Review: Love at Last by Claudia Connor

Posted April 25, 2018 by Lorna in Reviews / 23 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Love at Last by Claudia Connor
Love at Last

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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on April 24, 2018
Pages: 408
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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The Delight

Everything I’ve read by Claudia Connor have been wonderful heartwarming romances spiked with a dose of sexy times. I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t love, and this was no exception.

Review

If there’s not a book trope for being left at the altar, there should be, because that’s exactly what happened to the heroine of this one, Clare Franklin. She’s all set to marry her fiance when he comes to the church to break things off. It’s upsetting yes, but she’s not in love the way she should be. So because of this, she decides to go on the honeymoon alone. It’s supposed to be a chance to lick her wounds and get away from it all for a week. What it ends up being, is life altering. Meeting Deacon Montgomery was just supposed to be for a drink. A drink leads to dinner and then a friendship quickly develops. However, they decide to not talk about anything from their real lives. He doesn’t even know her last name or where she lives. She knows a bit more than he does, but mostly their real lives are a mystery to each other. Can you see where this might cause problems? I certainly did as soon as they made their pact.

Ms. Connor writes characters that you can relate to and love. Nothing about these two people were a mystery by the time this was over as they were so well realized by the author. Clare is a teacher in Chicago, while Deacon is a veterinarian from Ohio. It might as well be on the other side of the ocean from each other. Long distance relationship? Not really, but I am going to leave it at that. They were both ready for a relationship, but weren’t actively looking and each had a bit of baggage in their past. Who doesn’t? As far as side characters go, Deacon is a single father of three year old twin girls. These little ones will steal your hearts before you know it. Clare has a best friend, Jess, and she was the perfect loyal friend. Clare’s brother Connor is loyal as well. And Jess and Connor are at each others throats all the time. I am really hoping for a book about them. However, there is no indication that this is a series.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this read. I liked the premise and felt that the story was told in a believable and yes, heartwarming way. The conversations were good and the pacing was perfect. The chemistry between the main characters was nearly off the charts. I also liked how the author depicted the children. Children play a role in most of the books I’ve read by her and that was another plus for me. Having said that, I should mention that it’s an adult read due to sexual situations. Recommended! And while I am at it, I also recommend her McKinney Brother series and her McKinney/Walker Brothers first book. So well written with amazing characters!

My thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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About Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers.

Claudia writes, warm, heartfelt contemporary romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. When she’s not writing, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, with a heavy dose of daydreaming during all three. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

You can find out more about Claudia’s books at http://claudiaconnor.com

or stop by and say hello on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ClaudiaConnor.

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I’m a lifetime book addict and currently own nine Kindles, with only six still working. I do tend to wear them out! They pretty much are my favorite technology-well that and my cell phone. Okay, yes and my laptop. I spent most of my life in Kentucky, but moved to Maryland in my attempt to get closer to the the ocean a few years ago. Being retired helps. I have a B.S. degree in law enforcement with a minor in sociology, but never really worked in my major. Instead, I spent my entire adult life working in the medical field in some capacity. After retiring(early), I found my passion in reviewing books for a couple of blogs and I love it. My author favorites include, Dannika Dark, Amber Lynn Natusch, J.T. Geissinger, Colleen Hoover, Samantha Towle, K.A. Tucker, Karina Halle, Sarina Bowen, J.R. Ward, Mariana Zapata, Dianne Duvall, and I could go on and on. I read many different genre’s, but still like a romantic element in most, if not all of them.

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  • RO

    Hey There Lorna, and I loved your review! This definitely sounds like a HEA! Hugs…RO

    • Hi RO, and thank you! It was definitely a HEA! That’s the best kind as far as I am concerned. Hugs back at you!

  • Great review Lorna! I am adding this to my ever growing wish-list:)

    • Thank you! Hope you love it if you get the chance to read it!

  • I love her books! I didn’t realize she published a new one. I must scurry off to mark it for my list. 🙂

    Oh wow, like the usual really tough ones for my emotions, I see.

    So happy to see your first review up, Lorna!!!!

    • Thank you Sophia! I am interesting in seeing your thoughts about this one and hope you like it!

  • Debbie Haupt

    Hey Lorna I enjoyed your thoughts and welcome to Delighted Reader!

    • Thank you! I am excited to be here!

  • I have read a couple of her books and loved them. I like the premise of this one and think that I would really like this one as much as the others that I have read. Adding this one to the tbr pile.

    • Oh, good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  • it’s always great when you can connect to the characters like that

    • Yes, I have always liked this author’s characters. She sure knows how to write great ones!

  • Savage is what kids these days would call it. Man, being left at the altar?! I’d hunt, truss, & smoke my fiancé if he does this to me

    • I know exactly how you feel, but that part of the book was really very small-thankfully!

  • I’m surprised that isn’t considered a trope. It makes sense for it to be one. This sounds like it ends up being sweet though and I’m all in the mood for that right now. Plus gotta love it when kids steal the show. 😀 Brilly review!

    • Hi, haven’t seen you for awhile! I have no idea if it’s considered a trope or not, but it should be. Sometimes you just need a heartwarming book, don’t you?

  • I like this troupe. I am glad it was well done and heartwarming. It sounds like a great beach read. Look at you Lorna reviewing romance…love it!

    • Thanks! I’ve been reading a whole lot of contemporary romance for over a year now so I am glad to be able to review it. And yes, this would be a great beach read!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Oooh Lorna! I’m going to have to check out CConnor. I love a story where the characters are so fully realized that I feel like I know them and I also am a sucker for kids in a story when they’re more than just a plot device. AND I just looked and I already own #1 in this series. 🙂

    • You mean the McKenney series? There’s lots of children in that one.I loved that one too. I think you will like them. This one isn’t part of a series-yet. I am hoping for one as there’s a couple I would love to get together 🙂

      • Bookworm Brandee

        Yes, I meant the McKenney series. And I’m excited. 🙂 I’ll keep my fingers crossed she makes this one a series for you. 😉

  • oh I love books like these, there should def be a trope for that I’d prob scuff them up

    • I know, right? I’d be reading them too!