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Defenseless Hearts

(Playing for Keeps #2)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  82 reviews
In the game of love, winning is harder than it looks.

River Baldwin is sexy as puck.
Carved abs, strong muscles.
His talent with his hockey stick elevates him to godlike status.
He’s also in trouble.
The center for the Brooklyn Cobras has a PR crisis only I can solve.
But he’s arrogant, stubborn, and used to getting his way—all things that make my job harder.
His attitude
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published February 7th 2020
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
Defenseless Hearts by Mika Jolie is the second book in the Playing for Keeps series. This installment features River Baldwin. I first met him in book one (Intercepted Hearts), which featured his twin brother. Unlike his twin who was a NFL player River was a star hockey player. Considered a bad boy by the media, which was the complete opposite of his twin. When a scandal threatened to derail his career, his agent brought out the big guns, by hiring a PR consultant to clean up his image.

Another amazing read in this series!

’It’s hard to resist a bad boy who’s a good man.’


When hockey star, River Baldwin, finds himself in the middle of a scandal, he’s forced to hire a public relations company to help bail him out. He’s certain there is no need for it, and once he meets the fiery, defiant and bossy woman who will be cleaning up his brand, he really doesn’t want it. Except that there’s something about Samantha Loren that intrigues him and he soon finds himself fighting just to
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
DEFENSELESS HEARTS -the story of River and Samantha sizzled with pure and natural chemistry. This book is the perfect Valentine’s Day read. Every time I finished one of Mika Jolie’s books, it's like I'm falling in love all over again with her brilliant writing style. Her characters are always fresh, vibrant and fully developed. She writes detailed and in-depth stories. And... as always she pulled me into the story. She had me rooting for the bad boy hockey player River and the sassy ...more
Pelusa Rivera
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading and I did enjoy but I was bummed that this is the second book in this series, what the heck how did I miss a book from this author and this I guess I have to back..Any who we meet River who is ap and coming hockey who is living it up, partying and getting that bad boy image and rep to be authenticate. When he gets in some hot water he ends up needing it cleaned up and get assigned Samantha. Samantha is now babysitting and trying to clean up Rivers image. After abad ...more
Leisa Ann
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The chemistry between River and Samantha was off the charts. River is the kind of H I love in a book....gruff, bad boy image with a heart of gold. Sometimes in life when we have a bad experience in a relationship we guard on our hearts fiercely....but just like in this story when we find our soul mate the wall come tumbling down.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
There’s no need to defend anything about this book. It stands all on it’s own. This is the second book in the Playing for Keeps series. This book focuses on” the other twin”as they are often referred to, the bad boy so to speak. Well that isn’t necessarily always the case. Let’s face it we’re all individuals with different styles. We all have the ability to stand out in our own ways and be our own person. When you do people notice. When you’re in the public eye people also feel they have a right ...more
Victoria Weston
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read books by this author before and I absolutely love her style of writing. I read this book in one night it was awesome and I loved the little quotes at the beginning of chapters, beautiful.

It's a sports romance book and I must say I absolutely loved it. This book is book 2 in the series and I couldn't put it down.

River is a hockey player like his brother Hudson but they are both quite different to each other. River has a bad boy sort of image while his brothers reputation is Crystal
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
''Beauty attracts the eye, but personality captures the heart"

One of my favorite things about reading books by Mika Jolie are the quotes that accompany each chapter. I look forward to seeing the beautiful, inspiring and sometimes funny ones.

Defenseless Hearts is just a beautiful story where River and Samantha take you on journey that is filled of desires, passion, personal strength and laughter. It teaches us never to judge a person without knowing them but also to step out on fate and live in
Canadian Girl Book Blog (Menotah B)
Defenseless Hearts is the second book in the Playing for Keeps series which can be read as a standalone or as the second book in the Playing for Keeps series. Defenseless Hearts is told in the first-person point of view of the hero and heroine and is a workplace, sports romance.

River is an up and coming hockey player who is loving the party lifestyle and living up to his bad-boy image until a party lands him in a public relations nightmare and he is assigned a PR representative which he does not
Janet Taggart Baldwin
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
River is the twin brother of Hudson who we met in Intercepted Hearts, Book One of this Duet. While Hudson is the star quarterback for the Kings in the NFL, River is a star center hockey player for the Cobras. He is a "Bad Boy" while Hudson is the "Good Boy. " River is a bit of a Playboy, just casually dating his way thru the female population until he gets involved in a scandal. His manager hires Samantha, a PR consultant, to fix his image. She is sworn off men after dating a client and having ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Learning to trust again is difficult at best, but obtainable. This is something Sam is learning. She’s having a hard time putting her past behind her and with good reason. Not learning from her past can cost her a job she’s worked very hard to get and is excellent at it. In the first book, we meet Hudson, River’s twin brother, and superstar quarterback brother. We get River’s story and how the media portrays him to be the black sheep. Not like he makes it hard for the press to do so!

River, the
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a hockey romance. River is the hot identical twin of Hudson (from Intercepted Hearts). He has a bad boy reputation and tends to say what is on his mind. Samantha is the PR fixer sent in to help his image. She is a beautiful, confident woman who refuses to be intimidated by River. Reading about River getting knocked over by love was a lot of fun for me. Samantha learns that his public image is not all there is to this hot hockey player as she falls for the whole package.
The chemistry
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary ARC - early release copy of this book in Kindle format from the author for review purposes.

This is part two of a duet about the Baldwin twins, this is the bad twin, Rivers romance. He plays hockey and he is a bit on the wild side. He gets exposed in the press and his agent hires Sam to fix his PR problems.

Sam does not like sports figures, she feels they cheat on their spouses because of a bad experience and so when River expresses an interest in her, she denies him.
World Of Books 65
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoy a good hockey romance and 'Defenseless Heart' is a good one.

River captain of the Cobras brought in to help the failing team on to great things but his reputation of the ice isn't that great - parties and porn star girlfriends his nothing like his twin who is the darling of the team he plays for if only he could be more like him he wouldn't be such a PR nightmare unfortunately his last party which including underage girls isn't what the team need. Enter Sam PR to the stars overachiever
Kari Hansen
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
River is a successful hockey player whose on ice performance has been eclipsed by his off ice antics. He has been told he needs to repair his reputation and that means hiring someone to lead the charge so he will agree even if he doesn’t like it.

Sam is confident and determined that their relationship will remain strictly business as she isn’t looking for love or a relationship and definitely not with an athlete. She won’t back down from a challenge and gives as good as she gets which is exactly
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Defenseless Hearts” book 2 of Mika Jolie’s Playing For Keeps Series is a little gem of a book. I absolutely loved reading River’s fall from bad boy player to hooked on love winner. Needing to clean up his reputation after a particularly bad social media disaster, he finds himself in the hands of sexy PR manager Samantha. Sam an incredibly intelligent and beautiful woman does not and will not fall for the sexy hockey player even though their chemistry is off the charts hot. But as with all love ...more
Mindy Lopez
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is Book 2 in the Playing for Keeps Series by this author, and can be read as a standalone. It is a sweet romance between PR consultant Sam and hockey player River. The build up of the sexual tension between them, and the predictable premise to help force them into each other’s orbit is extremely entertaining. This fast-paced story with insane chemistry that's sexy to read does not disappoint. It is an emotional, complicated read with combustible attraction, frustrating moments, and sweet, ...more
Jenn the Readaholic
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m finding that I really enjoy this series. Sure, we have a cocky pro athlete in River and the woman who’s tasked with getting him out of the doghouse in Sam, but then everything is turned on its ear. River is attracted but doesn’t want to admit it, so he tries to irritate Sam out of working with him. Sam is begrudgingly attracted but has been burned before and isn’t going to let another cocky man use or twist her for kicks. The push and pull of their attraction and whether or not Sam will give ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing better than a hot hockey hunk as the hero in any book unless you throw in his twin, a star football player. River is the star of this show he's the captain of the Cobra's, hot, handsome, and the leading scorer. Sam (Samantha) is a public relations expert called in to take the focus off some bad publicity River is getting. Having been burned once she has vowed not to get involved with a client. Attraction and chemistry are off the charts from the first meeting of these two. River ...more
LianaReads blog
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved how River found his happily ever after. We’ve met him in the first book of the series and I was looking forward to this book.
He’s an up and coming hockey player and as a young man he likes to party and be in the centre of attention but sometimes that’s not a great idea. Like many celebrities, he finds himself in a scandal that his pr will help to clear his image. But what happens when the bad boy falls for the forbidden fruit?
Samantha has a past that she doesn’t want to repeat but love
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
No matter how high the walls, no matter how strong you feel you are the heart is always defenseless when it comes to love! River and Samantha weren’t fast friends but the attraction was there! When Sam finally showed River there was more to her than her type A personality River made it his mission to break down all defenses!

What they didn’t know was that one slip up could cost them both everything!

A steamy, angsty romance that will have you flipping the pages in a trance because you can’t get
Jill Urbanek Gauger
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
River Baldwin is supposed to be the Cobras salvation. He has raw talent and is exceptional on the ice but off the ice he is a disaster waiting to happen. His character is questioned when a reporter finds out some underage college girls were at a party of his. It doesn’t matter to them that when he finds out he kicks them out.
Samantha Loren is a public relations manager who is hired to repair River’s image. The moment they meet the sparks fly.
I enjoyed the banter between the two characters as
Mrs K
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mika takes us on another Baldwin journey, this time accompanying the unabashedly bad boy River Baldwin on a trip through the trials of romance, a flourishing hockey career, bad press coverage and how to deal with a female, who is as strong as he is, with such strikingly similar traits, which she sees as being completely different. Sam Loren is a PR agent who is trying to prove herself at her Dad's agency, whilst trying to regroup herself after a bad experience with a former boyfriend, who ...more
Kelly Prioleau
As I'm reading Defenseless Hearts, I am amazed at how much I see myself in Samantha. I hate roses.... I think they take no thought and are so typical, I DETEST Valentine's Day and yes, it's because my ex cheated but I also feel a person should not wait for a "special" day to show they love their better half. I had peonies for my wedding flower so that brought a HUGE smile to my face and I am definitely an A type personality. I don't really like a lot of YA books because I feel like I'm reading ...more
Kayleigh Woods
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Totally amazing! River and Sam's chemistry is off-the-charts, though Sam refuses to believe it.

She doesn't date her PR clients.
Especially one the likes of River Baldwin, center and captain of the Cobras Hockey team.

The man is sexy, she'll give him that. Charming. Infuriating. Sexy...wait, she already thought that.

River is attracted to Sam. But she can't seem to admit it, much less accept it. When a charity event leads to a gala in order to preserve River's image, the chemistry can no longer be
Maxine Hibbert
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
River was just trying to go after what his heart wanted, Sam,

Mika did a great job of telling their story in a realistic manner without the reader having to suspend their hold on reality and yet it was not sickly sweet either. It was an honest, realistic tale of two people attracted to each other and how they deal with that attraction whilst overcoming the barriers they face in the work place.

A heartwarming tale of real people, living real lives and dealing with real everyday emotions and
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book to read. If your a sports romance lover, I highly recommend this second book in the series.
Samantha is a pr agent for celebrites and sports stars. She loves her job. Until she gets contracted in with an up and coming hockey player.
River is a playboy hockey player. Never giving much thought about his reputation until his agent has him set up with a pr firm to clean up a mess.
Little did either of them know what life altering changes would come from this.
Super fun, hot and
Tracy Trixy
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely story, the time focusing on River and a PR consultant, Samantha.

This is book 2, the first book followed Hudson, and this time it’s River, who’s a player in the ice hockey arena. River is the “bad boy” in comparison to his twin, and I loved his character... so down to earth, and enjoying being who is he... no airs and graces.
Samantha or Sam as she tends to go by is the complete opposite of River, Sam likes Organization and lists.

Complete opposites who are drawn together after their first
Dawn Strickland
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Defenseless Against Love

Defenseless Hearts is a slow burn love story with sizzling friction. River and Sam are both strong willed and passionate beings. Their early interactions are skewed by preconceived notions. Although, the attraction between them is instant, yet unwelcome. Their sparky, magnetic verbal sparring ratchets up the sexual tension. The more time they spend together, the more their walls start to crumble...leaving their hearts exposed. The result is an impenetrable love that needs
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Defenseless Hearts will leave you breathless as the chemistry between River and Sam ignites the pages. River is trouble with a capital T and Sam is the woman who has been put in charge of righting his wrongs. However when the only thing wrong is how right he is, Sam needs to protect her heart and her image as she has done this dance before and has the broken heart to prove it. As feelings like nothing River has felt before take hold, he will do anything to score the winning shot to own her ...more
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Mika Jolie is the bestselling author of the Martha’s Way series. She lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer bunnies. A sports fanatic and a wine aficionado, she’s determined to balance it all and still write about life experiences and matters of the heart. Let’s face it, people are complicated and love can be messy. When she’s not weaving life and romance into ...more

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Playing for Keeps (2 books)
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