Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Worth It All by Claudia Connor

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I absolutely adored Worth It All. I haven’t read the previous books in the series (which I plan to rectify), but I couldn’t pass this one up when I read the blurb. The idea of a male lead being an amputee is not a new one for me, but the addition of the love interest’s child also being an amputee was something I’d never encountered before. I simply had to read it. I had to know how the author could pull off. I wanted to be wowed and Connor most definitely wowed me.

As a single mother trying to make a better life for her daughter and herself, Paige is working two jobs and going to school. The only light in her life at the beginning of the book is her daughter, Casey, and her cousin, Jenny, who they live with and who takes care of Casey when Paige is working and at school. Just reading about all that she was juggling made me tired. When Jake hits her radar, she can appreciate the man’s looks, but there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for anything more than that. While Jake has no interest in a relationship (thanks to some really nasty baggage from his past), he finds himself drawn to Paige and Casey and wants to help them out with Casey’s prosthetic. In most cases, the fact that Jake just happens to be a biomedical engineer who designs top of the line prosthetics would feel overly contrived. But as Jake is an amputee, and, as we learn later, comes from a family of very intelligent and ambitious people, it’s not much of a stretch to find it believable – especially once we meet his business partners, who are also amputees. As Jake gets to spend more and more time with Paige and Casey, he worries that he is falling in love and, because of his history, worries that he cannot be the kind of man that Paige and Casey need.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved how Jake was able to use his prosthetic to help Casey become more accepting of hers (and going to Kindergarten, lol). In fact, I found the way he interacted with Casey to be beyond endearing. Their common ground helped forge a relationship between them and, truth be told, I’m not entirely sure that Jake didn’t fall in love with Casey before he fell in love with Paige. His reluctance to be more than a friend to Paige is understandable given his past, but this only made their eventual coming together even hotter. And Paige has her own issues that get in the way of a “them,” and I have to point out how nice it was to see a character who could accept help from someone when she really needed it, and understood that the other person needed to be able to help her. In the same vein, I appreciated the absence of high-handedness on Jake’s part. The storyline was ripe for it, but the author chose not to go there. Besides the actual romance, it was watching Jake with Casey that really made me love Worth It All, because indeed, Jake had to decide if a future with Casey and Paige was indeed, worth it all.

New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days pouring out the stories that fill her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Worth It All (The McKinney Brothers #3) by Claudia Connor to read and review.

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