ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Worth The Risk’ (The McKinney Brothers Series #2) by Claudia Connor.
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Title: WORTH THE RISK
Author: Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers Series (Book #2)
Publishing date: February 3rd, 2015
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)
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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.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘WORTH THE RISK’:
The second book of The McKinney Brothers Series was captivating and such an emotional story. Those handsome, tough, yet loveable men in the McKinney clan continue to steal hearts and fill the list of dream-book-boyfriends. I just finished reading a copy of Worth The Risk and the story follows the McKinney brother Stephen. This one was a bit darker and deeper than the first but, just like the first of this series, it did not disappoint either. The story is written in the two P.O.V.’s(point of views) from Stephen McKinney and Hannah Walker.
We fell in love with the sexy and sweet McKinney brother Matt in Worth The Fall but in this second installment of the series we get to know his brother, the Millionaire-playboy Stephen McKinney. Stephen is highly successful as the owner and skilled businessman behind Trace Development. Money, Power and admiration from women and men have been a part of the lifestyle he lives. But his life wasn’t always about the business even though nowadays it is what helps him to keep his mind busy so it doesn’t go back to a darker time. Not many people know much about what truly drove him to become successful. He directed all of his attention and drive into his business so he wouldn’t get lost in his dark thoughts of vengeance. He was once engaged but after a brutal and life changing ordeal in the past, he is alone and still haunted by the memory of that difficult day.
Hannah Walker has been protected all of her life since she is the only girl out of 5 siblings. Her four brothers helped to raised her after her parents met with tragedy. When she was a teenager, thinking she knew everything and never realized how naive she really was, Hannah’s life was changed. Her life almost ended after a long and torturous ordeal by the hands of a maniac that she thought she could trust. After she was rescued, her life was completely different, her body was changed in many ways, her mind and heart were scarred to the point that she never thought she’d trust again. Her four brothers continued to raise and keep her under their wing, especially her sometimes overly-protective and strong-minded brother Nick. The protectiveness they once held for their sister now also included sheltering her. She never had a problem with it after her terrifying ordeal because it was the only way she felt she could keep on surviving from day to day.
From the moment when Stephen and Hannah first meet, there is an instant connection that seems hard to ignore. Stephen seemed so determined to pursue her while Hannah had her reasons to keep him at a distance. I really loved and enjoyed how the character’s imperfections just made them seem so relateable and realistic. This made each character easy to like and enjoy in the process. The storyline was different than the first novel of the series because it held a slightly-darker tone but definitely amazing in its own way. Reading the heartbreaking moments that changed both Stephen and Hannah’s lives in their pasts just made this story so enthralling to see them both grow so much as the story progressed. This was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a story of love, heartbreak and the pursuit of happiness in the way of finding love and growing from tragedy. Check this great story out when it is out! 🙂
★★‘WORTH THE RISK’ is the 2nd 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)
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘WORTH THE RISK’ 4 1/2 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘WORTH THE RISK’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘WORTH THE RISK’★★★
Stephen’s thoughts: Stephen McKinney watched her go, enjoying the way she moved in tan riding breeches that hugged her legs before they disappeared into tall, brown leather boots. He smiled, enjoying it a little longer. Golden-blond hair hung in a long, loose braid nearly to her waist. He had a flash of it tangled in his fingers, spread across silk sheets. Beautiful. And gone.
Hannah’s thoughts: She loved her four brothers, and she wouldn’t say they suffocated her, though the hum of their hovering could be deafening at times. FBI, Special Forces, firefighter, cop. It was like her very own big-brother protection force.
Stephen’s thoughts: Being wrong meant you lost, something he hated even more. He liked easy; she was anything but. Though staring into Hannah’s eyes over candlelight, he forgot what he liked. Forgot damn near everything.
Stephen’s thought: He’d spent the first two years in a bottle and he’d still felt lost. The next two years screwing a multitude of women. And he’d still been alone. Then he’d turned to work, where he managed, commanded. It had brought him wealth and power, but it hadn’t brought her back.
Stephen’s thoughts: He hadn’t kissed her, hadn’t made her smile again the way he’d wanted to that first day. So beautiful. He could picture her in a castle tower like something out of a fairy tale. And in that same story he’d be the villian.
Stephen and Edie: The kiss was hot and hard and when he lifted his head, he found he eyes were still closed.
“So damn sweet.” Which only made him want her more.
She blinked up at him, eyes dazed, looking every bit a girl who’d been thoroughly kissed. “It’s hard to breathe around you.”
“Is that a good thing?”
“I don’t know.”
She smiled up at him and he was nearly knocked off his feet. This quiet, unassuming girl was going to kill him.
Hannah’s thoughts: His heartbeat strong against her ear while his hand made a lazy run up and down her back. It was perfect and she drifted, knowing she’d been sheltered her entire life but never felt entirely safe. Until now.
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