Title: Worth the Wait
Series: McKinney/Walker #1
Author: Claudia Connor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017
The first in a spin off series of the New York Times Bestselling McKinney Brothers, WORTH THE WAIT takes readers on a journey through young love into adulthood in a heartwrenching, second chance love story.
Nick Walker thought nothing could destroy what he had with Mia. He certainly never thought he would be the one to destroy it.
Now ten years later, Mia James is in Special Agent Nick Walker’s path once again and this time he’s determined to shed the weight of regret and finally claim the future that was always meant to be theirs.
It won’t be easy. Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick and now, just when she’d pieced it back together, it’s been broken again, bringing their past to the surface, including her own secret about that day everything went wrong.
***Every title by Claudia Connor is a Contemporary Romance and a full stand alone novel. No cheating, no love triangle, no cliff hanger.
* A review copy was provided by the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *
~ 3.5 Reuniting Stars ~
Worth the Wait is the first book in Claudia Connor’s newest series. It is a spin off of her original McKinney’s Series. This series will feature characters from the Walker family, you meet them in the second McKinney Book….Worth the Risk.
I enjoyed this book but I have to be honest and say it didn’t WOW me. Worth the Wait is a second chance romance between Nick and Mia. I thought the writing was good and the storyline was interesting. I think my biggest problem with the book was the 24 years past the characters share. They were together for 14 years and then separated for 10. I just thought that was too much time to cover. The author did a great job moving things along but that many years to cover made the story slightly unbelievable in my opinion. I also found the reunion to be little too quick. It took awhile for them to overcome their past, but when it happened it was immediate. It made it a little unrealistic to me.
I really don’t want anyone to think I didn’t like this book, because I really did. It just isn’t my favorite of this author’s. I think many people will love this book. Just because it wasn’t a 5 star read for me I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes a second chance romance story.
In this book we follow the journey of Nick and Mia. Nick is Hannah’s (from Worth the Risk) oldest brother and pretty much a father figure, since they lost their parents when she was only 2 and he was 20. Nick stepped up and took care of his sister instead of letting her be taken away. So at the age 20, Nick was in college and trying to keep his family together. This is how he meets Mia. She is a fresh faced 18 year old at the same college and just happened to bump into each other. Over the course of 14 years we get to watch Mia and Nick grow up told through flashbacks. Then something happens and forces these two apart. Fast forward 10 years and we are in the present and these two come face to face after so many years. I did find the switching between tenses, past and present, wasn’t as smooth as I would’ve liked. I thought the present time frame should’ve been labeled just like the past was. It just makes it easier for the reader to comprehend the story better when they know what time frame they are in. Will Nick and Mia be able to overcome what happened in the past?? Can they find their HEA??
I did enjoy getting to see some of the other characters from the McKinney Series. The present tense of this story actually ran concurrent with Worth the Risk (Book 2) so we got to see another side of Hannah and Stephen’s relationship. Don’t worry you don’t need to read Worth the Risk first, you won’t be lost or miss out on anything. Although it does slightly spoil their story.
If you are a fan of a second chance romance, I would recommend this book. Even though it wasn’t my favorite, you might love it. Give it a try!!!!
~twenty-four years ago Nick pressed two fingers into the sleep deprived headache pounding in his temple and tried to concentrate on professor Jenkins’s explanation of ideal gas law. He circled a line of notes, ignored the knock on the auditorium door until he heard the familiar cry. Hannah, who he’d left in the university daycare two hours ago.
The high pitched wail wasn’t his two year old sister’s hurt cry. It was her scared cry with a touch of pissed off. In the six months since their parents’ death, he’d learned to tell the difference. He’d learned a lot of things. Like if he didn’t take her to the bathroom, she’d likely wait too long and have an accident. Like green beans made her throw up, but she’d eat them if he told her to. And she would never, ever go to sleep without Mr. Bunny.
He was up, out of his seat, and halfway down the auditorium stairs before his professor laid his pen down.
Nick’s eyes narrowed on the young blonde in an oversized sweatshirt with silk greek letters sewn on the front. She held a sobbing Hannah dressed in the sunny yellow sundress he’d picked out that morning. She hadn’t been crying when he left her. Now her eyes were red and snot mixed with tears dripped into her mouth. Hannah lunged for him. His arms engulfed her small body and his heart squeezed like it always did when she held onto him.
“I stay you,” Hannah said. Each word tumbled out of her with a jerk of her tiny shoulders.
“What happened to her?”
“Nothing happened to her. She hasn’t stopped screaming for the past hour and she bit three people. We can’t keep her like that.”
Several responses came to mind.
She’s just a baby.
She missed her nap.
And the loudest of all, it was my fault for leaving her.
Hannah raised her head to look at him, giant tears hanging from golden lashes. “I bite.”
“Well. At least she’s honest.” Professor Jenkins turned his questioning eyes to Nick. “She yours?”
Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.
Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.
Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.