Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1) by Claudia Connor

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K & T agree...  5 glowing stars!!!  Scroll down for our reviews! 

5 stars*****

What is a “real man”? I mean, is he the sexy biker? The multi billionaire? The alpha leading man that sweeps the virginal girl….no wait, the heart broken college coed….no, the sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it office clerk?  Think again guys, in this case, it’s the beautiful military man who sees the beauty in a woman with four kids and one on the way. Didn’t see that one coming did you?

Hell, I didn’t either. But let me say loud and proud. It so totally works! Never have I read this dynamic in a romance novel. It was sweet, real, and gives single moms hope that yes, love can still be found.

They were honest and real. Abby kept Matt at a distance, as she should in the beginning of any relationship. She has kids to focus on and to keep safe.
You don’t just jump into bed with someone without figuring out who they are. She is broken from her past and the relationship she had with her now deceased husband. Abby is wary and she should be.

Matt comes from a large family and many of them are working on their own brood. Matt sees a connection and a feels, I think, a familiarity with Abby and her kids: a sense of home and belonging. It moves him to insert himself in their lives.

What happens between these two is a long road, and at times is filled with subtle angst and some bumps. However, ultimately it is a story of love and belonging, learning that being loved isn’t a choice. It just is. Because that is what family is: love.  
*ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept

5 beautiful and heartwarming stars*****
**warning** This book is full of adorable children! They will win you over with their sticky fingers, wiggly teeth, and I've got you wrapped around my finger smiles. They will re-kindle your desire to dress like a princess, wear your spider man pajamas, build sand castles, eat milk and cookies and toss around a football just for fun. They will also break your heart and have you crying into your Lucky Charms! You have been warned!

If you love children you will love this story... :)) And, no... not everyone will cry... that's something that comes easily for me because my emotions are very easily manipulated.

Anyway... seriously... this was such a unique and refreshing romance that I was not expecting. A book that emphasizes very strongly the importance of a sense of belonging and family. It's about keeping promises, taking chances, moving past your fears and learning how to trust.
The children in this book were the stars of the show in my opinion. In particular, and on a more personal level, the little girl Annie. She won my heart... I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a hug... which is why I loved Matt. I loved the way he loved Abby's kids.
Matt and Abby come together just at the right moment for each other. Abby is a widow with four children and one on the way. Having grown up in foster care most of her life and not having had the greatest marriage, she has a fear of abandonment and has never really felt as if she has been truly loved by anyone. Matt is having difficulty coping with the loss of his best friend on a Navy Seal mission and is feeling an emptiness in his life. They both find in each other a sense of belonging. I loved their story and I loved how these two fit together so perfectly.
So glad I decided to pick this one up... it's a keeper and one I would recommend to those who like romances that center around mature characters.

ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley

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.


  1. WOW!! Thank you!! <3 <3 <3 Fantastic reviews and both of them made me smile and gave me the tingles. Thank you!! <3

    1. This book truly touched my heart... I was surrounded by Kleenex when I was done... Loooooooved it... :) Keep up the good writing!


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