*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I want to start off this review by saying that Deliver is one of my top five read of 2014. It had everything I love in a book: it was dark, gritty, had action, angst, and of course, romance. I'm going to keep this review short so that I don't give any spoilers away because, trust me, you want to read this book with as little information beforehand as possible.
As you know from the synopsis, Liv is a deliverer. She hunts down unsuspecting men and women and kidnaps them. But that's not all. She trains them, breaks them, molds them into what their future buyer wants from them. At first glance, I didn't know what to think of Liv. How can I feel anything but disgust and hate for a person that takes, trains, and sells humans into sex slavery. But there's more to Liv than that. The more the story progresses, the more I sympathized with her character and even started rooting for her to come out on top by the end of this. I really loved Liv and I cannot even fathom how she has survived all those years when even though she works for the big man in charge, she is a slave herself.
Josh is her next target. He is a virgin football star at a catholic college. Even though it appears that she is kidnapping Josh to be trained and sold just like the others before him, he is different from the others. Josh is this sweet, caring, kind of innocent college guy that has some not some innocent desires. I loved Josh. From the moment he was captured, I felt for him. My heart broke for him. Very unselfishly, all he could think about was his parents and how he wasn't going to be there to help them at their farm. It was great to see how much his character grew and evolved throughout this book, but also how from the get-go he didn't back down, and Liv's words, he was the worst slave ever.
I had very high expectations for this book and I am glad that it lived up to them. Also, the fact that this book was different from many captor/captive because the sex slave in this case was a man and the slaver was a woman, was very refreshing. I also cannot write this review without at least mentioning Van. Van is one disturbing man. The dude is just plain crazy and I hated him for 99.9% of the book.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend it, but be aware that it is very graphic. This book made me an instant Pam Godwin fan.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I love it when I have read a book and days later it’s still playing on my mind. Deliver By Pam Godwin was one such book. I was captive from the start Pam, and her amazing writing style pulled me in and after the first chapter I didn’t want to put this read down.
The storyline was different from the start; I have not seen one before where the male was the one being held captive. There is so much more to this story than what the synopsis give away. Whist this is a dark read, sex slavery and kidnapping it also a romantic suspense thriller. With twists and turns you don’t know what to think the whole time I was reading this book there was an eagerness and excitement as to know what was going to happen next.
Liv’s character was one whom I wanted to not like, I mean she is takes innocent men, and woman and trains them to be sex slaves. What is there to like??
“I am a deliverer. I deliver the strikes that enforce your obedience.”
But as you begin to get details about her story you start to see that there is so much more to her, and comprehend her reasons for doing what she is doing. Liv is a strong character, but a broken one. There is a vulnerability about her she is trying to survive her own nightmare that she is living. Her story was heartbreaking to read at times
“Don’t you see how wrong I am? I’m a kidnapper. A murderer. A fucking monster.”
Joshua Carter I just loved him from the start, he was such a nice guy, and me heart just ached for him as I start to realize what is gong to happen to him. His inner strength was amazing, and his faith meant that he never gave up without a fight.
“To win this, he’d play her game until, eventually; hopefully, they played on the same side”
He sees the good in peoples, and he sees something in Liv, and was always trying to find a way to connect with her finding the key that would unlock her.
“The devil with the voice and heart of an angel.”
“What was she feeling beneath her stony exterior? What held her here, bending her to do things he knew she didn’t want to do”
The dynamics of Josh and Liv’s relationship was fascinating, and I loved watching play out and develop. The empathy I feel to both characters drew me to the story. Their chemistry was intense, and I fully understand how and why they were able to connect to each other on a deeper level, and felt the need to fight for what they really wanted.
“We may not be trapped for the same reason, but we’re looking in the same direction, reaching beyond these walls.”
There was an interesting mix of secondary characters such as Van he was a person that, for the most part, I wanted to punch, as I didn’t like him, but by the end although he was messed up I wanted to know more about. Therefore, I’m looking to Van’s story in the sequel Vanish.
Overall I really loved Deliver I really like the ending, but I did have one or two questions, and I would have liked to of known a bit more as to what happen into the future with Liv and Josh. This was my first book by Pam, and I will certainly read more of her work. I loved her writing and the flow of the story. If you’re looking for a dark romantic, emotional read the I highly recommended that you 1 click Deliver today. You won’t be disappointed.
On his back, muscles bared, bound, and stretched the full length of the box, he was an erotic picture. She was a criminal, and as ashamed as she was by that, the disgusting, fucked-up part of her anticipated spending the next ten weeks touching every inch of this man.
She dragged her gaze from his body to his face, and guilt slammed into her.
He stared up at her with so much pain in his eyes. “Don’t hurt my parents.”
Her gut twisted. She knew that pain, lived it every day. She leaned in, lips hovering a breath away, and repeated what Mr. E had said to her. “That’s up to you.”
Resolve hardened his face. She knew that emotion, too. Her time in the box was permanently carved in memory, which had made Van’s threats of returning her there an effective form of control in her training.
Tendrils of resentment coiled around her throat. To dwell on her or the boy’s predicament would only bring irresponsible hesitation. So she did what she always did to distract her thoughts.
She reached into the cold place inside her, searching for something yearning she could sing with dispassion. The beginning verses of “What It Is” by Kodaline fell past her lips and shivered through the room. She sang with an icy pitch as she removed a blindfold from the trunk by the box and tied it over his wide, glaring eyes.
To deprive smell, a swimmer’s nose plug went on next. He could breathe through his mouth, and the cracks in the box allowed airflow, but it wouldn’t feel that way to him once she shut the lid.
The skin on his face was hot and damp, the muscles beneath jerking against her fingers. She continued to sing as she cuffed headphones over his ears, plugged them into the tablet outside of the box, and activated the timer. Twenty minutes of heart-hammering silence.
The music in her voice strangled, stopped. Twenty minutes alone with his thoughts. Then the misery would begin.
“It’s just the way it is,” she murmured with an ache in her throat.
His body was motionless, but she didn’t miss the goosebumps creeping across his skin or the slight tremor in his cheeks. The sudden desire to comfort him drew her closer, bending her at the waist, until her mouth brushed his, softly, unjustly. His lips pulled away in a quiver that she felt throughout her body.
She straightened and rubbed her breastbone, unable to soothe the ache beneath it. “I’m so sorry.” A whisper, too low to pass through the earphones.
Then she closed the lid.
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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