[485]: Worth the Risk by Claudia Connor

worth the risk GOODREADS SUMMARY
Loveswept | E-ARC fron Net Galley
February 3rd, 2014
Series: The McKinney Brothers, #2
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Trust me, I’m also a little bit doubtful about my reading choices nowadays. I’ve been all over the place, I know! Also, a bit surprised that I am not the least bit apologetic about my admission. If you’re sitting there thinking that the cover looks familiar, think no more. It’s because you might’ve seen a review of its predecessor, Worth the Fall reviewed on my blog. A book that made me realize the importance of  honesty and staying true to myself to keep the spirit of fun while reading. In other words, I refused to be a closeted romance reader any longer.

Also, who can forget a washboard like that?!

You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this book. It’s almost a travesty that it only took me three hours, tops to read it. Trust me, I savoured this book because I don’t know when the next one will be out. I can now say, in the most exuberant candidness, that I am irrevocably addicted to Ms. Connor’s McKinney Brothers. And this is just the second book.

Worth the Risk is the story of Stephen McKinney. A real estate mogul who had five years to recover from a nightmare that he relives during his weaker  moments. He is closed up, and numbed to  the possibility of love. That is, until he meets Hannah.

Hannah Walker has nightmares of her own. Nowadays, she finds solace in her horses and the kids with disabilities that she, in turn help find their little moments of happiness no matter how temporary they may seem. She’s a therapist. On a day when she lost her companion of some years, she meets Stephen: handsome, charismatic and persistent.

Their story begins like any other romance books you will find in the grocery store. But I always find comfort when I read Ms. Connor’s books. It brings me back to those days when I would scour a charity shop for a long-suffering-sigh type of reads. When I was younger, I remember fantasizing about the men in those kind of books. The rich, kind men who sweeps the heroines off their feet. Stephen McKinney fills those shoes for me. Nowadays though, I’d lose my feminist card if I dare admit of looking for a man like that. Ha.

Hannah is far from the weak heroine looking for a man to save her. In fact, once you read her story, you’ll wonder how anyone could survive the horrors she’d gone through. Claudia couldn’t have conjured two perfectly paired, tortured characters as she did with Hannah and Stephen. We see them go through their nightmares; and we see them wake up a bit more healed because of each other.

As usual, Ms. Connors shows how well she can convert those non-readers of pure romance genre (i.e…me?) into some kind of an addict looking for their next hit. She does romance and  family dynamics well. I smell a spin-off, and I, for one,  can hardly wait!

  • Okay, adding this too. Even added to my kindle wishlist. lol I’ve been craving these type reads lately.

    • Hahaha. I hope you’ll like these books. 🙂

  • moonbeamwishes

    aaahhhhhh!!! this sounds so good!!! my TBR list just keeps getting longer and longer!!!

  • I don’t think you can lose your feminist card for admitting to something like that! To be one is to not be ashamed of what you do and what you like, so you can definitely keep it and your love for romantic men with washboard abs 😉 It was so weird finding out that your grocery store stocks books…cos mine don’t! I wish it did though. These are usually not books that I read, but I do occasionally indulge in some NA when I’m bored of the same old tropes. Glad you enjoyed it Joy!

    • Really?! That’s so odd. Yes! They do sell these type of books at the grocers. Lol.

  • Ha! I’m glad you’ve come out of the closet! 🙂

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • I don’t know if I’m into ”tortured characters” much, because of all the drama that is usually included, but love me some from time to time. Great review, Joy!! 😀

  • Keep on switching it up! That’s how you keep things fresh!

    This book/series is new to me. I think this will give me butterflies 😀

  • Oh, I love the sound of this book! I’ve seen raving reviews of this series on so many blogs, so I will definitely check them. Glad that the 2nd book was a hit too. 🙂

  • All over the place is awesome, I love all over the place, more genres, wohoo

  • I hate it when I spend an eternity waiting for a book and then end up reading it in a few hours or less. That’s what I love about audiobooks, they force me to pace myself. And I’m not a romance reader either, or when I am, it’s mostly MM, but this sounds awesome.

    • I looooove MM too. One of these days, I’ll go full bore and binge on pure indulgence. 🙂

  • Fluffy romances are we weakness too Joy, nothing to be ashamed of. My mother keeps telling me that one day I’ll pick up one of those bodice rippers and never look back. I love comfort reads and this sounds exactly that. Not often do you find an author that can make you feel all warm and fuzzy after a read, it’s the mark of a great author that she can engage readers so thoroughly. Lovely review Joy and viva la romance! <3

    • hahhahah! I’m glad I’m not getting crucified just yet. 🙂

  • Aw, yay for reviewing more romance books 😀 This cover is pretty awesome 😉 I’m glad you loved this book Joy. <3 The characters sounds pretty amazing 🙂 Amazing review, as always. <3

  • As a fellow “non-reader of pure romance genre”, maybe I should read these books, if you like them so much. I think I’ll have to look for it somewhere.

    – Love, Felicia

    • Eeek! If you’re set against the genre, you might not like it so much. 🙂

  • I fell so hard for the first novel so I’m not surprised that Connors is already a favorite of yours after just this second book. I can’t wait to read it myself! 😀 Lovely review, Joy!

  • I loved this one, too, Joy! I’ll have my review posted in a couple of weeks. This was darker than the first one and I agree, I think CC could do a spinoff with Hannah’s brothers. I would love a second chance romance with Nick and Mia! Lovely review! 🙂

  • WOO HOO!!! Yay for coming out of the romance closet, there’s no shame in loving a sexy set of washboard abs 😉 I think this is a series I need to read immediately:)

  • Yay! I am so glad you are reading and most importantly, loving this series too! It is just so darn good!

    • Oh yeah. Very few of these type of series I could get into, so I’m always glad when I’m confronted by one.

  • I love that you’re trying all these different books, from classics to YA to man-abs romance novels. I’m enjoying reading all these reviews 🙂
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • EVERYONE I know loves this series. I have to get to it, because they sound like a lot of fun! Also, LOL, I’m still living that fantasy, mostly because I want someone to pay off my college tuition for me! Haha! 😛
    I’ll have to try this one! I need yummy romances and family dynamics!
    Lovely review, Joy!

    • probably time to give it a look-see? 🙂