Published February 2015
Series: The McKinney Brothers #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.
Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.
Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.
Ever since she was attacked as a teenager, Hannah Walker has always lived a life protected by her big brothers, and has never been on a date until the age of 26, when Stephen McKinney, tall dark and handsome businessman and CEO, picks her up in supermarket. Hannah is not used to being chased by a man, and Stephen is definitely not used to being so smitten with a woman, when he usually just to humps and dumps ‘em.
While Stephen struggles with getting to grips with the fact that he’s developed more feelings for Hannah than he is would have liked, Hannah struggles with the fact that the town is looking to disown her from the land that her family has left her with (and which holds her equine therapy ranch), albeit there is no written proof of ownership. As it turns out that Stephen’s company is one of the interested buyers, Hannah questions all of her involvement with Stephen and whether she’ll ever be able to really trust any man.
What I loved about this book:
- The alpha=male overload!
What I felt needed improvement:
- The storyline sometimes strayed off path
- There was unnecessary drama
- Some scenes and reactions were just over-the-top
I loved the initial idea that both Hannah and Stephen were both scarred, had lost faith and while they thought they’d never love and trust again, they helped each other slowly restore their faith. And of course the fact that the successful and aloof businessman falls hard for the recluse unexperienced girl. But the road to their happy ending is really a difficult one.
I really didn’t understand the whole story around Stephen though, and frankly I am not quite sure I liked him as a heroine. He chases after Hannah even if he keeps telling himself he shouldn’t, and that he’s no good for her. One moment he makes a fool of himself just to get her to agree to a date, and the next he tells his sister in law “Does she look like the kind of girl I would want to spend time with?”
He keeps saying he isn’t the man for Hannah, but I don’t really understand why it makes him a bad person to feel strongly about wanting revenge for his fiancé’s death (and to take said revenge out on the perpetrators of the crime). They make a whole dish out of this and I just believe it adds unnecessary drama to an already complicated story.
And that unnecessary drama only heightens towards the end of the book when many things around Stephen’s company and Hannah’s land hit the fan.
In hindsight, I very much preferred the first book in the series, where there was more couple time and less drama. Sure, Worth The Risk is completely different from Worth The Fall, the first book in the series as the subject matter is is way more sensitive, but some scenes and events were just over the top.
Even if I wasn’t so happy with the storyline and characters, Claudia Connor’s writing was just as great as in the first book and she fully masters the 3rd person writing with alternating point of views. I personally would have appreciated just a little more steamy scenes in the book, and maybe a little less confusion about Hannah and Stephen’s respective families (both have I can’t recall just how many brothers, and in the end I was very confused about who’s who), but then again I can’t wait to read T.J.’s story.
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All the feels