January 30, 2015

REVIEW: Worth the Risk (The McKinney Brothers #2) By, Claudia Connor

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.

This is the second book in Claudia Connor’s McKinney Brothers series. I fell in love with Claudia’s writing in Worth the Fall and I am happy to say that this book was just as well written. Those McKinney brothers are something else. I am really enjoying this series and I hope the next ones can compare to these first two!

Stephen McKinney is sexy and confident. He is powerful and rich and has been that way for a long time. He made his money young and threw himself into his work whole-heartedly. Stephen has used work to keep everyone at a distance even woman. He has suffered a lot of loss in his life and now his family is getting worried. They miss the carefree person Stephen used to be. He doesn’t know how to get there with all of the guilt he seems to be carrying around until he runs into Hannah. She makes him remember what it feels like to actually care about something again.

Hannah Walker is a physical therapist that works with horses to help children who have been through a trauma. Hannah has been through her own tragic past that has left her broken and fearful. She has cut everyone in her life off except her older brothers. Now she meets Stephen and he seems like the last person she should take a chance on. For some reason he came into her life when she was willing to try and make a change. Now she just has to trust herself to not make the same mistakes she made in her past which is easier said than done.

This book was definitely grittier than Matt’s story. There was a darker edge that both characters seemed to carry with them. Hannah’s story was tragic and heart wrenching but she was so much stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. She made the choice to come out of hiding and that takes strength. Stephen’s past was just as heartbreaking. He had so many defense mechanisms you wonder if he will ever let them down but once he starts it endears you to him even more.  Because they were both broken and charting new territory it made them both vulnerable. The stumbling they went through in the beginning of their relationship was nice to watch. Stephen treated Hannah with care and reverence, the way she needed to be treated which made me love him even more.

Their story was a special one even though it wasn’t easy. There were many obstacles that these two needed to handle together and overcome but it made their journey painfully beautiful. This was an amazing book by Claudia Connor that left you with tears in your eyes as well as sighing happily. I would definitely recommend this series to romance readers.

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  1. Thank you for hosting today! Great Review!

  2. Thank you so so much for this review!! <3 Thrilled that you loved it and hope you love JT as well!! :)