Friday, 21 February 2014

Return to Poughkeepsie By Debra Anastasia

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.” 

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

So, I'm from Jamaica. A small island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. When I picked up a copy of 'Poughkeepsie' , I was a little skeptical. I didn't know it was an actual place. I found the cover intriguing but it still left me a little edgy. I wasn't sure if I was gonna like or not, but I fell in love after Chapter 1.

It was unusual, complicated and surreal. Blake the homeless, Cole the priest and Beckett the criminal. Even I had to admit the mix was intriguing! Beckett was like no other book villain, by then, I had read Latrivia Nelson's stories of Dmitry and Anatoly Medlov so I thought I knew scary!

The 'Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series' is one that you expect to be well written and edited. In this, it did not disappoint. There was a story line, past, present, future and realistic elements that gave it that natural spin. The introduction of Ryan? Brilliant and beautifully done! Surely not what I expected.

If my review so far seems lacking in enthusiasm, that's because it is. I personally wanted more Beckett and Eve time. I also missed Mouse like never before. His impact was all over this novel, from the cover to the acknowledgement. I hated most, if not all of the kidnapping scenes, because while they were fantastic, I still had this feeling like something was missing. Those blow me out the water elements from book 1 weren't present and all the kidnappings had me confused. Maybe it's the momentum and pace, but something is just missing for me.

I won't say I was bored, because I was surely not. This is one of those action packed, fast paced, you can't blink or you might miss something novels. I loved the characters and their personalities differ for sure. Humour was present and I actually like the antics of Mary Ellen and Primo. I loved every inch of this novel, but I just needed more Beckett and Eve. I assumed this would be their time to shine and rule Poughkeepsie. I love a bad Beckett!

My favorite moments in this novel were the times spent with Eve and Beckett. I love their fierce, unforgiving love and even without Mouse they make an awesome team who can't be matched. I also promise Debra, that if anything happens to Eve, I shall come after you -_-

Within this novel, is a sentimental moment between Cole and Kyle. That letter should be framed and given a place in the Smithsonian! I'm not a crier, but it got me a little teary and my heart beating like crazy. To move between sentimental and rugged moments so flawlessly is a gift that is portrayed throughout this novel. My feelings are mixed and my emotions vary from high to low. I just can't get a read on it all!

All who survived to see another day got their reintroduction and some even got a new path. We were introduced to new, interesting characters that I know will be critical to the upcoming novel in this series.

Then came the sneak peek and I officially hate Debra Anastasia! (Just kidding)!!

C'mon Debra! That sneak peek was like giving a kid a lollipop, saying 'psych'! and taking it back. It is cruel and unusual punishment. I demand a recount! Something, because to wait until the end of 2014 for that continuation should be a crime!

It's impossible to cover the extent of this novel and it's events in one review, you will definitely need to get a copy and experience 'Poughkeepsie' from the eyes of those who love and hate it.

Even though it's missing an unknown element for me, I can't call this story bad or boring. It was detailed, thorough and gave us more than we needed at times. We got to see Eve in her element, a changed Beckett (unfortunately), Kyle all grown up, Livie as a momma bear and Cole as always the priest. The whole gang is here and you surely don't want to miss Eve and Beckett's raunchy, borderline insane sex scenes.

I also love the mouse nod on the cover, see if you can figure it out ;)

If it packs such a punch now, can you imagine when she adds chemical X to the next installment? o.O

Take a peek, you won't be disappointed!

Author Bio

Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, and her violent IBS--which is under control thanks to medication except for occasional multi-tonal farts. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.

Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.

She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.

Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared ...

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