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Defending Hayden

(Second Chances #7)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  867 ratings  ·  258 reviews
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
ebook, 244 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Loveswept
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

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This is the seventh book in the Second Chances series by LP Dover. I had never read anything by this author but I loved the sound of the synopsis, and so I took a chance on this one. Obviously, this can be read as a standalone, as I was able to follow the story without any trouble. I am now anxious to read the other books in the series after having enjoyed this one so much. This isn’t necessarily a tale of a “second chance” romance, it’s mo
Rebecca Woodward
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
4.5 Stars

ARC from Netgalley

I am so glad I was able to read/review this story about second chances. This story is beautifully told. The Author didn't hold back the emotions these characters have endured by losing at love. Yes, it's a heartbreaking at first but then as the story goes live is found again. This is told from each characters POV. So I was able to learn how each character was either hurting or feeling love. The sex scenes were hot! The ending does give us a HEA. No cliffhanger. The Aut
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 4 Sweet Stars *****

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 bloc
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
3.5 stars
Good, enjoyable, but predictable. These books have a pattern: meet, insta-love, fast relationship, drama from an obvious source. Now, being said I still enjoy them. They are well written and the characters are likable.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The previous book in L.P Dover's Second Chances series was an average read for me: enjoyable enough but certain aspects frustrated. But, she set the scene for the Carolina Cougars Linebacker, Derek McLaughlin and after the tragic events we witnessed in Catching Summer there was no doubt, I wanted to read his story.

"I didn’t just lose her—I lost my child as well."

Defending Hayden picks up a few months down the line and sees Derek struggling with all he's been and is still going through. But, w
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Back in the Cougars locker room and loving it!

If you read Catching Summer then you were probably like me and couldn’t wait to get your hands on Derek McLaughlin’s story. These are standalone reads but the setup for Derek’s story was already in the works and I was on book watch, ready to pounce!

When Derek’s girlfriend died in a car accident his life—both professional and personal—took a disastrous turn. Alcohol, women, he looked to anything to hide from his pain. Months later he was trying to pi
Mandi Schreiner
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
This is the first I have read from this series, and it worked well as a stand alone, however, overall I didn't enjoy this story. Derek McLaughlin is a linebacker for the Carolina Cougars. One night while driving with his pregnant girlfriend and some teammates, they get into a car accident and his girlfriend and the baby dies. Obviously, Derek is devastated. He resorts to partying way too hard and sleeping with way too many women. He hits rock bottom and flees to Wyoming to sort out his life. Aft ...more
Karen Mc
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After many months hoarding L.P. Dover's books---promising myself I would read them---I was excited to finally meet this author's work. With sports romance being one of my two favorite genres and football my top sport to watch, I was thrilled to pop my L.P. Dover cherry with the fast-paced and fabulous football love story, Defending Hayden. There is nothing like a sports romance to get my adrenaline flowing fast with fascination.

I lost myself in Defending Hayden as this tender and touching tale
Debbie I Heart YA Books

There's no doubt Derek McLaughlin was a cocky, smartass jerk in the previous book (book six). But, we only got to see the background of his story. In this, book seven Defending Hayden, it's Derek's story. Now we get see the brokenness of this man up close and personal, and feel his pain. This strong, carefree Carolina Cougars linebacker was brought to his knees with the death of his girlfriend and his unborn child in a car accident that almost took Derek's life also. Since the accident, Derek ha
Becca - Wicked Quests of a BookNinja
It was my first L.P. Dover book. And I think I choose the best book in the series. It just called out to me. Okay, I have to confess it was the the book trailer that started my obsession with this book. I remember the first time I saw it. It totally brought me to tears and I think I've seen it a thousand times. And I just hoped the book will be that amazing. And I have to say: it was. And so much more. My soul is so better after I read it. I don't know, I just feel something strong in my chest.


Danielle from Short and Sassy
3 predictable stars....
Just a ok read for me ....
Bette Hansen
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. It hit all my emotional buttons and left me with that warm feeling I love when reading a good romance. It's easily read as a standalone although now I'm hooked and have to go back and read all the others!

After being involved in a car accident that took the life of his girlfriend, pro football play Derek McLaughlin falls off the rails for a while. Partying and women couldn't ease the pain and guilt he feels. Now he has himself straight again and is back with his team pl
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this from NetGalley for an honest review.
This is the 7th book in the Second Chance series and I can't tell you how much I adore Derrick and envied Hayden. Their journey is addictive to read. I loved to see the progression of the 2 characters. And as usual, the author mixes the right amount of romance and suspense.
This book can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading the past books in the series to know the secondary characters of this book.
Beneath The Covers Blog
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads, arcs, sonal
You can see my review here - ~Sonal
Melyssa Winchester

Title: Defending Hayden
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports – Football
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (Second Chances #7)
Rating: ★★★★★



There are some books you read that take you a little while to get into. Then there are ones that you’re kind gripped by and want to keep going to see where it’s all going to head. Then there are books like this one was for me. Books that right from the very first page, they suck you in, and keep you firmly planted and utterly devoted
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, sport, 2016-reads
Defending Hayden is a lovely story of second chance and new beginnings featuring Derek McLaughlin, the star NFL linebacker of the Caroline Cougars. Derek has lost his girlfriend and their unborn baby in a car accident. They were collateral damage in an attempted murder scheme. Since then, he has been running away from his life. After 8 months, he feels the time has come to join his team members and finally get his life back in order, as best he can.

When he literally crashes into Hayden Hunter, a
A. Cook
L.P. Dover writes another good one. Defending Hayden is one of those stories that is so easy to get totally engrossed in. I mean, growling and throwing crap at people when they come into your space trying to disturb you.

Our leading lady (Hayden) is smart, gutsy and pretty to look at. She is one of those beautiful women who don't know they're beautiful. Exspecially, if the ex boyfriend is a real dingle berry who berated her to cover up his own misdeeds. So, the pretty Hayden is determined to stan
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four Emotional Stars! Derek is a professional football player who has suffered an unthinkable loss, his girlfriend and unborn child were killed in a horrific car accident. Derek starts to drown himself on alcohol and women. He goes to help his friend and sobers up, he returns to North Carolina and ends up running into Hayden. Hayden is a Veterinarian, she is very busy and has no social life. Derek and Hayden start a friendship which eventually becomes more. As things are heating up between them ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2016
ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group-Loveswept via NetGalley

This is the second book I have read in this series and really enjoyed it. Don't worry if you haven't read the other books you will be fine. These can be read as a standalone.

I was so excited we were going to get Derek's book. After reading Catching Summer my heart broke for Derek. He's a sexy, sweet, loving football player who goes after what he wants. He loves fiercely and has his friends backs. I loved Derek in this book! He
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
He's grieving over the loss of his girlfriend and unborn baby. She's wary because she was burned in a past relationship. Though the two fight it, their attraction is too strong and a relationship ensues. Their teasing and playing had me laughing. I felt their pain and the love they had for one another as they were falling in love. There is a tiny bit of mystery in this story. This was a good read and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. The sex scenes were ...more
A little birdie told me...
Rush, rush, rush... Rush through the set up, rush through the relationship, rush through the action, rush through the love scenes. It's obvious churning out the money makers is more important than developing the stories.

The characters were underdeveloped. They fell in love unbelievably quickly. (I can, on occasion, stomach insta-love, if it's done correctly. This was not.) The villain in the story was cartoonish. The ending wrapped up too fast. Ugh.

Usually, Dover is an automatic buy, but this
NiCoLeTa E.
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***
Michelle Austin
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Defending Hayden
Author:L.P. Dover
Series:Second Chances #7
Release Date:6-28-16
Genre(s):Contemporary Romance
Page Count:244
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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
Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends


I was waiting so long and so impatiently for this book.

Since the first moment I came across Derek in Catching Summer, I fell head over heals in love with him instantly. When I had read the scenes of the accident and the after, I had simply broken down. It was like I was there and witnessing his soul-deep pain. One for the at-the-one-hand-counted times a scene of a book broke me like that. With an unforgettable way…..

No wonder I didn’t want to feel.
***3.5 Stars***

After finishing Catching Summer there was no doubt in my mind that I’d be picking up Defending Hayden not only because I wanted to see how Derek’s story would play out, but also Jaxson’s because he was the character that made the biggest, though not best, impression on me. And though I wasn’t as surprised by the twists and turns in the story, I still found to it be a fun, sweet, and sexy second chance at love book.

My heart hurt for Derek at the end of Catching Summer and that feel
Angela DeMarco
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Defending Hayden (Second Chances #7) by L.P. Dover is the story of Derek McLaughlin and Hayden Hunter. It's a story of loss, redemption, and a second chance at love. The characters are believable and flawed just like us all. Their is also a bit of mystery surrounding the story. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Defending Hayden, it was a an emotional and sweet story. I loved how the other characters from the previous books in the series were incorporated into this story.

Derek is defensive linebacker
Barbara Ingram
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Defending Hayden
Author: L.P. Dover
Series: Second Chances #7
Publisher: Loveswept
Reviewer: Barb
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Sports, Animals, Betrayal
Page Count: 244
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


****4 Time Heals all Wounds Stars****

LP Dover is a favorite author of mine and I always enjoy her stories. Defending Hayden is part of her Second Chances series. It was a bit of a departure from her other works that I have read, but she
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Defending Hayden is book 7 in the Second Chances novel by L. P. Dover. These books are all stand alones. The same characters are in all of the books but the way this book is written it won't matter whether you've read them or not.
Derek McLaughlin is a linebacker for the Carolina Cougars. He's the best there is...or he was. Physically there's nothing wrong with Derek but he suffered a mental trauma that would bring any man to his knees.
Meanwhile we meet Hayden Hunter, a veterinarian with a hear
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Defending Hayden can be read as a stand alone or within the series. Ms. Dover does an excellent job of explaining previous events that it doesn't feel like a full retelling of the past plots but just enough that you could read as a stand alone, of course reading the entire series is always better.

Derek was finally past his bad boy ways while he was in a relationship with Brianna. When the accident ripped her and his unb
Kristina Snyder
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Defending Hayden!!! Wow, just wow!! I have been waiting on this book since I read Catching Summer. Derek went through something very traumatic in Catching Summer so I couldn’t wait to get his story. Defending Hayden was an emotional read for me. It picked up a couple months after the events in Catching Summer. I love how we get the dual POVs. Switching between Hayden’s and Derek’s voices helped me connect with them on a deeper level. I was able to feel everything they felt. The twists!!! With th ...more
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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 th

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