Saturday, December 20, 2014

5 Star REVIEW... WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor

* I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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.

Worth The Risk GOODREADS

This Book Nerd Says: 

I was so excited when I got this book to read as an ARC because I absolutely adored everything about the first book in the McKinney Brother Series. WORTH THE FALL stole my heart and earned itself 5 stars from me. Whenever I read the second book following a book I strongly loved I always get that tingle of worry. 
Could I possibly love the second as much as the first?
Why yes, yes I could. 
And I did. 
WORTH THE RISK is worth the read and then some. 
It took me reading all of about 5% of the book before I new that Matt McKinney had some serious competition in the form of his brother, Stephen. 
Stephen McKinney, is successful businessman. He's so successful that he has the millions of dollars and Most Eligible Bachelor status to prove it. This means he usually gets what he wants especially when it comes to the women that he spends his nights with.  No attachments, that seems to be his mode of operation in life. He's able to keep the desire for anything more than one night stands and frivolous affairs until he spots her crying in the middle of the grocery store. 
Her name is Hannah. 
Hannah is the younger sister of four fiercely protective brothers. Raised by them, she loves and respects them unwilling to cause them to fear for her...again. She didn't want to take risks, she would never forget the last time she did. But Stephen changes that for her as well. With him she dares to dream of being able to feel whole again. 
As a reader you come to learn fairly quickly that something happened to both Stephen and Hannah. There's no out of left field bomb, rather Connor does a fantastic job at pulling back layers of their histories until it's all laid out and your heart aches for the trauma they both still carry in their hearts. There's some darkness, but it's not overwhelming, instead it makes you appreciate the true healing that happens from beginning to end in this story. This is the story of two people who know pain far too well and are faced with the opportunity to choose to  love and trust again. Hannah not only wakens Stephen's desire to love again, I think she had a special part in drawing him closer to his family again as well. 
It's a beautiful story.
Plus, we get plenty of glimpses at Matt and Abby from WORTH THE FALL, while we fall in love with Stephen and Hannah. I even have some hope held out for another McKinney brother getting the next book... BUT that one I'll keep to myself for now :) 

It's coming out a month from now and if I was you I wouldn't hesitate to pre-order this one so you don't have to wait any longer than necessary to read it!
UPDATED--> Available for purchase right now 2/3/15 


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