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

  • Elizabeth Dyer

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  • Tracy- OMGReads

    Defenseless is one of my favorite books of the year. The heroine, Georgia, is simply fantastic. She's sharp, quick witted, and incredibly tough. A Marine who now works in private security, she's been assigned to guard a wealthy tech genius. The guy who created a program plenty of people, most good, some bad, want to get their hands on.

    This book starts out intense, and the ride holds your breath with each page you turn. I was incredibly caught up in what was happening. I loved the traditional rol

    Defenseless is one of my favorite books of the year. The heroine, Georgia, is simply fantastic. She's sharp, quick witted, and incredibly tough. A Marine who now works in private security, she's been assigned to guard a wealthy tech genius. The guy who created a program plenty of people, most good, some bad, want to get their hands on.

    This book starts out intense, and the ride holds your breath with each page you turn. I was incredibly caught up in what was happening. I loved the traditional role reversal of the woman guarding the man. Parker was tough in his own right, but Georgia really ran the show when it came to keeping them safe.

    Overall, Defenseless was a MUST READ in my opinion. The writing is smart, its paced quickly, and the characters simply clutch on. I am SO excited to see what comes next in Somerton Security!

    *Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads*

  • Dana

    I absolutely loved this book!!!!! As a reader of military romances, I am used to the ALPHA man being the military hero, but, Defenseless has opened my eyes to an ALPHA female being the hero of the story!! And I loved it!!!!

    Georgia was such an amazingly strong woman and her role in the book was absolute perfection!!!! Parker, oh Parker!!! He may be a genius, but he is perfect book boyfriend material!!!!

    I can not wait to read the rest of the books in this series.

  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty

    Fantastic romantic suspense…

    So much more – and all of it fantastic!

    Georgia’s world had shattered again. As she picked up the pieces she had a dilemma - a job she wasn’t sure she wanted but, at the same time, knew she couldn’t afford to lose. And that was not the hardest thing she was dealing with. She was down but not out as she faced her latest challenge – her newest charge – with sass and attitude in line with her kick-bu

    Fantastic romantic suspense…

    So much more – and all of it fantastic!

    Georgia’s world had shattered again. As she picked up the pieces she had a dilemma - a job she wasn’t sure she wanted but, at the same time, knew she couldn’t afford to lose. And that was not the hardest thing she was dealing with. She was down but not out as she faced her latest challenge – her newest charge – with sass and attitude in line with her kick-butt style.

    Parker was this incredibly sensitive, geeky wunderkind who ticked all the boxes. ALL THE BOXES! He was sexy in a way that bucked the computer nerd persona with wit, humour – and abs - to spare. There was also a vulnerable side that made him even more endearing. His way with Georgia – how he admired her for everything she was – made my heart flutter… Swoon…

    There were so many layers to both Georgia and Parker and it was a treat to watch as each nuance was uncovered as they battled each other and enemies they were trying to stay one step ahead.

    There was action to spare – in and out of the bedroom – and all of it contributing to a roller coaster ride of emotion and suspense. I want – no need – more of the feels and banter that filled this story plus more time with all the characters. There is more to come – not everything was resolved neatly at the end – and I cannot wait! Stalking mode engaged!

  • 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.

  • 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: 

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  • Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Defenseless is the first book in Elizabeth Dyer’s Somerton Security Series. It’s the story of private security agent Georgia Bennett and software developer Parker Livingston. After a few missteps, Georgia is assigned to protect Parker from forces unknown. Parker has a reputation for being extremely difficult to work with because he insists upon doing his own thing and has a lot of quirks that most people don’t understand. Things get even more interesting when the threat to Parker’s life becomes

    Defenseless is the first book in Elizabeth Dyer’s Somerton Security Series. It’s the story of private security agent Georgia Bennett and software developer Parker Livingston. After a few missteps, Georgia is assigned to protect Parker from forces unknown. Parker has a reputation for being extremely difficult to work with because he insists upon doing his own thing and has a lot of quirks that most people don’t understand. Things get even more interesting when the threat to Parker’s life becomes very real, very fast. Let’s not ignore the fact that he and Georgia immediately find themselves attracted to each other.

    As is typical in all of these types of romances, nothing is what it seems. Georgia may come off to be a bit rough around the edges but she has a sensitive side that she tries to keep hidden away. She also has a lot of baggage due to all of the family that she has lost far too soon. The most impactful loss is of her brother with whom her boss, Ethan Somerton served in the military with. Ethan and her brother were also good friends. There is a lot about her brother’s death that she still doesn’t know and Ethan isn’t at liberty to tell her. Parker isn’t your typical software developer. He not only makes mainstream applications for the general public, he has also created some very dangerous software for the U.S. government that is likely putting many lives in danger. When things intensify, Parker and Georgia go on the run together and they become intimate in every way imaginable. Clearly, they shouldn’t get close but the heart wants what it wants, right? Their relationship gets tested as the secrets and lies pile up but you can’t help but root for their happy ending.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Defenseless. It did take some of the usual routes but I was still interested in finding out how things ended. And, there are a few items that did not get resolved so I expect the next book, Relentless, will answer a lot of questions. I look forward to reading it.

    **Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**

  • Ⓐ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.

  • *The Angry Reader*

    ***ARC received in order to provide an honest review***

    2.5 stars

    GAHHHHHH! I wanted to love this book! If wishes were ponies I'd have a damn fine stable...

    We have a bad ass chick and a techie genius and things going boom. Pretty much everything I need in life. But we spend more than half the book in Georgia and Parker's heads - not a place I want to be in an action-romance. When these two were moving and shaking I was in heaven, but there just wasn't enough of that for me.

    ***ARC received in order to provide an honest review***

    2.5 stars

    GAHHHHHH! I wanted to love this book! If wishes were ponies I'd have a damn fine stable...

    We have a bad ass chick and a techie genius and things going boom. Pretty much everything I need in life. But we spend more than half the book in Georgia and Parker's heads - not a place I want to be in an action-romance. When these two were moving and shaking I was in heaven, but there just wasn't enough of that for me.

    Also - as with my last read - there's the tear between wanting the escape of reading fiction and needing something mostly grounded in reality. There was little fallout from all the destruction in this book, things happened either too easily or became ridiculously difficult, and too many coincidences tied everything together. Books about the government and espionage and special ops are difficult because you need a mix of bad ass and realism - this book missed the mark for me. I got frustrated.

    All in all, I loved the ideas. And Georgia and Parker were fantastic. This book would be fantastic without about 50% less head-time with the main characters and a dash of fact anchoring all the fiction.

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