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.
Copyright © 2016 Corinne Michaels
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author or publisher.
“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.
My Review (ARC provided)
I love this series so much! It all started with Jackson, then we fall for Liam and now Mark. I was really excited to get a book about Mark. He was always the mysterious funny guy. I wasn't quite sure what his story was.
Mark was the most caring and loyal friend. He had a hard time saying no to people and just doing what he wanted. He knew one thing he wanted though and he wasn't going to let anyone or anything stand in his way.
"Mark isn't really self-centered. In some ways, he's almost selfless. He'll give up anything for someone he loves."
Charlie was a strong independent woman she didn't let anyone get in her way, male or female and she was on a mission to find out who her fathers murderer was.
Mark is trained to see through lies and bullshit, Charlie is trained to lie. Will they be able to trust one another enough to work together? Will they be able to let go, be together and trust?
One thing I love about all of Corinne's heroines in her books is that they are strong women and independent but they are able to rely on people if they have to, and they all are really relatable in some way. I want to be friends with them.
"All these women are so different from the ones I've known. They're sweet, considerate, and truly-nice."
And the heroes are all funny, gorgeous and one hundred percent in, in what ever they do
or go after.
or go after.
I loved how this book has a little bit of everything...romance, suspense, and humor. The chemistry between both H and h was scorching and their banter was fun.
I am glad we didn't get a cliffy this time around, I really liked how she wrapped everything up and didn't leave me with my mouth hanging open when it ended. Would I like more of Mark and Charlie? Of course, but the great thing about these books is you do get glimpses of the previous characters in her other novels. I can't wait for the next!
I had so many more quotes highlighted but I don't want to take away from the book.
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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.