Friday, 1 December 2017

Book Review: Defenseless by Elizabeth Dyer

About the Book

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 one warned Georgia that Parker was one seriously drop-dead-gorgeous geek.

The last thing Parker needs is a bodyguard, especially not one with killer curves and a sassy mouth who tempts him to do something incredibly stupid. He’s too busy investigating whoever is turning his technology against him and threatening his team of covert operatives. But when an assassin sends Georgia and Parker running for their lives, it might just be the explosive sexual chemistry and the trust that’s building between them that saves their necks. Because the only thing more dangerous than the combination of Parker’s intellect and Georgia’s aim is their steadfast desire to protect each other, no matter the cost


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My Thoughts

An all round entertaining read. This is the story of Georgia Bennett, snarky and pessimistic, versus Parker Livingston, the hapless nerd and tech genius. Let the games begin!

This book had a real yin and yang quality about it. There were so many opposing and contradictory thoughts, feelings and things taking place yet ultimately they complemented and connected each other. Even the manner in which I read this book had that quality: I wanted to race through it so I could find out what happened next but I also wanted to savour it.

Individually, Parker and Georgia are contradictory beings. Parker is a highly intelligent man who can charm the pants off you, be a braggart about his talents and achievements, and be boyish and uncertain when faced with self doubt.

Georgia is a tough nut with a marshmallow centre. She is extremely confident in her professional capabilities but is constantly being criticised, looked over and looked down upon by people. She is prickly, fiery and does an excellent job of aggravating people.
When Parker and Georgia first meet, they not only clash but indulge in a case of one-upmanship. The ever-confident Parker is certain Georgia will fail his virtual reality simulation, allowing him to get rid of the unwanted bodyguard. Georgia is steaming mad that again her capabilities are being downplayed. She is sick of downplaying her capabilities and decides to show Parker just what she’s capable of.

“Bodyguard gets the gun; damsel gets the rescue.” She gestured between them. “Me bodyguard, you damsel.”

And does she ever! Time and time again she shows Parker how accomplished she is. And nearly every time she is waiting for his disdain to shine through. It never does. He is in awe of her talents, tells her often and she finally starts believing that perhaps she is not as unworthy as she has been made to feel.

I found the suspense plot of the book absorbing. Parker has developed a highly sophisticated profiling program, which he is incredibly proud of. This program ends up being used by others for nefarious reasons.  In a dark twist, the program is used to hunt him down. He becomes the target and Georgia is the one with the skills to save him.

I liked how the technical aspects were explained by Parker to Georgia. He did it in a way that she, and I as the reader could understand. We understood the importance and the gravity of what the program’s capabilities were.  

If the suspense elements were not enough, there are plenty of comedic moments. Parker may be an uber-nerd but he is chock-full of one liners and witticisms. Georgia’s sarcasm and biting replies well balance him in this sphere.
“Stick with me, babe,” he said, his voice rife with self-satisfaction. “There’s more here than just puzzles, programs and pelvic perfection.”

Finally a special mention goes to PITA, the Roomba-riding cat. I burst out laughing when PITA first appeared and stopped reading to search the internet to see if this was actually a thing. It is! There is an entire world out there of felines taking a spin on this home appliance.

Overall, this is a well-balanced romantic suspense book. And I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the author’s next book.

About the Author
Elizabeth Dyer likes her heroines smart and snarky, and her heroes strong and sexy. An attorney and recent coffee devotee, Elizabeth spends the majority of her time tucked into a corner table at Starbucks or pinned beneath her (overly affectionate) bullmastiff. When she isn’t working or wrestling the dog, you can usually find Elizabeth writing the types of sexy, suspenseful books she most loves to read.

A born-and-bred Texan, Elizabeth resides in Dallas, where she indulges in Netflix marathons, Instagramming her dog, and brunch. Definitely brunch. Adorably awkward, Elizabeth hates the phone as much as she loves all the social-media things and hearing from her readers. 


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