Meet Mark Dixon in Defenseless, the newest contemporary romance from Corinne Michaels!
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My life is a secret.
His life is dangerous.
We’re both stubborn, calculating, and controlling.
Mark Dixon doesn’t know what he’s getting into. He doesn’t know his games could cost us our lives. I have to do what is necessary to keep us alive, and that means guarding my heart.
But I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.
Mark and Charlie’s lives are anything but normal. Charlie lives a life full of secrets and lies while Mark’s life is full of danger lurking around every corner. As they both battle for control, Charlie finds herself unprepared for the feelings that Marks draws from her. Now she has to decide, does she keep fighting against the pull or just surrender?
Corinne Michaels really started 2016 off with a BANG! Defenseless was everything I expected and more. It’s full of angst and suspense. There was never a dull moment and there are plenty of twists that keep you guessing as to what will happen next. Defenseless is very well written. The flow and the pace of the story were spot on. I was drawn into Mark and Charlie’s story from start to finish. I love the fact that Charlie is an alpha female. I really admire her independence though her stubborness really drove me crazy sometimes. Mark is your quintessential alpha male. I love how loyal he is to the people he cares about most. The banter between Charlie and Mark is absolutely hilarious and I just couldn’t get enough. I would highly recommend this book to a friend though I’d take heed to the warning and read the first four books for maximum enjoyment!
I’m going to be honest–I went into this book blind. I had one of those “cover whore” moments; you know, when you see the cover and you love it, so you don’t really care what the synopsis says? You might look at it, but then you forget it, and then dive into the story. That being said, I wasn’t really prepared for the depth of the plot.
In the beginning, I felt like I had been dropped into an episode of Homeland. Truth be told, I had a little trouble keeping up with all the work drama. But once the story started going, and the plot started to develop a bit more, I was in it to win it.
I seriously have to commend Corinne for the dialogue. Mark was really funny, and the way the other characters sparred with him was entertaining. I laughed out loud more than once. The chemistry between Mark and Charlie was executed perfectly. I really appreciated how their relationship was consistent; each character was developed with integrity and as they grew individually and as a couple, they changed in all the ways that make you gooey inside, but they were also still Mark and Charlie.
I appreciated how this love story was integrated into a much bigger and unique plot. I don’t come across romance with this kind of conflict very often; it’s the kind of novel that requires a certain amount of knowledge for all the pieces to come together and form a plausible concept. If there is one thing that drove me crazy about this book, it would be all the vague references to the previous books. I really felt like I was missing out on a ton of history by not having previously read about most of Mark’s friends. (This is my first Corinne read.) I’m not even certain that it made me want to go back and read the other books, more so it just made it feel like less of a stand-alone novel to me. So heed the warning that she gives, for sure. In any case, it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment. This was an excellently written book.
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“I made you a promise, Charlie.” Mark’s already deep voice is layered with desire.
Once again, my control begins to slip. “What’s that?”
His hands drop a little lower beside my head. His lower body shifts so his knee is between my legs. I feel his arousal against my thigh.
My traitorous body shows its own awakening. My nipples hardening through the silk material don’t go unnoticed. Heat pools in my core and my breath hitches. I want him. There’s no use denying it.
“I told you I’d kiss you again. If you don’t stop me now, there’s no getting away.”
I should stop him. I need to stop him. There’s no way in hell it’s going to happen, though. I’m craving his lips again.
He gives me one second before he crushes his mouth against mine. His entire body shifts forward, and now I’m trapped. There’s nowhere to go. Nowhere to move that’s not Mark. He takes every part of my mind and body. Our hands roam each other as his tongue slides against mine. Passion ignites between us; it sets the room on fire. His fingers cup my neck and then glide down the front of my dress. His hand brands my skin as he takes his time exploring the open skin between us.
My fingers grip the lapels of his tux, holding him, molding him to me. I can’t get close enough. Our mouths stay fused as we both lose control.
Then my mind snaps.
I push back and my hands fly to my lips. They’re swollen, bruised from the force of the kiss. His hands brace against the wall. I keep my eyes downcast. I can’t believe I just did that, against the damn wall, at a ball commemorating my father.
I shift my dress, rake my fingers through my hair, and pull myself together.
“Charlie . . .” Mark finally speaks. It sounds like shouting even though it’s only loud enough for us to hear.
“That was the last time that will ever happen,” I say with no tremor to my voice. “Tonight we become partners. It’s not about whatever this is.” I shift my hands between us. “It’s about finding the information we’re both searching for.”
“And what if we find something else?”
“We shut it down. There’s no room for feelings in this world.”
Mark pushes back, giving me space. I instantly feel cold. “Okay, then. Have it your way.”
This is what I wanted, what we both need, but suddenly I wish it wasn’t. I wish I could pull him close, kiss him, fuck him, and just feel.
But wishes are for little girls.
About the Author
Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.
Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.