When a McKinney brother falls in love, powerful emotion and overwhelming desire are never far behind.
Two hearts locked away . . . Hannah Walker spends her days coaching children through injury and trauma, one therapeutic horseback ride at a time. She knows all too well how violence can change a child and leave scars that never heal. It’s easy for her to relate to the kids; what isn’t easy is the thought of facing her own harrowing past.
Millionaire playboy Stephen McKinney could use a little coaching himself. Five years ago he encountered his most horrible nightmare—and the nightmare won. No matter what he achieves, nothing can make up for that awful night . . . or so he believes.
Both desperate for a second chance . . . Stephen is used to getting what he wants. And he wants Hannah. So when she turns him down, he’s intrigued. What he doesn’t know is that her secrets will lead him to a place he never wanted to go again . . . to a side of himself he’s tried to forget . . . a side that would scare Hannah away from ever loving him. Now his only chance to win her trust is to bare his soul, risking everything he tried so hard to protect.
Whoa we hit alpha overload in this book, we have the broken smouldering Stephen McKinney and an equally broken Hannah with four VERY protective older brothers, it’s like the alpha mother ship!
It took me a while to warm up to Stephen, he has a touch of arrogance and I couldn’t decide for a while if that gave him an edge or made him an ass, I ultimately decided on the former because he’s really been through the mill, he lost his fiancee in horrific circumstances and he’s done his very best to work through that, ok not in the most conventional way, he pushes away his nearest and dearest, he has some seriously dark thoughts centred around revenge & doesn’t exactly treat Hannah with the tender loving care she so desperately needs, I spent a lot of time shaking my head at him and wishing he’d just freaking get it together.
Hannahs demons are just as traumatic as Stephens but they happened to her directly and she survived and she used that experience to create something truly beautiful. She’s definitely not in the market for a relationship but something about Stephen calls to her and she exposes herself like never before, I was humbled by her bravery and the way she coped with everything that was thrown at her.
This book is very different from Matts story, it’s darker, edgier but what they both have in common is the true feel of family and the grounding that a good family gives you, I got feels by the comfort both families gave these characters, yes they may be nosey, over bearing and interfere when it’s not wanted but they love hard and they care and it gave this book such a heart warming feel with all of the darkness swirling around Stephen & Hannah.
This book had it all, it’s gritty, angst filled, heart breakingly emotional, oh and don’t forget HAWT, Stephen might be an asshole at times but he’s a hot asshole!
I can’t wait for more from this family and I want Hannahs brothers to get a book each too pretty please.
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Claudia Connor is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of heartfelt contemporary romance. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of the almost real people that live in her head. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.
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