Title: Defending Hayden
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.
I was so saddened for Derek in the book Catching Summer. I was worried he would never come out of his downward spiral. But in Defending Hayden he finds himself again and begins a good natured relationship with Hayden a veterinarian who he had a chance encounter with one day. They develop a friendship that they eventually allow to develop into more, causing Derek to panic and push Hayden away. I kept hoping Derek would come to his senses and with the help of all of his Carolina Cougar teammates and friends he realizes what he wants and deserves.
I love L.P Dover and this series. Even though this is the 7th book of this series, I can’t seem to get enough. I recently reread Love’s Second Chance and am going through the series. I can’t wait for the next in the series.
Reviewed by Jennifer
LLEP Review Team
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.