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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Defending Hayden" (L.P. 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.



"Defending Hayden" by L.P. Dover is a sweet, exciting love story.  Right off the bat, Ms. Dover had my heart breaking for Derek - despite his rough go of it, he's truly a great all around guy - sexy, strong, kind and caring.  Oh, and romantic - the little things he does throughout had me swooning - the winks, the texts.  A real dream!  Hayden - I liked her too.  She's worked hard to be a vet and loves her job.  Her heart is huge and I felt for her as she waded through so much trouble.  The two together were a beautiful pairing.  They worked.  I liked the plot as well - a little bit of danger and mystery always adds to a romance story.  Ms. Dover has written a story that kept me interested and intrigued and rooting for the Hero and heroine throughout.  I have not yet read the previous books in this series but already have downloaded "Catching Summer" and plan to check out the rest as well.  Ms. Dover has found herself a new fan with "Defending Hayden".    (received copy for honest review)



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