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

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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.

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My Review

Sometimes you just find that author, that no matter what she writes, you love!  Corinne is one of those authors for me.  I have been a huge fan ever since she made the jump into the author world, with Beloved and Beholden!  This being the 4th novel is just the icing on the cake!

Mark stole all our hearts the minute we met him in Beloved… He’s cocky, sexy, smart mouthed, and funny!  He brings that little bit of humor to the most tenuous moments in all of this series… Now in this 4th book in the series we finally get an all Twilight show!  I have to say that from the beginning what I expected was non-stop humor and antics.  What this book gives us is SOOOOO MUCH MORE!  Mark might seem like he’s all fun and games, but when it comes to his work, his serious side jumps through the pages of this book.  You will learn so much more about what makes this man tick!  It seems though Mark has finally met his match in a woman who can give just as good as she can take, which makes for some seriously hilarious moments between Mark and Charlie… Even when they aren’t trying to be funny you sometimes can’t help but laugh at them.

Charlie is the most stubborn woman, and yet she can’t seem to say no to the charms of Mark Dixon.  Everything about him screams at her to run, run right into his bed and his arms, but she’s got herself in a bit of a predicament with her job, and the mission that led to Aaron’s rescue.  She’s in a serious race against time, and a new threats to her wellbeing, to get the answers she so desperately wants.  Those answers though will not come without a price.  And that price just might be her heart.

Charlie and Mark will delight you with their antics, shock you with their secrets, and get your heart palpitating out of your chest, when they run headfirst into danger.  This book is very different from the others in the series and I must say it’s probably one of my favorites.  I loved the mystery and suspense in this book, and those shocking moments when you discover the truths that have been buried.  If you loved the other books in this series you will love Mark too!

Corinne’s writing continues to impress me, her stories having more depth as she continues to grow as a write

r.  Her characters are ones you won’t soon forget.  She writes with passion and emotion and she nails each scene leaving you hanging on a breath to find out what will happen next!  That is the mark of a good author!  I only hope that she will continue to write for a long long time as she truly has talent in this industry.


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About Corinne Michaels

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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.