Deliver by Pam Godwin
His name was Joshua Carter. Now it's whatever she wants it to be.
She is a Deliverer.
She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price. As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold. Delivering is all she knows.
The one thing she can't deliver is a captive from slavery.
And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her...from herself.
Romantic ThrillerStand Alone (no cliff-hanger). The sequel is coming Summer 2014.Content warning: Graphic sex, violence, and psychological abuse. Age 18+ only.
Kelly- 5 Crowns
She was stolen innocence, following the rules of monsters. Somewhere along the way, she'd become one.
Oh my goodness...Pam Godwin has done it again!
Deliver is dangerous, tragic and totally unmissable.
This book will challenge you, no denying it. The subject matter is a little disconcerting in places, but I have read darker. This a perfectly executed romantic thriller told in 3rd person narrative that focuses on two separate individuals thrown together under the most abhorrent of circumstances. Liv and Joshua; both pawns in a game of greed and sexual slavery, just at the opposite ends of the spectrum.
I immediately wanted to hate Liv Reed, our Deliverer. Her stoic coldness and manipulative personality was palpable and unnerving throughout the kidnapping of Joshua Carter - the beautiful, young and selfless college ball-playing hero. However, I felt that undercurrent of forlorn sadness and knew, despite my general disgust for her role, there was a much bigger picture.
Liv is portrayed as holding all the cards - one of three traffickers; moulded and skilled in the art of dominance as she models her latest captive into the perfect sex slave, to be sold to the next depraved highest bidder hailing from the border of Mexico. She is formidable, focused and has never failed…until now.
Joshua Carter is everything Liv could only ever dream of. A virginal, bright, beautiful college student reared with unconditional love by a hard-working family with strong Christian values, he exudes strength and kindness - a rarity in her world. Many of her other captives were from broken homes or living on the streets – it made the job of taking them easy. So, when she sets her sights on her new pet project to adhere to the demands of the next buyer, a new game is in play. Joshua is a liability, and one that could cause a few problems to their organisation. He will be missed.
Joshua is no stranger to pain. He works hard to maintain his family’s farm while consistently earning good grades on and off the football pitch. He is not one to bow down to pressure, or answer to those who wish to do the devils work. And little does Liv know it, he’s about to become her hardest slave yet…
Liv’s journey in breaking the ‘boy’ is very much a focus to the first part of this story, as is Josh’s role as a captive. But, this author knows how to turn a story on a dime. The portrayal of the characters and the way the plot thickened and changed course halfway through was utterly mesmerising and a work of creative genius.
I felt myself going through that transitional period and caring for these two individuals in a whole new way. I basked in Joshua’s strength and forgiving nature, and I grieved with the girl who lost everything, including her freedom. But most of all, I fell in love with the idea of finding love in the darkest of places.
"I can feel you." He leaned back, inhaled deeply. "Inside me. Everywhere. You own me. You will always own me, and I will walk through hell to keep it that way."
"You own me, too."
This isn't just 'another' BDSM erotica stockholm syndrome tale even though there are certainly strong elements of that. This story also focuses on the hows and whys. How Liv came to be a Deliverer and the sacrifices made to this point. This is her story as much as Joshua's, making it very character-driven, giving them both depth and room to grow.
Pam Godwin made me question what I believed I knew about certain characters too, only then to have that proverbial rug swept from under my feet, knocking me flat on my arse, and not once, but three fucking times.
Yep, she nailed it!