Title: Defending Hayden
Series: A Second Chances Novel
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 28, 2016 Publisher: Random House
Cover Design by: Mae I Design and Photography
Photo Taken by: Regina Wamba
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.
Title: Defending Hayden
Author: L.P Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports - Football
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Second Chances #7)
Reading one of L.P. Dover's stories is just such a wonderful experience. Author's just like this one, fuels my passion for reading. This highly addictive story deserves no less than 5 stars.
ARC of Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover provided in exchange for an honest spoiler free review.
This story is about Derek a football player who has been through an altering life changing event, a trauma. He's been on a spiral down with countless hook ups with substance abuse to numb the pain he's experiencing. After a few absent months, he's back with a new perspective on life. A chance encounter with Hayden, a veterinarian, brings him back to where he can be happy again. Now their future is threatened because someone is trying to sabotage Hayden's career as a vet. Her life could also be in danger.
I just love L.P.'s written stories, this one's got it all. It's got some romance, it's sexy, sweet, and it also has some suspense with a bit of action. What this story has above all is HEART, compassion, and selflessness. It's not only about 2 people being in love but a group of friends, teammates that are always at the forefront to help each other. Although this is a light, feel me good kind of read, it's also sad at times with heartbreaking moments. Losing a loved one can be devastating.
What makes this story AWSOME are the perfectly created characters. Derek the swoon worthy, protective, smart, sweet, that loves with all his heart. Hayden the strong, smart, down to hearth, focused that loves profoundly. It's their love for animals that sets them apart.
This intriguing, addicting, endearing read was basically read none stop. The author has great ability to tell stories that sucks me right in, keep me there until the very end. She knows how to keep my undivided attention for hours. When I think her last book was the best well it gets topped off yet again. Bottom line, I adored this story.
This is book 7 in the Second Chances series. It could easily be read as a standalone because the author gives just enough insight from the other characters to easily get us up to date without missing out on any important information. Story told in a dual POV with an HEA. I can't wait to read more from this author. All her other books are worth a look at.
“Sexy and emotional with characters you will root for, Defending Hayden is a great addition to the Second Chances series!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Return to Briarwood series
“Defending Hayden is a smart and heartwarming story that is impossible to put down. Throw in a sexy football player and some lovable animals and you’re all set.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment
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 countless 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.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.