He broke her heart. When he finds out just how badly, it will break his too.
Nick Walker found the love of his life when he was just nineteen.
It’s been ten years since Nick watched the only woman he ever loved walk out of his life. Now this FBI Special Agent will do anything to win her back.
But it won’t be easy…
Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick. They’ll have to face their painful past if they want a future, including Mia’s own secret about that day it all fell apart.
Do you believe in second chances?
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About the Book!
Worth the Wait
by Claudia Connor
McKinney Brothers #14 / Walker #1
January 10, 2017
Recently I discovered Worth the Fall by this author about several brothers and their happily ever after stories of falling in love. I enjoyed the whole thing, and then jumped to book three for the next read, leaving out the second in the series, Worth the Risk. Big mistake. I found this book, Worth the Wait, on Net Galley and immediately requested it. When I started reading, I realized pretty much immediately that I needed to go back and read Worth the Risk, because it is pretty much a prequel, of sorts, to this one in a lot of ways. That being said, this could absolutely standalone. Just a romance? Not just.
Nick Walker is an FBI agent and is brother to Hannah. Hannah’s story is told in Worth the Risk, and that book and this one overlap the same timeline. However, since so much of this particular book hinges on what happened a decade before, Nick’s book is told in two different time periods. When the Walker children were young, their parents die. At age nineteen, Nick steps up and begins raising his younger siblings, Hannah, age two, in particular. He also attends college at the same time. He has no time for romance, but when he meets Mia that all changes. On Mia’s part, she is totally smitten with the young man who totes around Hannah to most of their dates together. She’s pretty driven as well, as a brilliant student who promised her parents to become a doctor before ever settling down and marrying. When something horrendous happens to Hannah at age fourteen, Nick and Mia’s romance falls apart. Ten years later, Mia comes back into Nick’s life in a peripheral manner.
I love a good second chance romance, and if ever a couple deserved one, this couple is it. Their history together, the love they shared, raising Hannah together, all of it caused them to never love anyone else again. So much heartbreak surrounding Hannah keeps Nick from being able to be the person that fell in love with Mia. He closes himself off from anything but Hannah and her recovery. A recovery that literally takes years.
Nick was a hard character to like when first met in Worth the Risk. He is overprotective of Hannah to the nth degree. Of course when Hannah falls in love, Nick is having none of it. He does have to get over that rather quickly. With this book, we start to understand why he is the way he is. Thrown into adulthood with four younger siblings at nineteen would be extremely hard for anyone. After Hannah’s ordeal, Nick’s life becomes impossible. Mia becomes the part of his life that goes by the way side. Even though losing her about kills him. Mia changes as well. Once a surgeon, now she changes to psychiatry to become a professional psychiatric grief counselor. I really loved Mia’s character and I don’t know if many could get past the stuff Nick threw at her. Mia has hard choices to make after Nick comes back into her life. She’s already heartbroken over something else in her life, can she take Nick on again knowing what he did to her in the past, is the question here.
These books, The McKinney brothers,and now this one from The Walker brothers, are very real and well written. The romances are never simple. People are broken in some ways, and sometimes a couple gets together that shouldn’t work, but absolutely does. I don’t read a lot of series romances, but this series drew me in and I needed to know what happened with all the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing and really loved the use of the two times periods. Kind of a book within a book, and it worked. Heartwarming at times, these also have steamy moments.
Highly recommended to adult romance readers. A page turner of a well written book.
The review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Claudia Connor
Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers.
Claudia writes, warm, heartfelt contemporary romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. When she’s not writing, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, with a heavy dose of daydreaming during all three. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.