Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

March 10, 2015 Book Reviews 12 ★★★★★

Worth the Fall by Claudia ConnorWorth the Fall by Claudia Connor
Series: The McKinney Brothers #1
Published by Loveswept on September 9th 2014
Pages: 312
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

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.

Oh my! This book! I honestly don’t know what drew me to this because I’ve ranted before that I’m not the biggest fan of shirtless man covers but I am so glad I didn’t let that stop me because THIS BOOK! All the FEELS! It was just so beautiful and real and sweet and yup there I go, I’m in a mini flail. Pull yourself together, Dani!

WORTH THE FALL tells the story of Abby and Matt, two souls in desperate need of a connection. Abby has spent her life, feeling forgotten and unloved by the people who should protect her the most and Matt has spent his life, putting his country and fellow SEALs before everything else. When they meet, it’s not a story of star-crossed lovers who can abandon everything and give into their passions.

Matt is grieving the loss of his best friend, killed in action and escapes to the beach to figure out his life and begins to realise that a wife and kids is something his heart wants despite his head telling him that the guilt he feels at his best friend’s death can only be appeased by a life of being the dutiful man at arms.

Abby, an orphan, who has embraced the feeling of abandonment as inevitable, is dealing with the recent death of her husband and the harsh reality of a life raising four young children with another one on the way.

They only have a week at the beach but as the days pass, their easy friendship blossoms. As Abby watches Matt embrace her children and her unusual circumstances with no hesitation and Matt opens up to the possibility that maybe he can have the one thing his heart wants the most, the two realise that maybe a week isn’t enough…

I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking back at all the emotional moments in this book. Abby and Matt were two amazing characters who instantly garnered sympathy with their respective backgrounds and their all-round awesomeness. Having spent her life, being the one who wasn’t noticed, Abby is determined that her children never feel that way. Never balking at the prospect of being both a mom and a dad to her kids, her courageous and loving nature ensures she has everything handled. Almost everything…

Despite the love and fulfilment she gets from being a mom there’s still something missing. Her marriage wasn’t perfect and now her husband is another in a long list of people she has lost. When she meets Matt, Abby has to open her heart to the possibility that it’s okay to let some of those balls drop, because there are people out there who are more than willing to catch them. She just has to decide if it’s “worth the fall “.

As for Matt…


BOOM! That’s the sound of my ovaries, ladies! He was such an interesting character and I loved learning about his time in the navy and his family. His interaction with the kids was so sweet and I loved how hard he worked at earning their trust, he genuinely cared for them before his feelings for Abby deepened, it was never just a cheap ploy to seduce her.

At times I grew frustrated at Abby’s attempts to distance herself but it was completely understandable given her past. The development of their relationship was handled really well. When I read the blurb and saw “the week” part I was wary of insta-love but that is so far from the case. Abby and Matt are two adults, who have lived through a lot of pain and heartbreak and can recognise when something good comes along. The children were the star of the show for me, they never came across as a plot device but were given their own little personalities that stole my heart and made me want to volunteer to babysit so Abby and Matt could get it on *cue Marvin Gaye*.

WORTH THE FALL was simply a gorgeous story that will make you experience the full gamut of emotions as you read it. Full of love, sacrifice and belief in happiness no matter what, I highly recommend you too fall for Matt and Abby, it’s definitely worth it!


12 Responses to “Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor”

  1. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    I’m so glad the story proved to be full of feels despite the shirtless man cover. 😉 Also, I think I’m much ready for my ovaries to go boom and meet this Matt person HAHA. I’ll be adding this one to my TBR- thanks for the great rec, Danielle!

  2. Allura

    This looks really good! I’m glad you liked it. I’m often turned off by book covers, too, but some of my favorite books have terrible covers! lol

  3. tonyalee

    So. Can I just say how awesome it is that she has kids? It’s something that we don’t see often enough IMO. Anyway. LOL at your gif.

    This actually sounds like something I would love. Cover and Navy SEAL aside.. 😛

    • Danielle

      I think you’d love this, the SEAL aspect doesn’t weigh too heavily on the story and I think you’d appreciate the romance with kids aspect for sure!

  4. Chrissi Reads

    I’m not the biggest fan of covers like this eiether. I’m glad that you were able to see past that though and thoroughly enjoyed this book! Great review. 🙂

  5. Wattle

    I must admit, book covers like this make me SO GLAD that e-readers were invented!

    I’m not usually one for books that involve children, but I’m totally curious about this one after reading your wonderful review! That’s it. It’s going on the list 🙂

    • Danielle

      bahaha i know right? lol! This is such a good read and has so many aspects that would normally make me pass over a book but they just work so wonderfully together!

  6. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Wonderful review, Danielle! I’ve heard a lot about this book but have put off reading it because of the 4 kids + one on the way! That just sounds like a bit much. 😛 But the romance sounds lovely, as does the love interest.

    • Danielle

      It sounded a bit much when I read the blurb but I’m so glad I took a chance on it because it was done so brilliantly and just a wonderful read!

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