Saturday, February 14, 2015

WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor (McKinney Brothers #2) @readloveswept @Claudia_Connor #Review #Giveaway

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McKinney Brothers #2
Claudia Connor
Released Feb 3rd, 2015

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.


I wish I could find the words to express how much I loved WORTH THE RISK...but I don't think anything I say will encompass all that I am feeling as I reflect on what I have just read. Talk about two people who find a place to heal within the arms of the other.  

"I like who you are now"

I will admit I am not one to ever really have a connection to many heroines, I like them, but I don't always remember their names as I do my favorite heroes, which I can list at the drop of a hat if you asked me to.  But I think that Hannah will stay with me for a long long time.  I don't know too many heroines who have had this kind of strength, the only other I can think of is Eden St. Claire (from RESCUE ME by Christy Reece), who had also been through an ordeal similar to Hannah. Hannah has a light about her, that Stephen is drawn to, and her innocence and kind heart is what I loved most about her, next to her strength and will to do things on her own after all that was done to her.  And her sexy as all get out, over-protective brothers didn't hurt either!

I love how REAL Claudia wrote these two families.  The McKinney's and The Walkers...Boys playing football in the yard, punching it out when it needs to be done...I found myself laughing at the antics with all the testosterone filled men...and let me tell you...Stephen is ALL Man...oh my!  Can we get a photo...a McKinney Brothers Calendar...Claudia?! Think about it!

The pain these two carry is heart wrenching, the emotions that reading WORTH THE RISK will bring out of you as a reader is a testament to how well Ms. Connor wrote these characters.  The pain is fresh and so real that you can't help but feel every stomach clench and ache in their heart.  

Ms. Connor has placed herself on a shelf with very few who have captured my attention with every page, and every word....a New Must-Read author for me!

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Claudia Connor is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of heartfelt contemporary romance. Claudia 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 travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of the almost real people that live in her head. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

The McKinney Brothers