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.
Nick Walker is an FBI agent. He is very protective of his family. Especially of his little sister, who he became guardian of when he was nineteen after the tragic death of his parents. His over protectiveness is not unwarranted, as Hannah was abducted as a teenager and Nick has never forgiven himself and feels as if he has failed Hannah. He is struggling with the fact that Hannah is wanting to date and date someone that he perceives as a playboy no less.
Add to Nick’s internal struggle with Hannah, his old friend and lover, Mia is back in the picture. Mia was pivotal in helping Nick when he needed it the most. As their bond grew so did their relationship. That is until it all went down hill in a day. Nick was unaware that Hannah and Mia have been in touch and friends for quite a while. Now he is face to face with the one woman he truly loved and lost.
Mia is back in the picture as a friend and counselor to Hannah. She gets a big surprise when she finds that Nick is living in the area. She is has a successful life, but is still lonely. Faced with her past, Mia needs to make a decision that will affect her future.
I truly enjoyed this book. My emotions were all over the place. Nick and Mia pulled me in so many directions. I loved Nick as the strong guardian, but I also wanted to slap him silly at times. I really enjoyed Mia’s character. She was like a bright star when Nick needed her the most. It was also good to see the relationship that she had with Hannah. As this was my first book and my first time meeting the characters, I truly enjoyed each of them. A really good read. I can’t wait to go back and read the rest of the books.
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.