WORTH THE WAIT Read an Excerpt! - Claudia Connor

WORTH THE WAIT Read an Excerpt!

Here’s a small excerpt of Nick Walker’s book –WORTH THE WAIT. If you haven’t read Worth The Risk, Nick is the broody, overprotective, FBI agent who raised his little sister, Hannah. I shared this in my Facebook Reader Group a week or so ago. If you’d like quick access in the future, click here for the Group and here for the Newsletter.



~twenty-four years ago

Nick pressed two fingers into the sleep deprived headache pounding in his temple and tried to concentrate on professor Jenkins’s explanation of ideal gas law. He circled a line of notes, ignored the knock on the auditorium door until he heard the familiar cry. Hannah, who he’d left in the university daycare two hours ago.

The high pitched wail wasn’t his two year old sister’s hurt cry. It was her scared cry with a touch of pissed off. In the six months since their parents’ death, he’d learned to tell the difference. He’d learned a lot of things. Like if he didn’t take her to the bathroom, she’d likely wait too long and have an accident. Like green beans made her throw up, but she’d eat them if he told her to. And she would never, ever go to sleep without Mr. Bunny.

He was up, out of his seat, and halfway down the auditorium stairs before his professor laid his pen down.

Nick’s eyes narrowed on the young blonde in an oversized sweatshirt with silk greek letters sewn on the front. She held a sobbing Hannah dressed in the sunny yellow sundress he’d picked out that morning. She hadn’t been crying when he left her. Now her eyes were red and snot mixed with tears dripped into her mouth. Hannah lunged for him. His arms engulfed her small body and his heart squeezed like it always did when she held onto him.

“I stay you,” Hannah said. Each word tumbled out of her with a jerk of her tiny shoulders.

“What happened to her?”

“Nothing happened to her. She hasn’t stopped screaming for the past hour and she bit three people. We can’t keep her like that.”

Several responses came to mind.

She’s just a baby. 

She missed her nap.

And the loudest of all, it was my fault for leaving her.

Hannah raised her head to look at him, giant tears hanging from golden lashes. “I bite.”

“Well. At least she’s honest.” Professor Jenkins turned his questioning eyes to Nick. “She yours?”

He hesitated, but only a second. “My sister. But yes, she’s mine.” And at that moment she became even more his, which seemed to be the case every day. Every day, a little more his.




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  1. Very interesting intro.Love books featuring kids.Real sucker for them.

  2. Gwen says:

    when do we get more?

  3. Andrea says:

    I read this excerpt a while ago and it’s been on my mind since then. The scene is so vivid and gut wrenching it makes my heart ache. I’m thrilled Nick is getting his own HEA!! I’m chomping at the bit here, Claudia! 😍

  4. Wendy Bianco says:

    I can not wait!

  5. Diane says:

    Can’t wait!

  6. ❤️❤️❤️ Can’t wait for more!

  7. Claudia says:

    I’ll post another excerpt soon!! Check back! <3

  8. Nancy Caudill says:

    ooh, I like it already!

  9. Kathy Campbell says:

    Can’t wait.

  10. fiona says:

    Just made me tear up at work. Loved it.

  11. Pauline says:

    Can’t wait!

  12. Debbie Oxier says:

    Can’t wait to read Nick’s story. Loved the McKinney’s!

  13. I absolutely love this scene!! I read it at least once a day!! 💖

  14. Melody Cox says:

    So how old is this Nick anyway? It appears to me that he was in college when the two-year-old sister interrupted the class and before the excerpt began it said ‘~24 years ago.’ So I assume that he was at the very least 18-22 and in college since teachers are not call professors in high school, at least not where I live. If I have that correct adding in the 24 years he would be between 42-46. Is that correct? Seems a little old but I haven’t read ‘Worth the Risk’ yet.

    • ccadmin says:

      Yes, you’re correct. He was nineteen when his parents died, Hannah was 2, almost 3. So he is forty-four. You’ll have to read his story to find out what happened in all those years!! xoxo

  15. Teresa Tompkins says:

    I have enjoyed all of the McKinney’s!! It sounds like Nick’s story will be amazing!!

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