15 September 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1) by Claudia Connor

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Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1)
by Claudia Connor.
Audience/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance.
Publication: September 9th 2014 by Loveswept.
Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles

Reviewed by Kelly.

Ok. Let’s get this out of the way right now; who wouldn’t want a Matt?? He is over 6 feet, 270 lbs of solid muscle. He comes from a large family of siblings. He is a Navy SEAL (a military man, YES). He likes kids and he is very responsible, he has a take charge attitude with a lot of love mixed in. I mean he is on leave at the beach and can have any women he wants and picks a pregnant woman with four small children! Matt is a big guy with a big heart! Book Boyfriend material!

Abby has trust issues. Rightly so. She was abandoned by her mother (you will have to read how in the book, but I get it) after her father died. She was placed in several foster care homes. Her husband found more time for work traveling than with his family and died 6 months ago in a plane crash. She has no other family.

When the two meet, Abby is a little cold. But her son is intrigued by Matt and Matt plays with him. Then they are all hanging out for the whole week going everywhere together. At the end of the week, Matt kisses her and wants to continue a relationship with her. Abby doesn’t want to; she thinks he won’t come back. They never do in her mind with her life’s history. But she can’t deny the attraction and he likes her kids.

Matt comes to her several times between assignments and Abby’s kids become quiet attached. Annie (Abby’s oldest child) is more hesitant. She is less trusting like her mom that he won’t be there for them. Matt adores her growing belly. Matt finally gets them to come to his family’s home for Thanksgiving and he wants her forever.

But all stories have an obstacle. Between Abby’s lack of faith in people and her finally letting her heart go to him and Matt’s feeling of responsibility, something happens. That’s where I really fell in love with the story. What Abby learns about her husband and herself is what had me in tears. In that one moment, Abby gets it and overcomes her own obstacles and forever alters not only her life but other’s as well.

Was there anything I didn't like? NO!

If you like Navy SEAL, military men, families (especially large ones), overcoming your own obstacles to trust and have faith in people, finding love, books with kids in them, doing the right thing, the beach, than this book might be for you. It certainly did it for me! I will be following this series and checking out more from this author!

Guest Post, The Playlist..

There were several songs that I really “felt” at different points in the book, like a movie soundtrack. I won’t tell the scene they go with, but I’ll list them in order. It won’t be hard for readers to figure out. Ooh! That would be a fun game!
Oh, well now that I said that, I guess this first one really could be for the whole book ~ but ONLY the duet version. LOVE IT!!! And I have the video from The Voice on my Goodreads page and on my Worth The Fall Pinterest board. *sigh*
1. All The Stars ~ Ed Sheeran and Christina Grimmie.
2. Arms ~ Christina Perri
3. One More Moment ~ Mindy Smith
4. Dancing ~ Elisa
5. Wait For You ~ Mumford And Sons
I think I have all of these on my Pinterest board. Happy reading and listening:)
Thank you for having me today!


An Excerpt...

The morning sun hung like a bright yellow ball, already heating the sand under Abby’s feet. It would heat up the North Carolina coast to near a hundred degrees before it finished. The kids raced past her to the water as far as they were allowed.
She’d needed to get away from him yesterday, away from his slow, sexy smile and knowing eyes. The intense way he held her gaze and her hand. However unwanted, her attraction had evidently multiplied overnight. But there was no mistaking Matt’s tall form striding toward her before she dropped her bags on the sand.
He waved and smiled, and she waved back, then turned to raise her umbrella. His deep voice vibrated through and around her as he greeted the children. That alone caused a flutter in her stomach.
Settle down. He’s only a man.
Using the upper body strength she’d honed at the gym, she strained to crank the stubborn umbrella. She could do it. She’d done it yesterday. For God’s sake. Don’t look completely incompetent.
“Need some help?”
“No, I’ve got it.”
He moved in behind her until he stood so close she felt the loose strands of her hair catching on his chest. Abby inhaled hot skin and male deodorant—a heady, masculine combination that had her struggling to focus.
“Let me help you.”
“I can do it.” She tried to sound forceful and confident, but it came out breathy and—
“I know you can, but I can help.” His words whispered against her cheek. His arms came around her and he easily raised the umbrella, his body brushing hers with each turn of the crank. Then his arms were gone, leaving a strange void.
She turned to face him. He was so close. Nothing between them but the warm breeze. His sunglasses hung around his neck, revealing chocolate-brown eyes. Beyond beautiful, deep and rich, fringed with black lashes. A strong man with soft eyes. Eyes that could talk a girl into anything.
It was unnerving, being this close to him, especially wearing nothing but a bathing suit. Trying to imagine what he saw, she fought the urge to tug her top higher. Breasts on the small side—barely a C-cup when she was pregnant. Her straight dark hair hung in its usual ponytail, rebel pieces already flying free. A bit of tinted sunscreen was all the attention her face had received. Not what he was used to.
Needing a reprieve from his hot gaze, she looked straight ahead. Big mistake. Fine black hairs feathered across sculpted pecs, swirling around dark nipples.
Lord, she needed water. To drink or splash on her burning face, she wasn’t sure. She forced her gaze up and found him watching her intently.
He raised his hand slowly toward her face. “Sand,” he said, brushing his thumb lightly across her temple.
Her lips parted and she stood blinking up at him like a complete ninny, his smoldering brown eyes melting her into a puddle.
“Hey, Matt. Where’s our castle? I brought my football. Can we throw in the water?” Jack shot off his questions, oblivious to the fact the two adults in front of him stood like frozen statues.
Matt’s eyes held her captive another long second before he turned his attention to her son and she let herself breathe.
“Yeah, sure. One sec.” He walked the few feet to where he’d left his beach chair and came back with two. “There.” He set up the chairs under her umbrella. “You’ll like it better with a chair.”
“Thank you. If you tell me how much, I’ll—”
“You’re welcome.”
“Matt—” She reached for her beach bag, but he stopped her with a hand on her arm.
Her mind went blank at the feeling of his hot hand on her skin and the sensation he was touching her everywhere.
“Matt!” Jack was about to burst a blood vessel he was so excited.
Abby tried unsuccessfully to unglue her eyes as he walked down to the water. Matt’s sleek body dove through the waves as he played with Jack, and each time she held her breath, waiting for him to resurface. When he did, he burst through the water looking like a Greek god, chiseled out of smooth stone and coming to life right before her.
But the way he smiled at her son and gave him high fives made him even more beautiful. And the way she’d felt standing between his arms . . . Ridiculous, but still the word “safe” came to mind.
He stood in front of her, drops of water clinging to his arms and chest, dripping down the ridges of his stomach.
Jack ran up beside him. “We’re swim buddies. Right, Matt? Matt says you should always swim with a buddy.”
Matt’s raised eyebrows and the smirk he was fighting told her she’d been busted for gawking. “Do you want to come out? The water’s great.”
“Um, no. No, thanks. I’m not a strong swimmer. I mean I can swim, I just—”
“I’ll be your swim buddy.” He grinned and she caught a hint of dimples.
Oh, Lord.
“The ocean still hasn’t grown on you, huh?”
She swallowed hard. “It’s growing.”

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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. Worth the Fall is the first book in The McKinney Brothers trilogy. The second book, Worth the Risk, is set to be released in January 2015.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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