A Second Chances Novel
Release Date: June 28, 2016
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.
Catching Summer (Book 1)
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over twenty 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 is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
Anyone who read Catching Summer went into Defending Hayden with a heavy heart. Before even reading a page of the new book, I felt desperate for Derek to get his happily ever after.
Holy hell – this man is hurting. For months, he secluded himself and pushed himself to the point of punishment. But what surprised me was the reality of how he did this – I thought for sure I was going to find Derek in a downward spiral of booze and women.
But that’s the great thing about LP Dover’s books – she takes what you expect and gives you something so much better. It’s why she is an automatic purchase author for me.
Anyway, a chance meeting brings Derek and Hayden together but their hard work and dedication to their new relationship is what pushes it forward. They are a realistic couple who share laughter and passion for one another – I loved their story.
I thought that the romantic journey Derek and Hayden took was a swoon worthy adventure that made me smile. I would absolutely suggest adding it to your book library – it’s a must read romance.