Deliver by Pam Godwin

April 22, 2019

Deliver series #1
Release: February 27, 2014
Genre: Dark Romance - captive/BDSM
Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat: Explicit - 4.5 out of 5
Length: 344 pages
Format: ebook purchased from Amazon

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About The Book
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.
Until him.
And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her...from herself.

DELIVER series (HEAs with no cliffhangers - must be read in order):
Deliver #1
Vanquish #2
Disclaim #3
Devastate #4
Take #5
Manipulate #6
Unshackle #7
Dominate #8
Complicate #9

My Review
Josh is 21 years old. He's a star football player, a devout Christian, and going to school to become a minister. He works hard on his family's farm and his life is written in stone. Or is it? See, Josh is being watched. He fits the criteria that someone is looking for. He fulfills all the requirements. And life as he knows it disappears along with him.

She was stolen innocence, following the rules of monsters. Somewhere along the way, she’d become one.

I'm probably of the minority, but I absolutely hated Liv. HATED HER!! Usually I can hope that an author can redeem a character, but I didn't want to hope with this one. I didn't want to like her. For all of her problems and the facts of her circumstances, I felt no sympathy. She's a monster looking for what? Compassion? Understanding? Eff that!

I figure that she and Josh end up together although she spends a heck of a lot of sexual time with Van (whom I want to know more about), but if dreams really did come true, Josh would use her for survival and freedom and kill her.

“It’s ugly in there, decayed by lies and shame, endlessly bleeding for all the lives I’ve ruined. You’re the eighth reason I don’t deserve affection.”

I'm glad that Liv and I could agree on something. Josh was everything! I loved how easily he acknowledged his love of pain and how it forged a connection to this captor. I didn't love how easily he fell for her, but this IS a romance, so what did I really expect? It was a bit different reading a captive/captor story with the captive being male, but I think the author did an incredible job with it. I had the same capacity for compassion for Josh as I would for a female captive.

“Gives me chills, Liv. Every damned time. Your beauty isn’t just an experience for the eyes. It breathes through the ears and evokes a reaction so consummating it claims the soul.”

At 52%, even with all of the revelations about Liv, I had more sympathy for Van than for her. I'm not saying Van is a nice guy or anything, obviously, but I can tell he's only made the best choices with horrific options. With the amount of information we receive by the end of the book, I'm even more eager to find out more details about this dude. Part of me wishes that he and Liv could have worked things out, but I understand why it's impossible. It's just that they've both done horrible things and deserve each other. Knowing that Van survived the gun shot wound inflicted by Liv made my day. I need to know how he survived and how he achieves his own happy ending. This broken man needs some redemption!

And then there's Josh... the man who definitely owned my heart in this story, right from the beginning.

“I can feel you.” He leaned back, inhaled deeply. “Inside me. Everywhere. You own me. You will always own me, and I will walk through hell to keep it that way.” Eyes on the road, her breath shivered from her lungs, cracking her voice. “You own me, too.” “I know.” He pinned her with those mesmerizing pale eyes.

This man...

“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.”

I have no idea if my hopes and dreams will ever be realized, but I want to see more of these people in the books to come. I know I'll be getting more Van (WOO HOO!!), but I want everyone together. I want Van to get his forgiveness from Liv, that these two work through everything and settle into some sort of friendship. I'd love to see them with their daughter, in a future of peace. I want, I want, I want. Now let's see if anything I want is out there.

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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