Review: Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Return to Poughkeepsie 
by Debra Anastasia
Our Rating: A Whole Bottle of Wine

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.

Fall's Review
Once upon a time, long ago, I read a story called Poughkeepsie. This was way before I got down and dirty with Aly, and we started trading books on Kindle and Nook. This was in the land of FanFicfion, a place that still exists and where truly amazing stories are born. I fell in love with Poughkeepsie and when it was released on Kindle, I snatched it up and read it again. If it is even possible, it was better! So when Aly asked me if I had any interest in a book called Return to Poughkeepsie, I about spit my wine out (ladies that is a huge deal!). I was so excited Debra was writing more!!! 

In Poughkeepsie, we meet all the "brothers",Blake, Beckett and Cole. We also meet a TON of other people, but book one is mostly Blake's story. Well book two, Return to Poughkeepsie, is mostly Becketts story! And OMG! Beckett is one sexy, badass motherfucker! Like for reals, he will kill you in your sleep, use your shower to clean up and wear your clothes home! 

Bounced around in foster care for as long as he can remember, and born to a woman who used him as her pawn, Beckett has issues.....Deep rooted, seriously fucked up issues. You both love him and hate him at the same time! I wanted to hump him and then knee him in the balls in the same sentence. He is a lover and a fighter and extremely fierce at both. 

I honestly love to summarize in my reviews, but this book is impossible to summarize. I would have to write a novella just to try and touch on everything that happens. There are tons of characters in this book who are all important in their own ways. RTP has several different story lines that all tie together somehow and lots of loving and fighting. Who doesn't love a book with not one, not even three, but four fuck hot guys in it!?!? Sex, drugs, murder, kidnapping, crooked cops, psycho bitches and an ugly, panting ball of fur (I mean a dog, get your heads outta the gutter!). 

I can honestly say there is not a dull moment in this book. It never dragged and I never wanted to stop reading because "I just wasn't feeling it."  If you have read Poughkeepsie, then this is a MUST read. If you have not read Poughkeepsie, then please for the love of all that is holy, go read it!!!  You will NOT be disappointed! 

I give Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia a whole bottle of the strongest shit you can find, cause trust me your gonna need it! Debra, I love your books and I can not WAIT to see what book three has in store!!! 

About 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 and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.

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1 comment:

  1. Holy Crap. I want to just dry hump this review until I'm exhausted. Thank you so much fro being with me during my ff years and still being with me now. I am so, so honored. XOXOXO