Back in 2015, I read Claudia Connor’s Worth the Risk and while I really liked the main coupleThis review is originally from my blog, posted on 1/9/17.
Back in 2015, I read Claudia Connor’s Worth the Risk and while I really liked the main couple in the book, it was two side characters whose story I really wanted to hear. Mia and Nick had a rocky past, that much was evident. Well, it took some time but Claudia Connor finally has released Nick and Mia’s story in Worth the Wait.
When Nick discovers that his sister, Hannah, has begun seeing his ex, Mia, as her therapist, he is shocked. He hasn’t seen Mia in ten years. Not since Mia walked out on him after some cruel words. Nick doesn’t know how to feel. What he had with Mia was out of this world but so much happened between when they met in college and when they started their careers. Nick became increasingly closed-off and unable to communicate with Mia. And Mia, she felt lost and like Nick blamed her for the kidnapping of his sister, Hannah. Their once promising relationship ended with a brutal bang.
Now in the present, Mia is very conflicted about her feelings about seeing Nick again. Add to that the fact that she hasn’t processed the loss of her adopted daughter, and Mia is a big ball of emotions. Nick never thought he’d have the chance to be with Mia again. He can’t get her out of his mind and he wonders if there is a possibility for them to try again. But can either of them ever put their complicated past behind them?
I want to start by saying that I think it is important to read Worth the Risk before this book. So much of what Nick feels and deals with in Worth the Wait begins in Worth the Risk. The two stories are very entwined, especially within say the first quarter of the book. It’s not like you won’t understand what is going on but I feel like your understanding of Nick and Mia will be richer if you have read Hannah’s book.
The book starts off by going back and forth from the past to the present. Claudia Connor makes this work pretty well. I never felt confused but part of me wished all the past information had just been contained in something like a “Part 1” of the book. But that’s a personal reader preference. I do truly believe Connor did a good job entwining these elements.
This is a heavy story. I cried during a lot of it. Mia and Nick both have really personal emotional burdens facing them. It was a tough read for me because I felt so strongly for these characters. I felt their pain and loss very acutely. Claudia Connor brings her A-game when it comes to the emotional bond between Mia and Nick. It is strong, despite the pain and the loss these two have shared together.
While the book ends on a happy note, it is kind of bittersweet too. Part of me kept hoping that Mia would get her adopted child back which I know is unrealistic but man, this woman has been through a lot of tough things. I just wanted a win for her.
I liked this book but it’s not a book I can see myself re-reading easily. Too much pain. If you’re in the mood for a satisfying cry though I can wholeheartedly recommend Worth the Wait. I’m still very excited for what future books Claudia Connor has up her sleeve. I’m hoping to see more of the Walker brothers. Claudia Connor did a great job of bringing the Walker family to life and I really enjoyed the complicated relationships between Nick and his three brothers. And the relationship between Nick and Hannah is top-notch.
This books is available on January 10, 2017. I think if you’ve enjoyed other Claudia Connor stories in the past, Worth the Wait will be a satisfying story for you....more
FABULOUS! I really loved Chloe and her anxiety because it resonates with me. I'm a very anxious person. I loved her sense of humor and just how nice sFABULOUS! I really loved Chloe and her anxiety because it resonates with me. I'm a very anxious person. I loved her sense of humor and just how nice she is. And Boyd. Damn. He proved to be a great match for Chloe!...more
Enjoyed this. Similar in style to Kinsella's other books but it felt like cozying up with a good friend. Full review to come but if you can handle theEnjoyed this. Similar in style to Kinsella's other books but it felt like cozying up with a good friend. Full review to come but if you can handle the female characters she writes, I think you will like this book....more
This is one of the few holiday books I’ve read so far this year and it proved to be a real treat.Review from my book blog, Treat Yourself with Books.
This is one of the few holiday books I’ve read so far this year and it proved to be a real treat. Kennedy Pepperdine is about to finally meet her fiance’s family. It’s been a long time coming for Kennedy and Justin. At one point, Kennedy even had her own doubts about whether Justin truly was the guy for her. Of course, being a matchmaker, and making your living making the best matches, Kennedy was out to prove her doubts wrong. Her computer software remains a success because she successfully matched herself with Justin.
As romance readers, we know that nothing is this easy. And well, you’d be right. When Matt Ellis, Justin’s brother, meets his new fiancee, he immediately recognizes Kennedy as the woman he shared a steam kiss with while stuck in an elevator in Las Vegas a few months back. Matt’s instincts are up because he remembers that elevator moment all too well. Kennedy had been expressing her uncertainty about her relationship but now, here she is, showing up as Justin’s fiancee? Something doesn’t feel right to Matt (though he refuses to acknowledge that he wants Kennedy for himself).
I am a big fan of stories where the woman finds herself set-up with the wrong brother. I have no idea why but it’s just a storyline that has always appealed to me. And that proves true again here. Jennifer Shirk does a great job of setting up Matt and Kennedy’s attraction. It is very clear to the reader that Kennedy is with the wrong guy but she has put so much of herself into her business that she refuses to be set off course. I appreciate a devoted business owner and Kennedy is definitely that. But as she learns, that devotion may come at the expense of her own happiness.
I also liked the fact that the author never made Justin out to be a bad guy. He was a workaholic for sure, but it is clear that he does care about Kennedy. Unfortunately, her heart just was not into the match as much as she hoped. Kennedy has always yearned for a real family and that aspect of Justin’s home life really appeals to her. She gets along well with his mother and younger sister, and of course, sparks kind of fly with Matt. It proved to be a true conundrum for Kennedy between what her head was telling her was the way to go and between what her heart was telling her.
Matt is the head of the family since his father’s death and he takes that role seriously. Though he and Justin are not as close as he’d like, he still wants to see him happy. Unfortunately, his doubts about Justin’s relationship make him wary of trusting Kennedy. He will have to give himself wholly to her in order to find true happiness. These two business owners are determined to be successes in their chosen fields, but can that success lead to happiness in their personal lives? Only time will tell.
Also, major props to Jennifer Shirk for writing a romance I could immediately jump into without realizing that it was part of a series. Wrong Brother, Right Match is the third book in the Anyone But You series by Shirk but honestly, I couldn’t tell all that much. There are mentions of past couples but for the most part the focus of the book is on the present and on Kennedy, Matt, and poor Justin.
Wrong Brother, Right Match is a fast read with a great amount of heart and sweetness. This is my first book by Jennifer Shirk but I am eager to read the first books in this series now....more
Rachel Foster is not having the most pleasant of life lately. Her boyfriend cheaThis review originally appeared on my blog, Treat Yourself With Books.
Rachel Foster is not having the most pleasant of life lately. Her boyfriend cheated on her, she lost her job, and now, she is stuck pet-sitting a gigantic dog named Adonis. And while Adonis isn’t a huge problem, his barking is unfortunately. It has attracted the attention of the resident who lives above the apartment that Rachel is house-sitting. And Tag Crane is not happy with Adonis’s antics. But, he is a bit more forgiving when he meets Rachel. And it’s mostly because she’s gorgeous and Tag can’t resist a pretty woman.
Rachel has no time for romance right now. She is bartending to make ends meet while simultaneously pet-sitting and job hunting. Tag is a distraction she does not want in her life but somehow, maybe it’s Tag charming personality, they become friends. To make matters even better, Tag discovers that Rachel is kind of a whiz in helping him plan out a new bar area for one of the many hotels he manages. Tag is rich. He’s a wealthy Crane and while it doesn’t go to his head exactly, there is no denying he is used to women falling for him very easily. Rachel presents a very tempting package. Brains, beauty, and a dynamic personality that matches wits with him every step along the way. Soon work turns into something more. Rachel and Tag both assume they can handle a fling. But it may not be as easy to walk away when it’s over as they imagined.
Rachel and Tag have a really fun relationship from the get-go. It starts off with a bit of misconstrued identities but it definitely gets better! I really liked Rachel. She is working hard to get her life back on track. She is doing all the right things. Taking a short-term gig as a bartender again, she has a roommate, and she is sending out her resume. And to top it all off, she has a great business sense. She takes charge in the club atmosphere and works hard. The author establishes quickly that Rachel is taking charge of her life to the best of her ability.
Tag is a distraction but a definite pleasant one. The great thing is though, he works hard too. He definitely matches Rachel when it comes to making the most of your work day. He is a smart guy and recognizes business acumen when he sees it. He also recognizes attraction and believe me, these two are plenty attracted to each other. The chemistry is very strong from their opening scene together. But even though Tag is incredibly wealthy, I still felt like theirs was an equal relationship. There was a lot of give and take on both their parts. Rachel is not a freeloader by any means.
I also really, really enjoyed their interactions outside of their relationship with each other. I love when characters have full lives. Rachel has a best friend, Bree, who she goes to for relationship advice. They are very close. Tag has his brothers who he relies on enormously. Their banter together is great! Jessica Lemmon definitely knows how to write brothers who like to give each other crap but yeah, also love and support each other.
Lemmon’s writing style is really great too. The story just flowed well for me. Before I knew it, the book was half way over and I was so sad because I really liked spending time with Rachel and Tag. I’m excited to dig into the first book now. And this is another great point about this series. You don’t actually have to read the first book before starting this one. The Billionaire Next Door stands really well on its own.
The Billionaire Next Door proved to be a great romance for me. I’m excited that I discovered a new author too. If you’re in the mood for a great love story where the main characters are matched wit for wit and have very strong chemistry, you will not go wrong with this story!...more
Oh good gracious this book is fantastic! Boone is just glorious and I really liked the ups and downs of his relationship with Ivy. Looking forward toOh good gracious this book is fantastic! Boone is just glorious and I really liked the ups and downs of his relationship with Ivy. Looking forward to more stories feasting the Price brothers....more
I can't believe the low rating for this book. This story is fabulous! I loved Nora and Crosbie. Together, they were fabulous. I also liked that this bI can't believe the low rating for this book. This story is fabulous! I loved Nora and Crosbie. Together, they were fabulous. I also liked that this book tackles STIs because very few New Adult books cover this realistic part of sex....more