WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor: ARC Review

Posted February 19, 2015 in Reviews / 0 Comments

WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor: ARC ReviewWorth the Risk by Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers #2
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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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.

 

After completing Worth the Fall, I was excited about Worth the Risk and Stephen. Stephen is a successful young man living life in the fast lane, lots of money, fast cars and women. Then he meets Hannah. Hannah is far from the type of woman Stephen is used to but he can’t stop thinking about her. This is the point where the story went in a different direction.

Hannah and Stephen are two people who are no strangers to pain, the gut-wrenching, soul-deep kind. Hannah has been up close and personal with evil and her life almost came to an end even before it started. Now she spends her time providing therapy to traumatized children through horse-riding. Stephen has been plagued with guilt over the violent death of his fiancée a few years ago as well as anger at the attackers and a thirst for vengeance.  The meeting with Stephen gives Hannah the nudge to reach out and live her life and trust in a man again, instead of hiding away in fear and I was glad to see her find the courage to do so. I loved Hannah for her courage and her compassion.

However, I did not like this book as I expected to, for several reasons. I did not feel the connection between Hannah and Stephen as a couple until the very end of the book. In my opinion, Stephen was not the right kind of hero for Hannah because of his demons and issues. The book was well-written but the subplot contained a few unresolved story lines that left holes in the story and made some of the events a bit unrealistic ( I am keeping the details vague to avoid spoilers for those who have not yet read the book and are intending to).All in all, Worth the Risk was an okay read, even though it felt a bit rushed to me.

  *An Advance Reading Copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

 

 

SERIES ORDER

                      Worth the fall WORTH THE RISK

 

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#1 Worth the Fall: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo

#2 Worth the Risk: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo

 

About Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. After years of making up stories in her head, she finally decided to try writing them down when a friend told her oh, so kindly, that talking to imaginary people was in fact NOT normal.

Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time these days putting the stories in her head on paper. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.


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