Friday 22 January 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt & Review ~ Defenseless by Corinne Michaels


Meet Mark Dixon in Defenseless, the newest contemporary romance from Corinne Michaels!

Book Description:

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.

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Copyright © 2016 Corinne Michaels
All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior written consent of the author.
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.

Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“… I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.”

Well, finally it was Twilights turn aka Mark. He has always been the comedian of the group, the smart ass, he is overly confident, self-assured, comes across as flippant and has that “I don’t take anything seriously” attitude, but he was a fantastic leader, he just lightened up the office. But despite his demeanour and as much as Mark would never admit it, he was deep in his own way. Being an ex-Navy SEAL he loved control, he was alpha, he was intelligent, but he also had a heart of gold.

“I rev your engine, baby. I speak your language. I’m your weapon of choice.”

This book really carries on from the last and although this could be read as a standalone I would highly recommend reading all the books in the order they were published. The plot does continue on throughout and the characters also appear in other books, so for a better understanding and hell, all the books have been great reads I would recommend going that way forward.

Charlie is in the CIA, she is one ballsy woman and has a spitfire personality to match. Her father was also high up in the CIA so she has been born into the business and takes it extremely seriously. Charlie was feisty as hell, tough as old boots, extremely dedicated and was one kick-ass woman, she was deadly.

“…I know right then that this woman will not be owned, but she sure as shit will own me.”

Mark and Charlie’s paths cross and there was no denying the unmistakable chemistry that pulsed between these two, it heated the kindle to boiling point. The banter between these two was hilarious and Mark had really met his match. Charlie gives as good as she gets and while at first it comes across as that love/hate; you know underneath the barbs is some intense sexual chemistry that once unleashed was going to be extremely powerful.

“I can’t fall for you.”
“Too bad.”
“You can’t fall for me.”
“Too late.”

Mark being the forever bachelor had really met his match and the fact that Charlie was so kick-ass just turned him on even more. While there are criminals to catch Charlie and Mark try to keep their libidos in check but resistance is futile but it was fun to watch them try.

“Charlie isn’t the kind of woman you move on from. She draws you in with the brightness of her sun and then leaves you blind.”

Corinne Michaels really delivers the suspense with this book, I was kept on the edge trying to figure out the mastermind behind what seems to be a connection between the CIA and Cole Security. There were too many coincidences and it seems that Mark and Charlie’s paths are more intertwined than they ever thought. With danger lurking all around them would these two even survive to see where their relationship could go?

This book was intense at times and as ever Corinne Michaels really delivered on character connection. Emotions running high gave you that heart stopping fear at times as well as making you smile from ear to ear. The witty banter between Mark and Charlie has you laughing out loud so all that emotion, suspense and intrigue is perfectly balanced with some incredible dialogue. It is the relationship between Mark and Charlie that really cements them as great characters, one minute you are laughing your ass off and the next you are swooning, these two really endear themselves to you and you cannot help but champion them along. Another great addition to one highly addictive series. You have to love the guys and girls at Cole Security.

“Without you in my life…it’s worthless.”

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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