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Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, Book 1) Kindle Edition

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“I can’t remember the last book that had me crying for hours. I loved this hero and heroine and adored the kids. I didn’t want it to end.”New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips​

Worth the Fall is a beautiful, compassionate romance that hits you straight in the heart and will have you falling in love with this family.”—Smexy Books

“This debut mixes passion and compassion in a contemporary story that has emotional depth. Readers will find the story heartwarming but with enough heat to remind them of what falling in love feels like.”Library Journal

“A brand-new author I think you’re really gonna like.”New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins

“I can’t get enough of Claudia Connor’s heartwarming stories. Sexy, emotional, complex, dreamy—her characters satisfy on every level.”New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul

Worth the Fall is one of the most touching, heartfelt stories I have read in years. The characters are wonderful, from the Navy SEAL hero to the broken little heroine with her ready-made family just waiting for someone to come love them. I will recommend this book to everyone. It is nothing short of magic.”New York Times bestselling author Sharon Sala

“I loved this book. A lot.”New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey

“This book was . . . wow! I can’t wait for Worth the Risk.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna

“This book made me laugh, cry, and stay up half the night because I couldn’t wait to finish it. I loved watching this couple grow, would highly recommend the book, and cannot wait to read more from Claudia Connor!”—Cocktails and Books

“A book that truly touched my heart and had me fighting off tears as well as sighing happily. I am absolutely excited for the next book in the series.”—Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
“Definitely one of the best books of the summer . . . a must read!”—Underneath the Covers
“Claudia Connor has created such a beautiful story of loss, life, love and everything that comes with it.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
“I read and re-read [Worth the Fall] three times. If that’s not a clear indication of how much I loved this, then I don’t know what is.”—Joyousreads

“A very satisfying read . . . I look forward to returning to more stories with the McKinney family particularly for those brothers that are still running loose and single.”—Delighted Reader
“Let me say first off that no matter how many wonderful things I say about this book it will not be enough. I am beyond in love with this book.”—Books-n-Kisses

About the Author

Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master's degrees in early childhood education. She enjoys movies, reading, and travel. These days, she spends most of her time putting the stories in her head on paper. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

Johanna Parker, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has earned an esteemed Audie Award and three Audie nominations. She has received high praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (September 9, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2014
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J1IQX4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Claudia Connor is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of heartfelt contemporary romance. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of the almost real people that live in her head. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters. You can find out more about Claudia's books at and sign up for her newsletter for exclusive excerpts and prizes!

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T's Book (KT Book Reviews) on September 21, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What is a “real man”? I mean, is he the sexy biker? The multi billionaire? The alpha leading man that sweeps the virginal girl….no wait, the heart broken college coed….no, the sexy-but-doesn’t-know-it office clerk? Think again guys, in this case, it’s the beautiful military man who sees the beauty in a woman with four kids and one on the way. Didn’t see that one coming did you?

Hell, I didn’t either. But let me say loud and proud. It so totally works! Never have I read this dynamic in a romance novel. It was sweet, real, and gives single moms hope that yes, love can still be found.

They were honest and real. Abby kept Matt at a distance, as she should in the beginning of any relationship. She has kids to focus on and to keep safe. You don’t just jump into bed with someone without figuring out who they are. She is broken from her past and the relationship she had with her now deceased husband. Abby is wary and she should be.

Matt comes from a large family and many of them are working on their own brood. Matt sees a connection and a feels, I think, a familiarity with Abby and her kids: a sense of home and belonging. It moves him to insert himself in their lives.

What happens between these two is a long road, and at times is filled with subtle angst and some bumps. However, ultimately it is a story of love and belonging, learning that being loved isn’t a choice. It just is. Because that is what family is: love.

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Clark on September 9, 2014
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In the spirit of being completely honest I'm going to confess that the first thing I noticed about this book was the cover. How could it not catch your eye right? It's pretty sexy. Aside from the fact that there's an abundance of abs, the mans hand placement is the guiding light. The second thing I noticed was the synopsis. It sounded like a sweet, sexy and romantic vacation fling kind of story with some steamy romance sure to follow if the cover has anything to say about it. But this book was much, much more than the cover and synopsis could ever do it justice. I almost feel like nothing can prepare you for the poignantly heartfelt and beautiful story that unfolds within it's pages.

The setup is very simple, Matt and Abby meet at the beach while both are on a vacation of sorts. Matt is on medical leave from the SEALS after a head injury sidelines him and Abby is taking her kids on one last week of fun and sun before the Summer ends and school begins. Matt only intended to stay for a few days but after meeting Abby and her children he's drawn back to them over and over again seeing them out and about and can't resist spending time with them. Her adorable kids draw him in with their questions and play requests but it's Abby and her quiet beauty and strength that holds his attention. As they get to know each other a friendship starts to build and before long Matt extends his trip to be able to spend the remaining time he has at the beach with Abby and her kids. They play in the water, build sand castles and have movie nights and by the time it's over and time to say goodbye, Abby and Matt have formed a deeper connection that "just friends" isn't going to satisfy. The only problem is that Matt and Abby live in separate states.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sherri on October 8, 2014
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I really liked this book when they were at the beach, but it dragged for me afterward. They took way too long to admit they wanted each other and to have sex. How many times can two people have the same conversation! Even then I liked the book and was invested in their relationship. However, after a certain point, I was ready for it to be done. It went on way too long and made me feel anxious.

The plot point that turned me off was that if she had such a crappy marriage--from the beginning--why did she keep popping out kids? Four, with one on the way, was irresponsible and, sorry, stupid. There were several mentions of her being catholic, so I imagine the no-birth-control rule was the reason for it, and that bothered me too. I also though it was a bit creepy that she was way pg and they were having sex. Not because pregnancy sex is weird, but because he's not the one who put it there. It's my hangup, I know, but still. Finally, the deeper into the story we went, the weaker she seemed to get, which was annoying.

To end on a positive, the kids were cute and added a lot, Matt was a hunk and a really nice guy, and I liked the interactions with his family. I know guys in special forces who deploy on various missions, and while SEALs are different, a lot of what was in the book about him and his teammates and their missions was pretty right on. I didn't like how she treated him when he went on that last mission--he had proven his love and still she doubted. This book had some problems for me, but overall, it was good and worth the money and time to read. Good writing, too!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kitkat40 on September 23, 2014
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**warning** This book is full of adorable children! They will win you over with their sticky fingers, wiggly teeth, and I've got you wrapped around my finger smiles. They will re-kindle your desire to dress like a princess, wear your spider man pajamas, build sand castles, eat milk and cookies and toss around a football just for fun. They will also break your heart and have you crying into your Lucky Charms! You have been warned!

If you love children you will love this story... :)) And, no... not everyone will cry... that's something that comes easily for me because my emotions are very easily manipulated.

Anyway... seriously... this was such a unique and refreshing romance that I was not expecting. A book that emphasizes very strongly the importance of a sense of belonging and family. It's about keeping promises, taking chances, moving past your fears and learning how to trust.
The children in this book were the stars of the show in my opinion. In particular, and on a more personal level, the little girl Annie. She won my heart... I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a hug... which is why I loved Matt. I loved the way he loved Abby's kids.
Matt and Abby come together just at the right moment for each other. Abby is a widow with four children and one on the way. Having grown up in foster care most of her life and not having had the greatest marriage, she has a fear of abandonment and has never really felt as if she has been truly loved by anyone. Matt is having difficulty coping with the loss of his best friend on a Navy Seal mission and is feeling an emptiness in his life. They both find in each other a sense of belonging. I loved their story and I loved how these two fit together so perfectly.
So glad I decided to pick this one up... it's a keeper and one I would recommend to those who like romances that center around mature characters.
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