Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia: Review & Giveaways


Debra Anastasia

Release Date: December 30, 2013 


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.


Star Rating: 4.5 stars

Heat Rating: Sizzling-Hot

I jumped on the Poughkeepsie train late,  (meaning I read it last week) and what I got was an amazing couple of days reading Poughkeepsie and then Return to Poughkeepsie back to back like one seamless book.  It was a fucking great ride! 

If you haven't read Poughkeepsie, you really need to before jumping into Return to Poughkeepsie.  What Debra Anastasia excels at is creating characters and community in this series.  I loved that this series wasn't just following two people on their journey into love, this series was about a group/ a family and we get to know each one of them and connect deeply.  Usually when I read stories that are more about a cast than a couple I am never satisfied but Debra Anastasia nails this concept!  I am so addicted to these characters that I can't let go even days after reading.

Poughkeepsie and Return to Poughkeepsie aren't "easy" or "light" reads but they are beautifully written books that really show the heart of the characters.  I cried, I laughed and I held my breath several times while reading.  An author that can evoke those kinds of emotions with just words has a precious talent that the world is lucky to have.

This was my first time reading anything by Debra Anastasia and it will not be the last!  I can't wait to see what else unfolds in Poughkeepsie and I will be the first in line for the next book! I highly recommend this series, not only because Debra lives where I grew up or because she is a knitter (and there is knitting in the series), I recommend this series because it was just too damn good not to read.  Go, 1-click and Return to Poughkeepsie and see what the gang is up to now OR go pick up both books and experience what a beautiful thing a simple smile can mean.

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Meet the Author:

Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with...ahem... digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. 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 DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.

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