If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor / @Claudia_Connor

Series & Title: The McKinney Brothers, Book 1: Worth The Fall
Author: Claudia Connor
Author Links: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Military, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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.

This is not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am military romance. This is a pull-up-a-chair-and-get-comfortable romance. Don't rush this story; you'll miss so much if you do.

Matt and Abby's journey from strangers to lovers is phenomenal. They bring their own unique circumstances to the table, walled off from the world by a promise to a dying friend and low expectations of others. Those things almost, almost, cost them but their refusal to give up so easily mends what was broken and makes them whole again.

Their story is an emotional roller coaster. It's about a man finding his home in a ready-made family. It's about a woman coming to expect more from a man who's hardly Stateside. It's about a family becoming a family in the truest sense of the word. I cried and laughed, was happy and angry, was disappointed and elated through the highs and lows of their story. And you know what? I would gladly experience all of those emotions again just to make it to that memorable happy ending.

If this story is any indication of what's to come in this series, I can't wait. Ms. Connor is definitely an author to watch. Her attention to detail, willingness to explore the depths of her characters' emotions and thoughts, and smooth writing style are all reasons enough for me to anxiously await what she'll write next.

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.