4 of 5
Adult Romance/Sports Romance (Football) – Can be read as a standalone
ARC provided for an honest review through NetGalley.
Carolina Cougars linebacker Derek McLaughlin survived a devastating car crash but the love of his life, his girlfriend, Brianna, died. Unable to cope with this lost Derek turned to meaningless sex, drugs and alcohol – spiraling out of control. After spending time away to deal and pull himself together, he decides to return home where fate leads him to the crash site where he meets a beautiful woman, Hayden, who might be able to save him.
Hayden Hunter has a heart of gold. She works as a veterinarian and she loves her job, the people and animals she works with. Life gets even better when a handsome linebacker, Derek, helps her save an injured dog on the side of the road. Instantly there is a spark between them but can she handle being with a famous football player and the media/paparazzi that comes with this type of relationship?
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fast paced read full of twist and turns. It’s not just a romance filled with hot chemistry and love scenes (although there are a few!). This story has a little bit of mystery/thriller moments throughout the plot. I also really enjoyed Derek and Hayden’s characters. Both of them are genuinely nice and believable characters.
Derek’s past contains loss and heartbreak and the way he handles everything is heart wrenching. He is a good guy trying to overcome losing his best friend and love. Being able to see him cope and eventually move forward is inspiring and makes for a great story! Hayden is the sweet “girl next door”. She is smart and innocent and seeing her interact with Derek is cute! Oh the feels! Their interaction and banter will make you smile and laugh out loud!
This is a sweet read! Check it out! I am definitely going to check out more of L.P. Dover’s books.
Amazon – https://amzn.com/B0165I3WGY