Monday, April 18, 2016

Unwrapping a Review of WORTH IT ALL, a McKinney Brothers novel by Claudia Connor

A friend recommended WORTH IT ALL by Claudia Connor just when NetGalley sent me a suggestion for reading it. It was as if the fates were conspiring that I should read this one, so I did. The fates were right.

***eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for WORTH IT ALL:

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.

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Since I haven’t read any of the other books in the series, I hadn’t met Jake McKinney before WORTH IT ALL. He’s the youngest of the McKinney boys and had dreams of playing football professionally until an unfortunate car accident stole those dreams, and his leg. Eight years has passed since then, he’s moved to California and started a business developing amazing prosthetics for others like him. Jake gets much satisfaction from helping others and although, his work satisfies him, he’s lonely even while intrigued with the pretty waitress at his favorite diner. But when his life becomes entwined with hers, and another very special lady, his life changes but will it be for the better?

Paige Roberts has dealt with some bad things in her life but loves her little girl, Casey, more than anything in the world. She wants her daughter's life to be very different from her own. She wants her to feel safe, and confident. When her little girl decides she doesn’t want to wear her prosthetic, it’s a handsome, and rather brooding, man who changes her mind. Paige feels herself drawn to Jake but her hesitations, fears, and belief that there is no such as a happily-ever-after has her holding back.

I had a little trouble getting into the story at first. I don’t know if that was because I hadn’t read the other books or because it just wasn’t resonating with me, but once I did I began to fall in love. I have to say that the real star of WORTH IT ALL is little Casey Roberts. She is the most adorable, precocious, and real fictional child in a romance that I’ve ever encountered. Her connection to Jake is one that I would like to have seen more of in terms of Paige’s connection to him, but I enjoyed it all the same.

WORTH IT ALL, book three in the McKinney Brothers series by Claudia Connor is a sweet, heart breaking at times contemporary romance that has me adding the rest of the series to my ever-growing TBR list. I just have to experience the rest of the McKinney brothers after falling somewhat in love with Jake. He’s everything we’d like to see exist in real men but know can’t really. He’s funny, he’s sensitive, he’s sexy as hell, and even when he’s brooding, there’s a caring, inquisitive side to him that makes him special and intelligent. I love the story-line being that there are so many who have lost limbs through tragedy and military action. I love that Claudia gave us a look at the feelings and worries of those who use prosthetics, and those who in turn worry about them. Jake is patient with Casey, as well as with Paige. As if sensing that Paige is fighting her own demons, he gives her similar time and patience with a much different result. He’s such a wonderful romance hero.

I highly recommend WORTH IT ALL by Claudia Connor to anyone who loves a truly sweet, timely, sensitive, and well-written contemporary romance. I’m so glad this one came across my radar. It was definitely WORTH IT ALL to read.

Happy Reading Everyone!

WORTH IT ALL, a McKinney Brothers novel by Claudia Connor, LoveSwept, releasing April 19, 2016 in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

1 comment:

Elizabeth H. said...

I loved this book...and needed several tissues!