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.
Don’t miss any of New York Times bestselling author L. P. Dover’s red-hot Breakaway novels:
HARD STICK | BLOCKED
Or these heartwarming Second Chances romances:
CATCHING SUMMER | DEFENDING HAYDEN | INTENDED FOR BRISTOL
“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 Catching Summer
“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
“A moving story of love and loss that will stay with you long after you finish reading.”—USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson
“[A] sweet and flirty contemporary . . . One need not be fan of football to fall head over heels for this spunky contemporary romance with elements of suspense.”—Library Journal
“I’m so glad I picked up this book.”—The Book Disciple
“I love how this story is told. It gave me the feel of both characters and what they are thinking.”—Wicked Women Book Blog
“How does L. P. Dover manage it? I’ve read countless books by her and she still manages to suck me in right from the first few pages.”—Emmbooks
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Greta book and story line. A lot of tragedy in summers past but so worth the read and her fight. I was reading some more of LP Dovers works and discovered the story leading up to summers. Number 4 in the second chance series.... read them all
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books.
This is a breathtakingly beautiful story and the sixth book in the Second Chances series. I have only recently discovered L P Dover and I can’t get enough of her writing. I love her stories and characters and I have enjoyed her Second Chance series. My favorite genre is sports romance and that is what drew me to this story about Evan Townsend, an NFL football player with the Carolina Cougars.
Evan has been bidding his time, hoping to eventually get a chance to spend time with Summer Jacob, but he has been hesitant to approach her because he knows she has been through a lot. When Evan sees his opportunity, he doesn’t hesitate to let Summer know he is interested. He is willing to move at whatever pace that make Summer comfortable. I love how Evan treats Summer; he is tough and protective yet he also has a charming, tender, sweet side and he is willing to do anything for her. Summer feels safe with Evan and she knows she can trust him. There is a lot of chemistry between them and Evan shows Summer how to enjoy life and have fun again. They have a great relationship and are honest and straight forward with how they feel about each other, it is outside forces which try to tear them apart.
Summer’s past is heartbreaking. She keeps reliving the horrors of what she had to endure and can’t seem to move forward. She is hurt and scared from her past and is afraid to take a chance and love again. She has recently opened a restaurant with her twin sister and with the help of her sister, therapy and some close friends she is trying to learn to live again.
Along with romance there is also some mystery and suspense in this story. There is someone after Evan but I was never able to figure it out, until the very end. This story has so many wonderful secondary characters and while I was reading it I kept thinking about all the future stories I would like to read. I especially want to find out how everything turns out for Derek. This story is told from both Evan and Summer’s POV, so knew what they are each thinking and that is always a plus for me. This is a charming well written story with great dialogue and likable characters and although there is some drama, there is very little angst.
Catching Summer captured my attention at the beginning with a rather descriptive narrative of a brutal murder of Summers' husband Austin who was the love of her life and was a MMA fighter. A horrific game for someone's viewing pleasure in the illegal underground of the MMA world. Not what I was really ready to read about. We then skip ahead two and a half years where we find Summer living with her twin sister Lara and managing a bar/ restaurant with her husbands' brother and her sister trying to make her late husbands' dream come true. Summer has also been undergoing counseling to help her get through her grief and the darkness that has been present since the death of her husband.
Enter Evan Townsend who is the brother of their neighbor Kate as well as a NFL Football player for the Carolina Cougars. Now I really like Evan he is all about Summer and he has been in the wings since he met her, wanting to get to know her better. But then when the author has Summer going to get caught up on her Nursing skills at the Football stadium just a little to far fetched for me. There are some twists and turns in this story that I felt were again a little over the top and not needed. I would have loved more insight into Summer and Evans story. It seemed that the flow of the conversation was not natural as well as a fast progression from no dating to in a serious relationship. I am all about a great romance and although I was glad they got their HEA, I didn't think I was signing up for all this darkness.
Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.