Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Defending Hayden (Second Chances #7) by 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 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.

Can be read as a standalone

Hayden is a veterinarian that goes above and beyond to save her furry friends. She doesn't know anything about football or football players. So when she runs into Derek, she treats him like normal person. Well... a normal sexy person.

Derek previously lost his pregnant girlfriend in a bad car accident. This led him down a dark path. Hayden helps Derek piece his life together, but their relationship isn't easy. They have a lot of challenges blocking their way.

I enjoyed reading about Hayden and Derek. Their love wasn't instant. Both of them took their time to understand each other. Even though this is a standalone romance, a lot of the characters from the previous books are involved. I'm really interested in reading more about the other characters!