Review: Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor

Review: Worth the Risk by Claudia ConnorWorth the Risk by Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers, #2
Published by Loveswept Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


I was initially introduced to Author Claudia Connnor when I read and fell in love with her first book in the McKinney Brothers series, Worth the Fall. Worth the Risk allowed us a vastly different character representation, but stayed true to the McKinney Brothers charm.

How can you come to terms with the past and LIVE in the present and look forward to the future? In Worth the Risk we are shown the answer to this question.

Hannah…she is a physical therapist. She is passionate about the work she does with children to give them hope and make s positive impact on their lives.

Stephen…he is all business, the owner of Trace Development, he uses his job to occupy his mind and keep him busy so that the past can remain buried to onlookers.

Hannah…she has been broken and battered. Her life taking on a different meaning after a fateful encounter.

Stephen…he has beaten himself up about a happening in the past and continues to shutter a depth of bitterness and hatred inside of himself.

Hannah…her body was put together by surgeons and therapists. Her mind taught to compensate for tragedy.

Stephen…he has been put together with hidden emotion, alcohol, an empire, and women. His mind still warring with darkness daily.

There are times in life when we are given a gift. Something to be a catalyst for change. To move us from one season and state of being to another. This is the process that we read about in Worth the Risk. We embark with Stephen and Hannah on a life-changing journey where we see that sometimes in letting go and moving on we can endure more agony, pain, and despair. We experience them pulling each other from the darkness to the light. Sometimes he led, at times she did. And sometimes they walked the unlit path in the same stride. There was a mix of subtle flirting and innuendos. Every interaction more intense. Each kiss more well-defined. In every aspect their love was consuming, engulfing whatever may be around them in the flames. Then we witness them coming out of those fiery moments having been cleansed of the past.

I like that Stephen and Hannah were allowed to have their own story. Former characters were revisited and new ones introduced, but they owned the story. I felt connected to both of them in their joys, sorrows, and pains. I adored the work that Hannah did with children; in reading about this from her and Stephen’s point of view I could feel how healing it was for her, and why she wanted to give this gift to others. Stephen’s vulnerability and acknowledgement of his inner-male instinct to protect and defend was sexy and drawing. I loved that both Hannah and Stephen came from families that supported them, in spite of their difficulties. Witnessing Stephen give into his want for Hannah, and her finally letting go was cathartic. I wanted to shout from the rooftops and dance with glee! When I came to the major conflict in the story I had to lay the book down. I knew it was coming, but it still infuriated me and created another roller coaster of uncertainty that had me spinning. Of course, in the end, when it was all said and done, I had a smile on my face. Another great McKinney Brothers, swoon-worthy book. And I’m ready for the next one!

5 Stars

About Claudia Connor

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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