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Delivering Dante

(Made Marian #6)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published April 30th 2017
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ReadingAllNite
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-read, m-m
So, I'm going to be in the outcast group, because while I liked the story eventually, it simply didn't blow me away. The opening chapter of the book was rather dark and seemed to be setting an overall theme for the book. That was true to an extent but I feel that much of it got lost before there was any final impact from it. The fairly sudden shift from that to the Marion family shenanigans and the obscene octogenarians just didn't work for me.

Going from a simple dinner date to a week long forc
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Erth
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was a really powerful story. I think I fall more and more in love with this series with each new book. Problem though...is Dante the last Marion?? I hope not. I'm not ready to let go of this series yet!!

But this book is about the youngest Marion...Dante who used to be Daniel. Like all the Marion's, his backstory is pretty harsh. His preacher father was abusive and brutal. He tried conversion therapy on Dante and when that didn't work, he reverted to good, old-fashioned beatings. But Da
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Duck
Dante is the last brother (that I'm aware of), but even if he's not I'm throwing in the towel here.

The older ladies have worn me out. The first half of the book is filled with Tilly and her shenanigans. Again. And frankly, I don't find her behavior amusing or endearing. Hearing someone say, "...the man slurps a good oyster if you know what I mean." is not cute. It's offensive and off-putting. I don't see the point of adding the Vegas/Tilly/marriage plot line when it added little to the story. T
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Meags
4 Stars

I’ve become a very big fan of Lucy Lennox and her stories in a very short amount of time, and I’m happy to say this sixth story is among one of my favourites in this delightfully sweet and sexy series.

For me, this is equally the most emotionally gripping and the most amusing story within the series. Although all of the previous Marian stories have had their fair share of drama and joy, I feel like one sentiment has always overwhelmed the other when I think back on each specific book. Here
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Kai
Lucy Lennox, I love you so much!
How can you write such good and funny books?

I loved Delivering Dante! The story was light, sweet, low angst and hilarious!
The Marians are all funny, but Aunt Tilly is just crazy-funny. I loved her and the other ladies so much! It's not a Marian Book without the old ladies! :D

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Dante was so cute. I was so loving him with his awkwardness and inexperience. And then he pissed me off big time. Argh! But he got better, I moved on and now I love him again. :)
A.J. was pro
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Aղցela W.
This was book 6 in the "Made Marian" series. Dante Marian was rescued from his father's church basement when he was 15 years old is father is a politician who believes in conversion therapy as away to stop his son from being gay. Dante is a quite shy 23 year old virgin he also has panic attacks. Angel "AJ" Flores is the nephew of Londa she is the woman ran the youth center. AJ just moved to S.F. to start a new job with on the Six a security firm that Derek use to work for. AJ has a secret he ...more
Chris
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
I enjoyed this one and thought AJ & Dante were adorable. Their romance & story was sweet - ok maybe a little sappy, but still sweet. I liked the theme of this book and even though it was harsh it had a great message around standing up to bullies and liars. I can't believe in this day and age that shit like this still happens but sadly there are still many conservative rednecks who think "conversion" therapy is acceptable. Well done to Lucy and her Marians for highlighting the impact of of such a ...more
Bitchie
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok. I liked the guys and most of the family, but I'm just done in on all the aunts and granny silliness. These women make Grandma Mazur seem sane. And half the book is dedicated to something crazy that aunt Tilly did.

I also thought the guys had sex too quickly (blowjobs count as sex, it's not all about butt), and there was too much of it.

I think this could be a very good author, if she just found someone to tone down the crazy bits.
♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
3.5 Stars

Not to be a spoil sports but really sometimes I wonder if I keep reading these books for the male action or to find out what crazy shit the grannies and Aunt Tillie gets up to??? Those ladies are just bad shit crazy!!!

Sorry Dante!!! I liked your story as well no hard feelings LOL

Trio
Absolutely perfect. What a story!

I'm so glad I took a huge break in this series so I could really appreciate Delivering Dante for the excellent book that it is. Sweet, funny, sad, romantic, and erotic. Simply wonderful.

I'd also recommend doing this series in audio. Michael Dean does a marvelous job.

P.S. you can read each of the Made Marian novels as standalones.
MishyJo
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq
DNF @28%. The story between AJ and Dante had potential, but Aunt Tilly hijacked the whole thing and took it into the realm of ridiculous.
Denise H.
*** Gosh, this is a magnificent story ! ***
Eight years ago, Dante was 15, rescued by an angel

who saved him from his horrible bigot father and his followers. He ended up at San Francisco's homeless shelter run by the Marions. Now, at 23, having been adopted by the Marions, and is using his Masters Degree to run the Marion House charity.
AJ, 25, has moved to San Francisco to work

at "On Your Six Security." They specialize in recovery and extractions of people in danger. At 17, AJ's first extract
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Anna lost in stories *A*
after DNFing the previous book in this series, I talked with my sister who already read the rest of them, and she encouraged me to skip this one as well... even though she liked this book, she knows me and my reading taste pretty well and said there are quite a few things that would annoy me, so I shouldn't waste my time on it... no rating, since I didn't actually read anything from it, but I highly encourage you to read some other reviews before you make up your own mind if you want to read thi ...more
Jane super booklover📚
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: free, m-m
I didn’t read the rest of the series and I think I would have liked it more if I had. I liked the MC. The “funny” old ladies were a bit too much for me.
Brianda
This book started really good. Dante in a terrible situation, AJ saving him. The promise of more sweetness to come.
Even as the years pass, neither can forget the other, although Dante doesnt know who his "Angel" really is. Then we have his speech at the gala and I thought "wow, what a brave character". The joke was on me.
On the other hand, AJ's a sweetheart. He's brave and smart and tough, so why the hell doesnt he speak up from the beginning? I got that question answered when the truth finally
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were great together and the Marian family just as loving as always. In fact, it was fun to see Blue and Jude with their spouses and children as time has moved forward. Tilly is still a bit OTT to me. I understand she's supposed to be outrageous but she's more than that and has become annoying.

Dante's story is much worse than I thought but AJ and his work gave that balance. I really liked the men together though I must admit I had to suspend belief a f
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Len Evans Jr
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow... Ms. Lennox once more proves not only what an amazing author she is... but also just how incredible her "Marian family" is. This story is a tear-inducing, laugh-generating thrill ride from start to finish. Dante's story is a poingnant telling of a story that has been true too many times in the the United States in the past and still in the present. The relationship between Dante and AJ is used beautifully to tell this without being preachy. Being someone who though never physically abused; ...more
namericanwordcat
3.5 Stars

This entry in the series is the most madcap comedy based paired with the most touching of the stories dealing with homophobia and abuse.

Overall, it is pretty light hearted but Dante suffered a great deal as a child and confronting his abuser as an adult hurts.

Dante and Angel have explosive chemistry and the entire gang is along for this ride. We have babies and great aunts and grannies everywhere.

It is a good time even if the the emotionial resolutions are a bit ham handed.

I am look
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Fatimama
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-mm
3 stars for the cover plus 2 stars for the story = 5 stars!! ⭐️ Teehee! I really like the cover model, damn those gorgeous looks.

I liked the story of Dante and AJ. I like the whole virgin meets protector vibe. They were just so hot together.
Jennifer☠Pher☠
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, kindle-unlimited
So weird. I guess my Kindle said I was finished because I sure didn't. I was finished but still. Sneaky.

Too, too, too much with the elderly generation, again. This happened with Alexa Land's books also. It is just way too over the top and I never, ever feel like they are grandmotherly or good influences or any of that. They are just a distraction.

I also didn't understand the attraction on AJ's side. Did he pine for 8 years? It just came across as odd.

I didn't hate it and I did really like Dante.
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Shannon
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aa-recommend
I was tempted to go down a star just because Aunt Tilly was in this story was too much and those ladies are starting to get on my last nerve. They never have any advice or wise things to say, just dick jokes and sex stuff. However, Dante's story was my favorite so far and I loved their love story.
Bo
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Finale

OK, OK, there may be another short story or two about the various members of the Marian family coming in the future, but as far as wrapping up the sagas of the individual gay boys in the clan, this one is sweet from start to finish.

Dante is the youngest, and most vulnerable, of the Marian boys, one of three adopted by the family who had three gay boys of their own. This one starts out perfectly, with his AJ, the man who rescued him from an abusive homophobic family setting us up with
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I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
Listen, while the story was okay in a sweet way, I felt like it dragged quite a bit for me and I ended up skimming quite a bit as well. Even the really hot sex couldn't save this book for me and if that happens, that says A LOT :-/! Also, Dante annoyed me to no end :-/. Just didn’t like this one!!
Antoinette
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite out of the series. Dante and AJ's story is so beautiful and touching that I couldn't out it down. I figured I'd read a few chapters before I went to sleep, yeah right, next thing I knew I was finished and it was 4:45 in the morning. Dante although becoming a part of an amazing family when a successful man is still haunted by his past and suffering from it. Along comes AJ his true life guardian angel and savior, although Dante doesn't know that at first. AJ is the one who res ...more
Wax
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-have, mm
I'm rounding this up because I really did like the couple - Dante and his Angel (AJ). I thought Dante's story was compelling and real. I found the antics of the aunts/GM annoying and wish that they didn't take up so much of the story.
HEChapter -Tina J
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
The sixth book in the series is a copper-hued one. Title font fits with the series. The synopsis sounds a bit more complicated that previous installments.

> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Alternating first person, clearly defined.

Eight years ago, Dante was rescued from an abusive situation and brought to the LGBTQ center now known as Marian House. Angel was truly his angel for delivering him from that hell and to the loving arm
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Lisa
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yay we finally have Dante's story.

Dante's story is one of the ones I have been waiting for and this book doesn't disappoint.

Rescued at aged 15 from a truly horrible home life Dante has become an advocate for helping children like himself. He was a broken teen when the Marian's took him in and made him one of the family. Dante always remembered the Angel who rescued him but doesn't realise that person is AJ, who aged 17 rescued a beaten and broken Dante from his religious fathers attempts at con
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Ann
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Lucy has written such a beautiful story.
Dante Marian is the youngest of the brothers and manages the shelter having worked his way up from being rescued by his Angel eight years previously. He was taken from the basement of his abusive father's church and brought to the shelter.
AJ is the nephew of one of the volunteers and has returned to attend the gala at the shelter. He has been keeping an eye on Dante over the years and hardly recognises the fine man he has turned into. When they meet
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Denae
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Tilly is #lifegoals. Seriously though, I put off reading this one for nearly a year despite loving the series, because Dante’s story hit too close to home. My parents wouldn’t have become physically abusive if I had been out when I was a teenager, but “conversion therapy” would probably have been a thing I would be in therapy for now. It’s a weird thing to have to be grateful your parents didn’t do a thing they probably would have done. It feels like a sort of victory to not only have read, ...more
Emma
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
bit disappointed = 2.5* rounded up because there was nothing I strongly disliked.

I was looking forward to Dante's story with all the build-up in the last few books. Sadly I just did not find this delivered. Still it follows the Made Marian template pretty closely. Perhaps I was just tired of the old ladies and perfect parents. Dunno. Dante's past is pretty unpleasant and I got the feeling Lennox was trying to use Aunt Tilley to lighten things up a bit but I just added annoying to the depressing.
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