Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Release Blitz Excerpt, Review & Giveaway:Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker, #1) by Claudia Connor

Title: Worth the Wait
Series: McKinney/Walker #1
Author: Claudia Connor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017


The first in a spin off series of the New York Times Bestselling McKinney Brothers, WORTH THE WAIT takes readers on a journey through young love into adulthood in a heartwrenching, second chance love story.

Nick Walker thought nothing could destroy what he had with Mia. He certainly never thought he would be the one to destroy it.

Now ten years later, Mia James is in Special Agent Nick Walker’s path once again and this time he’s determined to shed the weight of regret and finally claim the future that was always meant to be theirs.

It won’t be easy. Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick and now, just when she’d pieced it back together, it’s been broken again, bringing their past to the surface, including her own secret about that day everything went wrong.

***Every title by Claudia Connor is a Contemporary Romance and a full stand alone novel. No cheating, no love triangle, no cliff hanger.

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~twenty-four years ago

Nick pressed two fingers into the sleep deprived headache pounding in his temple and tried to concentrate on professor Jenkins’s explanation of ideal gas law. He circled a line of notes, ignored the knock on the auditorium door until he heard the familiar cry. Hannah, who he’d left in the university daycare two hours ago.

The high pitched wail wasn’t his two year old sister’s hurt cry. It was her scared cry with a touch of pissed off. In the six months since their parents’ death, he’d learned to tell the difference. He’d learned a lot of things. Like if he didn’t take her to the bathroom, she’d likely wait too long and have an accident. Like green beans made her throw up, but she’d eat them if he told her to. And she would never, ever go to sleep without Mr. Bunny.

He was up, out of his seat, and halfway down the auditorium stairs before his professor laid his pen down.

Nick’s eyes narrowed on the young blonde in an oversized sweatshirt with silk greek letters sewn on the front. She held a sobbing Hannah dressed in the sunny yellow sundress he’d picked out that morning. She hadn’t been crying when he left her. Now her eyes were red and snot mixed with tears dripped into her mouth. Hannah lunged for him. His arms engulfed her small body and his heart squeezed like it always did when she held onto him.

“I stay you,” Hannah said. Each word tumbled out of her with a jerk of her tiny shoulders.

“What happened to her?”

“Nothing happened to her. She hasn’t stopped screaming for the past hour and she bit three people. We can’t keep her like that.”

Several responses came to mind.

She’s just a baby.

She missed her nap.

And the loudest of all, it was my fault for leaving her.

Hannah raised her head to look at him, giant tears hanging from golden lashes. “I bite.”

“Well. At least she’s honest.” Professor Jenkins turned his questioning eyes to Nick. “She yours?”

He hesitated, but only a second. “My sister. But yes, she’s mine.” And at that moment she became even more his, which seemed to be the case every day. Every day, a little more his.

What I thought about Worth the Wait
A lot of bad things have happened to Nick Walker. He lost his parents, raised his brothers and sister, experienced a tragic event that tested him in a way no one should ever be tested. Even after it all, he's still a good guy. He's had a lot to deal with and sometimes, he takes the role of big brother very seriously.

In Worth the Wait, he gets a huge blast from the past when he runs into his old girlfriend, Mia. It's been a long time since he's seen her, but he hasn't forgotten the woman that stood by him through all that -- and the woman he pushed away.

The story is told with some flashbacks of Mia and Nick's time together when they were younger and what is happening in their lives now. It's hard to talk about what happens here without spoiling it, but this second chance romance doesn't always go smoothly for Nick or Mia. The spark between them still remains though, and it takes letting go of the past and a whole lot of honesty on both of their parts for them to move forward.

Worth the Wait is a tender, emotional second chance love story that drew me right in and kept me reading until I reached the final page. As with the McKinney Brothers series, Nick Walker is a self-sacrificing good guy who is super protective of the ones he loves. He's human too, so he's also made some mistakes.

I liked Mia. She's supportive and strong, smart and sensitive. She's part of the family, whether Nick likes it or not. IT was great to get more of Hannah in this book as well. She's one of my favorite characters from the McKinney brother series, and I loved how Worth the Wait worked with the previous series. Even though this book can be read as a standalone, once I finished I had to go back and re-read the first three, just to revisit these characters.

Fans of the McKinney brothers series will love this spin-off and new readers will get hooked on Claudia Connor's deeply emotional stories. If you love children in your romances, this series is definitely for you.

The good news is that there are more Walker brothers! I can't wait for more.

This is my honest review. An ARC was provided.

Author Bio

Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.

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