Vanquish (Deliver, #2)by Pam Godwin
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.
Kelly - 4.5 *Compulsive* Crowns
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.
*Vanquish is book two in the Deliver series but can be read as a standalone*.
Pam Godwin has done it again! This woman knows how to deliver a very intricate, character-driven story with honesty and compassion. Her characters are never easy to relate to and not always likeable; their journey one of disquiet, yet alarmingly wondrous as you get sucked into the more darker and dangerous side of romance.
Van Quiso doesn't exist. The bastard son of a sex trafficker and a slave, his start in life was met with abuse and neglect. His only saviour was Liv Reed, he was her master, her torment, her door into the dark world of sexual slavery. Their Daughter was the only evidence that their communion existed, and even then, she was stripped from them at birth and brought up my the monster who created him. Now, Liv is free, and has access to Livana, while Van stalks in the shadows, hoping to one day play a pivotal role in her life.
Amber has suffered with mental illness for most of her life - a passing gift from her Mother. The ex beauty queen stumbled at the last hurdle when her narcissistic ex boyfriend trod on her self esteem, finally breaking her, aiding her down spiral into the darkest depths of imprisonment, not only in her own home, but of the mind. Her past has created a vacuum of fear and self deprecation fuelling her conditions of Bulimia, OCD and Agoraphobia. Her only reprieve is the delivery man who systematically brings her to orgasm twice a week, and her craft work in leather goods; her only form of income.
They were never supposed to meet, but with her drapes closed and no sign of life within her four walls, Van suspects the house next door to Liv is empty… but one night, he realises that he was very much mistaken.
Immediately taken with the beautiful yet very broken women, he sets his sights on a new target, a new release to take him away from his apparent failure as a son, a master and a father, and Amber is the perfect distraction…
"I'm the slippery foot print in your carpet. The creaking floor that steals air from your lungs. The hand that holds the gun. I'm the inescapable curse that caught you when you opened your door.”
This story really focuses on Van and Amber as two very broken souls come together. I am the first to admit that I love a tortured alpha, but I didn’t care much for Van Quiso in Deliver. His methods seemed cruel and his love for mannequin dolls kinda freaked me out. He certainly wasn’t book boyfriend material, but I was very interested to see where the author would go with his story, and wow, I didn’t quite expect this!
Amber in the earlier chapters was neurotic and irrevocably broken but I liked her. She coped with her illness in ways that were heartbreaking as much as they were courageous. She may have a panic attack just sitting on the doorstep, or looking out an open window but her spirit remained strong… the girl had fight and I liked that she didn’t play the victim 24/7.
But is there just one victim here? Van may be controlling and have a truck load of issues, but when he is confronted by another who knows what it means to be left alone to survive in the darkness, something snaps. For the first time, Liv doesn’t become a priority, and his training in the art of dominance may just be the one thing that not only saves Amber from herself, but him too.
"When I met her, I wanted to pick apart her freaky little agoraphobic mind and play with the pieces. I wanted to become her obsession, her solitary devotion, her fear, but along the way, she picked me apart. I'm the one who is obsessed, devoted…scared."
This is very much a new start for Van, a redemption, a metamorphosis, a freeing and feel-good story that held elements of beauty, even though the subject matter remained on the dark erotica side, a great combination that was expertly executed. Yep! Pam does it again!