Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Worth the Risk (The McKinney Brothers, #2) by Claudia Connor

Title: Worth the Risk
Series: The McKinney Brothers #2
Author: Claudia Connor
Publisher: Loveswept
 Release Date: February 3, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor follows up her heartfelt debut, Worth the Fall, with a novel about Matt’s brother, Stephen—and 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.

4 Playboy stars

It’s Stephen’s story, yay! Or I should say LICK! Stephen is sexy, rich and has a bad past. His fianc√© was murdered and after years of drinking and going off the deep end, he’s trying to get control of his life. He’s working more and building a relationship with his family again.

Hannah was tragically abused when she was a teenager.  She’s older and wiser now, but her scars still linger. She works on a farm and uses animals for physical therapy for special needs children. Doesn’t that melt your heart?

Both are struggling to move forward.

Hannah doesn’t date. She’s very cautious of men, but Stephen notices her beauty and asks her out. I like the beginning because there is instant attraction. I usually cringe away from this, but it really worked for me.
I liked that Stephen was really into Hannah and I love it when the Hero chases after the Heroine.

I found the pursuit cute and Hannah being shy and very hesitant towards Stephen adorable. She should be, the poor girl was abused when she was younger. They have this sweet relationship that I enjoyed reading.  I also liked reading how much Hannah loves working with her horses and kids.

I always have a soft spot for kids in books. I don’t know why. I kind of wished she was a single mom, but that’s just me. So Hannah doesn’t want to go out with Stephen, but he invites her to his niece’s birthday party. Hannah, a sucker for kids and attends. I really liked this. I liked how much Stephen’s family includes Hannah into the fold.

Like I said, it’s really cute

Of course, nothing is easy. Stephen has issues. I’m not a fan of a dead ex. It’s hard to get over a ghost, especially if that ghost is perfect. However, Stephen’s ex isn’t that much in the picture and it didn’t distract me while I was reading. It was enough to let me know he really loved her and he just can’t get over the way she died.

Hannah needs to learn to trust the opposite sex, but it doesn’t come easy. She’s very guarded and her brothers’ over protectiveness doesn’t help either, but I sure love reading it!

Overall, if you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed. It’s a completely new storyline and new brother, but same writing style that people enjoy.

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New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor 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 spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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