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review 2017-01-01 21:07
Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers #3) by Claudia Connor Review
Worth It All - Claudia Connor

She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.

He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.

Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.

 

 

Review

 

This is a sweet romance with an overworked single mom as our heroine. The hero and the heroine's daughter have both lost legs for different reasons and this brings them together though the hero already had a crush on the mom.

The hero is a biomedical engineer who patents AI and artificial limbs which is better cool. He is pretty young and suppose to be super smart. I would have loved to see more of that part of him.

The heroine is a waitress working two jobs and starting back to school with an almost five year old. The child's issues about going to school are compelling and the romance is a lovely one.

However, for me, I would have liked more on the hero in the years after his accident, college and grad school wise, and for the heroine I would have liked her to have more of sexual self (her sexual history didn't seem all that realistic or at least I would have liked that talked about and explored).

I am interested in the other books in the series
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review 2016-06-08 01:17
Worth It All - Claudia Connor

I fell in love with Claudia Connor's books with the very first book in the McKinney Brothers' series. I love each and every visit with the McKinney family and found Worth It All to be a wonderful addition to the series.

 

I absolutely adored both Paige and JT (Jake) from the very beginning. I loved they were both such strong characters. Paige had her life completely turned upside down 5 years ago when she became a single mother and does everything in her power to take care of her daughter Casey and make sure she never wants for anything. Jake lost his planned future when he was in a horrible car wreck and lost his leg. I loved that both he and Casey connected right away since they both had prosthetics.

 

The attraction between Paige and Jake was obvious from the very beginning and I loved they really didn't move too fast. With Paige's past, it wouldn't have made sense to rush, and Jake hadn't risked his heart since his wreck. Their chemistry just got stronger the more time they spent together and when they finally made love for the first time, it was perfect. 

 

I loved that Jake was so focused on helping Casey be more comfortable with her prosthetic. I also loved Jake talked and listened to Casey and showed her she was every bit as important to him as her mother. I think I fell for Jake so fast because of how absolutely adorable he was with Casey. I adored the family Jake, Paige and Casey formed. It was so nice to see Jake spend more time with his family once Paige and Casey came along. 

 

I highly recommend Worth It All to anyone who loves sexy, sweet, family romances. I love getting to visit with other favorite characters in the series with each new installment. I adore Claudia Connor's voice and love how with each new book, she totally pulls me into her world.

 

Review copy provided by publisher

 

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review 2016-05-20 00:00
Worth It All
Worth It All - Claudia Connor This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I liked this sweet romantic story. The characters in this book were absolutely wonderful and the story made my heart melt. This book is listed as the third book in the McKinney Brothers series but it is really more of a stand alone that is loosely linked to other stories. This is a series that you can easily jump in at any point. I have only read the second and third books and don't feel like I missed anything besides maybe another great story.

This story focuses on JT, Paige, and Casey. JT, or Jake, lost his leg in a car accident. He know works to make prosthetic devices with advanced technologies. He really has completely recovered from his physical injuries and is able to do just about anything except forgive himself. He has had his eye on the cute waitress even before he realizes that her daughter could benefit from his expertise.

Paige is a single mom who works tirelessly to make sure her daughter Casey is given a good life. She makes every decision in her life with Casey in mind and is determined to go to school so that she can get a better job to take care of them. Paige does not believe in fairy tales. Not for a minute. Paige has a really hard time doing anything for herself and really doesn't end up with a lot of free time to do anything for fun. Will she take a chance on Jake?

I loved the characters in this story. Casey really added a lot to the story and I don't often like kids as a main focus in a romantic novel. Casey was just a lot of fun and she was completely honest as kids tend to be. Her connection with Jake was absolutely precious. I could feel the love that Jake and Casey shared as much as the chemistry between Jake and Paige. These three were just meant to be together.

I would say that this romance was more of a sweet story than a sexy one. There were a few sexy times but I was really pulled in by the sweet moments. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I plan to read much more of Claudia Connor's work in the near future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

Initial Thoughts
I really liked this one. Jake, Paige, and Casey were all awesome characters. This was really more of a sweet romance but Jake and Paige did have a lot of chemistry.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-03-04 19:48
Worth it All
Worth It All - Claudia Connor

I read this as an ARC from Netgalley.

 

I liked this. I enjoyed the first story in the series quite a bit. I liked this one just as much. The second one, I enjoyed a bit less.

 

Jake is the hero. He lost his foot and part of his lower leg in a car accident when he was 19. I'm not quite clear how old he is now. There was a comment about him being on the under side of 30 and another indicating it had been 6 years since the accident, so I think he's about 25 or 26. He's been through therapy and all of the emotional upheaval involved with losing a limb already, so the story is not about that. He's a bio medical engineer and part owner of a company the develops prosthetics.

 

Paige is the heroine. She's about the same age. She is a waitress at a diner that Jake frequents. She also works at a bar, attends school and is the single parent of a five year old. Casey, her daughter, is missing her leg below the knee. I totally cannot remember the medical term, but it did not develop properly and was removed when she was an infant.

 

Jake and Paige are interested in each other, but neither lets the other know. Jake takes the opportunity to know Paige by helping Casey when he realizes that Casey is her daughter. I said that poorly - he's not using Casey. He honestly likes her and wants to help her, but spending more time with Paige is a big benefit.

 

Jake and Paige are scarred. Jake is greatly affected by the circumstances that surrounded the loss of his leg and thinks he's not relationship material. Paige does not date or get involved with men. She does not believe in fairy tales or happily ever afters. It is partly due to her mother's behavior when she was growing up, but also related to the way she became pregnant with Casey.

 

It's really a beautiful story. A beautiful relationship. They have reservations and insecurities, but there is no manufactured conflict and they don't decide to bang each other just to "get it out of their system".

 

The one complaint I have is the HEA. It isn't this book in particular. It just seems to be the way the author likes to give HEAs. They are very happily forever and ever and ever and ever after. They're almost sickenly sweet and when you visit other members of the family from previous books, there is never any friction. Everyone gets on FAMOUSLY. It's VERY nice to think about, but not realistic in a long term marriage or between in-laws.

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text 2015-12-22 05:03

Super hot Navy Seal falls instantly for equally super hot even at 6 months pregnant mom with 4 kids all 6 or under?! Oh, how unbelievably sweet.

 

 

So, maybe I should have known better from the get go. Sugary sweet is not my thing. I'm generally not a super nice person who falls all over herself when disgustingly adorable kids say disgustingly adorable things. The scene where the chick loses her mind over little chocolate hands all over her $500 white pants? Yep, that's me without the expensive pants. And I have 3 kids. Poor things.

 

If you are cool with absolutely unbelievable adorableness that makes you feel "wucky" to be reading such cuteness, this is for you. I can't knock the writing or the idea behind the storyline, even though it did drag on for a relationship that went so fast, because it wasn't terrible. This was just strictly my bad for even thinking that I would be okay with the cuteness.  

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