Worth It All by Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers #3
Also in this series: Worth the Risk
Published by Loveswept on April 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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She’s fighting for control. . . . Paige Roberts learned to fend for herself growing up. Now she’s doing everything possible to give her daughter, Casey, the stability she never had. But when the vivacious five-year-old decides she’s done wearing her prosthesis, Paige faces her toughest challenge yet: trusting a handsome, brooding stranger who simply wants to help.
He’s struggling to connect. . . . JT McKinney lost more than his leg in a car accident that stole his dreams of pro football. Eight years later, he's made a new life for himself far away from his old one. His business is developing cutting-edge prosthetics and he’s more than happy to turn his attention to machines instead of people. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing.
Will they take a chance on love? . . . When JT gets the chance to help Paige’s daughter, he takes it. He never planned on the two of them tearing down his walls or teaching him to believe in himself again. Paige might not believe in happily ever afters, but JT wants more than anything to be her prince. They’ll both have to let go of the past if they want a future.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
JT is the younger McKinney, and as such has always felt in the shadow of his much older and extremely accomplished siblings. When a car accident results in his losing a leg along with his football scholarship, he cuts himself off from everything, including his family.
Almost a decade later and on the opposite coast, along two friends from re-hab, he has built a company that not only develops cutting edge prosthetics and their components but also has a kick ass physical therapy center.
But all the success in the world can’t replace emotional wellbeing, and JT has been harboring guilt and a fair amount of self-loathing since his accident that has prevented him from forming lasting attachments. That is until a pretty waitress in a diner catches his eye. Then all bets are off.
Paige is running herself to the ground: working two waitressing jobs, going to school and taking care of her precious baby girl. As a single mom, she is set on never letting Casey, her soon to be five-year-old, feel un-safe or lacking in any way. So when the little ray of sunshine decides to stop using her prosthetic leg because it supposedly hurts, Paige is in quite the pickle.
Of course, this is exactly the in Jake (aka JT) needs, and although at first he tells himself he only wants to help Casey, the fact that he is incredibly attracted to Paige and she awakens feelings he thought would never again resurface can’t be denied. Paige is reluctant to count on Jake, coming from a home where the men paraded in and out of her life all through childhood.
I absolutely loved this book. Jake was so sweet, you know, besides sexy, hot, charming and super smart. The way he bonded with Casey was completely heart-melting and I kept smiling like a goof the whole time. Paige was really a great character too. She was strong, selfless and caring. She just wanted what was best for Casey and she would accomplish that no matter the cost to herself.
Athough there was definite electricity between the two, conquering the past is easier said than done and both of them had some difficulties to overcome. The question is, with the chance of everything at the tips of their fingers, will they grab it or let it slip away?
I seriously recommend Worth It All, it was sweet, steamy and adorable. I loved how Casey was as much a main character as Paige and Jake and the visits with all entire McKinney clan was a wonderfully tasty cherry on top of a great read.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4.5 We Are The Same Stars
If you ever find yourself in dire need of a rainbows and unicorns book, this is the one for you. I like a little suspense so I was at one time begging Sparkles, who had already finished it, to tell me that there was a kidnapping, bomb or even sweet little Casey beaning a mean kid upside the head with her prosthetic leg, but alas, after laughing at me and my dramatics, she informed me that nothing like that happens. Worth It All is a sugary overload with no action to be found, except for the kind that happens between the sheets.
This is a slow burn relationship driven novel with nary an OTT alpha to be found. Both Jake and Paige had issues to get past. Truly, it was kind of a realistic glimpse at the realities of dating a single parent. At times, it felt slow to me. Jake could never be accused of being a fast mover. He definitely drove me a little bit crazy at first with his hot and cold routine. In fact at one point, I was again texting Sparkles to make sure they at least make it past first base. She assured me there was sex, and she was right. Once they finally started, it gets fairly hot and steamy. As for Paige, I really liked her and how she kept her focus on making sure Casey had a stable home.
Little Casey stole the show with this book. I loved how it wasn’t just about the romance growing between Jake and Paige, but the love that grew between Jake and Casey. That relationship was beautiful to watch unfold, as a somewhat quiet and grumpy man taught a sweet and precocious little girl how to become more comfortable with herself and her prosthetic.
Again, I’m an action girl so I did miss that, but overall this was a super sweet, slow burn, low angst love story. Even missing the suspense, it was well written and I ended up enjoying it.
Spice’s Rating: 3.5 Low Angst, Slow Burn Stars
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