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    Another great read

    Loved this story, with its multifaceted characters that are slowly developed as the story progresses. Just great storytelling, told with imagination and a definite attention to details
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    Risking it all for a chance at love

    Hannah Walker has a horrific past, a childhood trauma ruined any chance she thought she could have at a normal life. Raised by her very overprotective brothers, she wanted nothing more than to be her own independent person. But her trusting naïve nature cost her in the end. So now she lives a pretty quiet, reclusive life using horseback riding to help children with disabilities. No real social life to speak of except time spent with her brothers. She longs to be able to live a normal life of a twenty-something young woman but wouldn’t know where to start. Until one day a fateful meeting in a grocery store changes everything making her wonder if she can learn to take a risk. "He hadn’t planned this, her. Hadn’t prepared. It was a risk. He was a risk. But she gripped his heart as sure as she gripped his body." Stephen Mckinney is the ultimate millionaire playboy, after a horrible tragedy derailed his life he hit rock bottom. Jumping from woman to woman, never staying long enough to let them get attached. He was drinking to excess as he tried to drown his demons in sex and alcohol. He finally gets his life a bit on track, pouring himself into his business making million dollar real estate deals to mask his pain from the past. One day he runs into Hannah in a grocery store and he wants her. To his shock, she turns him down, this only intrigues him more. He becomes obsessed with earning her trust, but to what end he wonders? He’s not into relationships has no intention of falling in love again. Then why does he feel like if he loses her he won’t be able to go on? Can he risk his heart again or is it too much of a risk to take? "All the strength and power of a savage fighter wrapped in a sophisticated package. That was Stephen." This is book two in the McKinney Brothers’ series, but you don’t have to read book one to follow this story. This one was so good though that I had to read book one so I went and purchased it before I finished this book. I have to read Matt and Abby’s story. Stephen and Hannah were just wonderful. What a great couple, the romance was so sweet. The chemistry between these two characters just jumps off the page. He chases her and its magical once he catches her. They both come from big families so the family influence in their lives comes through right away. Hannah’s older brother Nick was especially interesting, jumping in to discourage Hannah of seeing Stephen. But our hot alpha male hero Stephen will have none of that, he wants to get to know Hannah and no one gets in the way of something he wants. Though frustrating for the characters at times I loved the closeness Hannah and Stephen share with their siblings. Both of these people have had a terrible tragedy that threatened to break them each trying to survive in their own way. Little do they know they are destined to heal each others wounds. Hannah and Stephen are given a second chance. Both are afraid to let anyone close to trust anyone, risk their hearts to another. I really enjoyed this book I can’t say enough about it. My first book of Claudia Connor and certainly not my last. The whole story flowed nicely, following this couple as they bring light into each others darkness the more time they spend together. I was also fascinated by Hannah’s brothers and look forward to the author giving us their stories as well. Nick was so intense, his story will be a good one I am sure. The whole book gave me a warm and fuzzy feel, really had me rooting for the characters to come together. The ending was perfect. I laughed, I cried, I would totally recommend this book for anyone who loves a great romance. Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Fantastic

    I didn't think it was possible for Claudia Connor to write another book that touched my heart as deeply as Worth the Fall did, but I was wrong. In this book both Stephen and Hannah have been touched by cruelty and hurt and have difficulty trusting and loving, but together they learn and risk it. This is absolutely a book everyone should have at the very top of their MUST read list. I highly recommend it.
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    Emotional and full of hope

    Stephen McKinney is a pro at maintaining his emotional distance. After losing his fiance in a brutal crime, and then finally crawling out of the self-destructive rut that followed, he' thrown himself into work and one night stands. He's disconnected from his family and doesn't bother with anyone else, so when he asks out a sad and shy but beautiful woman he sees in the grocery store, even he isn't sure what he's up to. Hannah has lived through hell and come out on the other side — but just barely. An introverted physical therapist who doesn't dare dream of romance, she fills her life with rewarding work and horses. So when a handsome man at the grocery store tries to talk her into a date, she's completely unprepared and unwilling to trust him. But she wants a life of her own, something more than she has now, and she'll never get there if she doesn't take a chance. The Verdict: I loved Worth the Fall so much that I grabbed this second book in the series without even glancing at the synopsis. And that meant I was in for quite a surprise when I was introduced to these characters' dark pasts. Hannah was kidnapped and tortured when she was just fourteen, an event that's left her covered in angry scars on the outside and filled with fear of just about everyone but her brothers. Her trauma was so severe that she remained quiet and closed off for long after her rescue, and she first began to find solid ground again with horses. Since then, she's become a physical therapist, using her horses to help disabled children, and while she's found meaning, in many ways she's not really living. Stephen is intrigued by the overly cautious woman who is far too sweet for him, and before he even realizes what he's doing, he can't stay away from her. Consumed by a dark rage since his fiance's murder, Hannah forces him to be patient, to care about someone other than himself, something other than revenge. While I was certainly shocked by how dark their back stories were, I have to say it was written well. Just enough was explained to make their issues understood without going into excessive graphic detail. Hannah was incredibly naive, having never had the courage to find friendship, much less a relationship, but underneath that was a strong and determined survivor who, despite her damage was willing to stand up for herself. She lived with caution instead of crippling fear, and while she certainly had things to work through, seeing her come out of her shell and begin to believe in herself was wonderful. The drama at the end was heavily foreshadowed, and I figured out who was behind the whole mess long before it was spelled out in the story, but the way it was resolved was just brilliant. Too often the hero's grand gesture is miraculously without real sacrifice, but with Stephen, he was truly willing to give up everything to prove himself to Hannah and ensure her happiness. While an emotional read, certainly, Worth the Risk didn't go overboard on the angst and focused more on the possibilities. I still prefer Worth the Fall, but this one is definitely a very close second. ***FicCentral received this book from Random House LLC (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    The Perfect Blend of Two Tortured Souls.

    WORTH THE RISK The McKinney Brother, # 2 by Claudia Connor February 3, 2015 272 pages, approximately Romance, Contemporary, Women's Fiction ** Provided by NetGalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. ** -- -- From the Cover -- 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. ---------------------------------- Heat Level: 3.75 ---------------------------------- -- -- My Thoughts -- -- Can one find really their perfect match in front of the beer coolers at the supermarket? Hannah operates a hippotherapy center (equine therapy), mostly for children with various disabilities. Orphaned as a young child, raised by her four much older brothers, and having been a victim of a horrifically violent crime when she was fourteen which required an extensive hospital stay and physical therapy of her own, Hannah is able to relate to these children better than most. She's lived in fear and isolation, but deep inside, all she wants is to feel. Stephen does not like complicated but when he sees the single tear sliding down Hannah's cheek as he stands unseeing before the beer coolers, something twists inside him. Protective urges surge to the forefront and a determination to make her his comes out of nowhere. But he suffers night terrors and has had to suppress a dark side after his fiancée was brutally murdered five years ago. Since then, he's distanced himself from his family, physically and emotionally and has focused his energies on work during the day and women at night, hoping to expend enough energy to fall into a dreamless sleep. Keep distant, don't form attachments, don't allow himself to feel; because if he feels one thing, he may end up feeling it all. This is the second book in the MCKINNEY BROTHERS series, and although several of the characters were previously introduced, this book can stand on it's own just fine. I though Matt was perfect, but I'm beginning to think that mom and dad McKinney just raised their boys right because WOW... Stephen is just as wonderful. Both characters have such a horrific and dark, traumatic event in their past and they've both dealt with it in different ways, making them virtual opposite sides of one coin. They fit perfectly, each completing and complimenting the other. I enjoyed all the returning characters as well as the new (and am secretly hoping Ms. Connor decided to create a spin-off using Hannah's four bachelor brothers!). Character interaction and dialogue is realistic and believable. The plot is engrossing and flows so smooth, the pages just fly by. I did have an inkling to what the climactic event would be and was only minutely correct in my guess. The plot is deeply emotional yet well-balanced. Predictability overall was virtually non-existent. The conclusion was solid and extremely satisfying. This is one author who makes the editor's job easy-peasy. Perfectly written in every elemental criteria. I'd HIGHLY recommend this book and this series to anyone who's not read it yet. I've already one-clicked it before finishing reading it and WILL read the series again "just because." Loved it! Thank you, Ms Connor, for such a fantastic story! -------------------- Score: 4.8 Stars: 5 --------------------- Tina J / Unbound Passion Reviewing for: Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs
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