Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers #3) Claudia Connor [REVIEW]

“Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story,” recommends Carly Phillips. Now the swoon-worthy McKinney Brothers series from this bestselling author continues as JT, the youngest of the trio, discovers that only love can make him whole.

She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he’s made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge

prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

 4.5 – 5 SUPER Cute Stars
Worth it All is a standalone and is part of The McKinney Brother series.  The thing I love about this series is that each book is so different.  I’ve been dying for this book and it was well worth the wait. Worth it All is a feel good novel that will make you smile from inside and out.

Paige is a strong independent single mom. She works two jobs and is trying to obtain her degree. Her number priority is her five year old daughter Casey. I absolutely adore Casey and Paige. I love reading single-parent books and you throw in a struggling parent I am all over that. Paige is the kind of single mom you strive to be. She doesn’t have time for relationships because what little time she has is dedicated to working, studying or spending time with her daughter.

J.T. / Jake is a guy that is tortured by his past. Something happened long ago that has shaped him into the man he is today. Granted he’s doing well as an engineer for prosthetics. He decided to go into that profession, because he uses a prosthetics since he has a partial missing leg.  I love Jake. He’s the sweet, fun loving Hero you want to get to know and fall in love with. I love that he has this mysterious past, I love what he does for a living and I love his reaction towards Paige when he sees her for the first time.

When Jake notices Paige for the first time he is instantly drawn towards her. When he realizes she has a daughter Jake is taken aback, but then notices Paige’s daughter is just like him. She has a partial missing leg as well.  Aren’t you dying of cuteness overload? I know I am. I love the storyline and I couldn’t wait to dive into the Jake/ Paige / Casey dynamics.

Worth it All has mild tension with zero angst. I love these kinds of books. I love it when the Hero and Heroine form a slow building relationship and get to know each other through time. I can’t stress enough how sweet this book is and how much it will melt your heart. The chemistry between Paige and Jake is addictive, as Paige is cautious with her heart and Jake is slowly realizing he doesn’t want to be alone anymore.

If you are a fan of the series you will not be disappointed and if you haven’t started this series, Worth it All is the book you need to read.

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Happy first birthday to Matt and Abby!! I can't believe it's been a year since Worth The Fall left the nest of my tiny writing closet and went into the world. I can't thank you all enough for reading, for sharing, and for loving Matt, Abby, and the kids as much as I do. I  hope you enjoyed catching up with them in Worth The Risk and you'll get another sweet update in JT's, book Worth It All. 
Matt and Abby mean so much to me and Worth the Fall is about falling in love, making choices and taking chances. It’s also about believing you’re enough, believing you’re worthy of what’s being offered. I absolutely LOVE these characters. I spent three years with them before I ever considered writing their story, then almost three more years writing it. Any minute of any day, I can pop into their lives, be a fly on the wall. It’s like watching your favorite movie that never ends! 

10 questions from Inside the Actor’s Studio:
"Thanks for having me." Matt sits back in the leather club chair and checks his watch. "I've got ten minutes before all hell breaks loose but we'll do what we can." *smiles*

1. What is your favorite word?
Hmm...The first word that comes to mind is glubs, Mary’s word for gloves. She’s three now and we were outside the other day and she said, “It’s cold. I weally need my glubs.” Now we all call gloves glubs. Makes me smile every time I hear it. 

2. What is your least favorite word?
Vomit. Or more like the phrase, “I just threw up”. I cringe and thank God for my wife who handles things like that way better than I do.

3. What turns you on?
That’s easy. Abby. Everything about her turns me on. Dressed up and in heels, that’s killer. But a t-shirt and sweats does it for me too. Hair down, I run my fingers through it. Hair up, I kiss her neck. Hearing her laugh, seeing her smile, watching *smiles embarrassed and runs a hand through his hair* Your fault for leading my mind there. Next question.

4. What turns you off?
Black licorice, black jelly beans. Always has.  My brothers used to put all of theirs in my Easter basket.  They paid dearly for that.

5. What sound do you love?
Favorite sound...I guess it'd be the combination of sounds when we're all out in the backyard and everyone's happy. Abby and I were just talking about this the other day, how much we love that sound. *wide smile* Even if it only lasts a minute without anyone needing a bandaid or fighting over a swing, it’s a beautiful sound.

6. What sound do you hate?
The alarm clock. Every damn morning. I still wake up around four, a habit from the military, but the alarm says time to get up. Time to leave Abby all warm and wrapped up beside me. Or okay...yeah. *sheepish grin* Maybe she's not always asleep.

7. What is your favorite curse word?
Fuck. It works. And when I’m alone I tend to let an entire string fly, get it all out. It’s obviously a no-go at home.

8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
*thinks for a second, shakes his head slowly* Sorry. I got nothing. I honestly can't think of a single thing I’d rather be doing. Every house I flip is something new and different. Abby helps me with the details, like what tile goes with what granite, and all that. I'm home in the morning to help get the kids ready for school. I'm here at night for homework, bath, and bed, which can turn into a full scale assault. I honestly don't think my life could be any better.

9. What profession would you not like to do?
*shrugs* Anything that's not this.

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I hope he’d say, false alarm. Like, Hey, Matt. Just checking in, you can go back now. Because the thought of leaving my family is... It's just not something I ever want to think about.

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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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