Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review:Worth The Risk by Claudia Connor


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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What I thought about Worth The Risk
I was really charmed by the first McKinney brother story so I was definitely interested in reading the second book in this series.  In Worth The Risk, we meet Stephen McKinney. He's rich, sexy and sort of a jerk. The good news is that he knows his limitations and for the most part he's indulged in one-night stands with women that weren't looking for a relationship. Until he meets Hannah Walker.

Hannah is sweet and lovable. She cares for animals and children. Stephen is immediately smitten with her when he sees her at the grocery store and he doesn't take no for an answer when he asks to see her again.  He manages to turn on the charm and even though it's very clear that dating is way outside of her comfort zone, she eventually says yes.

But this story is not just a case of "opposites attract" -- both Stephen and Hannah are carrying some deep pain from the past.  As their feelings for each other grow, they have to decide whether they will take the chance on each other. Aside from two incidents at the start of their relationship where Stephen is a huge jerk,  I really liked the man he became when he was with her, and how he gave her so much of the happiness she deserved. I had the same feel-good feeling that I had at the end of Worth The Fall, there was just a much different path getting there.

There's great secondary characters in Hannah's over-protective brothers (I want to hear more about them!), and lots of Matt and Abby from the first book in the series.  The plot is once again a bit predictable, but Worth The Risk was really about the transformation of Stephen and Hannah, and that was a very sweet love story. 

I really like this series.

ARC provided for review.

About the Author

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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