Bringing Delaney Home (Cates Brothers #1) by Lee KilraineBringing Delaney Home by Lee Kilraine
Published February 2016
Series: Cates Brother #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
five-stars
Format: eBook
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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 dangerous, and occasionally entertaining, ways.

Quinn's on the local police force, so he's used to dealing with troublemakers. This one's pretty incorrigible--but he suspects her flippant exterior is hiding something softer and deeper inside. Every time he has to rescue Delaney from herself, his heart and his hormones both go into overdrive. But he owes it to Delaney's sister to keep an eye on her. He's got some experience with that after spending so much time at it back in high school...

Delaney just wants to fend off the gossips, fight off the pain of her past, and make her escape once again. But Officer Cates is ordering her not to leave town, and his interrogation techniques can be very persuasive...

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 her – and tried so hard to suppress – are still present, and despite Laney being so moody, they are growing even fonder. But he has no idea what happened to her, and just how hurt she really is…

I don’t know what it was with Bringing Delaney Home, but I discovered this while browsing Amazon, saw the cover and the blurb, and just knew I had to buy pre-order it. I have to admit, it took me a while to actually pick it up when it was released, but I do not regret it at all.

Bringing Delaney Home was definitely something. It was different, and wonderfully refreshing. I enjoyed it so much that I managed to finish it in a go on one Sunday morning. What I enjoyed most was the fact that the story was unexpected: not just the plot, but the people and their reactions. It was also great to see so many side characters come to life in this book, and every single one of them played a distinct role. Being able to have such a variety and unexpectedness in a book without making it confusing is a great gift.

It definitely also tugged on my heartstrings: the story/plot felt so true and so real that it was easy to bond with the characters. Delaney was extremely mean, stubborn and hot-headed, but it was easy for me to relate why she was that way, and even easier to see that this was just a façade.

And Quinn – don’t get me started on Quinn. If you want a perfect book boyfriend, he’s the man. He’s sweet, caring, a tad clumsy but also quite protective in a non-annoying way. I loved him. And his mama. And his brothers. And holy moly, don’t you just love series about brothers? Reminds me a bit of the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid: delectable, and totally makes you crave the next hit book.

On the “quality of writing”, I do have to admit that there were a couple of odd things that made reading the book a bit uncomfortable. It was written in 3rd person POV (not a bad thing per se) and alternating between Quinn and Laney’s POV (a great thing) – but what was annoying about it was that the point of view would switch from one to another within the same paragraph, and that could be sometimes confusing. What’s more, there would be no visual separator (or sometime not even a proper line break) between two distinct scenes: one phrase they are sitting in a car, and the next they are somewhere else, and the story is told from the other POV – confusing!

But in summary, this book was a great success, which I would definitely recommend!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
4.5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars