Title: Defending Hayden
Series: A Second Chances Novel
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Random House
Cover Design by: Mae I Design and Photography
Photo Taken by: Regina Wamba
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.
A Review for DEFENDING HAYDEN by L.P. Dover
by Amy at Pages Abound
As much as I liked Catching Summer, I must admit that Defending Hayden was an even more powerful read for me. Saddened by the loss he experienced, I was eager to see Derek get his second chance at life.
Even though Derek was a bit crass and sarcastic, it was evident that the he experienced would be one that would affect him in a way that was deeper than many. So when we meet up with Derek in at the beginning of Defending Hayden and watch him trying to throw away his career as an NFL player and turn to a life filled with alcohol, pills, and women, one can’t help but wonder how he will be able to recover and find his second chance at life.
L.P. Dover did a great job of bringing together two very well-developed and relatable characters whose chemistry was strong with a relationship that developed over time. Although there was instant attraction, both Hayden and Derek were cautious about diving in feet first, using the guise of friendship as their definition to the relationship. However, their relationship grew and developed to the point where they were able to finding strength in one another, an acceptance and understanding of the past, and a willingness to stand by one another through the trials of life.
Although predictable, this was a fantastic read and a great addition to the Second Chances Series.
“Sexy and emotional with characters you will root for, Defending Hayden is a great addition to the Second Chances series!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Return to Briarwood series
“Defending Hayden is a smart and heartwarming story that is impossible to put down. Throw in a sexy football player and some lovable animals and you’re all set.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment
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, the Society X 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.