Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vanquish (Deliver #2) by Pam Godwin: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


 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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“Are you going to cut me up in little pieces?”

A cold smile tipped his lips as he chuckled. Then his expression sobered. “Walk to the kitchen.”

Fucking psychopath. He stood right in the doorway, taking up the whole damned hall. At over six feet tall with a muscled body cut from stone, he could squash her without breaking a sweat. She didn't want to go near him. He was terrifying. But being forced outside was worse. She straightened her back and headed toward him.

As she slid by, his arm caught her waist and yanked her back against his chest. She slapped at his hand, bucking against him, and his arm clenched tighter. His erection jabbed against her backside, his breath hot at her ear. “Fighting and squirming only turns me on. Don't stop.”

She immediately stilled. God, he wasn't lying. His dick was undeniably more pronounced against her back. Feeling him like that, so close, so huge and hard, rushed heat between her legs and prickles over her skin. Why, oh why was she responding this way? She hated and wanted it, and mother of all fucks, she couldn't have been more completely and totally out of her mind.

She drew a ragged breath. Think, think, think. But his intention blatantly rubbed against her, scattering her thoughts. “You're going to rape me, aren't you?”

His torso moved up and down with his breath. “I thought you wanted to be fuck buddies. Don't make it weird.”

About the Author:

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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Review by Michelle:

I think it is safe to say that after reading Deliver by Pam Godwin it was easy to see there was a softer side to Van Quiso. One that lends itself to love, devotion, and sentimentality. I think we would also be deluding ourselves if we didn't admit that while he didn't seem all bad, in fact he often seemed likable, vulnerable, and even pitiable underneath the anger and disgust of what transpired throughout Van and Liv's history, there was also a certain layer of creepiness that made any real brewing feelings for Van a little unwelcome and more than a little uncomfortable. Vanquish turns a complete 180 delving into Van's past, his eccentricities, his obsession, his desire, and his motivations. Vanquish is unlike any other story I have read before, it is absolutely fascinating and totally addicting, it is completely absorbing and powerfully alluring.

Van is most definitely a little off but after discovering the reasons behind his obsession, his idiosyncrasies, and his coping mechanisms you get to know the real Van and can soon see that he has been grossly misunderstood. He is so complicated, so multifaceted, he continually throws you off kilter, altering your opinion and questioning your judgment. Witnessing Van's peculiarities there was always the inkling that his history would prove to be horrendous. In truth, Van's past is not just tragic, it is harrowing, heartbreaking, and utterly devastating bringing about a myriad of different feelings for and about this convoluted character.

The stages of Van infatuation include: Acceptance, when you think to yourself that even after all the atrocities that he himself has inflicted upon others, he's really not as dark or depraved as we may have first thought. Denial, when he acts ruthlessly and mercilessly dispelling the notion that deep, deep down inside he is just a softie with a heart of gold, compelling you to scour every detail hoping for some sort of explanation that will justify his cruelty. Relief, when caring and kindness returns and even remorse makes an appearance giving hope that maybe you were right about him all along. Grief, when the past is revealed and you are bowled over by an enormous rush of empathy and compassion. And finally Joy, when you recognize the vast transformation that Van has undergone and realize long before Van and Amber do just how good they are for each other.

Amber is a total disaster. If you were to look up unstable in the dictionary you would see a picture of Amber. What I really love though, was that despite all of her oddities and her ticks, her insecurities and being thoroughly beaten down and broken, she is so very strong, determined, feisty, sassy, and the perfect adversary for and complement to Van.

Together these two are the embodiment of dysfunction, but it works. It works so good. I have never before experienced a story in which BOTH main characters were so messed up, so damaged, and had so many issues but at the same time both were so completely engrossing and utterly endearing that it is virtually impossible to get them out of head.

The dynamic between these two is just brilliant. It is fun and entertaining, a little scary and whole lot worrisome, touching and fortifying. The way that Van and Amber were able to connect with each other and help each other is unexpected and completely heartwarming. Did I really just use the words touching and heartwarming when referring to Van and this dark story? I sure did. Amber brought out a side of Van that is sure to have taken even the most loyal Van lover by surprise while the way in which he helped Amber heal, not through dependency and fixation, but through empowerment and independence was both admirable and inspiring.

There were definitely a few things I went into Vanquish expecting. I knew this story would be dark, I was prepared for it to be just as messed up as its predecessor, and I anticipated a whole new level of crazy once fully immersed in Van's world. But playful banter? Seriously? Witty repartee between these two characters was definitely the LAST thing I expected yet Vanquish has it in spades. It is refreshing and the ideal addition of light to dark.

I have been completely and totally consumed by Vanquish. It has been days since I finished and it is still with me and does not appear to be letting up anytime soon. To say I have a hangover is an understatement. I thought I loved Deliver but Vanquish absolutely blew me away. It is exactly what you would hope for from the sequel to Deliver and from Van's perspective but it is also surprisingly emotional, moving, and uplifting. Vanquish can be read as a standalone but believe you me, reading both books enhances the experience exponentially. Not only does it make Vanquish more enjoyable knowing all the details of his and Liv's past but reading Vanquish impeccably completes Deliver. The second book rehashes and heightens all the feelings and experiences of the first. Do yourself a favor and be sure to read both of these wonderful books.

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. Sounds really good! would love to read. Thanks for the chance! ;)

  2. Loved Deliver! Cannot wait to read this! Thank you!

  3. I think that I can't wait to Read It!