WORTH THE FALL by Claudia Connor — Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

The blurb! I’m a sucker for a book with kids!

WHAT I RATED IT

off the charts

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

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JENN’S REVIEW

“I don’t want to hurt you, baby, I swear, but please don’t ask me to let you go. Give us a chance. Give me a chance.”

Matt McKinney needs a break. After spending all of his adult life saving the world as a Navy SEAL, he is taking a medical leave and trying to squeeze in a short vacation at the beach. Abby Moore is also on vacation…if you can call taking 4 kids to the beach while pregnant a vacation. A widow, Abby is trying to relax with her kids before all the craziness of a new baby comes. She thought she would get some sun and quality time with her family. She certainly didn’t count on Matt McKinney.

I was hooked on this book at 2%! 2%!! That’s barely enough time to read the title page, but I was completely taken with the writing and let’s be honest… Matt. There is something about a man who loves kids that are not his own flesh and blood. Matt’s strong and confident character leaped off the pages. I wanted to know more about him from the start. Luckily, we don’t have to wait long and we start to really get to know Matt when Jack, Abby’s oldest son, hits him in the back with a football. When Matt starts to play with Jack, my heart instantly melts. Here is this hot, single guy, who could be doing anything right now, and he’s tossing a football with a kid he doesn’t even know. Insert swoon here…..

Abby is much more guarded. She has never known true love in her life, nor has she ever come first in a relationship. She keeps Matt at an arm’s length, and after hearing about how she was treated by her ex-husband, you can see why. Abby has been on her own for her entire life, never relying on anyone. So when this incredibly good-looking, strong, protective man comes along, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another person in her life that is going to enter it only to leave. She especially doesn’t want to involve the kids. But Matt is persistent. He wants Abby and he is not going to give up or let her push him away.

Through all of this, Matt is battling his own issues. Losing his best friend while in combat, Matt is suffering from intense survivor guilt. When one person’s job revolves around leaving and being gone for long stretches of time, and the other doesn’t want to be involved with someone who is going to leave, it makes for a tough relationship. One of the lovely things about this book and Matt and Abby’s relationship was the slow build. There were a lot of trust issues there, so they didn’t just jump into love at first sight. They worked for it. When one or the other would allow their fears or insecurities to push in, the other would talk them off the ledge. Matt and Abby had a wonderful, equal partnership that I loved watching grow.

“I can’t breathe when you look at me light that.”

“Like what? He traced her cheek with his thumb. “Like I love you?”

 One thing that was love at first sight was Matt’s relationship with Abby’s children. The kids, especially Jack and Gracie stole the show. Matt fell in love with each of Abby’s kids instantly. He had a different rapport with each one, but they were no less special. Getting to come along on that voyage was incredible. I loved watching Matt connect with each of them. They added so much to the story and made Matt all the more incredible.

I simply cannot believe this is Claudia Connor’s first book. It was fantastic and will go down as one of my top reads of the year. I am looking forward to following the rest of the McKinney men on their journeys to find true love.

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