A Blogging Reader’s ARC-Review: WORTH THE FALL by Claudia Connor

ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Worth The Fall’ by Claudia Connor.


(This review will also be posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com)


Author: Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers Series *Trilogy* (book #1)
Publishing date:  September 9th, 2014


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Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor

A Synopsis & My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘WORTH THE FALL (The McKinney Brothers Series book #1)’:

I was given an ARC copy to read and share an honest review about ‘Worth The Fall’, which is the first novel of ‘The McKinney Brothers Series’ by Author Claudia Connor.  I’m always excited to read new work from authors. There is a special place in my heart for romance novels that stem around family and military related stories.  This story definitely has the best of both. The novel is read through the dual P.O.V.’s(point of views) of the main characters, Abby Davis and Matt McKinney.

We first meet thirty-four year old Navy SEAL, Matt McKinney who is single, devoted to his team and the duty that comes with his line of work.  To me, he is the epitome of tall, dark and handsome.  Dark hair and eyes, a strong and fit body, tall height and a manly persona.  His love for family and his admirable respect for duty, just make his character very likeable. He’s never met a woman who made him think ‘serious relationship’ but a couple of years ago, he started feeling this need to consider starting his own family.  All of that got pushed aside and almost completely out of his mind, after a tragic mission where he made a promise to his fallen teammate, his best friend.

We also meet the young, beautiful mother of four, with a fifth in her pregnant tummy, Abby Davis, who decides to take her children to the beach for a much needed family vacation.  After her own tragedy, she’s been raising her children on her own and is determined to prove to herself and anyone paying attention, that she can handle this no matter what.  She is a young mother with dark hair, green eyes, beautiful and ready to keep everyone at a distance from here on out.  All her life, she’s never felt needed or wanted and made it her own motto to never let anyone get too close because they always leave.  Upon meeting a strong, handsome, unexpected stranger, she had no idea how a week-long family vacation would become more than she could imagine.

One week is all it took for the unexpected to happen.  Matt had been craving for something deep down inside and Abby never thought she would be willing to risk giving her trust to anyone. But a day on the beach would be the start of something more than they ever thought could exist for either of them.  Matt begins to feel attached to Abby and her children but knows it can’t last after they part ways.  He will have to go back to work and keep his promise to his best friend.  And Abby hesitantly enjoys Matt’s friendly and helpful attention but knows that eventually she will be going back home with her kids, leaving the beach fun behind.

But their beach week becomes more than either of them could expect and something happens that neither will forget.  Will a week long friendship alter their lives to the point of no return? Can Matt break through the barriers that Abby has up to protect herself?  Will Abby ever trust Matt enough to let him get close? Trust me, this story is ‘Worth The Fall’.  Any story that can make my emotions come alive so strongly, is definitely a winner to me.  A well written story,  a great amount of ‘sweep-me-off-my-feet’ moments and characters that are enjoyable and relate-able in the realistic sense, make me list this novel as one I truly recommend.  I will be awaiting the next novel of this series to see which of Matt’s brothers, the next novel will be about. Could it be the youngest distant brother J.T. or the successful single brother Stephen with issues of his own? We will see in a few months. But until then, check this novel out, it’s worth it!  🙂

WORTH THE FALL’ is the 1st novel of ‘The McKinney Brothers Series’. What’s next in this series:

WORTH THE FALL – Book #1 of ‘The McKinney Brothers Trilogy Series’ –  The story follows single mother Abby Davis and McKinney brother Navy SEAL Matt McKinney. More info: They meet on a beach…They only have a week…but a week is all it takes. (Release Date: September 2014-AVAILABLE NOW!)

WORTH THE RISK – Book #2 of ‘The McKinney Brothers Trilogy Series’ –  The story follows scarred by the past Hannah Walker and McKinney brother millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney. More info: Two hearts locked away…both desperate for a second chance. (Release Date: February 3rd, 2015)



1 star rating 4.5


How I imagined the characters while reading ‘WORTH THE FALL’:

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Matt’s thoughts:  At thirty-four, what had once been sexy seemed sleazy.  Bold and assertive felt more like desperate and aggressive.  He liked sex.  He didn’t like being mauled.

Abby’s thoughts:  Nice, and nice looking.  Not that she had been looking, but she wasn’t blind.  And the way he’d played with her son?  Not once in Jack’s five years had his own father played with him like that.  And now he never would.

Matt’s thoughts:  It was a lucky man who had a woman like that, kids like that.  His brothers did, but he’d made different choices.  Different promises.

Matt’s thoughts:  Bunkmates.  Teammates.  Best friends.  Until that friend had come home in a body bag.  Matt stared at the ocean below his condo balcony, fighting the gory memories, teetering between punching the wall and crying like a baby.

Matt’s thoughts:  He surrounded her, and even though she was small, she surrounded him.  Fit against him like she was made to be there.  The rest of the world faded away until there was nowhere else he’d rather be.  Not with his team, not with his family.  Nowhere.  Six days.  Six fucking days he’d had with her.  It seemed like a second, and like a lifetime.

Matt and Abby:  “Just tell me you feel it too.”-(Matt)
Tears threatened and she bit her lip against them.  “I feel it.”-(Abby)
But she’d convinced herself a long time ago that she didn’t need more. That she didn’t want more, not enough to face the risk of losing it.

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