Title: Vanquish (Deliver #2)
Author: Pam Godwin
Genre: Dark Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
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 6×8, 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.
Most times I don’t like it when an author changes the characters around. If you remember Van from Deliver, then you remember him as Liv’s abductor. The man who kept her enslaved for 7yrs. Who also made her a sex trafficker in order to keep her and their daughter alive, amongst his little obsession. But if you really remember towards the end he was going to tell Liv the whole truth until she shot him. He did love her in his own way.
So at the beginning I was a little worried. I was wondering about the big change in Van. Was he looking for a Redemption? I don’t think so. He’s always clear of his intentions and he never asked for remorse. But he did want something. He wanted to be in his daughter Liviana’s life. I kept my fingers crossed and hoped Pam could pull this off.
Van may have grown up in the streets and his father turned him into a monster, but he still had some good in him. He did love. The problem was no one was loving him back. Pam managed to show us a side of Van which left me speechless and creeped out at the same time. Then again, creepy Van was what I wanted all along. Boy was he creepy. Not only creepy, he was mean, heartless, and his stalking ways still on full alert. It all had a reason. That reason being Amber. This time he didn’t seek her out, she stumbled into him.
First impressions of Amber…Dr. Phil and Oprah couldn’t help her out. This girl needed a miracle. The only problem this miracle came in the form of a dark angel. A woman broken so badly by her ex-husband she has stayed confined to her home. Terrified of the outside world. She works from home and even has the deliver guy bring the mail directly into the house. She also has sex with him but with the lights off.
Weird. Talk about having issues.
I believe what Van saw in Amber was a broken soul who was more broken then he was. One he might be able to put back together like his dolls. One of my favorite scenes was when Van explained to Amber about the dolls. Not so creepy anymore Van. I felt for him. Amber understood him. It may have not been right his actions towards her but in the end it all worked out. Of course not without the pain and suffering. Pam is really good at making you feel all those emotions as you read her stories. Best part, she makes you love someone you should really hate.
Am I happy with the outcome? Absolutely. How did she change this man but still gave me what I wanted to see in Van? Only she knows the answer to that. At times I even laughed at some of the things Van did to Amber. No I’m not being heartless. It truly was funny. If you have OCD you’d understand. Don’t mess with my shit!! I recommend that you read Deliver first and see where it all began and maybe you can forgive Van like I have. Oh and hands down on the HEA. I read the last chapter probably like 3 times. It was BEAUTIFUL. The perfect ending. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
*An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.
He stalked toward her, mirroring the tilt of her head, knees and shoulders loose, and his gaze
holding her prisoner. A breath away, he paused, soaking in the subtleties of her tipped-up chin,
parting lips, and glossy but resolute eyes.
With the next breath, he launched, hands on her jaw, fingers spread around the back of her
His elbows dropped, shoulders raised, and he yanked her to him, lifting her on tiptoes, guiding
her mouth, taking it. His grip twisted through her hair as he drew in her upper lip and shoved her
against the fridge, following her with the weight of his body.
The kiss went fucking wild, their lips mashing in a frantic battle. His tongue plunged her mouth,
attacking, thrusting in and out, possessing her movements, owning her. Breath for breath, lick
after lick, he ate at her mouth, tasting, devouring.
He dropped his hands to her breasts, squeezing ruthlessly as he rolled his cock against her
His tongue tingled, his skin burned, and his head swam. God, she was a drug, and he was so
She gripped his biceps, bit at his lips, and threw her arms over his shoulders, her fingers
scratching the fuck out his back. He shuddered, loving it, but he was in control.
Reaching back, he grabbed her wrists and slammed them above her head. Their bodies ground
together, his forearms pressing hers to the fridge, their tongues dancing and clashing. Chest-to-
chest, hips fused together, he flexed his ass, dry humping her like a horny teenager.
Jesus, fuck, he didn’t care. He wanted her.
He leaned back to study her face and found strong smoldering eyes, sharp breaths, and swollen
wet lips. Whatever she saw in his expression made her mouth chase his and her fingers curl
around his hands. They kissed endlessly, fueling the fire and pushing his control long past the
point of discomfort before pulling back and starting all over again.
When he broke the kiss with a hand on her jaw, they panted as one, mouths open and so close
their bottom lips brushed. She peered at him through lowered lashes, and he stared back in
awe. What trembled between them wasn’t an if? Or even a how hard? Those were foregone.
The question they shared was simple.
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
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