Title: Worth the Wait
Series: McKinney/Walker #1
Author: Claudia Connor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017
The first in a spin off series of the New York Times Bestselling McKinney Brothers, WORTH THE WAIT takes readers on a journey through young love into adulthood in a heartwrenching, second chance love story.
Nick Walker thought nothing could destroy what he had with Mia. He certainly never thought he would be the one to destroy it.Now ten years later, Mia James is in Special Agent Nick Walker’s path once again and this time he’s determined to shed the weight of regret and finally claim the future that was always meant to be theirs.
It won’t be easy. Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick and now, just when she’d pieced it back together, it’s been broken again, bringing their past to the surface, including her own secret about that day everything went wrong.
***Every title by Claudia Connor is a Contemporary Romance and a full stand alone novel. No cheating, no love triangle, no cliff hanger.
~twenty-four years ago Nick pressed two fingers into the sleep deprived headache pounding in his temple and tried to concentrate on professor Jenkins’s explanation of ideal gas law. He circled a line of notes, ignored the knock on the auditorium door until he heard the familiar cry. Hannah, who he’d left in the university daycare two hours ago.
The high pitched wail wasn’t his two year old sister’s hurt cry. It was her scared cry with a touch of pissed off. In the six months since their parents’ death, he’d learned to tell the difference. He’d learned a lot of things. Like if he didn’t take her to the bathroom, she’d likely wait too long and have an accident. Like green beans made her throw up, but she’d eat them if he told her to. And she would never, ever go to sleep without Mr. Bunny.
He was up, out of his seat, and halfway down the auditorium stairs before his professor laid his pen down.
Nick’s eyes narrowed on the young blonde in an oversized sweatshirt with silk greek letters sewn on the front. She held a sobbing Hannah dressed in the sunny yellow sundress he’d picked out that morning. She hadn’t been crying when he left her. Now her eyes were red and snot mixed with tears dripped into her mouth. Hannah lunged for him. His arms engulfed her small body and his heart squeezed like it always did when she held onto him.
“I stay you,” Hannah said. Each word tumbled out of her with a jerk of her tiny shoulders.
“What happened to her?”
“Nothing happened to her. She hasn’t stopped screaming for the past hour and she bit three people. We can’t keep her like that.”
Several responses came to mind.
She’s just a baby.
She missed her nap.
And the loudest of all, it was my fault for leaving her.
Hannah raised her head to look at him, giant tears hanging from golden lashes. “I bite.”
“Well. At least she’s honest.” Professor Jenkins turned his questioning eyes to Nick. “She yours?”
He hesitated, but only a second. “My sister. But yes, she’s mine.” And at that moment she became even more his, which seemed to be the case every day. Every day, a little more his.
They say all good things are worth waiting for and for the most part that is true. For Nick Walker and Mia James the wait was a painful journey that changed both of their lives.
Worth The Wait by Claudia Connor is a spinoff of the highly rated McKinney Brothers series. In the new McKinney / Walker series, readers are meeting Hannah Walker’s ( Worth The Risk) older brothers. It all begins with Nick Walker, the oldest of the boys, and the man who raised Hannah after their parents death.
Nick Walker was a nineteen year old college boy when his parents where killed. Rather than allowing distant relatives to break up their family, Nick stepped up. Dealing with his fourteen year old twin brothers and sixteen year old rebellious brother was enough to keep him busy but raising his two year old sister made him a parent. The first few months were almost impossible. He was a boy becoming an instant father. He was determined to give Hannah the best life possible. When he met Mia James at school, it was the wrong time as well as the right time. They both instantly clicked even though their lives were on different paths. Through sheer determination Nick and Mia made their lives work. For twelve years their lives were good. They became Hannah’s parents. Their relationship was finally moving towards the next level. It was time to marry and begin their own family. But life has a way of changing things in a single moment.
Hannah was kidnapped at age fourteen. The months she was missing tore Nick and Mia apart. Their relationship crumbled. When Hannah was finally returned and irrevocably broken, Nick had to focus only on her. He lost himself and he lost Mia. Mia was just as devastated by Hannah’s kidnapping. Not only has she lost the man she loves but she also lost the girl she has nurtured and loved for years.
Their lives were torn apart. They both went in different directions. Ten years later they once again in each’s others paths. This time Nick is going to do everything in his power to get Mia back. He has lived with his regrets for ten long years. He’s raised his sister. Hannah has become a whole person. Through the love of Stephen McKinney, she is grabbing a hold of life. Now he must do the same.
I have loved the McKinney series but Worth The Wait has become my favorite. Claudia Connor delivered an emotional story that every person can relate to. Nick and Mia won my hearts from the very beginning. I hurt right along with them and rejoiced when they found each other once again. A love that powerful is Worth The Wait!
Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.
Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.
Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.