Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor

Title: Worth the Risk
Series: The McKinney Brothers #2
Author: Claudia Connor
Publisher: Loveswept
 Release Date: February 3, 2015


York Times
author Claudia Connor follows up her heartfelt debut, Worth the Fall, with
a novel about Matt’s brother, Stephen—and when a McKinney brother falls in
love, powerful emotion and overwhelming desire are never far behind.

Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching
children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time.
She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that
never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the
thought of facing her own harrowing past.

Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five
years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No
matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so
he believes.

Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what
he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What
he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to
go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that
would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her
trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.

Christy's Review:

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 stars!

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Worth the Risk is book two in the McKinney Brother’s series and focuses on Stephen. The rich, single and successful brother. It’s been five years since Stephen has suffered a tragic loss. Since then, he’s focused on his work. Never lets anyone get too close. Including his own family.

Hannah has been through so much in her short life. Her parent’s died when she was young. She went through something even more traumatic as a teen.  She has chosen to take what has happened to her and turn her life into something beautiful. She works as a physical therapist, but she isn’t a normal PT. She works with disabled children and horses. She doesn’t have a lot of friends or any love interests, but she has her four big brothers who are there for her. Even when she doesn't’ want them to be.

FBI, Special Forces, firefighter, cop. It was like her very own big-brother protection force.

When Stephen first sees Hannah, he sees something there he likes. He can’t stay away from her. And the more time he spends with her, the more he notices that something special she has. Hannah is damaged and has her own scars, but Stephen could care less. He wants her.

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Hannah is hesitant to be with someone like Stephen. She is inexperienced and he is the opposite. Hannah is a sweet girl. She genuinely likes Stephen and his family. But she see’s something in him. She knows that he has a past just like she does. For some reason, they are both able to open up to one another. But Stephen can’t tell her everything. Regardless of all that, she is starting to fall for him.

Every look, every touch. The feeling in her heart grew stronger, sharp enough to sting. Not falling in love with him wasn’t going to be an option.

Stephen has his own walls up. He has his own darkness in him. Both of their pasts are a lot to handle. And when Stephen starts to fall for Hannah, it scares him. He’s kept people out for so long, he’s afraid to let anyone else in. But most of all, he’s afraid to hurt Hannah. After all she’s been through, he couldn’t stomach it if he hurt her.

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Hannah was one of the best heroines I’ve read about recently. I loved everything about her. Her strength and determination, the beauty inside and out. Honestly, I think my biggest issue with this story was the fact that I loved Hannah so hard, I wanted her to be someones great and only love. I feel like there was never that major closure between Stephen and (view spoiler) that showed Hannah wasn’t second place. Maybe it’s just me, but I wanted something more. I did love the growth Stephen showed. And the grand gesture he made at the end was wonderful. It made my heart happy. Stephen is one of those characters that took me a while to warm to. When I read book one in this series, I fell for Matt early on. Not Stephen. It’s safe to say I loved him dearly by the end, but it wasn’t instant by any means.

This book was not as light and sweet as the first. It was much more emotional for me. Hannah’s past was hard to read about. Their journey wasn’t that quick insta-love and I appreciated that. It took a while for both of them to open up and trust, but it was a beautiful thing. I think they both realized it wasn’t a ‘place’ that fully healed them like they once thought, but each other.

The McKinney Brother’s series have been heartwarming and great reads. I’m very anxious for a TJ book, just with the little bit we’ve heard of him. Honestly, I think I want some of Hannah’s brother’s stories more than anyone else! I loved the Walker boys!

This story was full of tragedy and heart break, but still had moments of humor, love, family and romance. In the end, my heart was happy and I had a big smile on my face! Worth the Risk gets a solid 4 stars from me!

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Author Bio

York Times 
author Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she
received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education,
and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy
endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the
stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and
three daughters.

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