I am pretty chary of giving out 5 star reviews. My index is whether I get caught up in the story every time I pick it up...even if I am just flipping through for some reason (like trying to write a review, lol). Those are the ones that I go back and re-read passages because I like them so much...this was one those...and it was serendipity, I saw an excerpt somewhere and was intrigued enough to look for the blurb...even though I had tons of books already in line on the review mountain...
Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor is the
delicious first novel in the ‘McKinney Brothers’ series which details
the interactions between recently widowed Abby Davis, who is not only
six months pregnant, but is also juggling taking care of her four
children during their vacation at the beach. SEAL Matt McKinney is torn
between the promise he made to his best friend and his growing desire
to continue his successful house-flipping enterprise and settle down.
His serendipitous encounters with the captivating Davis family only
intensifies his dilemma, especially given the conflicting signals he
receives from the prickly Abby. His training taught him to never give
up, but can he find a path that will allow him to be at peace with all
of his decisions?
This impressive contemporary romance
features an unlikely heroine who is just as strong in her own right as
the hero is. Oddly enough, even though I tend to not like overly
self-effacing women, Abby just resonates with me because she doesn’t
wallow in the negatives, just keeps pushing on. The adorable children
serve as both an emotional addition and a great source of lighthearted
interludes in this heart-tugging story. This was an emotional
rollercoaster, as I alternated between surreptitiously sniffling and
giggling uncontrollably as I read, captivated by the adventures of
characters who were so vivid to me that I was actively willing them to
let down their walls and admit how vital they were becoming to each
I think that I was most enchanted by the contrast of the
powerful well-trained and capable SEAL and his ability to communicate on
the level of each child, reach them so effortlessly and treat them so
tenderly. There is a hilarious scene when a semi-clad doll’s modesty is
being protected by her young owner while the hapless SEAL struggles to
figure out how to restore the clothing, as well as a deliciously
protective interlude involving a kid, chocolate and white pants! This
is a story that I will read again and again, just for the sigh-worthy
moments, and I anxiously await the explanations for some of the dangling
threads that were adeptly woven amongst the adventures so capably
described. Fortunately, Matt comes from a large family, and I look
forward to learning more about the rest of the siblings!
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I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.