Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Release blitz + Giveaway + Review: "Worth the wait" by Claudia Connor


Book 1 in series McKinney / Walker
Main characters: Nick Walker and Mia James

Synopsis

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.

I got the ARC of this wonderful story from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :) and I absolutely loved it :) but first things first, a little bit of an explanation :) this is the first book in a spin-off series from another book written by this lovely author :) her The McKinney brothers series is fantastic, and yes, I still haven't read the first book in it, but book #2 and #3 were absolutely amazing ;) and this one, is starting a spin-off series about Hannah's brothers :) she was the heroine of "Worth the risk" :) so there are all sorts of people in this one that we met before, but worry not, it works perfectly well as a standalone, so you can read it even if it will be your first dive into the lovely stories created by Claudia Connor :) now that we have this out of the way let me tell you a bit more about the book... :)

Nick and Mia *sighs* oh how I loved them... *sighs again* *THUD* <- this was the sound of me falling on the floor, because this book absolutely killed me ;) it was so phenomenal :) so let me tell you a bit more about our main couple... theirs is a story twenty years in the making... we met both of them in Hannah's book, Nick is her brother, and an FBI agent and Mia is a therapist... but it's of course much more complicated that that... I will try to explain it as best as possible without spoilers, but it's gonna be hard, so you have to forgive me for being vague from time to time :) this book takes place around the same time as Hannah's story, but also a big part of it are the flashbacks... and they are just heartbreaking to read... let me explain, because I keep forgetting that a lot of you haven't read this story yet and you have no idea what I'm talking about :) sorry, but all the emotions are getting to me :) so once more, from the beginning :) Nick and Mia met when they were both in college, he lost his parents a few months back and now was taking care of his three other brothers and a very little sister... so he was definitely not looking to meet someone... so when she caught his attention, they actually started as friends... then, after some time, one thing led to another, and they got together... and actually stayed together for quite some time... until that horrible thing that happened to Hannah that changed everything and everyone... after they broke up, they haven't seen each other for ten years... and now that they met again, things are sooo complicated... ok, so those are all the details I can actually share with you guys without spoiling you anything, and I soooo don't want to do that, because part of the beauty of this story, is to just see how it unspools over the chapters... :)

There were a lot of wonderful secondary characters in this book :) some of them you may have met before... and I'm talking about the whole McKinney family :) but again, even if you haven't, the scenes including them were very sweet :) on the one hand, if you DO know them from other books, they will have much more meaning to you, but if you haven't, I truly believe getting to know a bit more about them here will only make you more curious and you'll want to read their full lenght books... and you totally should, because they are awesome :) but we also get to know more about the Walker family :) Hannah's brothers were briefly mentioned in her own story, so I absolutely loved having more scenes with them here, and I am beyond excited knowing they will all get their own stories at some point in the future... :) and if all of their books will be as amazing as this one, I am prepared to wait as long as it takes ;) but in the meantime... *sending all sorts of inspiring vibes to Claudia Connor so she can write them as wonderfully as this one* ;)

I absolutely loved this story... even though sometimes it was just sooo heartbreaking to read... especially all those flashbacks to when Nick and Mia were happy together... *sighs* it really broke my heart, reading how much in love they were, and how many obstacles they endured to be together, still knowing they will break up... then, when we learn more about the time they spent apart it just... *sighs* let me tell you, it was one emotional read... but I loved every minut of it :) I don't know if it's because I was in the perfect mood for such a story, or was it the fact that Claudia really evolved as a writer... probably a mix of both ;) but the writing style of this story... damn... it was perfection... emotional and sweet and sexy and vulnerable and just... *sighs dreamily* a truly perfect mix telling a story that got straight to my heart... :) I highly recommend you guys picking this bok up, whether it will be your first story by this author, or maybe you're already familiar with her, but trust me... you DO NOT want to miss this incredible story... :) happy reading ;)

Excerpt


~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?”
He hesitated, but only a second. “My sister. But yes, she’s mine.” And at that moment she became even more his, which seemed to be the case every day. Every day, a little more his.


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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.

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XOXO

A

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