Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Vanquish by Pam Godwin

I really loved this book! Read on for my review, excerpt and giveaway!

Warning: Graphic sex and violence. Age 18+ only

It is recommended to read after Deliver, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

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.
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What I thought about Vanquish

Pam Godwin has crafted a brilliant dark erotic tale with Deliver and Vanquish. We met Van in Deliver, but we really didn’t get to see much beyond his villainy. Vanquish picks up with his escape from the house after being shot, which was an awesome way to refresh this reader's memory as to what happened to him in Deliver. He’s still obsessed with Liv and for good reason. He wants to connect with their daughter and the only way he’s going to do that is by convincing Liv he should. That’s not going to be so easy.

When he finally finds Liv using his many stalker-ish talents, he meets Amber.  She’s got lots of problems, like an ex that totally messed up her head, along with agoraphobia and OCD just for starters. Van's intrigued with her, which rapidly moves to more of an obsession as he realizes just how much he wants Amber and how he could use his "talents" to help her.

Only he doesn’t really bargain for the things Amber does for him as they both spill their secrets to each other. I was amazed by the emotions that I felt during this part of the book. It was easy to hate Van for what he did to Liv and the others, but to hear his life story was gut-wrenching and I found myself becoming sympathetic to Van. Pam does a great job with building the case for his redemption.

And just when I thought it was all going to work out, Van shows just how much he’s changed from his trafficking days with an unselfish act that has both Van and Amber alone again. There’s a good amount of emotion in this part of the book that is so well done and I just loved it.

Vanquish was a very satisfying and awesome way to end this dark series. I love it when an author manages to make me feel differently about a character, and Pam Godwin does an excellent job of that in Vanquish. There wasn’t a lot of action in this one--there’s more introspection and I didn’t mind that. There’s lots of steamy sexual content too, but I do feel I should give a warning that Vanquish does contain abduction and non-consensual sex.

I really love this series. It’s dark, sexy and very well researched. Vanquish is the perfect follow-up to Deliver.

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.


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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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