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5 silken sheets




Oh. Wow. 5 glowing stars for this perfect, summer beach read.


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 22075732 - coverMcKinney 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.

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 Granted, half the world is shivering in the middle of winter right now, but it’s summer here Down Under, and I was in the mood for a feelgood beach read. Add in a damaged Navy SEAL, and I was as much a goner as Matt McKinney, the hero of Worth The Fall.


I highlighted so many passages, it was difficult choosing which to use in this review. So many heartfelt moments. So much love.


26125998_sThe first week they spend together is delicious. He stops to play ball with Abby’s oldest boy, Jack, and is sideswiped by the child’s words.


“You just need to practice. Maybe your dad could throw with you or something.”

 “Nope. He can’t throw. He’s dead.”


He has another surprise in store, minutes later, when he meets Abby.

29471197_sWhen she turned, the black tank top she wore with black bikini bottoms stretched over her belly. Beautiful and pregnant.


I applauded Abby’s courage. Six months pregnant, with 4 young children, and she manages to take them for a beach holiday by herself. Matt is drawn not only to her beauty and grace, but her strength. She in turn, can’t believe why he could possibly be interested in her.

All thought evaporated with the intense sensation of dropping off the highest point of a roller coaster.

 Brain scramble. Had he asked a question? Yes. Name.

 “Abby. It’s Abby. My name.”


The first tentative conversations were beautiful, and I didn’t want their week’s holiday to end.

Tomorrow would be their last day. Whatever they had, whatever connection she felt, would disappear like a wet footprint on the wooden boardwalk.


8507144_sMatt knew he’d feel equally bereft.

He raised his hand to Jack and watched the five of them until the sea grass obscured his view. The beach suddenly felt vacant and quiet, which of course it wasn’t. The surf still crashed, seagulls still begged for food, and couples strolled between him and the water. But it seemed as empty as he suddenly felt.


Abby knows it can only ever be a flirtation, a brief holiday romance, no matter how much she would like it to be more. These early days tugged at my heartstrings and I waited eagerly, for one of them to make a move. To say something. Claudia Connor’s timing was perfect.

She took his hand and suddenly everything in his world righted. Damn it. She could bunch him up like a ball of paper, then easily smooth him out with a look, a touch. Over and over again. Bunch, smooth. Bunch, smooth.


With some books, it might have stopped at the end of the holiday, but this one kept going – and kept my interest engaged, right to the end. Several times I thought it was over, but then something else happened, another twist or cog thrown in, and the story raced on. I’m glad, I really didn’t want it to end.


Without giving away any spoilers, they both have issues, well duh! Seeing them working through those issues, formed the backbone to the story. Nothing was raced over, or skipped. Instead, you saw Abby and Matt in all their good and bad.


What the hell did he say to a woman who’d been left all her life when all he did was leave?

Suffice to say, I loved Worth The Fall, and am now eagerly awaiting the second in the series, Worth The Risk. Ms Connor, if you happen to read this review and are looking for people to review the second in series, please let me know!


5 silken sheets


4 sexy lips



Plot – delightful, heartwarming and feelgood, with enough angst to keep you on the edge

Characters – swooooooon! Matt McKinney is YUMMY!!!

Warnings – none


Genre: Contemporary military romance

Published: September 2014; $3.99

Publisher: Loveswept (Penguin Random House)

Author website: http://claudiaconnor.com/books


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