“What is the price you’re willing to pay?”
“Money isn’t an issue.”
“I’m not talking about money.”
Tate is on the hunt to find his best friend’s sister.
Eleven years ago, Lucia Dias was abducted. Presumed dead. He never met her, so why does he care?
Some might call his efforts noble, but his motivation is more perverse, bordering on obsession.
When he follows a chilling lead to Venezuela’s Kidnap Alley, what he finds is neither a corpse nor a captive.
Amid poisonous lies and crippling depravity, the price of love is devastation.
And he pays.
With his body, his blood, and her life.
All of these are words used to describe a severe and an overwhelmingly negative situation – one that creates an extreme sense of loss, leaving individuals stunned and distressed by the things that were done to them and the things they had to do in order to escape the darkness and the hellish environment they were forced to endure.
All of these words illustrate what takes place when violence and trauma decimates an individual’s soul, inflicting an immense amount of physical and emotional pain and leaving him/her a shell of the person s/he once was.
But sometimes in tragedy, two broken souls find each other, unifying not only their bodies but their hearts as well, creating a bond in the midst of devastation – one that somehow remained intact despite paying the ultimate price over and over again.
‘The price of love is devastation.’
Tate Vades would wholeheartedly agree with that statement because he loves a woman who was never his to have and that adoration forces him to place himself back in an environment that not only nearly killed him but left him scarred and beyond tortured.
But from the very start of Devastate, book 4 in Pam Godwin’s Deliver series, readers understand why Tate takes these risks and why he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt the lengths he’s willing to go to in order to protect who he sees as his, and let me tell, what Tate endures in the largest slum in South America not only demonstrates just how fucked up evil individuals with power can be and the life altering repercussions of the violence these kinds of people cause, but it also illustrates good people’s resilience; their necessity to commit heinous crimes simply because there’s no other way; the liberation that they find in WILLINGLY surrendering to acts of both pleasure and pain, and the authentic feeling of love and desire when the other part of one’s soul is found.
Lucia Dias might be a hard sell to some readers, but I beg you to give her a chance. She’s not who she’s portrayed to be when Tate first gets intel on her whereabouts and her associates; her true nature, the cause of her captivity, and the reality of what heinous acts she must commit in order to stay alive are slowly revealed as the story continues, which means that as Tate sees the woman behind her two Berettas and her submissive behavior, he realizes exactly what Lucia has had to endure and why remaining ‘dead’ is the only way she can protect her sister and herself.
Tate is one amazing dominant, alpha male in Devastate, which is astonishing to me given the hell he had already been through due to his kidnapping. He knows what he’s risking in searching for Camila’s sister and his choice never waivers, proving himself to be one hell of a fighter despite the mental and physical scars he bears.
Readers also get to see just how much of a changed man Van Quiso is, and while nothing will erase all that he inflicted on his captives, it’s clear that Van’s working to make amends in the only ways he knows how, and he comes through BIG TIME for Tate in Devastate.
I can’t get enough of Pam Godwin’s dark romances because even though the situations she creates/writes about are beyond f**ked up, she also shows the resilience of the human spirit and the healing power of love.
At the end of Devastate, Godwin leaves some parts of the storyline unresolved and it’s those people/events that I’m hoping will become her focus in the next book in the series because if it’s about the two people I think it is, readers are in for one hell of a ride yet again in this hauntingly dark and beautiful collection of dark romance stories.
4.5 Poison Apples
Deliver, Book #1
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.
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Vanquish, Book #2
He belongs in a prison cell.
The 6×8, 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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Disclaim, Book #3
Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city.
She will stop at nothing to end them.
Even if that means becoming a slave again.
Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do. She’s prepared for every complication.
The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart.
Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy.
Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her?
Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?
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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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