Review: Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers #1) by Claudia Connor

Tuesday, September 27

My rating:

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.


Mostly too good for 3 stars, but not enjoyable enough for 4.

What I loved:

- The kids were cute, with their chatter and their tantrums and their authentic kidness. Also, if I'm going to read a warm & fuzzy romance like this one, I love the solo-parent trope, and Claudia Connor does it brilliantly, and creates kids with all the awkward hilarity they have in real life.
Quote…The boy took a step closer to Matt, stared at his toes and dug them into the sand. "I can't catch," he mumbled.
Based on that one throw, the kid was right, but Matt wasn't going to say so.
"You'll get it. You just need to practice. Maybe your dad could throw with you or something."
"Nope. He can't throw. He's dead."

- I really enjoyed the family dynamic, and felt for the kids in how they responded to Matt, because of how their own dad had been.
- Matt was awesome. I'm all for men in uniform, and he's a Navy SEAL at that, so of course this was going to be my ball of yarn. On top of his occupation & general hotness, he was also attentive, thoughtful, and possessive.

What I didn’t love:
- Wasn't a huge fan of Abby. I didn't hate her, but there were so many times that I thought her background got the better of her. Matt tried so hard, and she was just sort of... there. I like assertive characters, and she was not assertive at all.

- I can't be the only one thinking that if Abby wasn't pregnant with 4 kids in tow, Matt wouldn't have looked twice. Dude wanted a family, and lamented missing his chance, so how fortuitous that an insta-family fell in his lap.

Parts of this were wonderful for me - heart warming, nourishing, sweetly delicious goodness. Early on, I loved the banter. Other parts were a bit slow, and sometimes even in my try not to be bitter and cynical headspace, I couldn't fully come to terms with Matt & Abby as a legit couple.
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