Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor #Review

Posted June 22, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 13 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.

Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor #Review
Worth the Risk

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Series: #2 The McKinney Brothers
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on February 3, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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Two very broken people meet by chance in the grocery aisle and the beginning of something special happens that nobody would predict turning into something special.

Hannah Walker was kidnapped and tortured and barely holds it together these days outside working as a physical therapist using her precious horses with kids with special needs. Her four older very protective brothers hover, worried for her and feeling guilty that she was hurt when they were responsible for her after their parents died. Now for the first time, she feels interest and not fear, but wouldn’t you know it, he’s a billionaire playboy who’s as gun-shy in his own way as her. At first, it’s just an exercise in getting back in the saddle and moving on with life, but then its so much more as Stephen’s attentiveness and real desire to be with her- horrific scars and all. She wants him badly enough that she tentatively takes the risk even while she fights to keep the land that someone wants so badly.

Stephen McKinney lost his fiancée when she was murdered five years before and spiraled out of control grabbing for booze and women to drown out the roar of pain, guilt and anger. He pushed his family away and won’t take the risk of feeling anything for anybody ever again. It hurt too much. Anger and a desire for revenge that he can’t have were the dark thoughts that stayed with him. However, Hannah and her sad eyes and warm unbroken spirit in spite of all she has been through pushes him to let go of the past. He is cold as ice when brokering his big real estate business deals, but this sweet, warm woman has him turning all his attentions to see her smile, laugh and let him bask in her glow. Her work is fulfilling and he will do his part to help her keep her land. Something shifts inside him to thoughts of love and forever, but he realizes that she doesn’t know the dark, ugliness inside him. Will she think he’s worth the risk?

As with the first book in this series which blew me away emotionally, this one was right there too. The characters, their heartbreaking pasts, the surrounding family and the intriguing plot just kept me riveted through the whole story. The development, pace, and build to the crisis points was handled so well leaving me itching for the next McKinney story.

The romance was beautiful in the way it was executed one hesitant step at a time as Stephen has to figure out how to even be in a relationship again after the mercenary way he had been with women for years and Hannah has her first shot at a relationship if she can get past all the fear and feelings of inadequacy. I loved how neither knew the other’s background so that they were flying blind much for some time which causes some halts and re-starts until it got going. They were strongly attracted, but the sensual side waited until a true relationship was underway which worked perfect considering their issues. It was never easy and just seemed to get harder. This was a tough-fought romance, but the author painted the characters so perfectly that it was worth it.

As an aside, the continuation of Matt and Abby and the kids’ story from book one along with the inclusion of lots of page time with the whole McKinney family and Hannah’s Walker family was a huge treat. This book could be read out of order, but personally I’m glad to have read the other first just so the family updates are more delicious knowing what happened before.

In summary, this touching, heartwarming, passionate romance was sheer delight. I would recommend this book and the series to those who enjoy emotion-packed contemporary romance.

My thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Romance Roundabout # 202 CR

Cliché Klatch #118 ‘I just snapped’

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 was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    This is not an author who I’ve read, but it sounds like she’s really given her characters plenty of substance with a good story. I always think that the best places to meet your soulmate are grocery and bookstores, or the local library.(lol) Great review! Hugs…

    • So true, Ro! It seems to happen when you’re not even looking for it. I stumbled on her first book and loved it.

  • I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the cover!:) And I love the fact that the romance was so well done. Did they start off as friends and then the slow romance was built? Because that’s my most favorite kind. Thank you for sharing this girl!♡

    • That is a lickalicious cover, Keionda.

      Actually, they started as experimenters if that makes sense. She wanted to see if she could overcome her fear of men and he was just intrigued by a woman different from his usual.

  • I wants to read it now! Wonderful review hun! Do you think I can just jump into this book, are does the first have anything important in it?

    • You could jump in. This one is it’s own story. I love them both, but they are written in a way so they can work out of order.

      • Cool, I love when authors do that, someone it gets boring having to always read in order! Ill probably try this one then go back for the others:D

  • I love romances that they have to fight for, it makes it all the more sweeter. I went to add this to my Amazon wishlist and saw that I have book one marked..probs from you chicky!

    • Oh yes, me, too! I loved seeing these two broken people heal and find love.

      That’s hilarious! That happens to me once in a while. I love it when I can point folks to stories I love.

  • Lorene Tolleson

    The cover was the only thing that I liked about this book. Using Donald Trump as a positive role model for the hero was enough to make me gag.

    • Ah, sorry to hear it, Lorene! Every book isn’t for every person. Hope your next read is a good one for you.

  • Lindy Gomez

    Great Review 🙂 I can tell that this story touched you emotionally. I like that the relationship developed before the sensual aspect took place. I usually fall for the broken characters, and love when they find a HEA.’

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • It sure did. I am a softy for the broken ones, too.