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Defensive Heart

(The Donnellys #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Greenwich Village is home to successful artist Jimmy Donnelly, and the world is his playground. A broken heart in college left him with zero interest in being tied down. But when he meets a sexy, quick-witted Manhattan attorney, he reconsiders his bad boy ways.

Sonja Martin’s life is filled with work, an ex-husband who refuses to stay gone, and a teenage daughter who won’t
ebook, 300 pages
Published August 21st 2017 by Entangled: Scorched (first published September 8th 2015)
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3.5 Fire and ice. stars
She was his sunshine. Mo chroí. She was his heart.

Sonja is a forty-one year old divorced power attorney, who lives and breaths her work and her temperamental fifteen year old daughter. She's written off men, especially since the last man she ever let in her bed still thinks he owns every piece of her life... too bad for her she can't easily write him off, seeing as he is the father of her child. But that all changed when a man with bedroom eyes, dimples and a wicked s
Stacey is Sassy
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kinky
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Defensive Heart follows Jimmy and Sonja after they meet by chance in Vegas. Sparks are lit then, but nothing comes from it. Back in New York, Jimmy an artist living in Greenwich Village, makes it his mission to find Sonja, a Manhattan attorney, and get her for himself. Sonja, a divorcee with an angry 15 year old daughter, doesn't think she has time for a relationship, especially for a tattooed free spirited artist a decade her junior.

I really liked Jimmy. He was a strong hero who knew what he w
Sonja Martin is a forty-one year old attorney who has a fifteen year old wild and crazy daughter and an ex husband that she just can't get rid of. When she meets James Donnelly at a bar all she can think is how much he isn't her type. He's eleven years her junior, tatted up, and a bit of a free spirit. Completely opposite of her. But maybe it's time the uptight attorney take a walk on the wild side.

I tried really hard but I just couldn't get into this one. Sonja made it hard for me to like her
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Defensive Heart is Jimmy's (James) book and I was quite pleased with it so it gets a 4.5 hot, determined, and loyal stars from me. We meet James and Sonja in the first book. James is Ryan's brother that lives in Manhattan while Sonja is the hot woman James meets at a club in Vegas. The two are very different as far as looks, upbringing, and personalities go but that doesn't stop them from having outrageous chemistry.

James is the tattooed bad boy who makes his living by creating mostly indust
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
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★Book Basics★

Genre : - Cont. Romance
Series : - 2nd in the series
Love triangle? - (view spoiler)
Cheating? - (view spoiler)
HEA? - (view spoiler)
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Oh man, I don't even know where to start with this book. I found this little gem on NetGalley so I requested it. Having never read anything by Dorothy Shaw before, I was not sure what to expect. But hell, when you describe the book as sex, sex and more sex....why wouldn't you request it, right?
This book is about the sexy as hell James (Jimmy) Donnelly and Sonja-the-lawyer. Sonja is a 41 year old, wealthy, Manhattan based attorney who owns her own law firm. James is an artist, who lives in the v
Ruthie Taylor
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for a Wicked Reads~~

I have stopped everything to slope off and read this very addictive story. And as I haven't yet read the first in the series, I know just what I will be doing as soon as I get a chance!

For a whole host of reasons, this book worked for me - and even though I thought that I would get in the pages and slap them both more than a couple of times, I was absolutely hooked. I loved both the lead characters and could understand
Angela Goodrich
As much as I enjoyed Unworthy Heart, I liked Defensive Heart even more. It’s probably the whole “bad boy with a heart of gold” angle, but I loved Jimmy Donnelly. While I didn’t love watching Sonja stomp on his heart over and over, I was able to forgive her because I understood where she was coming from and as the author revealed more and more about Sonja’s past over the course of the book, her behavior made more sense. Fortunately, by the end of the book, I no longer wanted to throttle Sonja’s d ...more
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Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Content: M/F, Oral Sex
Length: Novel
Heat Level: Scorching
Reviewer: Marchelle
Date: September 8, 2015

Ok so after reading the first book in this series, I was seriously hooked on Jimmy and hoping the second book would be his story. Lucky for me, Miss Shaw did not disappoint. This book totally exceeded my expectations (and they were pretty high to begin with).

Jimmy is tattoed, pierced and an artist. He is pretty much the trifecta of a hot, bad boy. The thing is,
Defensive Heart (The Donnellys, #2) by Dorothy F. Shaw follows on from where James & Sonia met in Las Vegas in "Unworthy Heart". Like Ryan & Miaya in the first book, Jimmy & Sonia are very different - actually they're almost diametrically opposed. He's a successful industrial artist living in Greenwich Village, with artfully messy hair, well worn jeans & boots with several tattoos & a hard, muscled body from working - in other words Jimmy, in his prime, is definitely HOT and ...more
Tbird London
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
5 stars
I fell in love with this series from book one. While each book can be read as a standalone, I would strongly suggest you enjoy the whole series as characters from prior books will make an appearance as they did in this one.
Sonja Martin, a successful lawyer, single mother, still dealing with her ex and looking at life thinking being alone might not be such a bad plan. Jimmy Donnelly, younger than Sonja, free spirited, life is on a silver platter and artist wants to find that missing piece
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
Star Rating: 4.5

Sonja Martin is the definition of workaholic. She’s in her forties and a powerful divorce attorney with a fifteen year old daughter that gives her attitude and a ex-husband that doesn’t seems to take a hike. When she gets a brief encounter with James Donnelly at a bar she can’t help but believe he isn’t her type which makes having a one night stand even better. She’s letting her hair down for once, but she’s about to find out that Jimmy isn’t about to let this firecracker go so e
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Defensive Heart by Dorothy Shaw – well let’s have a chat. Overall it is a well written text, and doesn’t have those annoying grammatical typos that seem to be prevalent and get past editing staff these days. There are two protagonists (my English teachers would love me!), and several antagonists (daughter, ex-husband) in the story. Tattooed and sexy 30-something bad-boy meets stickup her aXX 40-something reserved corporate woman. As if that’s not complicated enough there’s her daughter, her ex-h ...more
Renee Entress
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2015, series
4 star

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Unworthy Heart (The Donnellys, #1)

This is Sonja and Jimmy’s story. Sonja and Jimmy are complete opposites. She is older, an attorney and has a teenage daughter. He is younger, with piercings and tattoos, and could pass for one of her clients. But the chemistry between them is off the charts. The more he pushes her the more she pushes back. Can she really date someone like him? Will it ever work? He is determined t
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate a strong alpha and a guarded woman but the power she gave her deceased father and ex-husband was off putting. The hurdles and road blocks she tossed up had me rolling my eyes and almost skipping ahead (didn't but wanted to). I loved the light bulb moment when mom and daughter figured out the smoke screen wasn't needed. Give this book a whirl if you can stomach her waffling between expectations and happiness.
Kathleen Williams
Defensive Heart

Loved James and Sonja story from the fighting forplay, Sonja's mixed up feelings and age difference to the very hot sex scenes and everything in between I couldn't put it down.
Jennifer Schultheis
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hq
3.5 Stars. Review can be found at
Deneale Williams
Let me begin by reading you the warning that comes within this book:

“This book might piss you off. But if I’ve done my job, while you’re busy being pissed off, you’ll also fall in love with the hero and heroine. May contain: A pompous, misogynistic ex-husband. A rebellious teenager. A ton of sex. Adventurous sex. Make up sex. Desperate- OMG-CLOTHES-OFF-sex. Did I mention there’s a lot of sex?”

After reading this in the beginning, those of you whom like books like this, are all reading licking yo
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Dorothy F. Shaw stumbled into a career in Corporate America and has spent the last 20 years climbing the corporate ladder. A fan of journaling about her troubles, she started an online blog in 2009, and poured her emotions out for all to see.

As luck would have it, the first post came out in the form of a poem. A few authors she'd met online encouraged her to write more, and in the span of 2 years

Other books in the series

The Donnellys (3 books)
  • Unworthy Heart (The Donnellys, #1)
  • Shattered Heart (The Donnellys, #3)