August 28, 2014

Review for Vanquish by Pam Godwin


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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Di's Review
"You don't really know someone until you see them in the dark"

Pam Godwin does it again! I feel like she writes just for me, is that possible? How can I go from thinking Van is a crazy, doll loving, stalker to a someone I LOVE? (And want to have raging sex with) It doesn't get anymore disturbing, I should have a therapist on speed dial! 

Vanquish can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Deliver first. We met Van in Deliver, you get real insight in to his motives at the beginning of this story. 

"I'm the heir of torment, Amber.” She stepped back, hands shielding her groin and breasts. He rose and held out his arms, unabashedly nude. “I'm the slippery footprints in your carpet. The creaking floor that steals air from your lungs. The hand that holds the gun.” He paced through the room, snagging a pair of jeans from the floor, and met her eyes. “I'm the inescapable curse that caught you when you opened your door."

Oh Van, you did a number on me. I know we had to see you heal but I really love your sadistic mind. I had hoped you would kill Brent, because in my sick and Twisted mind I thought the humiliating of one's wife was worse than kidnapping and rape. This is not right? 

Amber's insecurities seem to hit home. I don't know how many times I've thought the same crazy things. (Am I ducking crazy? Maybe, but I think there's a lot of pressure on women in society.) To be perfect, to be pure, to be everything. What happens when you finally crack under the pressure? I LOVED AMBER and her crazy. LOVED! The book goes into great detail about her disorders, I couldn't get enough. 

These two are two halves of a whole. How can you fix a person when your broke yourself. Pam really tugged at my heart strings. I do have a heart, sometimes. Some will find this not as dark as her other books, but it's about healing from being in the Dark for too long. 

"What are you fighting? Fear?” His mouth touched her ear, his timbre a silken noose around her neck. “Fear is a deception, little girl. It doesn't bruise or thrust or bite.” His grip tightened. “Fear is not your Master"

Another masterpiece by Pam Godwin! I love her dark poetry, I feel it in my bones. I feel like revenge was the only thing missing in this story. 

Van, Van, twisted, complicated and f'd up as they come.
The more broken the better! He's no ordinary hero...just what I crave and LOVE!!!
Having come straight from the rush of Deliver right into Vanquish I was a bit disappointed. Don't misunderstand I still really enjoyed it. I just felt like it lost some of the edge and momentum that Deliver had. Revelations throughout and at the end of Deliver had me SO ANXIOUS to learn more about the man beneath the hard exterior. I had my suspicions that Van wasn't all that bad....or was he? One thing was for certain, this guy had some serious issues. He wreaked havoc on my poor brain. Do I want to strangle or hug him? How's it possible an abductor, rapist, abuser, obsessor, stalker, and a self proclaimed devil could make me melt? Beginning a year after Deliver ends, we see a transition to a softer side of Van. Although still haunted by his own demons, it's clear he's damaged yet fixable, determined, redeemable, yes, also caring, passionate and most of all FORGIVABLE! Pairing him with Amber, a women battling numerous issues herself, was INCREDIBLE. Crazy is as crazy does. Vanquish digs into their pasts explaining how they were morphed into the broken, demented people they became. Both were perfectly developed emotionally and physically. So clear, I could pick them from a line-up. I couldn't help but get totally wrapped up in Amber's story. Her quirks, struggles, recovery, rebirth and revenge. (Sadly one of those things never came...which is probably the root of my disappointment.) Honestly, I actually found myself more intrigued with Amber than Van. The dynamic between the two, bad and good, flowed effortlessly and was crazy hot. Again, it was a good story, just fell a little flat for me.

Vanquish can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading Deliver first. I'm glad I did!

I'm glad I'm not the only one who fell for Van! he is a stalker, a kidnapper, a rapist and he sold sex slaves but yet he captivated me! I still feel like there was something lacking in Van's story. don't get me wrong, I enjoyed hearing about his past and watching him heal but I wanted to know more I guess.

I loved Amber and her quirkiness and Van did too. Her struggles with her mental illness were heartbreaking and Van wanted to heal someone for the first time, not break them.

Some may say this was not as dark as Deliver and I would agree, but this was a story about healing from the past and THAT was dark

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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.


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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  1. I love everything Pam Godwin writes!!!