29 December 2013

Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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.

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I didn’t expect Returning to Poughkeepsie would be this exhilarating. It was one heck of a LONG ride that would never get you bored. It will blow your minds, pent up your senses, hold on to your readers and make you pant with its SUPER HOT, steamy scene. I can’t imagine having wild, rough, near-violent sex could be such a turn on.  

Both of them are sinners. They can murder anyone without second thoughts, and can get away with it if they wanted too. Beckett Taylor is a murderer. He had been for a long time – his notoriety had kept his brothers safe. But now, with all the enemies that have been surrounding him, not to mention the emotions that stirred inside him when he sees his brothers with his family – he knew he needed to leave Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers and most of all Eve safe. He wanted to start a new life as well, be a better person, be worthy of Eve. When that happens, he will come back to her and they will live happily ever after.

Five years after, and miles away from home – he has now a legal business and a lazy dog. One phone call from Blake had him running back to Poughkeepsie. Livia has been taken. He just knew only him and Eve can save her.

Once I started reading this novel, I could not put it down. This was one heck of a page turner. I was afraid to miss all the actions once I put my reader aside. So I spent some waking hours during the wee hours of the morning to finish this one. And I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint. It was worth all the eye bags the next day. Eve and Beckett aren’t perfect. THEY ARE SO FAR FROM IT. They aspire to change their ways, they knew it would take some time, but they tried. Nevertheless, these two people, no matter how much they f**cked up in life deserve so much more. They are not our regular couples – they are not sweet, they don’t exchange words that can make you swoon with delight – but do not doubt their love for each other. They may want to kill each other in their throes of passion, but you just knew how much and how real their love is.

We also got a glimpse of our other couples: Blake and Livia who are now proud parents of two gorgeous kids. Livia had spent more time being a mom than being a wife but it didn’t make Blake love her less. Their love had remained, only it include two more people. They are amazing parents. If Blake and Livia already got a family, Kyle and Cole are striving to have one. Fertility medications, waiting for her ovulation to come – sex was more of a task rather than pleasurable. But Cole’s faith was pretty much strong, because he never gave up. He was strong enough for the both of them to endure such trial in their relationship.  Then there’s Ryan and Irish – OMG – the two of them are a breather! They kept my sanity all throughout the book, just as when things would get heavy, she would do something unimaginable. Irish’s quest for vengeance and all the things she did, I can’t help myself from laughing.

Debra Anastasia did one fine job with the sequel. It might have been quite long, but I had an amazing time reading this book. I like this better than the first one, and I must say I’m looking forward for the third installment in the series.

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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