Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Defending Hayden {Book Review}

Title: Defending Hayden 
Series: A Second Chances Novel
Author: LP Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Description:

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.

My Review:

This is one of those books that I knew I had to read right after I finished the last book. It couldn't come out fast enough. This book pulls you in right from the start and takes you on an emotional journey of self discovery, opening up again, and learning to love again. 

My heart broke for Derek in the last book. In this book we start with Derek being lost, hurt, and not dealing with things very well. After taking some time off and disappearing for a bit he rejoins his friends and teammates. You can tell he never really dealt with the anger of surviving very well and I hated watching him still pull away from his friends. But once he meets Hayden everything starts changing.

I thought Hayden was such a sweetheart and caring. You could tell she was a people person and loved animals. I think she was the perfect match for Derek.

I loved this book from start to finish. It pulled me in. The characters made me cry, smile and laugh. 

I'm giving this book 4.5 stars out of 5!!!!

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