I’ve read quite a few books over the last couple of weeks that fall firmly under “emotional rollercoaster” but I think this one may take the cake because the emotional mines that are peppered throughout Worth the Wait were crazy intense. There were sweet and smexy moments, I swear the entire book was not an angsty emotional landmine, but holy hell, what Nick and Mia lived through, whether or not by choice, had me feeling emotionally drained in the end, even when I was happy that they finally got their much deserved HEA.
If you were to look up the meaning of “the weight of the world rests on his shoulders” I’m pretty sure a picture of Nick would be front and center as a visual example. After a huge tragedy struck his family he was the one who stepped up and wanted to keep everything from unraveling, but he took on so much that he ended up having tunnel vision and at times doing more harm than good. This is where I had a love/irritated relationship with Nick. He has a huge heart and wants to protect everyone, but that need tends to suffocate those he loves the most.
I loved Mia from the first time she appeared in the story. Though young, she has a maturity to her that makes her appear older. Part of that has to do with how driven she is to reach her chosen career goal, which is a lofty yet attainable one. She’s sweet with a huge heart, gentle touch and strong sense of self that draws people to her.
Nick and Mia’s story is a second chance at love romance and not only to we get to be flies on the wall for the second time they collide, but the first time they collided in flashbacks to the most meaningful moments, but also the most painful ones that ended up tearing them apart. And though I empathized with both Nick and Mia, I took Mia’s side of the issue more often than not because she tended to be the more reasonable of the two. But even with the major emotional upheavals that they went through the bottom line is that they were soulmates.
Worth the Wait is a spinoff of The McKinney Brothers Series and runs concurrently with Worth the Risk, the second book in the series and though I haven’t read it, though I really should since I read the first and third books, I didn’t feel as if I was missing out on anything, though I now want to bump the second one up on the TBR list to fill in the gaps. The writing was engaging, the pacing was good and I enjoyed the dual 3rd person POV’s. The flashbacks were done very well and I especially enjoyed getting to know the other Walker’s and can’t wait to get my hands on their books!
~ Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley ~
He broke her heart. When he finds out just how badly, it will break his too.
Nick Walker found the love of his life when he was just nineteen.
It's been ten years since Nick watched the only woman he ever loved walk out of his life. Now this FBI Special Agent will do anything to win her back.
But it won’t be easy…
Mia’s heart was shattered by Nick. They'll have to face their painful past if they want a future, including Mia's own secret about that day it all fell apart.
Do you believe in second chances?
Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Claudia writes, warm, heartfelt contemporary romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.
Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, with a heavy dose of daydreaming during all three. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters