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.
Praise for Worth It All
“Claudia Connor writes the kind of romance I love most. Warm, realistic, and heartfelt, Worth It All delivers on every level.”—New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins
“Worth It All is an amazing story about taking a chance and following through. As special needs bring Paige and JT together, this wonderfully written story will bring happiness to your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin
“Worth It All is exactly the kind of exquisitely raw and achingly emotional read I’ve come to expect from Claudia Connor—another hit from one of romance’s most talented authors.”—USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne
“If you love romances where the main characters get a second chance for a fresh start, particularly ones that will tug at your heartstrings with the future of young child hanging in the balance, then you will . . . not want to miss Worth It All.”—The Romance Reviews
“Fans of the series and of family-oriented romance are sure to fall in love with JT and his romance with single mom Paige.”—All About Romance
“Downright heartwarming.”—The Good, The Bad and The Unread
Praise for Claudia Connor and her McKinney Brothers series
“Read Claudia Connor for a consistently raw and emotional love story.”—New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips
“I can’t get enough of Claudia Connor’s heartwarming stories. Sexy, emotional, complex, dreamy—her characters satisfy on every level.”—New York Times bestselling author Virna DePaul
“A reading experience that will no doubt satisfy fans and leave many eager for more tales of the passionate McKinney Brothers.”—RT Book Reviews
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“I have a turtle.”
JT angled his head toward the child on the other side of the now-empty seat beside him. The little girl didn’t look up, her tiny hand moving deliberately over a sheet of white paper.
Was she talking to him or just talking? Were kids supposed to talk to strangers?
She slid the paper a few inches toward him and tapped on a green oval. “His name’s Eric. He’s a turtle.”
“Ah.” He raised his brows, nodded, and swallowed the food in his mouth. “Classic turtle name.”
She pulled her paper back in front of her and picked up a blue crayon. “I thought so.”
She had that deep, scratchy kind of little-kid voice that seemed at odds with her white-blond hair hanging in thin, wavy pieces to her shoulders. A butterfly clip thing clung precariously to a few strands near her ear. She swung one foot hard enough to tap the counter in front of her, the other was tucked beneath her short purple skirt.
He glanced around for a supervising adult. She looked really small to be left alone, but what did he know.
The line cook turned, a big grin on his face, and slid the little girl a mountain of fries. “Okay, Miss Casey Bell. Think you can eat a whole plate of Mr. Mac’s fries today?”
“Yep.” She gave a determined nod.
“We’ll see about that,” he said with a wink and chuckle.
“But I need ketchup.”
Mac was already back to his burgers so JT reached for the bottle, holding up a stack of napkins in front of him, and slid it over.
“I can eat a lot,” Casey said to him, flipping open the cap on the bottle.
JT had some doubts, as the mound of fries was as big as her head. She squirted here and there, making a series of ketchup piles until the bottle hit a pocket of air.
She slid him a sideways glance and giggled. She squeezed again and giggled, then grinned up at him again like they were sharing some secret joke, and a smile pulled at his lips. He got a text from work, an update on a trial he had some techs running, and shot back a reply. From the corner of his eye, he caught the girl swimming her fries through the ketchup. Her face resembled the plate, stark white and smeared with red.
Paige brought him a drink refill and laid his ticket beside his plate. “Whenever you’re ready.”
“Thanks.” Their eyes held for a beat before her attention turned to the child beside him.
“Yep.” She poked three more fries into her mouth and Paige rounded the end of the counter and out of view.
With no real reason to hang around, he grabbed his ticket and moved to the register. A break in the counter divided the checkout on the left from Casey in her seat at the end on his right. He watched her dot ketchup around the edge of her plate before Paige met him and took the ticket he held.
Paige flashed him a bright smile and his gut twisted like it did every time he saw her. “Yeah. Great.”
“It’s twelve even.”
He handed her a twenty, and when she held out his change, their eyes met, and there was such an overwhelming feeling of rightness, the air backed up in his chest. It was true, he wasn’t looking for serious for so many reasons, but he thought of spending time with Paige, listening to her without distractions, drinking in every detail without her rushing around, and suddenly, for the first time in a long time, he felt like taking a leap. “There’s a new Italian place.”
The statement was barely past his lips and he was still formulating his next when the little girl held up her drawing.
“Mommy, look at Eric!”
Mommy? Her gaze swung to the little girl at the end of the counter and so did his. Same creamy skin, same mouth, same blond, blond hair.
He was still staring as she lifted the girl, her daughter, from the stool and held out his change. “Here you go.”
Seconds ticked by with neither of them moving and he had the sinking feeling something was slipping away. Talking to someone over a plate of lasagna was one thing, starting anything with a woman with a child was something else entirely. Especially for him. There were some things you didn’t get a second chance at. Or shouldn’t.
She was still holding out his change while he stood there like an ass. “No, keep it,” he finally said.
She glanced at the large tip in her hand, then back at him, her expression unreadable. “Okay. Thank you.” Then she turned and headed for the swinging door behind the counter.
Casey smiled and waved at him over her mom’s shoulder, and he waved back, and that’s when he saw it. Propped on Paige’s hip, her purple skirt spread out and over her knees. But her left leg hadn’t been tucked under her. It ended a few inches below her knee.
Just like his.
“Stupid,” Paige muttered under her breath and rolled her eyes at herself. She pushed through the swinging door and into the back of the restaurant. To the right was the kitchen, to the left a good-sized space that served as the employee break room.
Casey leaned back to see her face. “What’s stupid, Mommy?”
“Nothing, sweet pea.” Just that, for a second, she thought he was about to ask her out. And even more stupid that, for a second, she’d wanted him to.
“I have to go to the bathroom,” Casey said.
“Okay.” Paige lifted her most precious baby a little higher on her hip and kissed her neck, making her laugh. They got to the bathroom just as her cousin was coming out.
“Hey, Casey Bell,” Jenny said.
“Hey, Jenny Penny.”
Paige helped Casey get situated in the bathroom, then stepped just outside the door to wait out her daughter’s newly asserted independence. She wasn’t wearing her prosthesis today, nothing new. Though with kindergarten approaching, it was becoming a new worry.
“That was one hot man sitting in your section. Again,” Jenny added with an eyebrow waggle. “Two, actually, though I only got a glimpse of the other one before he left.”
Paige turned her face to hide any remnant of disappointment that might be lingering. “He doesn’t know my section.”
She peeked through the crack at Casey.
“I need privacy, please,” Casey said.
Paige smiled and walked a few steps away to join Jenny at the skinny floor-length mirror leaning against a wall.
Jenny slid out the wand to reapply her mascara, bringing even more attention to her big doe eyes. “Mmm. Just lucky I guess. But even you have to admit he was hot. And don’t act like you didn’t notice.”
Of course she’d noticed. She’d only been here a few weeks, but it was impossible not to. He’d never said more than a few words to her, always polite, always quiet, but his brown eyes and easy smile were hard to ignore.
“So hot.” Jenny sighed dramatically and leaned in, whispering, “The extremely gorgeous, rock my body, please let me touch you kind of hot.”
“Mmm. I wouldn’t know.”
“A travesty.” Jenny stretched her face out to the mirror and raised the mascara to her other eye. “You know he’s been coming here for weeks and not once have I seen him talking to anyone. Until now. Until Casey.”
“Casey could coax a rock into talking.”
“What are you going to do when he asks you out?”
“Do you really think I have time for a man? I barely have time to pee.” It was true. She didn’t have time for a man in between her daughter, two jobs, and school. But if he had been about to ask her out, and then hadn’t because she was a mom . . . She’d always be a mom. Or had it been Casey’s leg? She hated to think that.
There were generally two reactions to her four-year-old daughter’s amputated leg. People either stared, seeing the missing part before they saw her and all her perfection, which hurt, or they pretended not to see her at all. That hurt too.
Paige tightened the hair band around her thin ponytail while her cousin fought with her long, wavy mass. Jenny with her thick, dark hair, olive skin, and voluptuous breasts. A direct contrast to her own small breasts and hair as pale as her skin. She was like the anti-California girl. Plain. Unnoticeable. Overall unexceptional.
Her second cousin, twice, maybe three times removed, was a flirt, a bottle of sunshine and great with Casey, if a little flighty. She was the fun girl. The kind of girl a man would ask out without hesitation.
Had she ever been that girl? Even before Casey?
“Can you still watch Case tonight?”
“Sure, Miss College Girl.”
“Thank you. I couldn’t do this without you.” She gave Jenny a quick side hug as she passed.
“Yeah, yeah. Just be careful you don’t burn out.”
“I won’t.” If anything, she needed to work harder. “As soon as Casey starts kindergarten, things will slow down. I’ll be able to take a couple of classes during the day. You know, you could go too,” Paige said, watching Jenny continue with her hair. “Just take a few classes. See what happens.”
Jenny smiled. “No thanks. That’s your dream.”
True, it had always been her dream. And now they were here. Operation New Life was taking off.
“I’m done,” Casey called.
“Okay, baby.” When she lifted Casey to the sink, she smiled at her daughter’s sweet face in the mirror. She wouldn’t have those tiny baby teeth much longer. Paige gave her a tight squeeze, holding on an extra second until she wiggled free.
“I put your leg beside the blue beanbag, okay?”
Casey could put her prosthesis on by herself. She could also take it off, which is what she preferred lately. She’d never pushed the issue of wearing it. Now she wondered if maybe that had been a mistake.
She got Casey settled in her hangout and put in a children’s DVD. Big Mac had converted the large storage closet for his granddaughter years ago. Complete with beanbags, a small table, paper, crayons, and puzzles, Casey loved it. It was just for a few hours while she and Jenny’s shifts crossed paths. It wasn’t a perfect situation, by any means, but it was the best one she had. Soon Casey would be in kindergarten and knowing her daughter was having fun at school while she worked would relieve a load of guilt.
“Okay, I have to go back to work now. It’s just for another hour, then Jenny will take you home. All set?”
Paige paused at the doorway. “What, baby?”
“I’ve been thinking and I decided something.”
This ought to be good, she thought, smiling down at her angelic face. “What have you decided?”
“I’ve decided not to go to kindergarten.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great story , captivating , couldn't put it down . Worth every penny .
I loved reading JT story. It was nice to see how well he got along with Casey.
I really enjoyed JT's story, and I loved seeing all of the McKinney family who we met in the previous books.
I have been anxiously looking forward to JT's I have been anxiously looking forward to JT's story and it did not disappoint! I love the way that Jake, Paige, and Casey fit together and became whole. Paige wasn't sure about fairy tales, but seeing hers unfold was so sweet and heartwarming. I prefer to read love stories with a HEA, which this one has, but it's the road the lovers take to get there that make me read the same story again and again. The McKinney Brothers' stories are definite rereads. Thank you, Claudia, for such a wonderful book. Would it be too much to ask for a novella to update us on the whole McKinney family, maybe for next Christmas? I just don't want their story to be over - you made them so real, so hot, just fabulous!
Loved this story-I cried it was so beautiful-loved Jake, Paige & Casey who were all amazing.
Another great story with the ever so yummy Mckinney brothers
I begin this review with tears in my eyes. This story had a real man.. A real hero.. I simply could stand clapping.. And it wouldn't be enough. I search high and low these days for stories with good guys , true heroes, male leading characters that actually lead with honor. It seems the good guy has been replaced a lot if times with the bad boy who isn't even good at being bad. He's just rude and it hurts to read those books. I simply feel like I actually just finished a love story.. A real romance. That in itself deserves so many stars but to add to that I read a story about imperfections that make us whole.. Not broken or less but whole and human. I found a family with arms that stretched wide and love that flowed in their veigns and hearts not blood.. Because love is the thickest of any of life's healing balms.. Every single interaction between Jake and Paige healed a little crack in my heart and every time Jake grew closer to sweet Casey I fell harder and deeper. Claudia you really put the smile back on my face and a sweet buzz back in my heart.
I laughed out loud and swooned at the same time! Such a touching and romantic read. The brothers are amazing. As is Jakes friend Simon. I LOVE Simon!
After waiting for "Worth the Wait," another McKinney Brothers novel, I needed to go back and reread the three books before it to refresh my memory. I started with this one and I'm glad I did. What a refreshing story! I loved the plot and the writing. It evoked so many emotions. I love that Jake (Jacob, JT), Paige, Casey and even Cousin Jenny and Simon found their happy-ever-after amist the physical and emotional challenges of life. It is a beautiful story! LA-TXN
Absolutely love it.
I liked this sweet romantic story. The characters in this book were absolutely wonderful and the story made my heart melt. This book is listed as the third book in the McKinney Brothers series but it is really more of a stand alone that is loosely linked to other stories. This is a series that you can easily jump in at any point. I have only read the second and third books and don't feel like I missed anything besides maybe another great story. This story focuses on JT, Paige, and Casey. JT, or Jake, lost his leg in a car accident. He know works to make prosthetic devices with advanced technologies. He really has completely recovered from his physical injuries and is able to do just about anything except forgive himself. He has had his eye on the cute waitress even before he realizes that her daughter could benefit from his expertise. Paige is a single mom who works tirelessly to make sure her daughter Casey is given a good life. She makes every decision in her life with Casey in mind and is determined to go to school so that she can get a better job to take care of them. Paige does not believe in fairy tales. Not for a minute. Paige has a really hard time doing anything for herself and really doesn't end up with a lot of free time to do anything for fun. Will she take a chance on Jake? I loved the characters in this story. Casey really added a lot to the story and I don't often like kids as a main focus in a romantic novel. Casey was just a lot of fun and she was completely honest as kids tend to be. Her connection with Jake was absolutely precious. I could feel the love that Jake and Casey shared as much as the chemistry between Jake and Paige. These three were just meant to be together. I would say that this romance was more of a sweet story than a sexy one. There were a few sexy times but I was really pulled in by the sweet moments. I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. I plan to read much more of Claudia Connor's work in the near future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
The story: JT, the 3rd McKinney brother meets a young, single mother at a diner. He is instantly attracted to the Paige and her daughter. JT and the daughter bond over their prostheses. He proceeds to assist Paige with her daughter. They travel to meet his family, decide to move from Southern California to Virginia so Paige can help Hannah (wife of Stephen see book #2). JT makes peace with his past (reference the missing limb) and they live happily ever after in their mission to re-populate the world. The good: “He’d never felt a kiss all the way to his heart.” I loved this line. The bad: I had a hard time staying focused while reading this book. The confusing: “Her daughter hadn’t been around many kids, not because of her leg, more location and time. The trailer park in Texas was mostly older people now, not a lot of playdates going on.” I THOUGHT SHE WAS RAISING HER DAUGHTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA? 2 Stars (It was OK)
Fabulous book and series JT McKinney was in a car accident in his late teens and lost his leg. He went on to become a biomedical engineer and form a business to make prostheses. He meets Paige a waitress and is immediately attracted to her. Paige is a single mom working and going to school. She is determined to provide a better life for her daughter Casey who was born missing part of her leg. Once again Claudia Connor created characters who are very real and are people I wish I knew. Her portrayal of Casey is perfect . I highly recommend reading Worth it All, Worth the Fall and Worth the Risk starring the McKinney brothers.
This book was so wonderful! An exceptional read!
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog JT McKinney, not only lost his leg in a car accident, but also his hopes of having a pro football career, but he has managed to make a life for himself creating new and innovative prosthetic limbs…on the other side of the country from his family. Single mum Paige, works two jobs as well as taking classes, which is determined to stick to her plan to get her and her daughter Casey a better life. Meeting JT was never in the plan, but she can’t seem to resist him, his kindness or his kisses. We have come to the last single McKinney sibling, JT, the youngest in the bunch. Like the previous two books in the series, it was really sweet, these are definitely books to read if you want good-guy type of hero, they may be a little broody at times, but they have no real darkness in them. This book really melted my heart as we see the JT fall not only in love with Paige, but with her cute as hell little girl, Casey, as well. Casey also has had her leg amputated below the knee, and has done from birth, and seeing Casey and JT bond and hear her share her little girl fears about being the only girl with one leg was adorable and pulled at the heart strings. And seeing JT responding and encouraging her made me love him all the more. No wonder Paige fell in love with him, he was like her knight in shining armour. Although I do like it when a heroine saves herself, I can’t deny that seeing JT wanting to take care of his girls when Paige is clearly exhausted was very endearing. And I liked how strong Paige was, she had her plan and no matter what she was going to ensure that her daughter would have the best life she could. This book was both sweet and sexy and I really enjoyed seeing the last single McKinney male sweep his woman off her feet. I also liked that we checked in with all the others in the McKinney family and having some familiar characters in the background. I assume this is the end of this series as there are no singletons over the age of 16 left in the McKinney family, but whatever Claudia Connor does next, I am definitely going to try it out.
This book was definitely a solid 4 star read for me! I LOVE that it has ties to birth deformities (like Casey, a friend's son had something similar happen with his hand) and that JT's character was centered around his use of a prosthetic! I liked Paige's character because she is a strong lead in the story and continues to be that even to the end. I never felt that she was weak but rather that girl we have all been or know - the one that does everything in her power to keep her head above water. JT, is definitely the dark and brooding type in the beginning but the girls show us a side to him that you haven't gotten to know. Both are so strong and push themselves for bigger and better things, which is a reminder we can all be like either of them no matter what life handed us. I think Jenny and Simon make great counterparts to Paige and JT also - the free spirited, light-hearted types to Paige and JT's serious sides. I did read this book as a standalone and never felt that I was missing anything from the previous two books. However, I definitely want to read more by Claudia now! There were some points I personally had trouble following the conversations and I do wish some more detail was involved with the story. Again, that's me personally - I don't think it took away from the story itself. I definitely recommend this story and feel it was fine to read without the others but will be reading the others so I can know all of the brothers!
This is the third book in the McKinney Brothers series and since I have read all three, it is really hard to decide which brother I love the best. I have come to the conclusion that I love them all. Even though this is the third book, you don't have to have read the previous two books but I highly recommend you do so. JT is the youngest of the family and is hiding away in California, where he started his own company to create cutting edge prosthetics. A chance meeting with a waitress in a diner who has a daughter who has a prosthetic leg it is the chance of the lifetime for him to heal. This is a wonderful addition to the series which brings up emotions you don't normally feel with a story. It tugs at your heart. That is the sign of a great book.
4.5 star The story has laughs, pain, and heartbreak. I was pulled right into this story. If you have not read the below I recommend reading those first: Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, #1) Worth the Risk (The McKinney Brothers #2) This is Paige and JT (Jake)’s story. Paige is a single mother. JT is attracted to Paige from the start but with his leg he is not sure she would be okay with it. JT believes that with his past he does not get a family. But the more time he spends with Paige and her daughter the more he wants. Paige does not believe in fairy tales and princes anymore. Can JT make her believe in them again? Can he get her to believe in men and him? Can JT who connects with her daughter in a special way help her with her dreams and make her fall for him? Can love bring these two together? I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
4.5 stars Worth It All was a beautiful, sweet and heartwarming read, so many feels. Sometimes you pick up a book and it captures your mind and heart, for me Worth It All was this kind of read. The storyline was emotional, heartwarming, and beautifully written. Both Jake/JT and Paige were characters you could relate with and understand their daily struggles. I loved watching JT and Paige's relationship develop, they made me smile, swoon and fall in love with them. Another major pull for me was the relationship between Casey, Paige's cute little girl and JT. So much love for these two, from the moment they meet they clicked. It was such a deep and loving bond, I found myself crying a few times with how sweet, understanding JT was with Casey. It was lovely catching up with the McKinney Brothers and their families, it was heartwarming & fulfilling seeing how life has been treating them. Matt is still my fav, and I highly recommend you read Worth the Fall heck I highly recommend The McKinney Brothers series.
Worth It All by Claudia Connor is the third book in the McKinney Brothers series, though it is the first I’ve read. I loved it. Loved.It. I stayed up way past my bedtime to read this one last night. Jake (JT) McKinney isn’t looking for love or a relationship of any kind. He is guilt-ridden over the accident that took part of his leg and ended his dreams when he was 19. He doesn’t feel he deserves love or a family. Then, he sees Paige…working at a diner…and all of his preconceived notions about how his life will go are right out the window. Paige is a hard-working single mother of a 5 year old little girl named Casey. She is focused on raising the best daughter she can, working two jobs and trying to go to school. She is definitely not focused on having any type of relationship with the hot guy frequenting the diner. I loved this love story. It was so poignant and tender and just pulled at all my heart strings. It has been a long time since I cried at the end of a book…but this one ended so perfectly, my heart was happy, and the tears flowed. I absolutely loved it. This is one of those love stories that I desperately want to be real. Jake & Paige are perfect together. I can’t wait to read the previous two books and get to know more of the McKinney Brothers. I received an early copy from the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes. However, my review was not influenced in any way. I only share my honest opinion.
5 out of 5 stars!!! Jake “JT” McKinney is so much like his brothers and I fell in love with him instantly. His shy nature and sweet personality made me wish he was real from the first page!! Paige is a determined single mom who isn’t looking for romance. In fact, she doesn’t even believe in romance or princes or anything that would make a relationship real. Her daughter Casey totally stole the show in this book though. She was so cute and totally said things that I hear my kids say all the time...and questions! That girl could ask some questions! I liked the flow of the story and how it wasn’t instant chemistry and bedroom romps. I liked that JT had to work at it and even questioned his worth. I liked that Paige worked her butt off to be the best mom and person she could be. I liked that she didn’t want to take advantage of things or use the system. She wanted to earn her way. I already said that I had an instant like for JT, but it took a little longer to find myself cheering for Paige. She waffled a little too much sometimes, but she earned my love thru the novel as well. And it didn't hurt that her best friend/cousin was a hoot! This quote when they are first meeting JT cracked me up: “My God, he’s melting my eyeballs and he wants to be your hero.” This book really was everything I’ve been waiting so long for and I hope there are more McKinney brother books because this family is so much a part of my fictional world I don’t want to give them up!!
This was as good as the 1st book. I enjoyed the first book in the series, was not as pleased with the 2nd, and am glad the author again found her stride with this one. It was enjoyable, I liked the characters and it was well-written. I liked both JT and Paige, and it is hard to say much without giving away the emotional core of the story that, while you learn about it quickly, it is still the emotional heart of the story. So, I am going to leave it with this...it is enjoyable, you will like it, read it especially if you liked the 1st one. ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***
⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Not as fond of this cover as previous ones from the series. Model is thinner than how I'd envisioned him based on the descriptions in the book, pose is awkward. He appears to either be in pain and anguish or he's appealing to the higher power will every fiber of his being. That said, I'd fallen HARD for his brother Matt, then grew attached to his brother Stephan. I'd been looking forward to this story, based on it's synopsis as well as it being next in the series. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. Paige is a single mother working two jobs, taking a class or two when she can to work towards bettering the lives of her sweet and special daughter and herself. Currently sharing a two bedroom, run down trailer with her cousin, she longs to give Casey so much more. JT - or Jake, as he introduces himself to her as - is the youngest of the McKinney siblings, coming along much later in life. He's always looked up to his brothers, but felt lacking -- never more-so than after a life-altering accident the night of Matt and Abby's wedding. JT separated himself from his family after the accident, finally ending up in California - from the family's Virginia homestead, so do not expect a whole lot of McKinneys on the sidelines in this one until much later in the book. Jake and Paige slowly come together with the help of Casey and her cousin, Jenny, but they both have their insecurities and doubts on how a relationship would or could ever work. Their chemistry is nearly tangible, but he's so careful and cautious, recognizing her guarded and wary stance of men and relationships. Casey's physicality catches and holds JT and he almost immediately wants to take her under his wing, for obvious reasons. JT's co-workers, Simon (a big, Samoan double-amputee war vet) and Lynn (married and 9-months pregnant) pretty much round out the immediate cast. The dialogue is smart, fun, emotional, both characters having been through so much at a still young age. The interaction is believable. The plot is engaging and dynamic. Claudia Connor's writing style is fantastic. If I would have had a less hectic schedule, I probably would have read this in one sitting. Instead, I had to force myself to put it down a few times. The conflicts presented were all self-imposed, based on past life experiences that they needed to get over - which they finally do, leading the reader to a solid and satisfying ending, even if it felt a little abrupt. Predictability was mild. Overall, I really did enjoy this installment of the series. I loved Casey's vitality and how it seemed to being JT to life. JT coming back to life and bonding with Casey starts lowering Paige's walls, so it's a chain reaction all brought on by an "almost 5" yr old girl with a zest for life. Her questions and random comments were so much fun. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: [PG13+] ~ Score: 4.25 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book! Worth it All was a very different read for me. I tend to steer clear of stories that have too much "real life" attached to them. And I really hesitated reading it...but, once I got started good, I was glad I read it! It was a sweet puppies and rainbows kinda story. Yes there was tragedy and bumps in the road, but there's love, too. Overall it was a really good story! Paige is a single mom making a living for her and her daughter. Her daughter, Casey is 5 and has a prosthesis that she no longer wants to wear. JT has lost his leg in a car accident and now develops prosthetics. That's all he does is work....until he meets Paige and Casey.
A MUST READ!! After losing his leg in a auto accident at 19, and his dreams of football shattered JT McKinney had struggled with the thoughts of never being worthy of second chances and love, that is until single mother Paige Roberts and her 5 year old daughter Casey walked into his life turning him inside out feeling emotions he had not felt in years since his accident, while Paige tries to hold back her feelings for the incredibly handsome JT. she is failing miserably and starts to believe in fairy tales and that he is her prince charming and happy ever after.