Review: Defending Hayden by L.P. Dover



Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 244
Series: Second Chances #7


2 Stars


I thought Hayden was a guy! And I thought this was a YA contemporary romance. Clearly, I need to pay more attention to the book description. Expect, with this book, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference because half of the description wasn’t even correct.

It said that Derek, the actual guy, had a bad attitude and Hayden, the girl, saw past it. But Derek was a perfectly nice guy, way nicer that guys normally are, and Hayden didn’t see past shit. It also says that Hayden wanted to be the one to help Derek. Also not true, she just wanted to bone him.

Then this line in the synopsis: “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.”

Lies! The only reason the defending thing was brought into the book-title is because Derek played defence on the team. That is it!

But the other half of the synopsis, the part about Derek losing his girlfriend in a car-crash and going on a sex, alcohol and drugs bender, is correct. He does go through all that and when he recovers, he meets a girl at the scene of the crash.

They both seem to like each other yet still do the ‘just friends’ things for absolutely no fucking reason. I mean, there was a reason, but it was so lame that I can’t give credit for it.

Honestly, there’s nothing special about this book, it’s cheery and cliché and barely has enough of a story to scrape through. It’s also filled with a lot filler-type stuff that adds nothing other than pages. The whole thing feels as if the author had an idea, and instead of building on it to turn it into a good story, she just left it as it was. I don’t even think she did proper research on how animal hospitals work.

Also, there were a lot of names being thrown around that were confusing (and annoying). I know they were characters from the other six book but the thing is, if you’re going to call a book a standalone, that means it has to stand on its own. You can’t expect the reader to know about the previous books. Bad move on th author’s part.

The only positive I can think of is that it’s fairly easy to get through and there was no ‘if I can’t have you, no one can’ bit with the antagonist. It could have been a lot worse.

Overall, this was a kinda-okay written book lacking both interesting characters and a good story. I don’t recommend it.

I recieved a copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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