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Published by Loveswept on June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
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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.
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book review: 4 stars
I was waiting so long and so impatiently for this book.
Since the first moment I came across Derek in Catching Summer, I fell head over heals in love with him instantly. When I had read the scenes of the accident and the after, I had simply broken down. It was like I was there and witnessing his soul-deep pain. One for the at-the-one-hand-counted times a scene of a book broke me like that. With an unforgettable way…..
No wonder I didn’t want to feel. I could barely breathe.
But let’s get it from the start…..
Defending Hayden is the 7th – yeah 7th! – installment in the Second Chances series. This book starts 6 months after when the previous book left Derek; in a desperate need to cope with his loses. So, he gets off for two months to find himself and when they are over, he decides it’s time to move on and returns. And as Fate always has it, he literally crash into Hayden. Their first meeting is equally hilarious, swooning and unintentionally screaming “romance”. It’s a very precious scene and one that I won’t forget easily 😉
So, after the first ‘meeting’ happened, it’s only logical for Fate to add more and more of those. And she definitely didn’t disappoint! Since that moment, both started acknowledge more and looking for each other in every public place. Although, their second encounter it’s the one that will set the final foundations of the deep love they share. After that really there is no turning back no matter what. Little by little, the feelings start filling them up to full capacity and with a power they can’t ignore.
It was like If I gravitated toward her without even realizing it.
They beauty of this book can’t be described easily. It was simply magnificent. Both Derek and Hayden are two characters who stay in your heart forever. And I have one more reason to love them since both adore animals, especially dogs. That’s not easy to surpass it since it makes them show even more their affection, tendercy, sensitivity.
I may have read only the last two of this series but it has become a fact that L. P. Dover has totally won me over with her stories and her words. I don’t really know when I will be able to read the others books of this series, but I guarantee that I will ASAP. I want to meet every single member and love of this crew and world Dover created.
And now the moment of waiting for the next book has arrived! :p One Taste can’t get here soon enough.
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One Taste (Second Chances #7.5)