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Friday, October 3, 2014

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

A Review By Beverly 

Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, #1)Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Super Sweet Stars

Abby has four children and one on the way, widowed six months ago when her spouse was killed in a plane crash. Matt is a Navy Seal on leave for a week.

This is a very unlikely pairing, but there was just something about it I loved.

Abby has issues with trust and abandonment. She was orphaned at the age of 5, and spent her childhood going from one foster home to the next. Despite her husband dying only six months ago, he actually left her physically and emotionally years before, pursing money and success. Abby has never had someone she could rely on.

Matt is a hero, no really a real hero, he is apart of the rescue missions, going into dangerous places, doing the job no one wants. He has never had a real relationship, going from one one-night stand to the next. He feels a sense of loyalty to his guys, and he feels he needs to fulfill his promise to his dead best friend/comrade.

Matt is instantly attracted to Abby, but she is pregnant, a mother, and wearing a wedding ring. Convinced it is a the life he is attracted to he befriends her.

"He liked watching her when she didn’t know. There were no games. No trying to impress him. Just beautiful and real.”

Abby is busy and doesn’t have time for distractions. She has been attracted to a man in years, she is too busy for distractions. When she sees Matt she can't help but be attacted to him.

“He must catch a million unsuspecting girls with that movie-star handsome face.”

Like I said this pairing is unlikely, but something about it works. They decide to spend the remaining week together. The bond Matt forms with Abby is great, but the bond he forms with the children is downright heartbreaking. I loved how Matt fell for her children and the children broke my heart, so hungry for father like figure's attention.

"I wish you were my daddy. What do you fink?”

"I think any man who had you for his little girl would be the luckiest man in the world.”

“Do you feel wucky?”

This story is super sweet, there isn’t a lot steam - despite this being one helluva cover. There is also minimal drama or angst, but it works because I got so wrapped up in the attachment the kids have with Matt. That alone added enough drama for me. Not knowing if Matt would flake out, if he would commit to a woman with so much baggage. Then there is Abby, she can’t think like a single woman, she owes it to these children to protect them from more heartache. Nothing comes easy with these two, that alone was enough drama for me.

So why not 5 stars?

This story didn’t blow me away. It was a little slow in middle, then the ending felt rushed. The story had a niche and it working nicely, then something happens in the last 15%-20% and IMO it was unnecessary and it made me lose faith in a character. I still enjoyed the story, but feel I could have loved it for what it was an adorable, quick read.

ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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