#Book #Review for #Sports # ContemporaryRomance 'Defending Hayden (Second Chances, #7)' by L.P. Dover, @LPDover @readloveswept

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 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.
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                                                                                          (My Thoughts)

There's no doubt Derek McLaughlin was a cocky, smartass jerk in the previous book (book six). But, we only got to see the background of his story. In this, book seven Defending Hayden, it's Derek's story. Now we get see the brokenness of this man up close and personal, and feel his pain. This strong, carefree Carolina Cougars linebacker was brought to his knees with the death of his girlfriend and his unborn child in a car accident that almost took Derek's life also. Since the accident, Derek has been carrying a heavy load of grief and guilt, which lead to him living a destructive lifestyle of alcohol, drugs, and one-night-stands. So Derek takes off and leaves Stonebrooke, North Carolina, his football career, and his teammates, to head toward the other side of the country. It's the only way he feels he can get his life together and get back into the game. Derek left for two months and now that he's back, he’s been able to put the drinking, drugs, and women behind him and is ready to try and save the only thing he has left: his professional football career. Only his head is still a mess. 

Hayden Hunter moved to Stonebrooke to work at an animal hospital. She’s a veterinarian and she just got out of a bad relationship where she caught her boyfriend cheating with her best friend. Hayden is no way looking to get in involve with a man, especially not a pro football player (emphasis on the word player). But fate has another plan for these two broken hearts. Hayden keeps running into Derek Hottie McLaughlin, and he’s making her crazy with the way he looks at her, making her heart pound hard for this sexy man. And Derek’s also starting to have feelings for the beautiful veterinarian—feelings that he hasn’t felt for a long time. Romance between Hayden and Derek starts to heat up only to fizzle out because of Derek's messed-up head, and his second chance is looking more like a long shot.

I have to tell you, Derek is my favorite so far in the Second Chance series. This sexy footballer totally stole my heart, even if he did mess things up royally between him and Hayden, but the man has style and some smooth moves when it comes to winning Hayden's heart. I recommend Defending Hayden, Derek and Hayden’s second chance love story, as a must read.

                                                         5 Hearts of Love for Derek & Hayden


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 countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters 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.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency and Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management for dramatic rights.


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