Wednesday, November 26, 2014

**Review & Giveaway** SAVING POUGHKEEPSIE (Poughkeepsie #3) by Debra Anastasia


Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying. He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real. But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love, turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale that calls to the good in each of us.


“I’m not worried about tomorrow. I’m worried about right now, with you, under this Christmas tree.” Blake supported her neck as he laid her on the floor. 
Livia turned her head. “You’d better convince me. So far you’ve talked about the dog going to the bathroom, trash, and dirtiness.”
Blake kissed her jaw and turned her head gently, kissing her mouth as she bit her lips together. 
“Can’t I just convince you with my manly ways?” He wiggled his eyebrows. 
He could, of course, do just that—but she shook her head. She loved the playful sparkle in his green eyes. His five o’clock shadow just made him more handsome, framing his kissable lips with scruff.  
“Okay.” He put his fingers at the bottom of her shirt, lifting it gently so he could circle her belly button with his index finger. “You’re the sexiest, most beautiful woman on this planet. So sexy, in fact, that I had to have you. I had to make you bear my children because my universe and yours had to be combined. Everything I’ve ever been needed to be buried inside of you, so deep, so full of love that we created life. Twice.”
He lifted her shirt and kissed the tops of her breasts, whispering his devotion into her skin. “And it’s never enough. Unless I can hear you coming, I can’t think of anything else. All day every day. For years now. You’re that powerful, Livia. This. Us. It’s so intense that years haven’t cured me. I can’t stop wanting to make love to you.” 
“Wow.” Livia smiled and pulled his face back to hers, kissing him and effectively stopping his beautiful words. 



Saving Poughkeepsie absolutely cannot be read as a stand alone.  I insist that you read the series as it was intended, as a series.  All the books build off one another over a span of years starting with Poughkeepsie, the heartbreakingly wonderful story of Blake, and turns into this epic saga that gives you depth, heart, brotherhood and hope.  This is a tough review to write, so I am going to try my best to talk about the power of Debra Anastasia's writing, not the content that could spoil those who have yet to meet Blake on the train platform in Poughkeepsie.

Debra Anastasia writes stories that push your boundaries, her words move you and the characters become a part of the reader.  I read Poughkeepsie last year and not a day goes by that I don't think about Blake when I see someone smile.  This series is not your typical series where every book, a specific character gets there story told.  The Poughkeepsie series spans the lives of three men (brothers by choice) as they find their way in the world and reach out for the things they have always craved; family, love and loyalty.  

Saving Poughkeepsie was a book I was not expecting.  First, I was surprised we were getting more to this series, I thought Return to Poughkeepsie was the final book.  I am glad that I was wrong and Debra Anastasia proved with Saving Poughkeepsie she had more (a LOT more) story to share with us.  These characters go through such transformations during this series and the most surprising change was in Beckett.  I tolerated Beckett in book one, I really liked him in book two, but I fell in a little bit of love with Beckett in this final book.  Beckett was the character you never want to like, but you put up with because he is entertaining and valuable to other characters in this series.  However, watching him grow and become the man that he was always meant to be was a fantastic journey that will make you want to go all the back to book one and see if you missed his true self all along.  

Debra Anastasia broke me a few times in this series, the strength of emotions she can pull from her readers is a talent I am in awe of.  I cried tears of helplessness, heartache, joy and of hope while reading Saving Poughkeepsie.  I was taken on a journey I did not expect, it that was full of love, violence, hope and salvation.  This story will stick with me for a long time and I will never look at a piano, a train platform or knitting without thinking of this fabulous series.

If you have been reading the Poughkeepsie series then this is a book you are going to want to read, even though you think these characters have told their story, there is still so much more you are going to learn.  If you have never read this series, I am jealous.  You will get to meet and discover this trio of men that change what brotherhood truly means.  You MUST read Poughkeepsie... and then in turn Saving Poughkeepsie.  Give yourself the gift of this fabulous series by 1-clicking!

Debra Anastasia you fucking blew my mind (again).  I can't wait to see what your mind/heart/creative genius comes up with next!


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*Poughkeepsie (Book 1)

Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition for iPad ($12.99): 

*Return to Poughkeepsie (Book 2) 


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P.S.  Want to read my reviews of POUGHKEEPSIE and RETURN TO POUGHKEEPSIE?  Click the titles.