Worth the Wait by Claudia Connors

Worth the Wait by Claudia ConnorsWorth the Wait by Claudia Connors

Series: #1 McKinney-Walker
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 10, 2017
Pages: 235
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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When being in love is not enough…

This book slayed me.  There are tough-fought romances and then there is this one.  I didn’t really go in with expectations other than love for the earlier McKinney series and eagerness for this crossover spin-off series, the McKinney-Walkers.

Worth the Wait, timeline-wise, is actually running parallel to the events of Worth the Risk (McKinney book two).  The characters are all in both books, but the author wrote them in such a way that this one has a standalone plot and a reader could start with this spin-off series if they wanted.  Personally, I was glad to read the other series first so appearances by the McKinneys and the many references to Hannah and Stephen’s romance in this one, make more sense.

So this story begins with Nick’s baby sister making it clear to him that she has found a special someone and is ready to date.  Nick is terrified of this because Hannah has gone through so much and he has discovered that Stephen has a rather checkered past.  Hannah begs him to back off and treat her like an adult and to give Stephen a chance.

Hannah’s new situation send Nick spiraling into thoughts of the past when he was a college-age guy.  Nick’s parents died leaving him the guardianship of his seventeen year old brooding brother, his fourteen year old twin brothers, and his three year old sister, Hannah.  He moves heaven and earth to keep them all together even while trying to finish his degree so he can get into the FBI.  The whole family is broken and hanging on by a thread, but then he encounters fellow student, Mia.  He falls in love with a beautiful girl who is not put off by his ready-made family and crazy life.

Mia has a plan that will involve eight years of school and then her career as a surgeon.  It did not include time for love particularly with a guy who has a lot on his plate raising a baby sister and looking out for his teenage brothers while grieving the loss of their parents.  But with promises from Nick that her education would come before marriage, they are doing alright until the unthinkable happens.

Now in the present, Mia is back in the area and is now a grief therapist.  Hannah Walker is her client and it is only a matter of time before Hannah’s oldest brother Nick learns that Mia is her therapist.  After all this time, Mia knows she is as vulnerable as ever, but she will not let Nick break her heart a second time since she is still in pain from the first.  Only, Nick claims he’s in a new place and ready to try again.

Alright, this one was told in present time and flashbacks.  Its a strongly emotional story, but it is also difficult to track because of the breaks back and forth.  I’m not one for drama, but in this instance, it’s not drama so much as how much a human being can handle of what life can throw at a person.

Nick was pushed past his limits when the pressure of caring for four younger siblings and losing his folks is compounded by having to wait eight years to get married and then have his baby sister kidnapped and tortured.  It broke something in him.

Mia was there all along with Nick while he raised the others and held strong to finish out her classes and internships only to have that happy moment of marriage and family never come.  She ended up walking away when all hope was gone and then later her own life is tested when her adopted baby is taken back by the birth mom.

I’m not going to lie.  It all got to be too much.  It wasn’t too angsty, but it was just one heartbreaking line of sorrows for this pair.  I really needed to see some happy times to balance it.

Am I sorry I read this story?  Not a chance!  I wouldn’t have passed it up.  But that said, this is no fluffy feel good story and the reader has to be prepared for that.

This romance pair really needed to catch a break.  Their chance came ten long years after they thought it would.  As I said in the opening, love was there all along, but it wasn’t enough when things got to be too much.  They were both too young to handle what hit them with the strength of an F-5 tornado.  It decimated and scattered the pieces.

The writing was amazing and the author told this particular story well.  I could have wished that once it dipped into the past that it stayed there until it caught up to the present, but then again, this way wasn’t a fail either.  There was set up for the other three Walker brothers to get their stories.  They were equally affected by their family’s past so I have a feeling that I will be getting some more deeply emotional stories out of this new series.

So, in summary, just wow.  Amazing and heartwrenching feels, but a fantastic second chance romance nonetheless.  I would recommend this series and the older series it spun from to those who love to see big family element, strong connections, and slow developing romance in unique and tough situations.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #7 CR
Literary Picker #8 Break up and Reunion Romance
New Release #3
COYER #43

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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.
  • Debbie Haupt

    Wow this sounds Fab and I love the dual series at the same time thingy too!
    Great review!

    • I thought that was clever of her to do a parallel time frame for the two as well, Debbie. It was abso-fab. 🙂

  • I’m not a huge fan of second chance romances. There are some really good ones and some really bad ones. I guess that is the case from pretty much any trope. I’ve read a few books that jump back and forth in the timeline where it works great. Glad you really enjoyed this one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I tend to like the ones that prove to me that there was a spark in the first place, but they needed some more time so need the second chance- which is also developed since it’s been a while. This one bent the rules on both ends with the first time and the second time. 🙂

      Thanks, Melanie!

  • While not my regular type of book it does sound good. Glad you liked it.

    • Yeah, it really grabbed me and whew, it wore me out. 🙂

  • This might be silly but I LOVE covers with the guy having a shirt slightly (but not all the way) unbuttoned. Swoon! 😀

    Unfortunately I’m not a huge fan of second-romance romances! I have had not-so-awesome experiences with them recently. The angst gets to me (not always in a good way). 😉 I’m really glad you enjoyed the book, Sophia!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Nothing silly about that. I find that a rather attractive cover, too.

      Yeah, this type of romance is definitely a chancy one for folks. I don’t always like the ones I read b/c of the way they are handled. Oh yes, they do tend to have some built-in angst.

      Thanks, Alyssa! You have a great week, too.

  • I loved this book. I had only recently read books 1 and 3 of the previous series. Loved those as well. Started this book and a couple of pages in I went a bought book 2 of the previous series, so I did read them close together with only one in between. It was a very emotional read but also very justified. Such a horrific back story! Not sure when my review will post. Great review!

    • You bopped around like I’ve done a few times with a series. 🙂

      Yes, it’s emotional, but I agree that its organic to the story. Wow yeah, their story. I’ll enjoy watching for your review.

      • Jena had a death in her family so I told her no hurry. So not sure when she will post it.

  • Humm, I like the sound of it, I like hearing the author is able to tell a great story. I am a little concerned about it being too much. I am not sure I can take so much bad thrown at you, is that even realistic? I mean… there is usual some good amidst the bad, right?

    • Yeah, this was a tough one. They just kept getting hit with bad stuff. I wanted to see a fun scene to break it up, but she saved it for the end. 🙂

  • that’s great that it was well written like that. I didn”t know about this one but it looks like we really follow a few characters so it’s interesting to see what happens to them all like that

    • Yes, it was neat to see the extended family of brothers getting their stories.

  • This really blew you away didn’t it? I shall have to look this author up.

    • Oh yeah, I made the mistake when reading her first book that it would be a light romance. She dug pretty deep and gave her character’s deeper situation.

  • I need this book! I have read a couple of Claudia Connor’s books and really enjoyed both of them. This sounds like something that I would really enjoy. Great review!

    • You really do if you’ve read and loved a couple of the earlier ones. 🙂

  • oh so many great things to recommend this one!! I really have enjoyed reading this author and she does great with portraying all the “feels”. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • It definitely does. I love the closeness of family and the depth of the people and their relationships so they can handle the troubles that come their way. She really does do so well with the feels. 🙂

  • Goodness. Yeah, I’d say that would break something in a person. Whew. Yay for a good read!

    • Uh huh, good, but traumatizing for me. 🙂

  • Whoa, sure sounds like an emotional roller coaster kind of read.

    • Oh yeah, it really was. Heartbreaking a few times.