[618]: Worth It All by Claudia Connor

24683241 LOVESWEPT | April 19th, 2016
E-ARC Courtesy of publisher and Net Galley
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
GOODREADS | AMAZON | CHAPTERS


After a car accident stole his dreams of pro football, JT McKinney has made a new life for himself far away from his old one.

He spends his time in a prosthetic research and development facility, his attention on machines instead of people until a chance meeting with a young mother and her five-year-old daughter who need his help. He’ll have to let go of the past if he wants a future.


I can never resist the McKinney Brothers. It’s one of the few series that I religiously follow. As soon as I see the instalment up on Net Galley, I put in a request tout suite. And as soon as I got approved, I read the darn book right away. This one will not be out till April, but I just had to read it! Admittedly, it’s not as great as the first two books in the series, but JT’s story is still a strong follow-up.

ABOUT THE STORY

JT McKinney is the baby of the family. He had a promising football career until a car accident took one of his legs. Since then, he turned his focus to prosthetics and had created an innovative, successful company. But since his accident, he was pretty much a closed book when it comes to the matters of the heart. That is until a mother and daughter blindsided him.

WHY I LIKE THESE BOOKS

The thing about Ms. Connor’s books is she does the family dynamics so well. It doesn’t even matter whether it’s a single parent family unit or like the McKinney’s, a huge family consisting of grown men and women with a million little kids (slight exaggeration).  She combines the realities of relationships with the perfect amount of romance. She then adds a bit of steam for those looking for heat. I don’t find her stories campy like the drug store romance books you see at the checkout counters. Not that there’s anything wrong with those books.

I must say though that this story was missing a little bit of angst. I do enjoy a story that makes my heart hurt even just a little bit and I’m sorry to say, this one was missing that factor.

One of the things that I like about this series is Claudia’s characterization of the kids. I fell in love with Matt and Abby’s brood; Hannah’s patients did me in. In this book, Casey stole the spotlight. She’s so sassy and adorable beyond words. Much like JT, Casey is also an amputee – not because of an accident but because of a birth defect. She doesn’t mince words, which I guess, is a toddler trait. Oh, but is she the most adorable five-year-old! She has had troubles with her prosthetics, but because they’re poor, Paige only managed to get her the most basic one. JT offers to help, but he ends up doing so much more than giving a single mom a break in life.

All in all, I don’t think I’ll ever stop reading Ms. Connor’s books. She knows what I like and does it so well. If you have the chance to check out this series, don’t hesitate.

 

  • I really like the sound of this one. I am usually a sucker for cute kids in a book. Can it standalone I wonder?

  • Sounds like my type of a book! You’ve convinced me to add this series. 🙂

    • I hope you’ll enjoy it, hun. 🙂 Though it might be a little tame for your taste, if you know what I mean. *winks*

  • RO

    This sounds like a goody! Hugs…

  • Melliane

    it’s great to find a good author like that and the idea here is really intriguing, poor JT… Ishould try the author!

    • Oh I love all her work so far. I can’t wait to see what else she’ll put out in the future!

  • *ahem* That cover tho D:

    Anyway, I am so glad you’re able to love this series unconditionally! I think we should all have a series where we can’t help but love the books and want to devour each and every one. Maybe this one was missing a little angst, but it seems like that family dynamic that you always love popped back up and was done incredibly well. As usual 😀

  • This sounds right up my alley! I could use a no angst read, so I’ll check it out.

    • Enjoy! Heavy on the romance, not so much on the sex. 🙂

  • This sounds like a great read Joy. I love that JT used his injury to help himself and others. I think I’d like to meet Paige and Casey too.

    • Yes. He took his painful past and help other people with it. 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I love this series and the lack of angst/drama might just make this a favorite for me. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy–great review!

    • Thanks! So refreshing to find reads without drama/angst, isn’t it?

  • Melissa (Books and Things)

    I actually love the sound of no angst. Although I do enjoy it at times, sometimes it also becomes tiring. I also love the sound of family dynamics. That w/o angst… totally curious!

    • We could all use a break from the angst, to be honest.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I do love a little angst as well. 🙂 Glad you liked this one, even if it wasn’t QUITE as good as the first two.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

    • Yeah. It turns out, I need it, too. Who knew?!

  • I haven’t heard of this series, but I’ll put it on my list! Also, the cover makes me giggle. It’s so captionable.

    • Lol. These type of books tend to induce giggles, yes. Yesterday, I was perusing historical romance and I couldn’t, in good conscience, read a book with a cover that makes me burst into a mad laughing fit. :/

  • kindlemom1

    I should definitely check out this author if you like her so much!

    • Light, fun, sweet. Sexy. What else could you ask for, eh? 🙂

  • Woo! Love to hear about the good family dynamics

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    While the word “angst” when associated with a YA or NA novel gives me a nervous tic, I’m with you Joy in that I need a little angst in my romances. Something that tugs those heartstrings just a little before everything works out nicely for everyone involved:) Sorry this was missing a little of that angst, but I definitely need to try this series as a whole!

    • Yeah. I feel like it’s incomplete when they don’t break up for a time or even have a full-blown fight. I mean, think of the make-up sex! That’s the best part of coupledom, if you ask me. Lol.

  • I’ve been wanting to read this series for awhile, and have the first two books waiting on my Kindle. I’m glad to know how much you enjoy it!!

    • Oh girl. You should read them. They’re really sweet and light. And hot and fun. 🙂

  • Awesome review sweetie 😀 Yay for getting approved for this one, and reading it right away. <3 So glad you liked it. But aw. None angst at all? That is pretty depressing, lol. But happy you still liked it 🙂

    • Hahaha! Who knew no angst would be depressing! Something’s wrong with me, I swear.

  • This is a series that I REALLY want to check out. That’s too bad this one didn’t have that angst you wanted, but overall it really does sound fantastic.
    Great review, Joy!

    • The first one is my favourite. It’s kind of crazy because she’s got all those kids. And for a single hottie to take on the entire brood is just so unrealistic. But man, it’s awesome. My heart.

  • I need some contemporary in my mix soon

    • You do those reviews so well. I think it’s your sarcasm that I find endearing when you review them. Lol.

  • I will read your review after I’ve finished the book and my review. Thrilled to see you enjoyed the story, though, Joy! 🙂

    • This is all you, Rachel! You recc’d this series to me a couple of years ago! I’m hooked on Claudia Connor because of you. 🙂