by Claudia Connor.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: April 19th 2016 by Loveswept.
After a car accident stole his dreams of pro football, JT McKinney has made a new life for himself far away from his old one. He spends his time in a prosthetic research and development facility, his attention on machines instead of people until a chance meeting with a young mother and her five year old daughter who need his help. He'll have to let go of the past if he wants a future.
Ms Conner’s writing just draws me in like an old friend. Her stories have a way to grab you in and relax you. Her characters are more than just good looks. They have dimension and are family oriented. This book just makes it better with the main character and the five year old daughter of the woman he cares for are both amputees. The bond there is so sweet and I couldn’t read it fast enough! And it ended all too soon!
He had a quiet,easy way about him. There was no swagger, he didn't saunter-though looking like he did, he most definitely could have. Could have sauntered, sashayed, skipped, or even flown and any woman in his vicinity would have fallen into his arms, their eyes glassing over.
JT is a man that has held on to guilt from the events leading to his car accident. He was a football player in college and he had dreams. Those dreams were lost with his loss of part of his leg after the accident. He went to rehab far far away from home. Now he is a successful bioengineer and working on patents for prosthetics. He is into high tech. His best friend also has lost both of his legs. They work hard. Jake though, doesn’t play hard. So when he sees Paige in a diner and watches her help a man read a menu he is captivated by her.
Paige is a single mom. Her daughter came by way of a pushy boyfriend in a drunken moment. It was the only time she has ever had sex. She lives her life for her daughter. She works two jobs and goes to school. She doesn’t have time for dating. She barely has time for sleeping or eating. Her daughter, JT noticed while in the diner, has part of a leg missing too.
So, they both are attracted to each other but both have complicated lives. Jake/JT is a good man and sees that Paige’s daughter, Casey, is not wearing her prosthetic and offers to take a look at it in his office. Casey takes to Jake like mud to a pig! He has a missing leg too! One visit at his office isn’t enough for either Paige or Casey or JT either and JT finds ways to keep seeing them. Then Paige and JT have one kiss that leads to another. Paige is falling. JT is falling. But both are scared. Casey, that little girl is too much…
Paige narrowed her eyes in the direction he’d pointed. “Nothing. I just…I can’t believe she left me.” “Why?” he asked, confused by her somewhat panicked expression. “Maybe ‘cause Jenny said you’re too hot and I’m not big enough to be chap-a-rone,” Casey told him. “I’m not hot are you?”
Put Paige and Casey and JT in with the McKinney clan and everyone is playing cupid! Plus, we get to see the other McKinney brothers and catch up with them.
I love this story. I love the gradual building of their relationship. I loved how Casey just wormed her way into JT’s heart. The ending is adorable. Now I just want another brother’s story!
My only hang up is the cover. It doesn't really go with the book.
If you like high tech prosthetics, horses, Italian food, the beach, falling in love, big families, worrying about going to kindergarten, kids, then this might be for you!