July 07, 2016


LP Dover


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.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.


Review by: Kathryn 

Although this is the seventh installment in the second chances series, it can easily be read as a standalone.  I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but thoroughly enjoyed Defending Hayden
This book encompasses several romance genres, that I love to read including romantic suspense, contemporary romance and sport romance. 
This is Derek and Hayden's story.  Both have been hurt in the past and are scared to love again.  at times this story is quite emotional and heartbreaking. 
I really enjoyed these characters, they were relate-able, likeable, believable and fallible.  The story was told from dual point of view of the hero and heroine.  Derek and Hayden have a chemistry that jumps off the page and the loves scenes are hot!  I enjoyed watching their relationship grow as their feelings built.
This book is well written, engaging and entertaining.  Overall Defending Hayden, is a sweet, steamy, entertaining read with a touch of angst and suspense.  I look forward to reading the previous and future books in this series.  There were several characters that appeared within this book, who have yet to find their happy ever after and have their story told. 

4.5 Stars 

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