• Worth the Fall

  • McKinney Brothers, Book 1
  • By: Claudia Connor
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,938 ratings)

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Worth the Fall

By: Claudia Connor
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
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Publisher's Summary

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. Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt has been sidelined by a combat injury, and he is haunted by the loss of his best friend and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL - focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he's always wanted: a family. 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.

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Claudia Connor (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This debut mixes passion and compassion in a contemporary story that has emotional depth. Readers will find the story heartwarming but with enough heat to remind them of what falling in love feels like." ( Library Journal)

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Heartwarming and Emotional

I got this book during a recent sale so I wasn't expecting a whole lot from it. I was proven wrong! I would have definitely used a credit for this one.

I don't need to tell you the plot of this story (that's what the publisher's summary is for) but I will say that this book has all the elements of a great romance. Engaging story, check! Strong, yet vulnerable characters, check! Emotional, check! Heartwarming, check! Hunky, Sensitive, Smart, Navy Seal (lol), check! It's the kind of story that you don't want to end. 💖

The narration was outstanding. She totally nailed all the voices...especially the children. She really brought this book to life.

Note: This book does have some strong language and sex scenes.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good heartwarming romance.




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WORTH THE FALL WAS SO WORTH THE CREDIT

This is a romance that shouldn't have worked.... a handsome, bodylicious 34 yr old Navy SEAL and a pregnant widowed mother of four..... but together they made it work. Through their initial holiday attraction and flirtation, their separations, her insecurities, his missions and the broken promises yet somehow these two people connected, overcame, found love and became a beautiful family of six.... then seven.

Worth a credit? A good start to this new series with loveable characters (especially the children), a great story with a little angst and a heartwarming HEA easily made this an enjoyable, romantic and creditworthy listen.

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Snobby reader

This is the best book I have read in a very long time. I cried several times and I am not an emotional person nor do I have PMS. It was just that good. Absolutely would recommend to all type of readers.

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A fabulous ride for the emotions!

I loved this book. I had never read/listened to a Claudia Connor book before. I belive I picked this one up as an Audible Daily Deal. I'm SO glad I did! The story takes you all over the emotional map, but ends with my favorite happy ever after. Johanna Parker is also new to my, but I thoroughly enjoyed her narration. Will be looking for more from these two talented ladies!

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Great book but get ready to cry!

This story was so sweet and well done, the narrator is fantastic, but it was SO EMOTIONAL! If you are in the mood for fluff and uncomplicated sex, this is not the book for you. This is a book you can sink your teeth into with complex characters who will pull your heart-strings in many directions.

On the surface, the story is about a young woman who is pregnant, recently widowed, and the mother of four children. She meets a man, a smokin' hot Navy Seal, while on vacation and the story begins... [Yes, you read correctly. This woman is 6 months pregnant with four post-utero children between the ages of 2 and 6. She's on a "vacation" with four kids with no other adults present. Oh, and she's pregnant with her very recently deceased husband's child.]

Now that I recap it so plainly, I'm surprised that I bought into the story at all. It is far from any reality I know to exist, but it didn't cross into "painfully unbelievable" territory for me. The lead characters are painstakingly and delicately unwrapped throughout the story and kept me interested, frustrated, elated, and intrigued. The kids are surprisingly well-developed characters who add a touch of levity to the story but broke my heart into tiny pieces over and over. No spoilers below, just themes:

Below the surface, the story is about family (and all the imperfections that come along with it), grief, loss, abandonment, suicide, feeling unlovable and unworthy of love, loneliness, the fear of needing people and of being alone, attachment trauma, and the incredibly difficult experience of having loved ones in the military. It is also a deeply endearing story that repeatedly reminded me that love is a beautiful, messy, gut-wrenching, amazing necessity that heals us and is available no matter the circumstances if we are brave enough to reach for it.

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Horrible mother finds a man to make her whole!

I love books that have funny children and pets that’s why I thought I would enjoy this book. However, for me the book had a fatal error, the mother should never do things that put her innocent children in serious danger. I like a mother that is smart, strong and doesn’t make decisions on whether a man is really hot. This is why Abby is a dreadful mother. First she allowed an adult male stranger around her children for hours at a time. This is a favorite tactic for pedophiles, seduce and romance the mother to get access to rape the children. Unfortunately, this scenario happens everyday. She didn’t even do a basic background check on the internet. Come on how easy is that to do! Next Abby had unprotected sex while 7 months pregnant. She put her unborn baby in real danger by doing this. Matt is a 34 year old male that he self admits to being a man whore, he most definitely has at least HPV. Herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis , aids etc, could have hurt or killed her unborn baby. This is NOT ROMANTIC. OR SEXY , DUH! Thirdly, she didn’t love her late husband and he didn’t love her. He was an awful husband and an absent, inattentive father. Yet, in this day and age with numerous and easily accessible birth control options she keeps on having kids with her unloving husband. You don’t have children to ease your pain in life, how selfish and narcissistic Abby was. I hated the heroine and hero therefore I found this book dull and boring.

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Heartwarming!

This book was very sweet and it made me tear up a few times. Sad the Kids were super cute

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A good Listen

What did you love best about Worth the Fall?

The way the story build.... True love story and it make you want to listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of Worth the Fall?

When the kids started falling in love with him

Have you listened to any of Johanna Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time listener

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have listen in one setting.. Had no other options but sleep

Any additional comments?

Worth the credit...in my keep folder

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Oh my heart

My heart is full of all the emotions. I'm going to by-pass the improbabilities like a Navy Seal falling for a pregnant mom of 4. We are by-passing all of that because this story was so freakin sweet and lovable, I don't care.

Full of drama and angst, Claudia wrote a fairytale that involved a very worthy widow and a very hot man who had devoted his life to service but had always dreamed of more.

I laughed and cried and needed about 75 hugs from my kids during and after listening.

Johanna Parker did an amazing job of narrating. I think it would be easy for the kids to sound cheesy and corny but she didn't. She did a great job and definitely contributed to the 5 star read.

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This is how a woman should be loved

I appreciated that this book had a depth of story and not just scene after scene of mindless sex. While still hot, the author managed to make this story meaningful and touching in a way that is missing from most of the "Fifty Shades of Trendy" books.

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