Wednesday, June 29, 2016

~*♥Release Blitz with Review♥*~ Defending Hayden (Second Chances #7) by L.P. Dover



Title: Defending Hayden
Series: Second Chances #7 (Standalone)
Author: L.P. Dover
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 28, 2016






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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.




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Title: Defending Hayden
Author: L.P Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports - Football
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Second Chances #7)
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa



There are some books you read that take you a little while to get into. Then there are ones that you’re kind gripped by and want to keep going to see where it’s all going to head. Then there are books like this one was for me. Books that right from the very first page, they suck you in, and keep you firmly planted and utterly devoted to the outcome.

Having never experienced anything by this author before and being a bit daunted by the fact that this is in fact book seven in a series, I wasn’t sure it was going to be that kind of book. I really had concerns that I wouldn’t be able to follow along with what may have come before (with other standalone books in the series). I didn’t think I’d be able to connect.

But connect I did.

I fell too. Hard.

My heart immediately broke for Derek. Good lord. The accident, the impact it has on you when you’re one of the only ones that survive and then what you’re left with after it’s over, the pieces you’re left to pick up. It all hit me very hard emotionally. I felt so badly for him, while at the same time, wished for more. I wanted him to come out of that dark cloud he found himself in and into the light.

I got my wish, but not without one heck of a ride in the process.

I’m going to go on record now and say that books like this one, are the reason I like romance. The sweet quality to it, but later with the addition of the steamier moments, a pretty epic combination in my estimation. When Hayden and Derek are together, it’s almost magical in nature, but at the same time, moving, gripping, and emotionally heart tugging. It’s beautiful really. It was nice seeing a story that even though money is there under the surface, wasn’t about a billionaire. Honestly, it felt as though these two characters were just like you and me, no matter what their jobs were and I think it’s that refreshing quality that connected me so easily to the story.

Hayden wasn’t perfect, but she was perfect for Derek and just what he needed after what he had already lived through. She was a strong heroine and those are the ones I love reading about most. She had her moments of weakness, of misunderstandings and where emotion reigned, but not in a way that made her appear weak. In fact, I think in those instances she only appeared stronger and more suited for him. She was down to earth, fun, and the perfect one to handle this group of overgrown boys. (You’ll see what I mean when you read). She fit is what I’m getting at and I enjoyed her right from the get.

The humor laced in and around some pretty emotionally driven and suspenseful moments was also a really nice change of pace. I didn’t feel the need to drown nearly as much in the more emotional moments because the author didn’t let me hang there too long. Derek’s team, his friends, really his family, they were the perfect addition here and there is quite a few of them I want to go back and read more on, and hopefully see more of in the future. That’s how much of an impact they made.

The way things played out suspense wise, could be looked at as a little predictable, but didn’t really bother me at all that much. I had a feeling going in about this particular person and to know I was right, was kind of cool since with books that make me think the way suspense ones usually do, I’m always wrong. In the end though, even with things getting super crazy, I think it ended the way that it needed to for both of the characters and for me as a reader. With as invested as I’d become with Hayden and Derek, there was no other way it could have gone down. They both deserved the ending they got and I’m just so glad that I took the chance on this story so that I could see it happen.

This author has definitely made a fan out of me and I can’t wait to go back now and fall in love with some of the other couples that made appearances here.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this before its official release. Derek and Hayden’s journey to happily ever after is one that I’m so beyond thrilled I got to be a part of. I can’t wait to see where the author and her characters go from here.



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AUTHOR BIO


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.


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