Series: The McKinney Brothers #2
Published by Loveswept on February 5, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Stephen McKinney is a highly successful real estate developer but a broken man emotionally. Hannah Walker was a very broken woman, emotionally and physically, who is now triumphing running her horse farm, designed to provide therapy for disabled children. When they have a chance meeting in a grocery store, little did they realize the impact it would have on them.
What I loved about the story
Stephen and Hannah
Their past trauma was slowly uncovered throughout the course of the story, almost in tandem with their self revelations and shifting emotions. It would be easy to use their experiences salaciously but fortunately it was adeptly captured to help define them, not victimize them.
While the attraction is immediate, the relationship slowly develops as Stephen romances Hannah in ways unique to both of them. It was lovely.
In addition to Stephen’s six siblings, Hannah has four brothers (anybody see spinoff here?) and they all play significant roles in the story. If you remember Matt’s children from the first book, you’ll love them here, too. Family is a prominent and important theme.
The bottom line
I really enjoyed the story and how Stephen and Hannah emerged from tragic circumstances as a result of their relationship. The ending was highly climatic but there’s one aspect I felt was rushed and still have questions about. Otherwise, it’s a wonderful story of two very damaged people finding hope and strength through their relationship and family.
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