Defenseless by Corinne Michaels
Published by BAAE Inc on January 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
Corrine Michaels has done it again. Although Defenseless can be read as a standalone, I’ve been following these Navy SEALS since we first met them in Beloved. There was always something about Mark that I just knew he’d be the one to completely capture my heart. Even when I was obsessed with Liam in The Consolations Series, Mark was barreling his way to my heart with his wit and sarcasm.
Ever the loyal friend, teammate and “brother,” Mark embarks on his journey to seek answers to why Cole Security has been targeted with devastating situations. He teams up with Charlie, who is a CIA spy that has connections with these situations. We’ve always gotten to see the funny, sarcastic side of Mark. This is the first time we get to see the softer, more series side of him. When he first meets Charlie, he already knows she’s the one for him.
” Charlie’s eyes glimmer, and I know right then that this woman will not be owned, but she sure as shit will own me.”
Of course, Charlie isn’t having it. She’s very committed to her job with the CIA. She has built up walls and constructed her life to be all about the CIA. She’s been groomed by her father for this life and it’s all she can see as her end goal. I absolutely adore Charlie. One, she’s a complete badass. Two, she doesn’t take shit from anyone. Three, she ends up showing her vulnerable side, proving that the badass CIA is just as human as the rest of us. There is absolutely a lot of push and pull while we ride along with Charlie’s roller coaster of emotions to fight off her growing affection for Mark. When she finally falls, she falls hard.
” I let go of my training. I let the wall crumble and become ash. My heart is what I’m listening to this time, and my heart wants Mark Dixon.”
What I really liked about this book was the plot twists and the way I had to keep guessing about who was behind all of the things that are targeted around Charlie and the guys from Cole Security. There were so many moving parts and I enjoyed the journey that it took me on.
I’d like to apologize to my friends that I kept texting over and over again about how great this book was. I’m pretty sure they cringed for a few days when they saw my name pop up on their phones. I was that annoying. Well job, Corrine. You once again brought down the house!