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Publisher Description

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.

Don’t miss any of New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover’s red-hot Breakaway novels:

Or these heartwarming Second Chances romances:

“L. P. Dover knows how to create the men who make us swoon, the book boyfriends we all want.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

Praise for Defending Hayden

“L. P. Dover delivers a sexy and intriguing romance with Defending Hayden, sure to get your heart beating.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin

“Sexy and emotional with characters you will root for, Defending Hayden is a great addition to the Second Chances series!”—Elisabeth Barrett, author of the Return to Briarwood series

Defending Hayden is a smart and heartwarming story that is impossible to put down. Throw in a sexy football player and some lovable animals and you’re all set.”—Stina Lindenblatt, author of This One Moment

Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

June 28
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

luzida117 ,

will time heal??

I was given an ARC copy for review an by Loveswept.
Derek McLaughlin has lost the will to live since the death of his girlfriend and baby died in an accident. Hayden is the one person to awaken Derek's soul, but will he take the chance at love. great read!!!

isalare ,

Love this couple!

Derek and Hayden were a couple that I enjoyed reading about tremendously. They both came through for each other when it really mattered and made things work. I enjoyed the plot line of this book, as the couple got over their insecurities early-ish in their courtship. Their relationship was already strong when Hayden needed them to overcome the (perhaps) most important obstacle of her life.

Valkia12 ,

Hard to put down

This book was hard to put down. Two people who have been hurt, in different ways, learn to trust and love again. After one hiccup that hurts Hayden deeply, their mutual attraction proves strong enough to move beyond. There is a lot of trouble and danger surrounding Hayden, but Derek is there for her. His heart finally opens up to the possibilities of loving Hayden. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.

I received this story through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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