[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
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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.