REVIEW – DEFENDING HAYDEN (Second Chances, #7) by L.P. Dover

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SYNOPSIS:

The Carolina Cougars keep fighting for love as the Second Chances series from bestselling author L. P. Dover continues! In Defending Hayden, a damaged football star teams up with the only woman who can take the pain away.
 
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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
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This is the seventh book in the Second Chances series by LP Dover. I had never read anything by this author but I loved the sound of the synopsis, and so I took a chance on this one. Obviously, this can be read as a standalone, as I was able to follow the story without any trouble. I am now anxious to read the other books in the series after having enjoyed this one so much. This isn’t necessarily a tale of a “second chance” romance, it’s more having to do with getting that second chance at life, love, and happiness.

Derek McLaughlin is a defensive linebacker for the NFL team, the Carolina Cougars. He suffered a tremendous loss when his girlfriend and unborn child were killed in a horrific car accident that he was also a victim of. He’s been hating life and lost his way, and so he leaves North Carolina behind and heads off to Wyoming to work on his friend’s farm in order to clear his head. Up until that point, he had been drowning his sorrows in alcohol and women, and completely letting his teammates down. After a few months away, Derek has been able to sober up and is on the path back to a normal life. He heads back home and gets back on the field with his teammates. But on his first night back home, he literally runs into a beautiful woman who has him feeling things he never thought he would again.

 

 

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Hayden Hunter is a Veterinarian who works at a local animal hospital in town. Her love of animals and dedication to her work keeps her extremely busy, which means she has a non-existent social life. She’s never had good luck with relationships and actually seems quite happy with the way her life is going. But then she runs into Derek McLaughlin and she feels an instant attraction to him. She doesn’t follow Football so she had no idea she had just run into a huge NFL star. These two form a fast friendship and actually agree to keep things platonic because Derek doesn’t think he’s capable of committing to another woman and Hayden has no intention of being just another notch on Derek’s headboard.

As they spend more time together, it becomes clear that keeping things platonic is just not feasible and the relationship starts to heat up big time!! But can Derek get over his fears of possibly losing another person he loves, especially when Hayden has come to mean so much more to him that anyone before? And add on the fact that someone is out to destroy Hayden’s professional reputation and that she could also possibly be in potential danger!

 

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This was definitely a story that I easily got engrossed in and although it was a little predictable, overall it was an enjoyable read. I mean that I will be looking out for more books by LP Dover and would love the chance to read all the previous books in this series.

Defending Hayden goes live on June 28th.

AMAZON US Pre-Order Link: http://amzn.to/28PJ6B1

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