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Release Review: Catching Summer: L.P. Dover


Catching Summer
L.P. Dover

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Hailed by Heidi McLaughlin as a bestselling author who “knows how to create the men who make us swoon,” L. P. Dover returns with an edgy, emotionally gripping Second Chances novel about a beautiful widow who can't resist a chiseled NFL player.

Former nurse Summer Jacobs has seen her fair share of suffering, but she never expected tragedy to hit so close to home. After watching her husband die in the MMA ring, Summer spends the next two years fighting her way through the darkness. The last thing she needs is another hardheaded athlete turning her life upside down. But that's exactly what happens when she meets a gridiron star who's as skilled at stealing hearts as he is at snagging passes.

Carolina Cougars wide receiver Evan Townsend usually has no problem winning fans, so he's intrigued when Summer shoots down his go-to plays for winning a woman's attention. Never one to back down from a challenge, Evan turns up the heat, setting off sparks that neither can deny. But as his slow seduction begins to chase away Summer's pain, he gets the feeling that someone is desperate to keep them apart. Now Evan will do anything to protect her—because he never misses a chance to make a perfect catch.

Advance praise for Catching Summer

“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

“L. P. Dover masterfully weaves together agonizing heartbreak and swoon-worthy romance with ultimate suspense. This second-chance love story had me flipping the pages from the very first scene, craving more with each twist and turn.”—USA Today bestselling author L. B. Simmons

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Summer Jacobs hasn’t really lived for the 2 years since her husband was murdered in front of her. She has opened a restaurant in his memory and carried on, but she hasn’t moved past her love for him.

Evan Townsend has had a crush on Summer since shortly after she moved to North Carolina with her sister. Though he was warned away from her by both Summer’s sister and his own, he has watched her, waiting until she is ready for more.

When Summer and Evan start spending more time together, Summer’s fears about losing her heart again are threatened when danger picks up in their lives.

Evan is the perfect man when dealing with Summer and her grief. He is gentle, caring and thoughtful. He had a way with her that made her feel comfortable and loved without pushing her faster than she was ready to move. With as far in her grief as she still was at the beginning of the book, this definitely helped me feel like her feelings were real versus rebound.

I can’t help but think that even though this is billed as a standalone, readers who have never read another Second Chance book are at a disadvantage. Many of these characters feel like they were introduced in previous books and their stories have started previously. I can also see that seeds for future stories were planted here, giving this book the feeling that there is a lot going on all at once. 

I was able to enjoy the story and it made for easy reading, but there was a lot of drama going on with every character in this story. There was almost as much going on with the side characters as there was between the main couple and their plot line.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
L.P. Dover

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 the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written countless novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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