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Defenseless Hearts

(Playing for Keeps #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  115 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 shou
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.

Samantha L
Lori R.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved!!

I didn’t think anyone could be hotter than Hudson Baldwin. Then I met River.

River Baldwin is the twin brother of Hudson from book one. And he’s a bad boy. And he has tattoos. And he’s a hockey player. The black sheep of the two. *insert heart eyes*

Hot, HOT, and MORE HOT.

Samantha is hired as PR for River to smooth things over when some rumors break out in the news about him that don’t paint him in a very good light.

Neither one is happy she’s there.
And neither of them wa
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 strong-wille ...more
Sharing My
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More proof that opposites attract! I loved the push and pull between River and Sam! Sam is a PR agent, assigned to the hockey star, to help clean up his image as a bad boy player, off the ice. As much as they hated each other in the beginning, there was no denying the attraction. Sam has one important rule though: Don't date a client. Wil she be able to stick to that rule, or are River's charms too hard to resist? ...more
Jenny B
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A perfect story of the bad boy with the right girl gone good. The tension and pull between River and Sam was an immediate hook for me which had me diving in for a read in one sitting. I think the author did a fabulous laying out the groundwork between these two and setting their chemistry up in the most perfect way. The flow of the story was easy to read and went so quick I couldn't believe it was over. ...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 b ...more
Happy Valentine

Another great one in this “Playing For Keeps” series. River, a NHL player, and Sam, a PR Consultant, are thrown together because of a scandal he is involved in. The result, hate turns to love.
Vonda Hill
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this book!
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.
Rebecca Austin
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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River Baldwin is a NHL hockey player and finds himself embroiled in a scandal after a party at his house. He thinks his actions were fine but unfortunately the fallout from his team is big and now he needs an image change and his agent Patirck has hired someone to help him out.

Samantha Loren works for her father's PR company after deciding a career in law wasn't what she really wanted. She was burned in her past relationship and is focused on doing the best she can in her career and staying as f
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 clea
Susan Homan
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Defenseless Hearts

Defenseless Hearts (Playing for Keeps Book 2)
Mika Jolie

OK I really thought it would be hard to top Hudson from book 1, but River may have (or maybe since they are twins I will say they are tied). River is the bad boy twin, and he plays hockey instead of football like his dad and twin brother. River finds himself with a scandal, and a PR person is called in to help him with his reputations before he loses sponsorships and his job. He is not happy about it, and is not going to ju
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
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)
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 i ...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 s
Judy Lynn
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 betwe
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. Th
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 gr
Amy  Crull
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great book by Mika! I absolutely loved this book! I loved that Sam wasn't afraid to back down and was a full of fire! She was determined to show the world that despite her past mistakes, she was still able to do her job. She stood her ground with dad and River. She wasn't going to let some entitled spoiled brat ruin her PR brand. River went against the family and decided to play hockey instead of football like his dad and twin brother. Things are a little rocky with the team and then a s ...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 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
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 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
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, s ...more
Vondetta Carter
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
River is one of the sexiest hockey players I could ever think of. Yes, he may be the spitting image of his sexy twin Hudson who plays football, but you can tell them apart. River has gotten himself into an image nightmare. His manager hires an agency to clean up his appearance.
Sam aka Samantha is not a pushover for River. She has had a broken heart from a jock and she wants none of River's mess. However, these two are drawn to each other like moths' to a flame. Each begins to dream of each othe
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As much as I liked Hudson in Intercepted Hearts, River swooped in and stole all my love! As Sam said to herself several times, there is nothing like a bad boy who underneath is oh so good. Sam is strong, smart, ambitious and totally amazing. River comes across as a bit of a jerk at first but you quickly see behind that facade. The dialogue snaps very realistically, conversations flow and the mutual attraction between them is palpable. Again, there were a few repetitive statements early in the bo ...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 evo ...more

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