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, f*ck him, and just feel.
But wishes are for little girls.
Ok, Ok, I’m gonna sound like a broken record when I say that this is my first Corinne read despite the fact that I own her previous books. Seems a pattern to me that I sign up for blog tours for authors whose books I already own but not read. I know it’s taking a chance bec had the book I signed up for ends being a dud (which has happened, unfortunately) then I’m stuck with previous books that I now have no inclination to read (which has happened, unfortunately). O well… I still think there’s a method to my madness going about it this way…
Moving on, this book luckily ends up on the winning side. Whew! (Jackson and Liam, imma comin for ya!!)
Mark and Charlie met during an assignment to rescue one of Mark’s friends. Friend got rescued, they each move on their own merry ways, they each have a mission to focus on, realized their individual mission has more connections so they decided to work together again. Along the way, feelings materialize. They’re always at each other’s throat which made the dynamics more interesting.
Charlie, Charlie, I’m sorry to say that she got on my nerves on more than one occasion. In spite of much details Corinne gave me as to why she feels and thinks a certain way, I didn’t always agree with her decisions. Mark, now he’s a different story. I thought Corinne did really well in making me fall in love with him right from the first page. He’s funny, he’s adorable with his snarkiness, he’s badass with his Navy SEAL ways, he clearly knows how to care, so really, swoonalicious in every manner I can think of, sigh…
This is like a meeting of 2 alphas. There’s much banter which was quite entertaining. The story, I thought, was laid out quite nicely so the suspense built to a good climax. By the 70% mark, as much as Charlie was testing my patience, that got put on the side when I realized sh!t was about to go down. Then, I was just really engrossed in the story. So I guess it’s safe to say that Mark and their mission carried me thru 2/3 of the story then Charlie also helped by the last third along with Mark and the sequence of events.
With what Corinne did with Mark and his interactions with the other members of Cole Security and their women, I get the feeling I will totally enjoy her previous books… Whew!
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.
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