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.
This is a great series, i havent read them all but each book works well as a stand alone.
I adore Derrick and Hayden, there journey was addictive and full of romance with a sprinkling of suspense and action thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the progression of Hayden and Derrick’s characters and the build up of their relationship.
Defending Hayden, is an emotional and sweet story, you are just captivated by the characters and the plot the whole way through the book.
I highly recommend this author and her writing, she produces really great stories that are easy reads that make you smile.