Worth the Wait (McKinney/Walker #1) by Claudia Connor
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?
This book was kind of heartbreaking. It relies heavily on knowing what happened in Worth the Risk though, so I strongly recommend that you read that book first before this one. Because what happened to Hannah in that book was pretty fucking awful and you really need to know what happened to fully appreciate where Nick was emotionally and why what seemed like a relationship that could have weathered anything…..just didn’t.
I’m not sure where to start with this. Nick and Mia were absolutely perfect for each other. They had this easiness about them that just worked. There wasn’t any awkwardness, no angst…there was a little jealousy largely due to long absences over long distances, which is understandable, but nothing serious. So, how does a couple who mesh that well fall apart so spectacularly? Well….it has to do with Hannah. It’s not her fault, but what happens to her starts an emotional descent into blame and guilt and just overall avoidance that Mia just can’t compete with against Nick. It doesn’t help that Mia is feeling some of the same things…and the next think you know, something that seemed incredibly strong crumbled…
And those feelings don’t just go away…I personally think that Mia got shafted in the whole experience, but there really was no winner or loser. That whole family lost. And after thirteen years apart Mia and Nick find that those feelings of inadequacy never really went away and you can’t just pretend the years apart never happened. What they do have to do is figure out if they can forgive each other for mistakes made and hurts inflicted in the past…. I thought their story was realistic and gritty and so very sad.
I don’t think that anyone would ever really get over what these two went through, but Nick and Mia have to find a way to let go of the past to have any kind of future together. The way they reconnect and the candid and honest conversations they have is only a small part of what makes them work.
This is a great crossover book from the McKinney family and I can’t wait to find out what Connor has in store for the rest of the Walker brothers.