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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Deliver was a book that caught me by surprise. The story line captured me and dragged me in for 5 hours straight!
Liv is a Deliverer. The only way she has to keep her family safe is to attract young men then capture them, train them, and deliver them to a life of slavery. She thinks she deserves this life, she can handle it-until him.
Joshua Carter is a good Christian. Living at home on his parents farm, he works tirelessly to help keep their farm running, goes to school to become a Preacher, and is a star football player for his school. When he falls into Liv's trap his life is turned upside down but he sees her as someone he can save; not a deliverer.
The depth of this story amazed me. There were so many twists and turns I was kept constantly on my toes. Admittedly it took a bit for me to get into the story line, but when it picked up-it rocked. Liv was a bad ass Mistress that knew how to keep her emotions locked up tight. I admired her strength for all she endured for 7 long years. The change in her when she sees Joshua Carter for the first time is one she struggles with; her emotions start to resurface. What I really loved in this story was the hidden part of Liv that wasn't shown until the pivotal plot turns. She was bad ass but kept her true self hidden away-preserving the goodness in her for when it counted most.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
The story had so many different layers to it; dark erotica, love, lust, unrequited love, slavery, and so much more. I truly never saw what was coming next and loved that it kept me reading nonstop to find out what was going to happen. I cannot wait for the sequel to this book!! This is a definite must read and a series I look forward to following!
*Reviewed by Lauren
He slammed a fist into the nearest tree trunk. Again. Again. Pain ricocheted through his hand, down his arm, and fed his breaking heart.
Out of the corner of his eye, he caught her silhouette standing a few yards away. A slender shadow, shrouded by darkness. And in her raised arms, she held a gun, trained on him.
He threw another fist. Absorbed the burn. Expelled the rancor. He knew she was holding a gun on him to prevent him from running and putting her family at further risk. Regardless, she wouldn’t shoot him. Not because she needed a slave, but because she loved what was hers with a self-destructing passion. He faced her and held out his arms. “I’m yours.”
The girl and the gun didn’t move.
“Lose the damned mask and stop hiding from me.” He raked his throbbing hands through his hair. “Scream, cry, hit something. Hit me. But for God’s sake, let it out.”
The shadowy lines of her body wavered. The gun lowered, returned to her boot.
He stretched out his arms, savoring the cool breeze brushing over his unrestrained skin. “I stand here without rope or chains, Liv, tethered to you by my own will.” His blood beat with the ferocity of his words. “I won’t be free until you are.”
Her head jerked back, her body rigid. Then she walked straight to him and unleashed her fists on his chest. She clobbered him over and over, her gasps accelerating with each fall of her hand.
The lashing didn’t hurt. Not like the whimpers rising from her chest. She was hurting, lashing out for the wrongs that had been done to her. A sharp pain swelled in his throat. The only thing he could do was take it in, try to bear some of it for her.
He held his arms out and his body open. When her hits ebbed into weak slaps, she stumbled back, hugging herself and clutching her elbows.
His heartbeat slogged through the ache in his chest. He kept his arms outstretched and whispered, “I’m here.”
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