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


New York Times bestselling 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.

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New York Times bestselling 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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My 4 Star Review

Stephen McKinney is hot, successful and a playboy. Why not when he is considered Norfolk’s Most Eligible Bachelor. He has everything going for him, but he is still haunted by his past and the decisions he made. So he has withdrawn from his family and has completely submerged himself in his company.

Everything changes the day he sees a beautiful woman crying in the grocery store. Normally, Stephen would walk on by, but he is captivated by this woman. Hannah Walker isn’t interested in meeting people. She let her guard down before and it almost cost her everything, she won’t make that mistake again.

When Hannah declines Stephen’s offer for dinner and drinks, he is at a loss - women don’t turn him down. This just makes Stephen more determined to see Hannah again. Finally, Hannah agrees to meet him somewhere for drinks. Despite her nerves the date goes well and Stephen wants to see her again. Hannah is no longer apprehensive and agrees.

While reading this you think the hardest part is over and now we can focus on their connection - not quite. This is actually just the beginning. Hannah and Stephen are both damaged and getting together isn’t easy. It is heartbreaking.

I loved Hannah. Hannah isn’t like a lot of heroines, she is a damaged girl who devoted her life to helping disabled children. Despite all she has been through she still devotes her life to helping others - I seriously loved her character. Stephen…well he is a damaged playboy who slept around to help try to mend his brokenness. Shocker, it didn’t work. Throughout the story we see Stephen growing and beginning to live again.

Why this isn’t a five star read for me. Stephen upset me and I still don’t think I am over it. He isn’t a bad guy and I think he tried, but the disconnect came when we had too many other things happening towards the end. I needed to see more connection between them, so I could forgive Stephen and believe his sincerity.

Overall, I think it is a good read. I will continue to read about the McKinney’s, I just wanted less drama and more couple time. Also, Ms. Connor we need more WALKERS!!!

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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