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.
Corinne Michaels has created one of my favorite series to date—the Cole Security family started with Jackson Cole and Catherine Pope’s story in the Beloved duet which just about made me a love-struck fool. This was then followed up by Aaron’s, Liam’s and Natalie’s story in the Belonging Duet which left my jaw on the floor at the end of the first book and left my heart so wonderfully filled with love and happiness at the end of it all. Both duets were swoon-worthy to the max and had such strong yet vulnerable female leads accompanied by two of the sweetest alpha males I’ve come across. In Defenseless, the most recent addition to this series, we find that the author has taken a bit of a different route. Unlike the previous books, this one was chock full of witty banter between the protagonists that had me giggling and she’s also amplified the suspense aspect, finally digging into the mystery behind the misfortunes that had been happening around Cole Security. What she left intact but I felt intensified was a strong-willed yet vulnerable female protagonist in Charlie. I knew going into Mark Dixon’s story just solely based on his previous cameos was that he was going to bring the comical and laid back temperament that the other guys didn’t bring to the table. Corinne definitely didn’t disappoint in this trait.
I was drawn to Charlie in so many ways because she was a “take the bull by its horns” girl. A CIA operative with looks that could kill; a killer bod, a killer set of blue eyes that was a killer contrast to her dark hair. And like many who she’d come in contact with, Mark Dixon was especially susceptible to her charisma (pun intended). I really enjoyed seeing such a strong woman who could kick any man’s ass, eventually let the walls she’s built around her fall enough to let Mark in. The words, “the strongest are always the most vulnerable” just kept repeating itself when I thought of who Charlie was.
“Just because I fight like a man doesn’t mean I can’t feel like a lady.”
With his easy going demeanor and his charmingly good looks, he is able to finally infiltrate Charlie’s heart. The back and forth banter between with two and the cat and mouse game was enjoyable, a nice distraction to the heart pumping mystery that caused the lives of not only fellow SEALs but also someone who was near and dear to Charlie’s heart. While they chased the bad guys, Mark was also constantly having to chase down Charlie. He was relentless in his mission to gain her trust and to eventually gain her love.
“He’s funny, smart, cunning, and he sees the woman in me. Not some agent who can be used in a way to get a job done. No, he sees me, and oh, how I need that.”
While I enjoyed their the wit and the lighthearted feel, I almost felt like I lost that swoon-worthy factor that was so easily felt in the previous duets and in some ways it gave a watered down impression of the thrill it should have made me feel when they were out on their missions together. I just couldn’t take Mark seriously at times when I should have and I hated that I felt that way because he’s such an awesome male lead. So while I loved the witty banter between Charlie and Mark, I somehow wish that it wasn’t quite as overdone as I felt it to be. Mark and Charlie were great characters. Charlie embodied Queen B’s (Beyoncé for those who aren’t familiar), “who rule the world?! GIRLS!” persona. I loved her and couldn’t get enough of her. So while the chemistry between Mark and her weren’t quite there for me, their characters as a whole were a definite win.
Defenseless, though not my most favorite in the spin-off series still held my interest and again had a set of protagonists who were strongly written and wonderfully developed. I’d still wholeheartedly recommend this one to both the series fans and those looking for a bit of suspense with amusing and comedic overtones attached to it.
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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.