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Peek Inside Defensive Heart

A broken heart in college left successful artist Jimmy Donnelly with zero interest in being tied down. But a sexy, quick-witted Manhattan attorney has him reconsidering.

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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 follow the rules. Jimmy, with his myriad of tattoos and piercings, looks more like one of her clients than a potential lover. But when every argument between them feels more like foreplay, she can’t seem to stay out of his bed.

Each book in The Donnellys series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.
Series order:
Book #1: Unworthy Heart
Book #2: Defensive Heart
Book #3: Shattered Heart

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640632912
Series: The Donnellys, Book 2
Release Date: Aug 21, 2017
Page Count: 310
Imprint: scorched
Genre: erotic romance
Tropes: second chance

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By Pam October 21, 2015

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 t... ...more

By Samantha August 25, 2015

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 ar... ...more

By Amanda August 17, 2015

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?
T... ...more

By Ruthie September 06, 2015

~~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 b... ...more

By Angela March 21, 2016

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 comin... ...more

By Got Romance! September 26, 2015

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... ...more

By Morilyn March 30, 2016

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 l... ...more

By Tbird September 15, 2015

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 wi... ...more

By Julianna February 02, 2016

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 he... ...more

By Sprezzatura June 02, 2016

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... ...more

By Renee Entress August 31, 2015

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... ...more

By Kathleen September 25, 2017

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. ...more

By Deneale December 03, 2015

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... ...more

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Dorothy F. Shaw

About the author

Dorothy F. Shaw

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 she wrote over 150 poems. The poems led to short stories, which blossomed into novels. Evident from the very beginning was her voice as an author that is real and packed with wit and sarcasm. Her stories will always include complex, broken people trying to figure out how to start and keep a relationship as well as lots of hot, steamy sex. As Dorothy sees it, the journey is the best part. She truly lives and loves in technicolor! Dorothy welcomes emails at: [email protected] and can also be reached at, @dorothyfshaw on Twitter and

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