Release Week Blitz ~ Vanquish by Pam Godwin @Pamgodwinbooks includes Derna &Adriana's Review, Excerpt, Teaser and Giveaway
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Vanquish is the second book in the Deliver series by Pam Godwin and like the first, it's still playing on my mind days later. I have been waiting to read Vanquish, as I so wanted to know more about the man who for the most part whilst reading Deliver I wanted to do more than just punch him for all the things he had done to Liv and others. I really didn’t like him, but I have to say by the end, although he was messed up there was something about him, my anger toward his had decreased, and I wanted to know more about him, and his story.
I must admit I didn’t reread the synopsis when I started this one, as I wanted to go into it blind. I trusted that Pam was going to captivate from the start with Van Quiso’ story and I have to say she really did I just love this one.
"You don't really know someone until you see them in the dark"
Van OMG!! What can I say about him, I was expecting him to be dark, crazy, dangerous, and a cold-hearted fuck, and for the most part he was he definitely has some issues. As his story unfolds and I learnt more about him, his childhood and his past, I did start to feel for him. He is broken and so messed up. At times, he came across heartless and cruel, but then he would surprise me, and do something that showed a gentle, funny and compassionate side. I didn’t want to like him, but I did.
‘He could whip her against a tree, fuck her beneath the moon, tie her down on the porch and mar her flesh with the cuts of his teeth. It didn’t matter, because wherever he took her, no matter how brutal or dark the destination, there would always be warmth. Because he would be with her.’
Amber Rosenfeld is just as broken and messed up as Van, but in a very different way. My heart went out to her as it was difficult and emotional to read at times how agoraphobia and other her issue are controlling her life making her a prisoner in her own home. She really tries hard not to let her circumstances define her, and she is doing everything in her power to adapt to it and survive it. I just loved her.
He was her mirror in a way. They both carried a million cracks beneath the skin. Even under the stark light of the fluorescents, it was hard to see which of them was more broken.”
I am not going to say much more as like me, I think you should go into more or less blind, and experience it for yourself. I will say that when Van meets Amber old habits die-hard, and when Amber meets Van all her boundaries are tested.
“He was a cold-hearted fuck with an appetite for blood, come, and tears. And he had the perfect girl to feed it”
“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.
Van and Amber are two broken, damaged people, and their relationship is dark, and twisted, and emotional. There was also humor within it, and the sex was seriously hot at times. I loved watching Van and Amber's relationship develop, and I could understand what they were drawn to each other why their need for each other was so intense.
“Love hate are closely related expression of the same intensity both require passion, and neither follows logic”
“He wasn’t alone in these feelings. She needed him as much as he needed her, physically and as much as emotionally”
Overall, I loved Vanquish. The twist and turns had me eager to swipe the pages so that I could see how Van and Amber's story was going to unfold. I loved the epilogue it was a good way to end Van and Amber’s journey. I love Pam writing, she has a way of pulling you into the story. I felt it was well-written especially the parts when Pam is describing Amber fears about going outside I could just feel her pain and her panic.
I know it says it can be read as a standalone, but I really think that if you haven’t read Deliver then you should read it first not only because it's an amazing read, that is slightly darker and twisted, but to get the foundation of Van. If you like dark, gritty, and twisted romance stories, then Vanquish is just what you need. Go one click today. I’m looking for to seeing what Pam has for us next.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I'm going to start this review by pointing out that if you plan on reading book one in this series, Deliver, DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT read Vanquish or this review first! If you want to read Vanquish first, Deliver will be spoiled for you and it's best if you go in blind! You have been warned...
When I heard that one the least likable characters I have ever encountered was getting his own book you would think my reaction was one big 'hell to the no,' but I was intrigued. One word that came to mind when thinking about Van was crazy. So I kept thinking to myself, how is Pam going to make me fall for him? And believe it or not, I DID!
Van is one of those complex characters that you just love to hate and hate to love. And Van wouldn't be Van without being..well..Van. So when Van is introduced to us, he's doing something that had me just shaking my head. He's not only spying on Liv (Yes, we do cross paths with Liv once again. YAY!), but he's doing something...shall I say..out of the norm? From then on I just knew that Van was as crazy and appalling as seen in Deliver. I was wrong. There is a reason for his madness and when his past is completely revealed, I really felt (and fell!) for him.
Amber is a character like no other. She suffers from anxiety, OCD, agoraphobia, self-esteem issues, anorexia....you name it, she has it. From the very beginning of this book I just wanted to grab her and comfort her. Slowly, the reasons behind all these issues come to light and I just wanted to kick a person or two for her. This book having dual point of views, I got to feel the struggles that Amber faced daily. I loved that she felt so real and relatable. And what I loved the most about her was that as the story progressed, she got stronger and stronger. She fought to break through her anxiety, her agoraphobia, her OCD, etc. Not that these things just went away, of course, because that would just not be realistic at all.
The relationship between Amber and Van started by chance. I won't go into details about that, but know that I wanted to hate Van for his actions at first. But he really grew on me. He helps Amber with her problems, he doesn't go about it very well, but it's the thought that counts right? And at first he wants to use her for his own purpose, but he grows to feel things for her that he had never felt before. I loved seeing him grow and evolve throughout this book.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. Van and Amber are characters like no others and they will definitely stay with me for a very long time.
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 head.
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 cunt.
His tongue tingled, his skin burned, and his head swam. God, she was a drug, and he was so fucking high.
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.
Book One In The Series....Deliver (Deliver #1)
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.
Stand Alone (no cliff-hanger). The sequel is coming Summer 2014.
Content warning: Graphic sex, violence, and psychological abuse. Age 18+ only.
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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 blinking eyes.
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