Defenseless

Defenseless

How far will she go to protect the sexiest guy in tech? When ex-marine Georgia Bennett left the military for high-end private security, it was supposed to soften her snarky attitude. Instead, her short fuse just earned her a punishment of an assignment: protect smart-ass tech genius and Department of Defense contractor Parker Livingston. It should have been easy—only no o...

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Title:Defenseless
Author:Elizabeth Dyer
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Defenseless Reviews

  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews

    Thrilling suspense mixed with humor. Defenseless kicks off a new series about a covert black ops team who also work for Somerton Security lead by Ethan Somerton.

    Georgia Bennett works for Ethan on his security team. She is a former marine who is still grieving for her brother who died on a mission. Ethan, who served with Will, feels a sense of responsibility to make sure Georgia is ok She isn't adapting well to being a body guard to spoiled rich women. Ethan assigns her to be protection for a ge

    Thrilling suspense mixed with humor. Defenseless kicks off a new series about a covert black ops team who also work for Somerton Security lead by Ethan Somerton.

    Georgia Bennett works for Ethan on his security team. She is a former marine who is still grieving for her brother who died on a mission. Ethan, who served with Will, feels a sense of responsibility to make sure Georgia is ok She isn't adapting well to being a body guard to spoiled rich women. Ethan assigns her to be protection for a genius computer nerd or at least that what he wants to her believe. Parker Livingston is a genius but he is also the creator of a special program the military uses for special ops.

    After a humorous first meeting between the bodyguard and the nerd things get hairy when the two have to go on the run from assassins sent for Parker.

    Along with Ethan and Parker we also meet the rest of the covert team who do double duty at Somerton Security. Great start to a new series. Looking forward to more from this author.

  • Maureen Carden

    I love man on the run books. Since I am such a romance geek I love man on the run with woman even more. The twist here is the woman, Georgia Bennet, is the close protection agent and the man, Parker Livingston is the client. Even twistier, Parker, is a member of a covert Special Forces group, albeit as a computer nerd. In fact it is his program that determines go/no go status for special operations. But someone is misusing the program for personal gain and has now turned the program against all

    I love man on the run books. Since I am such a romance geek I love man on the run with woman even more. The twist here is the woman, Georgia Bennet, is the close protection agent and the man, Parker Livingston is the client. Even twistier, Parker, is a member of a covert Special Forces group, albeit as a computer nerd. In fact it is his program that determines go/no go status for special operations. But someone is misusing the program for personal gain and has now turned the program against all of the operatives with a kill on sight order.

    So the pair, unsuccessfully fighting a hot attraction for one another must go on the run. They have little resources and are rarely able to interact with their comrades who are fighting for their own survival. In bit of irony, a program based on huge amounts of data gives the virtually unknown bodyguard the best bet of beating Livingston's program.

    Georgia is tough and snarky, Parker can easily match her snarkiness and finds his own toughness that astounds his covert comrades and forces them to look at him in a new way.

    Kudos to Elizabeth Dyer for writing sexy scenes that demonstrates there is a lot more to life than the missionary position. At last, I wasn’t rolling my eyes at the romantic scenes. They were truly hot.

    After a betrayal by Parker, meant only to protect Georgia, they must try to find their way back to one another

    Well written, at times laugh out funny, other times nail bitingly suspenseful, I think I will really like this new series of the Somerton Security agency.

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review.

  • Melanie

    was a fantastic read with a fast-paced plot and characters I loved from the start.

    Ex-marine Georgia Bennett thought a job in private security would be a cake walk compared to life in the military. When she is assigned to cover DOD contractor Parker Livingston as punishment for her abrasive attitude, she assumes protecting a geek will be easy. Parker doesn't think he needs a bodyguard, particularly not one as attractive as Georgia. Parker can't afford to be distracted at a time when h

    was a fantastic read with a fast-paced plot and characters I loved from the start.

    Ex-marine Georgia Bennett thought a job in private security would be a cake walk compared to life in the military. When she is assigned to cover DOD contractor Parker Livingston as punishment for her abrasive attitude, she assumes protecting a geek will be easy. Parker doesn't think he needs a bodyguard, particularly not one as attractive as Georgia. Parker can't afford to be distracted at a time when he needs to focus on finding out who is using his technology for profit, endangering his teammates. After an assassin nearly kills them, Parker and Georgia must go on the run to try and find out who's behind everything while fighting their increasing attraction every step of the way.

    Georgia grew up in an unstable environment and only found stability in life after joining the Marines. After her brother, who was also in the military, is killed in action and Georgia isn't given any details, her life begins to spin out of control. After her tour is up she joins a private security firm founded by one of the men from her brother's unit. Georgia has a hard time adjusting to civilian life and struggles with her more high maintenance clients. Georgia comes across as difficult to like at the start of

    , but over the course of the book you learn why she's had to harden herself and I found myself more understanding of her personality.

    Parker is considered to be a genius and found himself in university at a young age. Due to the age gap between Parker and his peers, he had a hard time connecting with people and became a bit of a loner as a result. He has always been fascinated with the way things work and spent his life trying to understand what events can lead to a certain outcome leading to him developing a program that can be used to predict the outcome of any event. Parker struggles with the role he takes on at the DOD as the lives of his teammates are literally in his hands as it is his program that decides what missions the team will go on based on the likelihood of success.

    Georgia and Parker's relationship intrigued me from the start. As soon as I saw their relationship was a role reversal with Parker cast as the damsel and Georgia the protector, I was immediately interested. Individually Parker and Georgia are both fairly snarky and sarcastic, but together that increased ten-fold. Their banter was fantastic and their conversations had me laughing out loud at times. Their attraction to one another is immediately obvious and I liked that neither of them tried to pretend otherwise. When their relationship does progress, it's incredibly sexy and the scenes were very well done.

    The plot centered around who is using Parker's program was quite interesting and I found myself surprised by who the culprit ended up being. The author gives you a ton of information about Parker's program and it's obvious she's done her research as there are several scenes that go in to detail about what it can do. I wish there had been just a few less scenes focusing on the program as they did get a bit repetitive. Other than the slight repetitiveness surrounding the program itself, I found the rest of the suspense plot to be very well done. It was fast-paced with just the right amount of action and I found myself eagerly anticipating what would happen next.

    Overall,

    ended up being a lot of fun to read and I can't wait for the next book in the series. I would highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a romantic suspense read with great role reversals.

  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Defenseless takes the bodyguard trope and twists it a bit with a female bodyguard and a male client. I enjoyed the switch because Georgia isn't some perfect, badass soldier. She is stumbling through this new, post military job, unsure of herself and her purpose in life. It made her much more relatable than I expected because you really get to see her vulnerability. Parker was a great hero as well (again, I was a little nervous that he would be a flat character). He is a genius who does top secr

    Defenseless takes the bodyguard trope and twists it a bit with a female bodyguard and a male client. I enjoyed the switch because Georgia isn't some perfect, badass soldier. She is stumbling through this new, post military job, unsure of herself and her purpose in life. It made her much more relatable than I expected because you really get to see her vulnerability. Parker was a great hero as well (again, I was a little nervous that he would be a flat character). He is a genius who does top secret government work...and makes video games! He is also playful, snarky, and flirty. He isn't this dominating alpha male, throwing his weight around and being domineering. Parker is unique and no less manly; he is just different. I appreciated that he didn't want a bodyguard period, but did accept that Georgia was better at tactical strategizing and he wasn't afraid to follow her lead in that area. They balance each other very well.

    The action is non stop and Parker and Georgia are, quite literally, on the run from early on in the book! While the plot might seem a bit of a stretch, I didn't think it was implausible! Parker's program would be a huge win for the government and its use could certainly be abused. It doesn't seem impossible to imagine that the government might not use the program with integrity, so the plot that follows is believable. Overall, Defenseless is the type of romantic suspense story I enjoy because its fast, action packed, and remarkably interesting!

     

    POV: 3rd

    Tears: no

    Trope: bodyguard

    Triggers: none

    Series/Standalone: stand alone

    Cliffhanger: 

    HEA: 

    by Katie Ruggle,

    by Katie Reus,

    by Kaylea Cross...then you will probably like Defenseless!

     

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  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    I love a good romantic suspense. If the plot is twisted enough I’ll get my brains picked at while having the promise and satisfaction of an HEA. These days I’m all about romance, I’m craving that connection between my fictional characters but I’m not against some mystery or suspense added to the blend.

    Now, throw into this mix a sexy nerd with an eight pack and the mandatory glasses in the role of the damsel in distress and a badass ex-marine bombshell sent to save his ass and I’m

    . Take my m

    I love a good romantic suspense. If the plot is twisted enough I’ll get my brains picked at while having the promise and satisfaction of an HEA. These days I’m all about romance, I’m craving that connection between my fictional characters but I’m not against some mystery or suspense added to the blend.

    Now, throw into this mix a sexy nerd with an eight pack and the mandatory glasses in the role of the damsel in distress and a badass ex-marine bombshell sent to save his ass and I’m

    . Take my moneeey!

    This role reversal solely made me pick “

    ”, a romantic suspense and debut novel by

    .

    But what furthermore piqued my interest was the plot.

    Think “

    ” (the TV show) but focused on a sexy Finch (the man behind the

    "). I love anything technology based, I can’t help it, I’m a nerd at heart. Well, until some extent it seems. But let’s start with what I liked in “

    ”.

    I was hooked within the first lines and positively convinced this book would be a 5 stars for me all throughout the first third of the book.

    .

    I loved the brand of humor distilled throughout the book,

    and nodding in appreciation, as you do when you feel you’re within your tribe. I loved all the references to the nerd culture! Just for this fact alone

    made herself a nice place on my “cool people”’s list (

    ).

    ! Georgia was a great leading character, full on snark, exuding self assurance but still with that lingering trace of fragility.

    It was a great experience to walk in her boots, she was fun and strong with a sweet side underneath her badass outershell which was a nice balance. What can I say, I like my heroines a little bitchy and

    ? Bitchy alright. The nice kind of course.

    I really liked the hero,

    .

    !

    And I really liked that he was that mix of the ever so cliché fixated nerd about his job, so obsessed with his craft he would forget to even feed himself and at the same time a shameless flirt with a cocksure attitude when it came to seduce

    .

    and I’m thankful for that dual POV.

    What he lacked in social interactions he made up for them in tenfold when fueled by his desire for

    and it showed in the bedroom.

    It was fascinating and hot as all get out to see the transformation of ‘

    ’ into ‘

    ’.

    Between

    and

    it was lust at first glance, their chemistry and common interest undeniable and frenzied. I toroughly enjoyed their banter and every little eccentricities the author forged around such different characters. Against a wall or in a bed it was hot and playful, hard and sweet.

    The plot, originally, had me captivated, the idea of

    with possibilities of conspiracies and the underlying plot about the heroine’s dead brother added a welcome sub-layer of intrigue.

    Until it started to… pace off. Yeah sadly I hit a wall of opaque and stiff inaction block about 50% in the book.

    In my experience I felt "

    " gave its best at the beginning, what appeared to be a force during the first 30%, turned out being a weakness later.

    . At some point it just felt like infos and specifics about his technology were thrown in for the sake of filling some space, but it was leading nowhere in term of plot.

    All the behavioral explanations about

    ’s app… While I can salute the obvious effort the author put into her research, it felt repetitive, and with the impending death threats hovering above our heroes,

    . As a result I felt my interest for the main plot barely subsiding.

    From this stage things slowly fizzled out, apart from the nerdy come ons, I didn’t much care about the ex coming back all too conveniently to help both the team and the couple’s relationship issues. (

    )

    Any new development wasn’t enough to pull me back in entirely, unfortunately.

    I still think this is a nice Romantic Suspense and a good debut novel if you can spare some time to read your share of background intel and data (or if unlike me you have a need to feed your brain tech-y intel instead of going after the bad guys.). For the gift that

    and

    were together and every little nerdy joke, "

    " is definitely worth a try, at least I know I’ll be keeping an eye on

    ’s next release.

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