Title: Worth the Risk
Series: The McKinney Brothers #2
Author: Claudia Connor
Release Date: February 3, 2015
New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor follows up her heartfelt debut, Worth the Fall, with a novel about Matt’s brother, Stephen—and 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.
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Worth the Risk is book 2 in The McKinney Brothers Series but can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed book one and was looking forward to this one.I didn't read anything on this one, I just went straight in and I was pleasantly surprised with how the story unraveled.I still can't believe this is the author's second book! I can't wait to see what else the author comes up with.
The main characters Stephan and Hannah have both been touched by evil and both have closed themselves off to a lot of things. They are both damaged by their past and haven't worked out a way to get past it until they stumble upon each other. One innocent meeting with Stephan and everything for Hannah changes.Stephan makes her feel safe, something other than her brothers no one has done before. She takes a risk with Stephan, she can't keep living in the past anymore. But will this risk make or break her?
Stephan has buried himself into work, random women and alcohol to try to be numb, to not feel the pain, anger and hatred the past has left him with. Hannah changes things for him but after all these years of trying to be numb will he allow himself to feel? Whilst Hannah's past made her closer to her family, Stephan's loss has drawn him away.
I loved Stephan and even Hannah, my heart ached for what they had been through and I really wanted them to get their happily ever after. The gradual development of the characters was good, I enjoyed being in their head and understanding what they were going through and how they felt. Hannah is nothing like the normal women he goes for yet she seems to be perfect in his eyes. She can't even see her own beauty and he is hooked. Needs to explore whatever it is between them. But it wont be as easy as usual because Hannah isnt exactly a normal girl. Her past has changed her, made her less trusting, afraid and much more.
Stephen leaned in. Closer and closer as if in slow motion, until his lips hovered a breath from hers. His fingers slid through the hair at the side of her face
Just her name, and it was terrifying and magical, and before she had time to process the enormity of it, he kissed her. His lips were soft and firm and every cell in her body tuned in to that single spot where their lips met. She didn’t know what to do next, but it didn’t matter.
There was a part that I knew would come back to bite Stephan in the arse and I was silently screaming at him to tell her and quick but obviously he didn't listen. But there were a lot of parts I didn't expect. This book had dark aspects to it which the first one didn't. I felt like the first one was more happy, lighter and made me feel all warm inside whilst this one broke my heart and yet still kept me hooked. The epilogue was so cute, I love them kind of epilogues!!
I'm looking forward to the next book in this series and more from this author.
*Arc provided in exchange for an honest review*
#1 WORTH THE FALL
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New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.
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