10 January 2017

Release, Giveaway & Review: Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker #1) by Claudia Connor

Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker #1) by Claudia Connor.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: January 10th 2017.
The first in a spin off series of the New York Times Bestselling McKinney Brothers, WORTH THE WAIT takes readers on a journey through young love into adulthood in a heartwrenching, second chance love story.

Nick Walker thought nothing could destroy what he had with Mia. He certainly never thought he would be the one to destroy it.

Now ten years later, Mia James is in Special Agent Nick Walker’s path once again and this time he’s determined to shed the weight of regret and finally claim the future that was always meant to be theirs.

It won’t be easy. Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick and now, just when she’d pieced it back together, it’s been broken again, bringing their past to the surface, including her own secret about that day everything went wrong.

***Every title by Claudia Connor is a Contemporary Romance and a full stand alone novel. No cheating, no love triangle, no cliff hanger.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I really enjoy reading Claudia’s writing. I love the tough guy exterior with a heart of a teddy bear and family men as well. All of her characters have flaws and they melt your heart! So I jumped with the chance to read this one. It gives us a little more to Hannah and Steven and then we get to meet Hannah’s family and hopefully read all their stories!

Nick Walker (I love that name) has been living his life taking care of his sister and brothers most of his life. Their parents died and Nick just barely out of high school and in college takes the role! He takes Hannah to his classes and meets Mia. They end up having lunch together on campus several times a week with Nick’s 2 year old sister. Mia is head over heels for this guy and his love for his sister. Nick is very protective of his sister. He doesn’t have time to socialize or go to parties. He takes his role seriously. Mia falls for him all the more. She helps him tend to his sister and his teenage brothers.

Mia is from Boston. Her parents are from Bosnia and are serious about her doing something with her life. So she is intent on becoming a doctor. She is a nerd basically. But a very pretty one! She is Nick’s other half. She is the calm to his storm!

But then when Hannah goes missing; Mia can no longer calm his storm and he pushes her away. Over 10 years and he just pushes her away!

When Mia ends up taking care of Hannah and her panic attacks at what happened to her when she was taken away, neither tell Nick. Nick hasn’t seen Mia in many many years. Mia hasn’t ever had a relationship with another man. She still loves Nick and Nick still loves her but it may be too late for them. When Nick finds out and starts running into her more, he finds jealousy and his heart can’t stop beating hard whenever she is around. They both have secrets they kept from the other.

I loved this book so much that I cried over a lot of it! I am a sucker for second chances and family men! I was rooting for Mia the whole time. I wanted to slap Nick and tell him to get it together.
I loved getting to see the characters from The McKinney brothers. I can’t wait for more of the Walker family! I want to know what’s up with these brooding men!

Also, I can't help but stare at the cover! It's entrancing!

I started reading this late at night and never stopped until I was done. So yeah, I didn’t get much sleep!

~twenty-four years ago
Nick pressed two fingers into the sleep deprived headache pounding in his temple and tried to concentrate on professor Jenkins’s explanation of ideal gas law. He circled a line of notes, ignored the knock on the auditorium door until he heard the familiar cry. Hannah, who he’d left in the university daycare two hours ago.
The high pitched wail wasn’t his two year old sister’s hurt cry. It was her scared cry with a touch of pissed off. In the six months since their parents’ death, he’d learned to tell the difference. He’d learned a lot of things. Like if he didn’t take her to the bathroom, she’d likely wait too long and have an accident. Like green beans made her throw up, but she’d eat them if he told her to. And she would never, ever go to sleep without Mr. Bunny.
He was up, out of his seat, and halfway down the auditorium stairs before his professor laid his pen down.
Nick’s eyes narrowed on the young blonde in an oversized sweatshirt with silk greek letters sewn on the front. She held a sobbing Hannah dressed in the sunny yellow sundress he’d picked out that morning. She hadn’t been crying when he left her. Now her eyes were red and snot mixed with tears dripped into her mouth. Hannah lunged for him. His arms engulfed her small body and his heart squeezed like it always did when she held onto him.
“I stay you,” Hannah said. Each word tumbled out of her with a jerk of her tiny shoulders.
“What happened to her?”
“Nothing happened to her. She hasn’t stopped screaming for the past hour and she bit three people. We can’t keep her like that.”
Several responses came to mind.
She’s just a baby.
She missed her nap.
And the loudest of all, it was my fault for leaving her.
Hannah raised her head to look at him, giant tears hanging from golden lashes. “I bite.”
“Well. At least she’s honest.” Professor Jenkins turned his questioning eyes to Nick. “She yours?”
He hesitated, but only a second. “My sister. But yes, she’s mine.” And at that moment she became even more his, which seemed to be the case every day. Every day, a little more his.

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Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.

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