Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Worth The Wait (McKinney/Walker #1) by Claudia Connor [Review]

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 Worth it Stars
Worth The Wait is a standalone and is part of the McKinney / Walker series. This is also a spin-off from The McKinney Brothers series. This is Nick’s story.  He is the older brother of Hannah from Worth the Risk.

I love spin-off books because they are a little different, but still a part of a series I love.
Worth the Wait is a little more dramatic than the other reads. It’s emotional and as a mom, it really hits me to the heart.

Nick has a lot of responsibilities on his shoulders. Hi parents died and now he has to take care of his siblings, including his two year old sister Hannah. I really liked the way this one was written. I usually don’t like flashbacks in books, but I felt like the flashbacks added a little tension and angst to the read.

We know something happened to Nick and Mia and throughout the beginning of the book it’s slowly revealed on their struggles. I completely felt for the characters in this book.

The flashbacks focuses on the past, meaning good and bad times. I enjoyed reading both. I liked reading how Mia and Nick got together and I liked reading how it fell completely apart. And then as they slowly put the pieces back together.

Worth the Wait is a bit different, but it worked for me. It will cut to your heart and give you the feels when you finish.

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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 her...um...Sorry. *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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