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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I really wish I would have had Vanquish months ago when I was going through my major book funk….it would have quickly pulled me out of it. I instantly became engrossed in this story! I had this love/hate relationship with Van and this obsession with Amber. I was so fascinated to read about her agoraphobia, her OCD, her little quirks. The amount of detail and depth that Pam put into this book and the characters was simply brilliant and as someone who works in healthcare my mind was instantly on alert to look for flaws…there were none…it was PERFECT! I also must mention there was not one thing I did not like about this story…it was so well written. 5 stars.
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.
*If you haven’t read Deliver yet, you really should before Vanquish as Vanquish will spoil some of the story line for you.*
Van is still reeling and trying to recover from losing Liv in Deliver. Every night he goes and watches Liv and Josh. He wants to win Liv back and also somewhat redeem himself to be able to meet their daughter. It is there he runs into Amber. He thinks her house is abandoned, not expecting this beautiful introverted girl who suffers from multiples disorders, who can’t leave the house to be living inside. There is something about Amber that grabs Van’s attention…maybe it is her feisty nature in spite of all her oddities but something drawls Van to Amber. Van finds himself completely fixated on this mysterious woman and soon makes it his mission to try and “fix” Amber and help cure her of all her issues. This begins the beginning of the battle….Van forcing Amber out of her comfort zone, him not giving up, Van being cruel, and Amber fighting him tooth and nail. The road for these two will not be easy…but it never is for two broken people.
"When I met her, I wanted to pick apart her freaky little agoraphobic mind and play with the pieces. I wanted to become her obsession, her solitary devotion, her fear, but along the way, she picked me apart. I'm the one who is obsessed, devoted…scared."
Gahhh…I loved this book…I loved the epilogue! I highly recommend you read all of Pam’s books. Vanquish is my favorite of hers and one of my favorites this year….real, raw, edgy, thrilling, a push-your-boundaries type of dark romance!
*Reviewed by Brandi
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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