Review: Defenseless by Corinne Michaels

Review: Defenseless by Corinne MichaelsDefenseless by Corinne Michaels
Published by Baae Publishing December 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 324
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review

**CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE STANDALONE! ** 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.

Where do I begin…?

As I read this book it was like watching a beautifully detailed movie play out right before my eyes, I was literally on the edge of my seat in a frantic matter.  How does Corinne Michaels do this to me time and time again..?!  How does she pull me in by my hair and I must admittedly say I stay willingly.  This is book 5 in her Salvation Series and Mark & Charlie stole the show! Even though their story line is intertwined with the first 4 books I felt like this was a whole new plot filled with my favorite kinds of TWISTS! 


I tell myself that he’s part of the mission, he’s a liability, but the warmth of his body blankets me and makes me want to stay here. 

These two… Their easy banter was so fun and lively, Mark is still funny as ever and his NEED to irritate the shit out of Charlie had to be one of my favorite things about this whole book.  But more so his persistence to make her realize how amazing they could be together was so charming in an unconventional way of course, but Charlie is a head strong one so this man had his work cut out for him.  I also loved how he wasn’t afraid to tell her “fuck you” when she seemingly was out of line, he didn’t let her use him as a punching bag at her disposal.  

Mark has proven time and time again how loyal and team oriented he is but seeing how the main focus was on him and all of his traits were on display made me realize how much more depth to him there was.  Due to his easy going and funny demeanor it is always easy to think nothing gets to him, but when his wall does come down and we get a glimpse into his interior you see how he’s holding the weight of the world within his hands and he to needs someone by his side, preferably Charlie. 


“… But you . . .” is tone softens, as do his arms, “Make me forget for a minute. You’re like some goddamn addiction I can’t shake. I’m known for my self-restraint, so what the hell have you done? Why the hell do you consume my fucking mind?”

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie… She is such a no shit taking, I’ll make you eat shit, don’t mess with me heroine and I L O V E it.  Her resistance to Mark was short lived I’ll say but she put up a good fight until there just wasn’t any more fight to give.  But a mix of trust, intimacy, and work are all very different things and in the line of work these two professionalize in trust is not something that comes easy.  So how can they work together to try and work towards a common end goal without killing each other first? 


Right now, he controls me.  He determines whether we kiss, what it’ll be like, and for the first time in my life – I surrender. 

I was very surprised at how suspenseful this book turned out to be, I mean I was expecting something amazing but this surpassed any expectations I had.  Once things unraveled I was literally a puddle of a mess with a jaw dropped completely out of place!  But that’s honestly what made me connect with Defenseless, that the setting was true to the characters and everything had such a meaningful flow and the pace was perfect and kept my attention throughout. 

Now Jackson Cole will always be my number one but that doesn’t mean I love Mark any less and you’d be a fool to not read this! 


About Corinne Michaels

Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless), and Say You’ll Stay. She’s an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is 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 heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

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