Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor

Title: Worth the Risk
Author: Claudia Connor
Series: Book Two in the McKinney Brothers Series
Published By: Loveswept (February 3, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
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.






I fell in love with the McKinnley brothers after reading Worth the Fall and I just knew that my brief glimpse of them in the first book wasn't going to be enough. I needed to meet them all and I needed to meet them now.

Oh my gosh, I think I loved this book every bit as much as I loved the first. I loved Stephen every bit as much as I loved Matt, and let me tell you, Stephen had his work cut out for him because Matt was quite the swoon worthy hero. 

I didn't fall instantly in love with Stephen like I did Matt but, fall I did over the course of the book. There is just something so endearing about a broken man, a good man, that wants to be even better and that one person who makes him whole again.

Hannah was that person and I fell in love with her every bit as much as I did Stephen. And lets talk about her brothers, the Walker boys? I want a series all about them as well!!

This was a wonderful, if slightly darker sequel to the first book and completely lived up to it. I read it in one sitting and just couldn't get enough of it. I absolutely adored that we got not only more of all the McKinnley's but tons of Matt and Abby, it was wonderful to see them together, happy and to see where they were.

Mia was also a very nice surprise and I am keeping my fingers crossed that somewhere along the way, she too will get a story.

This was filled with steamy sexual tension, sweet tender moments and tons of swoon worthy, heart stopping moments. 

I am super excited to see who the next book will be about.





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

44 comments:

  1. It's great when the second book is just as good as the first. Sounds like great characters.

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    1. The brothers are all amazing and the wives and sisters too so it makes it a pretty fun series.

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  2. I know Andrea at The Bookish Babes used to LOVE this series, so I have to get my hands on it now that I know you're a fan as well, Ali. It sounds like a lot of fun and I need to meet Stephen! He sounds like a dreamboat! Lovely review, Ali!

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    1. Yay! Glad you will be looking into this more Nick. :)

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  3. Oh you used a key word in your review Ali - broken. I am SUCH a sucker for a broken character, particularly a broken male character, so I'm all for this book! Adding it and its predecessor to the list:)

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    1. I think you would really like this Jenny. Definitely broken but in a good believable way.

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  4. Hey Kindlemom I'm so ready for a fun series so sign me up :)
    But I'm really getting tired of all the naked chests on covers LOL
    Yes you did hear me right ;)

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    1. I actually don't love the covers either especially since they give the reader a wrong idea about the books.

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  5. I've been trying to stay away from sequels lately, since I have so many books to read. Too much of a commitment!

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    1. LOL! Stand alones are always nice. :)

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  6. A one sitting read, that speaks volumes. I don't recall the first book, I need to go look it up.

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    1. True. ;) I hope you decide to try it. :)

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  7. Second chances, steamy tension and a broken hero ... Yes please. I haven't read Claudia Connor, but I'll be checking out book one now thank you very much : )

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    1. :D I think you are going to really like her writing Kim!

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  8. This series sounds awesome, I need to meet these McKinney brothers! I think I'll start with the first book, then read this one. Glad to hear you enjoyed both books so much! Lovely review!

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    1. Definitely start with the first one, it is fabulous!

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  9. I love it when a sequel is just as good, if not even better than the first book!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I really do too! Makes me even more excited for the third!

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  10. That's awesome this one lived up to the first! And it's always great when you read a book in one sitting.

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  11. This one doesn't draw me to it, I guess it's not really a genre I usually like, but I'd take your word for it!

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    1. It's that cover! I don't know, it makes me not want to read it either. :P

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  12. So glad this was as good for you as the first..since the whole brothers bit had me add book one...woot!

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  13. It's fantastic when sequels are as good as the first book :D although it would have been nice for it to be twice as better lol. Looks nice!

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  14. So glad you loved this, Ali. I did, too. And like you mentioned, Stephen wasn't an instant-lust kind of guy, but he grew on me eventually. Lol.

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  15. Oh she does therapy riding! Okay, sold. lol. I'm so easy sometimes.

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    1. LOL! I thought of you when I knew this had horses. :)

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  16. It's also nice to love the characters little by little. I didn't know this one but it's great that you loved it as much as the first book!

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    1. It is nice when that happens. Thanks Melliane!

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  17. This sounds like a really fun book (and series). I don't read a lot of romance, but I may have to give it a try - and I know someone I can sure recommend it to.

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    1. Glad you are willing to give it a try!

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  18. Yay for a great second book and throwing out that horrible middle book syndrome! This sounds like it has a lot of great characters - I'd love to meet Stephen myself and share with his pain and self-recovery :) Great review, hon!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  19. It intrigues me that this series is about brothers. It sounds really good, and I'm glad the sequel seemed to have lived up to the first. :)

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    1. It is a really good series and is just as much about family as it is about the romance, which I love.

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  20. wow, sound like a great book, I will add it at my TBR :) Lovely Review

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  21. I can't wait to read this! I loved the first book and Claudia Connor is quickly because a romance author to look out for. So glad you enjoyed this--I really need to pick it up ASAP! :)

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    1. I completely agree! I will read anything she writes now. :)

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  22. Can't wait to read this one. Glad you loved it.

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