Tuesday 24 April 2018


Love at Last
By Claudia Connor
Releasing April 24th, 2018


All new romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Claudia Connor…

How many times can you be unlucky in love before you decide it’s not luck, it’s you?

With her ex-groom's words, I’m in love with someone else, still ringing in her ears, Clare Franklin flies off alone to her would-be honeymoon. Forced to accept not everyone gets that happily ever after she’s always dreamed of, she’s done with men. Until she gets tangled up, quite literally, with one sexy veterinarian. 

The only thing Dr Deacon Montgomery wants is to share his surgical expertise and get back to his two year old twin daughters. But, the connection he feels with Clare highlights just how alone he really is and makes him wonder if he can be more than doctor and daddy.

Long talks and moonlit walks under the rustle of palms has Clare thinking maybe she gave up on love too soon. Until one phone call from home changes everything.

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In Love at Last by Claudia Connor, jilted bride Clare Franklin decides to still go on her honeymoon anyway. Luckily, she's not at the stage where she thinks all men are jerks because meeting veterinarian Deacon Montgomery is a good way to help her move on from her ex-fiancé and his words of 'I'm in love with someone else.' However, when she returns home and soon learns that she's pregnant, she knows she needs to tell Deacon. Will Deacon be happy when discovers her surprise or will they lose their shot at happy ever after?

Ms. Connor delivers a fantastic read in this book and I loved how it started because the heroine is so brave when it comes to what happens and then going on her honeymoon on her own. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that I loved because there's instant chemistry between them and Deacon is such a good listener. In fact, Clare is quite lucky to meet Deacon when she does to show her that not all men are jerks since she's been so unlucky in love.

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters backs stories, but I liked the obstacles these two faced on their journey to happy ever after including whether Clare will ever be able to give Deacon a chance, especially when she's so wary of falling for another man and having her heart broken again. Will Deacon be able to prove to Clare that he wants her forever? Furthermore, both the main characters were wonderful and I loved their growing relationship because Deacon is good for Clare. He's a good dad, smart, hard-working and I loved how determined he was to win the heroine over, even though that doesn't seem easy at times, especially when she learns something about his past that he was afraid to tell her.

While the heroine, she's strong, brave and I liked that she gave the hero a chance, even though she has every right to be worried that another relationship may end in heartbreak. I also liked how good of a mother she is, despite the fact that it isn't easy being a first-time mom. Luckily though, she has great support in two of the secondary characters that would do anything for her. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was how she fit in with Deacon's family. Although, his sister can be a bit much and doesn't know how to mind her own business when it comes to pushing Deacon on his relationship with Clare. 

Overall, Ms. Connor has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between Deacon and Clare was powerful; the romance delightful; and the ending had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, as Clare finally realizes what she wants and what she wants is a future with Deacon and their children. I would recommend Love at Last by Claudia Connor, if you enjoy the surprise pregnancy trope, the second chance romance trope, or books by authors Devney Perry, Kristen Proby, Natasha Madison and Mia Sheridan. 


His wide, warm palm grazed her lower back as they wove their way through the tables to the exit. They crossed over the water garden in silence, slowing as they reached a fork in the path. 

“Which way?” Deacon asked. “I’ll walk you back.”
“That’s sweet, but you really don’t have to. It’s a five-star resort, not downtown Los Angeles.”

Deacon kept walking. “True. But you know, I took you to dinner and all.” 

She arched a brow at him. “It’s also an all-inclusive resort. Maybe I took you.” 

“Maybe you did.” 

He flashed her that slightly lopsided grin that hit her right in the chest. She conceded to the walk, and together, they followed the brick path. The resort was dark, but lights along the sidewalk lit the path and shined up the skinny gray trunks of the swaying palms. It was quiet, and when they didn’t pass even one other person, she was glad he was walking her back. 

She slowed as they came to the breezeway leading to her building and pointed up the steps to the second floor. “I’m up there, so…”

Deacon started up the steps. “I’ll walk you to the door. I’m funny like that.” 

She probably should have said no, insisted that she could make it to her door on her own. Because of course she could. But she didn’t insist, just followed enormously glad she’d removed the HONEYMOON banner from her door. 

They reached her room, and she turned to face him. Just the two of them now, up here, alone at her door. She felt a slight buzzing in her head that had nothing to do with alcohol.

“Well, Clare of the here and now.”

She rolled her eyes at the reminder of her earlier word-vomit ramble. “It was nice to meet you.” She stuck out her hand, hoping it wasn’t sweaty. 

“It was nice to meet you, too.” 

It didn’t feel like a simple handshake as he wrapped his fingers around hers. “I had fun tonight. You turned what might have been a horrible night into something surprisingly nice.”
“I’m glad.” 

“Thank you for catching me and saving my top and for dinner and talking and…” And maybe she could stop talking.
“You’re welcome.”

A frog gave a low croak, and another answered, but she figured the pounding of her heart was louder. 

The buzzing in her head grew louder, and she felt dizzy from looking into his eyes and staring at his lips because she wanted him to kiss her. She wanted to feel those smooth, firm lips on hers, to taste him and feel his arms around her.I'm losing my mind.

“You’re beautiful,” he said. “I’ve been wanting to say that all night.” He lifted his hand and lightly brushed his thumb over her cheek.

Then he leaned in, and she moved. Just…moved. In and up, her fingers twisting in the front of his shirt. She was just falling into the taste of him, just getting that warm, tingling flood of a first kiss when her brain fully registered that he’d been leaning in to kiss her cheek

“I’m sorry.” She swallowed hard, felt a stinging heat flooding into her cheeks, and wished desperately to disappear. Deacon was staring at her in complete confusion. That made two of them. “I’m… really sorry.” 

She spun to her door. A stiff wind sang through the open-air hallway, slapping her hair across her eyes. How she got her key in the lock, she had no idea. Mumbling one more apology over her shoulder, she opened the door and closed it behind her. She stood, heart pounding in mortification, her lips buzzing. 

The champagne glasses and fruit and cheese tray had been cleared. The bed had been turned back, and the damn swans were back, nestled in the center of the bed and kissing right on their terrycloth lips.

Author Bio

Claudia Connor is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling series, The McKinney Brothers. Her debut novel, WORTH THE FALL, hit the New York Times Bestsellers list in 2014 and received numerous Best Contemporary Romance of 2014 accolades.

Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in early childhood education. After teaching kindergarten and first grade for ten years, she retired to be a full-time mom to her three daughters. Always a lover of books, and always one to have stories playing in her mind, she decided to try her hand at writing. It took seven years to finish her first novel and a new love was born.

Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a singer-songwriter Siberian Husky. She continues to write warm, heartfelt, and emotional romances with a bit of steam, a lot of family and always a happily ever after.

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