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Worth the Trouble

(St. James #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  7,869 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Cover girl Cat St. James’s picture-perfect life is anything but flawless. Luckily, she’s a master of hiding the truth from the camera. Relying on that skill, she conceals her latest secret from her family while attending her brother’s wedding. Her only trouble now is Hank Mitchell—the soft-spoken carpenter she’d once brushed aside. Seeing him at the reception underscores h ...more
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Montlake Romance
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Two years earlier Cat chose another man over Hank. A man who turned out to be violent and abusive. Now she has kicked him to the kerb but fate once again throws her a curve-ball. In quick succession she learns that for a model 28 is over the hill, and adding to her problems she is diagnosed with early onset menopause and will not be able to have children.

Despite that she is determined to forge a new path, to land on her feet. When Hank delivers a hand-made end table to her best friend, Cat sees
ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review.

After racing through the first book in this series, I was super excited to have the opportunity to read the follow-up. In the first book, we were introduced to the St. James siblings.

This book told Cat and Hank’s story. In Worth the Wait, we got a glimpse into Cat’s insecurities. Despite being a beautiful model and smart business woman, Cat never felt good enough. These esteem issues led her
Worth the Trouble is about David's sister, Cat, and their friend Hank. It is also a dual POV, which I just love reading/listening from.

From the first book, Worth the Wait you sort of knew about something that happened between Cat and Hank but you didn't really know their reaction from how everything went down between them..

Cat and Hank shared a night with sweet kisses. However, the next day Cat chose another man. A horrible man. Thank god she found reason one day, after seeing her best friend V
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful series.... on to the next one!
Vikki Vaught
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Musings

There is lots of emotion in this book. I loved both the hero and the heroine. It was great visiting. With the characters from book 1. Can't wait to read the next one in this series. Happy 📚!
The superficial life where only image matters is the one that Cat St. James knows and has lived. Now faced with a dying career and a medical diagnosis that renders her infertile, she's desperate to find a new distraction to take her away from that new reality. Setting Hank Mitchell in her sights for a proposition he can't possibly refuse, she throws everything into it, but Hank, already wary about being brushed off, wonders if he can trust her when all she'd done is to let him down and keep him ...more
Bette Hansen
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read that is very well written with characters that are well developed and very intriguing. It was very nice the way the author gave us updates on all the characters we got to know in the first book. This is the second book in the St. James series from Ms. Beck but it is easily read standalone.

In this one we really get to know Cat St. James. She's always be the pretty impetuous St. James sibling so with her modeling career apparently coming near it's end, she's lost as to what t
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 good plot stars

The only reason this wasn't 4 stars is because I really felt the ending was rushed. The idea was awesome and Cat and Hanks story and obstacles was by far the most interesting to me, but it wasn't flushed out enough.

They had fuel to make this an amazing book but it was just too rushed. Still good dialogue. Open and direct.

On to #3 and to find out if the other siblings ever find out the dad was a cheat and who Jackson is going to be with.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book just didn't work for me. I felt that it focused on how "crappy" Cat and Hank found their lives. Idk Found them both shallow in different ways. =/ ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cute read. I was very annoyed with Catalina a lot of this book. :)
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This wasn’t as good as some of Jamie Beck’s other books. I wanted more on Hank & Cat’s emotional connection vs the physical. I’ll still finish the series, because I’m really interested to finish Jackson’s story. Overall, not terrible. Some parts were stretched out unnecessarily & other parts needed more depth. Good bones.
Laurie  Bouchard
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book was just as good as the first one in the series. I can't wait to start book 3. Easy reading and hard to put down.
Great writing, just had trouble liking the main characters.
gary cromer
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good read

Love the St. James Book 1, Book 2, and excited to read Book 3. Covers everyday busy lifestyles with a twist of romance. Thank you, Jamie Beck! Kristy Cromer
A Klue
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This one was a mixed grab bag for me, folks. Finding out at the beginning, the main couple could have already had a HEA if the heroine had not chosen to go back to her on/off again boyfriend after briefly meeting/flirting with the hero several months ago, I wasn’t sure I wanted to get involved in their second chance romance. Of course, the restraining order she had to get against her now ex confirms she didn’t choose wisely. Basically, she was hoodwinked by his extreme impress the girl dating te ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good story

Another smart and thoughtful story. It had everything I like, good characters, so many emotions, happy ending. All the uncertainty just keeps you reading and hoping for everything to work out in the end. Loved it.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Anxiously awaited this book 2 and wasn't disappointed. I love Jamie Beck's writing.

The St. James siblings caught my heart in Worth the Wait and I couldn't wait to read Cat and Hank's story. Cat is in a high fashion world and yet there is nothing superficial or fake about her. She is a down to earth, family loving, acceptance seeking woman who was forced to rely on her looks when she didn't have the faith and support of her dad. She is just wanting someone to see the real her, not the pretty fac
Heather andrews
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love when a woman surprises her man especially when the man doesn't think she had it in her, “did I?” And she remembered? That had to mean something. He noticed coleslaw, corn bread, and a cold beer on the table. “Cat, this is really thoughtful. I didn’t know you cooked.” Hank is good man and tries to help his woman out whenever he can, “I loved unpacking your lingerie . Show me what you’re wearing today.” He nuzzled the spot beneath her ear and she felt the corners of his mouth curl in antici ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this contemporary romance featuring Cat and Hank and thought it was a good addition to the series. It is a second chance at romance sort of story, taking place after Cat had bypassed Hank for another man a couple of years previously. Cat and Hank were good characters. Cat had some serious self esteem issues even though she was a famous model. Hank was a very protective and caring character. I enjoyed their story.
Melinda Tan
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such fun. I just read your interview responses and they helped me relate to your books even more. I do love that they are "escapism". I am hooked immediately by your writing, and the character conflicts are very relatable. I love them. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because I wanted ANY type of mishap in the make my life more normal! Selfish...I know. ...more
Missy Shipp
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just when I thought the second book in the St. James series could not possibly be as good as the first book, I was ecstatic when I started reading it. Great series! I'm looking forward to the next book which doesn't come out until November. ...more
Gwyneth Cage
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Honestly Cat is just annoying. I had really expected more from her after reading St James 1, and for her story and life to have more depth (after the whole controlling boyfriend issue in the first book).

She created ALL her problems in this book:

Her best friend was seriously hurt because she couldnt see reality and let her controlling boyfriend go until someone did get hurt, I was completely surprised it wasnt her, although if it was she prolly would have let him get away with it, and would have
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I adored Hank in the first book of this series, Worth the Wait. Trust me, you will fall head over heels in love with the guy in this one. Yes, he’s stubborn. Yes, he takes too much on himself. But also…yes, he’s a hotty. Yes, he’s a sweetheart. Yes, he has a huge heart.

As much as I wanted to get to know Hank more, in the first book I wasn’t too big of a fan of Cat. I know she was going through a lot, but I didn’t like the way she reacted to the news about her brother and best friend falling in l
Romance Between The Sheets
WORTH THE TROUBLE is the second book in the St. James series and, as with the first book, it was a light and easy read and a good way to spend a few hours. Cat and Hank shared a moment when they first met a year or two ago through her brother Jackson, but then Cat got back together with her boyfriend and things have been strained between them ever since.

Hank is one of those honest-to-God good guys and is so easy to like. After his father died while he was a senior in high school, he gave up his
 J Alm
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second book in the St James trilogy


Book 1 _________________________Worth the Wait ________________Vivi and David

Book 2 _________________________ Worth the Trouble _____________ Hank and Cat

Book 3 _________________________ Worth the Risk ________________ Gabby and Jackson


Book 2 starts of from the end of book 1.
N.W. Moors
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
The second book in the St. James series features Cat, the supermodel sister. She's coming to the end of her career as a model and decides branding, using her name, to promote products is the way to go. She also receives some devastating news that makes her doubt settling down in a relationship and having a family. Meanwhile, Hank Mitchell, the carpenter and furniture-maker who works for Cat's brother, is still fascinated by her though she blew him off in the past.
I loved the first book but had
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cat, was a very famous model, she had everything she ever wanted, at least is what she thought, life and circumstances put her in a very bad situation, a past relationship that left her scared and afraid in someway.. until someone got into her life that made her doubts disappear and hope started to grow in her heart again.

Hank had a very difficult life, he had to take care of his family especially his mother, his work was everything. he didn't have time for relationships or even to date.. every
Donna Rutledge
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catherine "Cat" is an international model who has made it big with her career but she is diagnosed with a career ending medical problem. Luckily she has always been down to earth and not some snob. She needs a change but isn't sure what she wants to do.

Meanwhile she needs her closet changed to hold her overflowing amount of clothing and boots and shoes. She sweet talks her brother into sending his best carpenter to do the job. A man that Cat has a past with but she knows she can trust him to do
Book Catharsis
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I love Hank

Hank is my absolute favorite character from the St. James series so far. He was already my favorite in the first book before we got to know him better. I am so happy he found love and that Cat is with a kind, generous man who will be supportive and create a family with her. As if we didn’t have enough reasons to dislike their dad, the way he treats Cat just made my opinion of him worse. I did love the glimpses into Vivi and David’s new life together and getting to know more about Jack
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