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Defending Hayden: A Second Chances Novel by [Dover, L.P.]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1466 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Loveswept (28 June 2016)
  • Sold by: PRH US
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0165I3WGY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Derek is spinning out of control after a car accident that took too much from him. After coming to grips with his loss, he's headed back to the team and the game he loves. Meeting a sweet and perfect woman should make him happy, but he can't afford to be hurt again...

Hayden is a veterinarian with a big heart, trying to make the world a little bit better one animal at a time. After a disaster of a relationship she isn't keen on jumping back into anything, even with a sexy and charming football player.

This is the first story I have read by this author and I was completely won over! I love a great story with fantastic characters and enough heat to singe and this one didn't disappoint! Derek and Hayden both had pasts they had to overcome and obstacles on the way to finding happiness. The story is a slow burn in the beginning, with a wonderful build-up of both stories and the characters you fall in love with. Derek is charming, sexy, smart and devoted. Hayden is intelligent, beautiful, clever and fun. The characters are fully developed and you become invested in them reaching a HEA. The passion and connection between the main characters is captivating. There are so many colorful secondary characters that you'll find yourself laughing out loud more than once. The story itself was brilliantly written and had enough unique twists that's it was fresh and exciting the entire time. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a sports romance, an exciting sexy read or simply a brilliantly written story.

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Defending Hayden is a perfect young adult read and deals well with themes such as grief, loss, betrayal and ultimately hope. This is not, however, a manual on how to cope when faced with loss or betrayal. Rather it is a nicely woven story featuring two very real characters in veterinarian Hayden and pro footballer Derek. There were times when I thought Derek was too good to be true only to have him show his human side. The plot moves quite quickly and if the ending was a tiny bit predictable I forgave author LP Dover anyway because I enjoyed reading this story.
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Liked it, but it was nothing new, nothing exciting
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Hayden & Derek!! 18 September 2016
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Hayden is suffering from a breakup. The last year of their relationship, her boyfriend was sleeping with her best friend. She thrown herself heart & soul into her veterinary career. She finds herself on the cusp of having everything she wants & needs when everything starts to go wrong. Derek lost his girlfriend & unborn child in a car accident & descended into a deep depression that was made worse by his anger, booze & pills. After spending time in the mountains in near solitude, Derek makes his way back in time for practice & the preseason. He runs into Hayden when he hits her with a door & breaks her phone. The chemistry is intense but they both fight it. Will they get together? Who is messing with Hayden & trying to ruin her career?

LP Dover manages to weave a heartbreaking beautiful story every time that pulls the reader in from the very beginning. The narrative is descriptive & manages to make the reader feel every emotion that the characters feel. The characters are well developed & realistic. The Second Chances series can all be read as stand alone books without feeling lost & unable to follow the story. They are all about the journey that the main characters have to take through pain, sorrow & despair to find the light & joy of a true love. Every book I've read in this series has made me laugh & cry at different places. The plot is paced at just the right speed with twists & turns to keep the reader fully invested in the story. There is an element of suspense in each with some form of mystery coming to a head. I absolutely loved this book & the series & I think you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hayden and Derek 7 July 2016
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I have to admit I wasn't a fan if the first book in this series. It's not that I hated Summer's book it just didn't draw me in. I actually was close to not getting Hayden's book since I didn't love Book 1 but I'm so glad I gave this a shot because it was fantastic!

Hayden and Derek are amazing! Derek is a pro football player. He lost his girlfriend and unborn child in a car accident a few months back when meets Hayden, a veterinarian. The sign from above is after s crazy first meeting they meet yet again in the exact spot where Derek lost his girlfriend.

Sometimes the "death of first love" story is not my favorite. You're always wondering how deep the connection is between the person left behind and the new love. Would they still want to be with new love if the old love never died? That's the huge question. I really loved Hayden and I wanted more for her than being Derek's second choice. And oh my we got it. Derek never made Hayden feel anything but true deep love from him. He had to fight his fear of falling in love again and his guilt of knowing his feelings for Hayden ran so much deeper than anything he ever felt before. He fought his fear and won and wouldn't stop til he made Hayden his. He really fights for her...

"I want you to look at me like you used to."

"And how is that?"

"As if I'm actually worthy of a woman like you."

I was also thankful that we didn't get too much darkness of Derek's grief and mourning. We still felt his loss but the story focuses more after that fact and his strength to move forward and build his football career back up again.

This was such a beautiful sexy installment and I'm actually excited for Jax's story next!
5.0 out of 5 stars ) I really enjoyed the pacing & how the story was told as ... 11 January 2017
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Hayden & Derek have a heartfelt, swoony story with a hint of heartbreak and recovery. And there's a bit of crazy mixed in (not H&D!). Oh, and there are puppies!! : ) I really enjoyed the pacing & how the story was told as well as the storyline and characters. It flowed very well - altho there was one bit that I thought could have used a little more ... something... but it wasn't enough to throw me off giving this all the stars! This made me want to the rest of the stories & get to know all the characters!! : )
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Defending Hayden! 1 July 2016
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In the aftermath of an accident, which claimed the life of Brianna, the pregnant girlfriend of Derek McLaughlin...a linebacker for the Carolina Cougars...he loses himself to grief and ends up going downhill fast while drinking, using drugs, and scores of women. A split decision causes him to abandon the team for parts unknown. He ends up at a buddy's ranch in North Dakota and after several months, he is starting to come back to himself. Finally, he knows he has to go back and face everyone especially his team and see if he still has a career.

My heart broke for Derek. He was such a lighthearted guy in Catching Summer and to see him lose the love of his life as well as himself made me cry lots of ugly tears. I was thrilled when he decided to come home and get his life back.

After he arrives, he literally bumps into Hayden Hunter, a veterinarian at Stonebrook Animal Hospital. It causes her to drop her phone and break it so Derek loans her his until she can get another one. I was immediately excited because I knew things were about to start hopping :) In a twist of fate, Derek helps Hayden with an injured dog and though it's only a friendship at first, something starts between them. Neither want to get hurt so they hold on to the friends label like their lives depended on it, but you could see the sparks with each encounter between them.

In the meantime, Hayden has a fellow doctor named Jeremiah who is intensely interested in her. She only sees him as a friend, but it's very obvious that he wanted more...way more. He seemed really creepy to me and when Hayden and Derek finally give in to what's growing between them, it freaks Derek out and he takes off. Of course, this hurts Hayden and sets the stage for Jeremiah to slip in or so he thinks. Derek realizes what a huge mistake he made and begins his bid to get Hayden to forgive him only to see she and Jeremiah kissing. What he doesn't know is that the kiss was only one-sided.

After a while, Hayden does forgive Derek much to Jeremiah's dismay and that's when the accidents at the animal hospital begin. In the process of being given the business by the retiring vet, her ethics and skills are called into question when unexplained deaths occur among the animals she is treating. Adding insult to injury, she is told that her "mistakes" are giving the hospital a bad name and is put on suspension as well as having the option for taking over away from her.

Like a champ, Derek sticks with her and I was so happy that he had gotten over his initial freakout and was being the man she needed. Unable to sit back and let her reputation be maligned or have any more deaths occur, Hayden goes looking for answers against Derek's will and knowledge. She ends up in a terrible situation and the real bad guy is revealed. The events that follow are terrible, but they also served to bring Derek and Hayden even closer together.

There's a lot more to the story, but you'll have to one-click to get it because I'm not telling :)

I love this book from start to finish. Derek and Hayden were so awesome together and I admire the way Ms. Dover brought them together. She honored Brianna's memory by having the couple get together slowly...I don't me it just seemed more respectful that way. That's not to say that once they were together, they weren't on fire because there was major passion and chemistry between the two.

Reading Defending Hayden was a delight and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of second chance romances. L.P. Dover is a master at this type of story. I can't wait to see what's next from her. I give this book 5 stars and it will be a definite reread for me in the future.
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4.25 STARS

Following the tragic death of his pregnant girlfriend Brianna, Derek McLaughlin--linebacker for the Carolina Cougars—spiraled out of control. Attempting to ease the pain from his devastating loss, Derek engaged in a daily regime of drugs, alcohol, and countless women. But nothing could lift the heavy weight from Derek’s heart. He couldn’t breathe, let alone move on. Putting distance between himself and the life he once loved, seemed Derek’s only solution to finding his way back. And after spending months away, cleaning up his act, Derek is ready to take back his life by heading home and returning to the team he loves.

Hayden Hunter is a dedicated veterinarian at the Stonebrook Veterinary Hospital in the small city of Belmont, NC. On her way to meeting her best friend and fellow co-worker for dinner, Hayden and Derek’s lives literally collide. But it’s not until a second encounter between the pair--one involving an injured dog—that a friendship between them slowly starts to form.

Both wary of getting their hearts broken, Hayden and Derek tread very lightly at first. But it isn’t long before the couple acknowledges their mutual interest and give into their growing desire. Doing so, however, sends Derek into panic mode—the end result… hurting Hayden by pushing her away.

After much contemplation and urging by his friends, Derek resolves to make things right with Hayden. Determination fueling his campaign to win her back, Derek pulls out all the stops in his attempts to garner Hayden’s forgiveness. But Derek fears he might be too late, when he spots Hayden in a kiss with another man—a co-worker named Jeremiah that has been crushing on Hayden for quite some time.

Just as Derek and Hayden’s relationship gets back on track, a series of deaths occur in canine patients under Hayden’s care, resulting in her suspension from the veterinary practice for which she works. Hayden’s professional skill is under attack and her reputation is being trashed. Despite Derek’s unwavering support, Hayden is determined to uncover the truth surrounding the dogs’ mysterious deaths.

“Defending Hayden” is another in a series of second chance novels by author L.P. Dover. Although Derek’s character has been introduced previously, “Defending Hayden” can be read as a stand-alone novel. No prior knowledge to the other books in the series is necessary to the overall enjoyment of this story.

Right from the start, I felt Derek’s heartache, and I was desperate to see healing begin. Although different in many ways, Derek and Hayden complement each other, showcasing their very best sides. Each can stand alone as individuals, but as a couple, they unite and become stronger.

One of the things I love most about “Defending Hayden,” is that it’s the perfect blend of romance, sex, angst and intrigue. It’s a wonderful, quick read, with interesting and well developed characters. Whether you’re already a fan of L.P. Dover or you’re just looking for a great summer read, you’ll want to be sure to check this one out!