Title: Vanquish (Deliver, #2)
Author: Pam Godwin
Genre: Dark Erotica
Release Date: August 25 2014
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.
Warning: Graphic sex and violence. Age 18+ only
It is recommended to read after Deliver, but it can be read as a stand-alone.
5 “This Author Puts the ‘C’ In Crazy” Stars
1. to conquer or subdue by superior force, as in battle.
2. to defeat in any contest or conflict; be victorious over:
3. to overcome or overpower:
Vanquish is book two in Pam Godwin’s Deliver series. It is no secret that I love and adore this author wholeheartedly; however, I have a confession to make. Every time I power up one of Pam’s books on my kindle I kind of look like this…..
This author writes books with these multi-layered and complex characters that take me out of my comfort zone. Big time. And, truthfully, I love her for it. She has this way of taking these crazy, psychotic, enigmatic, damaged and unredeemable characters and making you fall in love with them. Seriously, Van is about as fucked up as they come; however, somehow I found myself rooting for him hoping that he would find his happy place and peace. It takes a certain flare to be able to achieve this as an author and Pam Godwin certainly has this said “flare” in spades. She has some big motherfucking cajones and is not afraid to throw some crazy at you. But, when all is said and done, what you get is a multi-faceted story that will leave you breathless.
“Every human being had a cruel side, but as she looked into the blackness behind his eyes, she didn’t see a facet of varying traits. She saw the entire man. He was cruelty incarnate.”
We met thirty-three year old Van Quiso in the first book in this series, Deliver. He is dangerous, cold, sadistic and whole lot of psycho. Van has a dark past filled with murder, sex-trafficking, abuse and slavery and he makes no excuses for who he is. No one understands better than him the monster that lays beneath and is always threatening to surface. Van also has an obsession. Her name is Liv Reed whom we also met in book one. You see, she has something he wants and he will stalk and hunt until he is able to obtain his prize. What Van does not expect is to come face to face with Liv’s puzzling neighbor. Right from their initial encounter, Van is intrigued by this odd yet beautiful woman. Perhaps it is her gorgeous body and unbelievable tits. Or, perhaps it is the fact that she may be as broken as he is.
“What was wrong with this girl? The intensity of her fear resonated deep within the depraved part of his being. It was as intoxicating as her beauty, but where did it come from? What was she afraid of?”
“Amber was a conundrum of distraction.”
“The intensity of her fear resonated deep within the depraved part of his being. It was as intoxicating as her beauty.”
For the past two years, thirty-four year old Amber Rosenfeld has lived in a prison of her own making every day of her life. She suffers from agoraphobia and is confined to her home, depending on others to ensure that she is able to earn a living and provide for herself. Amber’s past has molded and shaped her into who she is and the stifling, structured and obsessive prison she lives in is one she is unable to break free from, no matter how hard she tries. Unbeknownst to Amber, there is a predator lurking in the shadows outside her home and she is about to become the prey.
“He wanted her vulnerability. To use her body. To bleed off the pent-up shit inside of him. To fill the emptiness. To get his fucking mind off Live Reed. Amber was the one he’d been waiting for, and considering the irony that she lived right next door to Liv, maybe Amber had been waiting for him.”
“He was a kidnapper, a rapist, and she ached to be repulsed by him, just to prove she was sane, but she couldn't. And she wasn't. His scarred beauty radiated seduction and danger, a deadly combination.”
“She glanced over his shoulder and took in the menagerie of brokenness with new eyes. It was tragic and beautiful and inspiring.”
There is something about Amber that calls to Van and he can’t help but take what he wants when it comes to her. She also becomes someone who could help him achieve his goal. For Amber, Van is “cruelty incarnate” but perhaps he is the lesser of two evils when it comes to facing her demons. Van is this larger than life character who Amber finds compelling right from the start. The more he immerses himself deeply into her core, the more she sees beneath all his layers of fucked-up. Amber becomes Van’s new obsession, or rather, fixing her does. She sees things in him that make him want to strive to be a better person and there was no way he was going to let her go.
What I loved about this story is that Pam Godwin was able to take two characters who were so fundamentally broken beyond repair and managed to help them find solace in each other. In a way they both were the catalyst for the change that occurs within each of them. This is no small feat as a writer, to take two individuals who are so screwed up and make me root for them, become invested in their happiness. Amber blossoms under the cruel and dictatorial hand that is Van’s. She is so scarred and messed up; however, underneath those fragile outer layers there is definitely an understated fierceness that begins to shine through as this story progresses. As for Van, his road to redemption was not an easy one. Nor was it a process that simply took place overnight. The path was painful and chalk full of obstacles. But, for once, Van saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
All in all, Vanquish is a book that once again proves why I love Pam Godwin’s unconventional romantic tales. They are captivating, dark, gritty and so unequivocally raw. This is a book about overcoming your demons as much as it is about accepting and loving someone for who they are, the good and the bad. Van and Amber are two characters that I will not forget. They have somehow etched themselves into my memory and onto my heart. If you have yet to give this author a try, I urge you to do so. You’d be surprised at all the wonder you can find in the darkness.
“It felt crazy and beautiful and decisively unbreakable.”
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About Pam Godwin
Pam Godwin lives in Missouri 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. Now, she resides in her hometown, earning her living as a portfolio research analyst, and living her yearning as a writer.
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.
Goodreds author page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6474204.Pam_Godwin
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