Series: Second Chances #7 (Standalone)
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2016
No one’s tougher than Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin. But when a fatal car accident claims the life of his girlfriend, Derek finds himself caught in a destructive spiral of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless sex. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt. Football is all he has left. Then fate leads him back to the scene of the crash, and into the arms of a kind, gorgeous woman who sees past his façade to the man he once was . . . and can be again.
When a chance roadside encounter brings Derek into her life, veterinarian Hayden Hunter isn’t fooled by his bad attitude: All bark and no bite, he’s hiding a wounded heart beneath that gruff demeanor. And Hayden wants to be the one to kiss it all better. Soon they both find that a dose of passion is potent medicine. But when a hidden enemy lashes out at Hayden, Derek steps up to do what he does best: put his body on the line in the name of love.
Defending Hayden by LP Dover was a sweet, sports romance with a dash of suspense!
This is the seventh book in LP Dover’s Second Chances series. Each of the books is an interconnected standalone. So you can absolutely start here, or if you have read other books you will revisit some old friends.
Our poor Derek has had it really rough lately. He and his friends were in a car accident and it took the life of his girlfriend. It was all just too much for him to deal with so he turns to sex, alcohol and drugs to try and numb himself. Of course this doesn’t work so he returns to his love of football to help him through. But what really starts his turnaround? Meeting Hayden.
I was immediately drawn into the story. My heart just aching for Derek. Then filled with hope as he and Hayden run into each other. It was wonderful to watch them bond together. I just love when people get a second chance at love! The characters in the Second Chance story are just so well done. The way they interact with each other is just so authentic. None of them are perfect, they all have flaws… and that makes them fun to read about. Hayden and Derek together are just so sweet and you can’t help but root for them. And then cross your fingers that they will come out ok.
I absolutely recommend this read! I can’t wait to read more Second Chance stories!
I received a complimentary copy of Defending Hayden in exchange for my honest review.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written more than twenty novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.