Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Release Day Blitz & Review: Worth The Risk 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.

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My Review:

Hannah has been through a lot in her life. She struggles with dealing with the past and trying to find a future for herself. It doesn't help that her brothers all want to protect and coddle her.  

Stephen has been through a ringer himself and isn't as open as he should be. His family, too, worries about him.  He's backed himself away from them out of fear and guilt. 

When the two meet, the attraction is instantaneous but neither is really ready for what a relationship would bring. The secrets that would come out.  Little do they know that their lives intersect on other levels. 

Worth the Risk was a beautiful story about healing and the power of love and how sometimes the risks we take are worth everything.  Hannah was a sweet person, yet she was quiet, and kept to herself, focusing on her job and her family.  She didn't want to be different, but she couldn't find a way to push herself forward either.  Stephen was withdrawn and angry, hurting and he wasn't sure he was good enough for Hannah, though he wanted her.  I love that the story wasn't an instantaneous love match, that both Stephen and Hannah had to work towards making a sincere go at having more.  

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Author Bio

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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