Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review for Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover - 5 out of 5!


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 fa├žade 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.


Loved this! It's really sweet, and I liked the connection between the characters. I also like the suspense twist to the story. The story does move quite fast, but that's okay with me. Derek is a pro football player, his pregnant girlfriend died, and he went on a bit of a bender. Derek is doing better now, but isn't ready for a relationship. When he meets local vet, Hayden, he's finding it difficult to withstand the connection between them. Hayden also believes she's not ready for a relationship, so the 2 becomes friends. Hayden is wonderful and she loves animals, so she's a sweetie. Derek has made some bad decisions, but he's a good guy. These 2 are adorable together. There's some sexy times between the 2, which I enjoyed. I've only read one other book in this series, but I loved that one too, so I'm super excited to read more!

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