and eight years after she
Connie N.
#1 in the Cates Brothers romance series

After reading a later book in this series, I've now gone back to the beginning, and I'm glad I did. As with the other book, I LOVE the brothers and their close-knit family. Each is gorgeous, of course, and a strong professional. Quinn in a local cop in his small hometown and has always carried a torch for Delaney, much to everyone's disapproval since she was always a troubled child from an abusive family. When Delaney is in a bad place, her sister asks
I won this book and was not required to give a favorable review. This is a beautiful book of how 2 sisters lean so much on each other. Delaney is the oldest and took the time to make sure her sister never had to take any of the verbal or physical abuse of their father. She dealt with a lot of things by running and won a scholarship to college. She ran for the Army but made the choice to go into a combat zone to nurse soldiers. While they she lost her foot and two friends. She was having problems ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
when i picked up this book i figured light hearted romance, instead it was so much more. the back story could have been a little more developed, there where a lot of characters and since it's the first in a series i'm guessing we will learn more about many later but it was well written and touched on some real issues, hard ones. I applaud the author on not just skimming over the harder aspects of the book, touching on real issues and hopefully making it so people aren't so quick to judge, deleve ...more
Bad character development, zero chemistry between the main characters, the antagonists are unrealistic, the setting is unrealistic. Like, I'm supposed to believe this is a sleepy small town in North Carolina where overnight police patrol only have to deal with stuff like loose cows and people say "Heck" and "Darn" to start every sentence, but they also have a Macy's? Come on. Still, it tried. There was a bit where the main dude declares that "Princesses these days save themselves" which was ...more
Tracy Sylvester
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've received a free ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.Totally fell in love with Quinn(Quinlan) Cates and Delaney Lyon's story. Quinn is a never give up, hard working cop that is madly in love with his high school crush Laney (Delaney). When tragedy strikes Laney's life and puts Quinn back in her path, things begin to change. Laney is incredibly stubborn, and is suffering with the aftermath of her accident. Shes unaware of what her future holds. Quinn enlists the help ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I decided to give this book a try based on a review I read, and I'm glad I did. The book flowed well. I enjoyed the witty banter and snarky humour. The hero's devotion was really sweet too. The secondary characters were pretty cool too. Most of the story is told from the heroine and the hero's POV, but there was occasional stuff from other characters POV as well, which was surprising, but I didn't mind it.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-kindle
PTSD, high school unrequited love realized. A good story. Only a four because maybe the PTSD was too quickly resolved.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quinn Cates locked away his feelings for Delaney Lyons years ago when she left Climax, seemingly for good. But when Greer, Delaney’s sister, asks for his help – he can’t say no. The Delaney Lyons he finds is not the same girl he knew all those years ago, but he can’t stop the feelings from coming back. Quinn is torn between locking those feelings away and trying to break down the walls Delaney has built around herself.

Lee Kilraine’s Bringing Delaney Home brought us a story about someone trying
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

*I received a copy of Bringing Delaney Home from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hot-looking brothers in a small town. Checked.
Hot brother in a uniform. Checked.
Woman with a mysterious past. Checked.
Hot guy unravelling woman's mysterious past. Checked.

That may have sounded clichéd, but those were the perfect concoction for a good, traditional romantic recipe. So what had gone wrong?

I first requested the title from Netgalley because I just could not resist the cover and the
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Bringing Delaney Home is an emotional story on many levels. Delaney has not had an easy life, and she holds many secrets close. While serving overseas she was injured in an explosion and her injuries, both physical and emotional have rarely given her a moment’s peace from the physical pain. She’s not taking care of herself so her sister has enlisted the help of a friend to go fetch Delaney home to heal, recover and begin her life once again. The person she sent to
Amber at WickedGoodReads
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley
Bringing Delaney Home had all the makings to be a really wonderful read. But something was missing and after reading it all the way through and re-reading several chapters more than once, im still not sure what it was. The premise was excellent.. No spoilers but,... Delaney has returned home and she is much different than she used to be, she has been through A LOT. Quinn is a police officer and he is trying his best to take care of her. It should have been a hot and sexy page turner.. which ...more
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Lee Kilraine lives in the pine woods of North Carolina. When she isn't typing away on her computer with her golden retriever, Harley, destroying something at her feet, you might find her on her front porch swing plotting her next book while guarding her garden from the local gang of deer. She has a weakness for dogs, bacon cheeseburgers, red wine and Alpha heroes. She loves reading and writing ...more

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