Warning: Graphic sex and violence. Age 18+ only
It is recommended to read after Deliver, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
Her life is like a prison cell.
A self-made, to-hell-with-the-free-world existence that locks from the inside.
Stop judging. Her agoraphobia doesn’t define her. It simply keeps her safe.
He belongs in a prison cell.
The 6x8, make-me-your-bitch variety that locks from the outside.
But he’s free. To hunt. To take. To break.
And he just found a sexy new toy.
Capturing her is the easy part. Her fucked-up mind, however, makes him question everything he does next.
But he’s a determined bastard. If all goes his way, this will hurt like hell.
“Are you going to cut me up in little pieces?”
A cold smile tipped his lips as he chuckled. Then his expression sobered. “Walk to the kitchen.”
Fucking psychopath. He stood right in the doorway, taking up the whole damned hall. At over six feet tall with a muscled body cut from stone, he could squash her without breaking a sweat. She didn't want to go near him. He was terrifying. But being forced outside was worse. She straightened her back and headed toward him.
As she slid by, his arm caught her waist and yanked her back against his chest. She slapped at his hand, bucking against him, and his arm clenched tighter. His erection jabbed against her backside, his breath hot at her ear. “Fighting and squirming only turns me on. Don't stop.”
She immediately stilled. God, he wasn't lying. His dick was undeniably more pronounced against her back. Feeling him like that, so close, so huge and hard, rushed heat between her legs and prickles over her skin. Why, oh why was she responding this way? She hated and wanted it, and mother of all fucks, she couldn't have been more completely and totally out of her mind.
She drew a ragged breath. Think, think, think. But his intention blatantly rubbed against her, scattering her thoughts. “You're going to rape me, aren't you?”
His torso moved up and down with his breath. “I thought you wanted to be fuck buddies. Don't make it weird.”
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.
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There aren’t a lot of words to describe the intensity of this story told throughout these two books but I will just lay out a few. It’s scorching hot, painful, passionate, violent, despicable, broken, loving, fierce, protective and consuming. Though Ms. Godwin states you can read these books as standalones I don’t think any reader should. The story read seamlessly from book 1 to book 2 has a greater impact then if they are read alone especially since Vanquish is the aftermath of the some of the actions taken in Deliver.
In Deliver we meet Liv, a tough, relentless yet tortured “Deliverer” of sex slaves. She has set her eyes on the most righteous of prey based on the request of the latest buyer, that prey being Joshua Carter. Joshua Carter is a wholesome loving boy, a successful athlete and outstanding student with a family and community that love him dearly. Liv knows this and yet she takes her chances abducting him with the help of her lover/abuser/kidnapper Van.
Liv is used to the role forced upon her. Play the master, break the prey, make them obey and willing to please. No remorse, no looking back, no fear and no compassion. She does her job in order to keep the people she cares about most in her life alive as well as herself. But when she takes Joshua Carter as her next target it appears Liv has met her match and Joshua may be the one to break her. Joshua has lived a very strict and innocent life. Aiming to please his parents he has never faced temptation that could corrupt his soul until Liv. But as Joshua plots his escape and possible vengeance Liv turns out to be the one temptation he can’t deny. Together the two of them form an unbreakable bond. A bond built form hate, obsession, compassion, love and fierce loyalty. A bond that may just save them both.
The beginning of this book is rather brutal there are many intense scenes that include forced sexual acts, bondage, slave/master scenarios, violence, and mental anguish. I was literally cringing and my heart was constricting during some of the scenes. But these scenes are important, there important to see the resolve of Joshua and the painful truth about Liv. They help the reader understand the emotions running through both characters; the fear, the awe, the compulsion and the undying attachment that these two form for each other. Their like a lifeline for one another. There are several twists and turns in this book that will keep you on your toes as well as some eye-popping revelations. The writing is flawless and even its darkness its shines beautifully. I have read some heavy dark erotic romances but this one takes the cake for me and its gets all the stars from me.
In the second book Vanquish we are privy to the story of Van. After certain events take place in Deliver Van is forging his own path in life. A path leading away from his horrid past. A path that leads him right to Amber. Amber suffers from intense phobias and OCD behavior that consume her life making it difficult for her to even have one. When her path crosses with Van she learns that there are greater things to fear then ill arranged books on a shelf. Van sees Amber initially as a conquest but slowly it is Van’s own compulsion to fix what he has broken that transforms him from Amber’s tormentor into her savior.
Again as with Deliver there are some very intense scenes not for the faint of heart. Van knows only violence and brutality and in the beginning that is what we get from him. But stay with it folks because Van is going to make you fall so hard for him you won’t even realize how deep in the darkness you have journeyed. Van is just amazing, there is something so beautifully broken about him that you just can’t fight the attraction. He is alluring, dark, mysterious, honest, dangerous and delicious. He will make you hate him and then make you love him all in the same breath. Amber is a fighter but she is also vulnerable making her the walking dichotomy that Van needs in his life. His desire to own and cherish are conflicting terms in his head but Amber offers him the answer to both.
This book is poetic in his brutality and fierce in its love. Van’s story is sexy and sinister, threatening and protective and angry and remorseful. There is sorrow and happiness just as there is darkness and light. I loved the writing in this book as well. Pan Godwin knows exactly what words to use to grab your attention and squeeze your heart. She knows how to make her readers want more even after they feel like they have had enough. I love the changing POV’s in the story, they are effortless and easy to follow. I more than enjoyed this book and we got to hear Van’s story. Five flippin amazing stars from me!!!!
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