Book Review – Defenseless (Salvation, #5) by Corinne Michaels


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.

** This is book 5 in The Salvation Series and can be read as a standalone, although for maximum enjoyment, it’s advised to read Beloved, Beholden, Consolation & Conviction first as all the characters appear throughout. **

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Defenseless was a sexy and suspenseful standalone contemporary romance set in the Salvation series world, and I really enjoyed it! The storyline and characters were interesting and entertaining, and I enjoyed Corinne Michaels’s writing style.

   Mark and Charlie were great, and I really enjoyed them and their story. I liked their personalities and red-hot chemistry together, and how their relationship progressed for the most part. They were a little difficult to connect with in the beginning, and it took me a while to warm up to them. I honestly liked Mark more than Charlie. She was difficult and argumentative a lot, and I just couldn’t relate to her as much. At least Mark was funny and sarcastic. I did enjoy reading the book from both Mark and Charlie’s POV, and most of their banter and interactions with each other. Defenseless was definitely an enemies-to-lovers romance, and while I usually enjoy that trope, the constant bickering and back and forth between Mark and Charlie was very frustrating and annoying at times. It wasn’t all that bad, but it definitely diminished my enjoyment of the story and made me deduct a star. There were a few aspects and certain scenes that I didn’t like and could have done without, but despite all of the ups and downs, and plot twists, I was happy with the conclusion to Mark and Charlie’s story.

   Defenseless was a sexy and suspenseful standalone contemporary romance and conclusion to the Salvation series, and I really enjoyed it! Corinne Michaels did a good job with this book, and even though it hasn’t been my favorite from her so far, I was pleased with the outcome to Mark and Charlie’s story. The Salvation series was definitely an emotional and suspenseful roller coaster, but I enjoyed it for the most part. Defenseless was a great conclusion to this series, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Corinne Michaels!


About Corinne Michaels

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Corinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series 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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