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Review: Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra AnastasiaBeckett 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.”

Release date December 30, 2013

Review:

Wow. Seriously. Wow. I don’t even know where to start. I can’t give away jack with this review, which ties my hands quite a bit *snicker, where’s Beckett* but let me see what I can do…

All the stars. Really. Fast paced and riveting, emotional and heart-wrenching, this story started with a bang and really never slowed down. There were moments–just brief flashes–where you could take a deep breath, but then once again, the action picked up again and you were once again thrust into the story. Just like Poughkeepsie before it, I think Return to Poughkeepsie would make a phenomenal movie.

Not only are all the beloved characters from Poughkeepsie here, but we meet new characters and honestly fall in love with a few of them. How much did I love Ghandi? I really would like a Ryan of my very own. And, dude… Trish? I couldn’t have laughed harder at her antics. At one point I cackled and then looked around to see who heard me.

Which just makes my point about this story and this series. It’s not just a story about a couple, or a family, or some friends. It’s happy, it’s sad, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll be absolutely infuriated to the point of swearing and consumed with joy that you won’t be sure you can contain it. Or maybe that’s just me. Nah, it’ll be you, too. I’m sure of it.

Beckett owns me. And Eve… she’s even more amazing here than she was in Poughkeepsie. If ever there was a couple meant to be together, it’s them. There’s plenty of Blake and Livia, Cole and Kyle, but to me, the focus was Beckett and Eve. And I’m so glad.

Since my hands are still tied and I can’t say anymore, go and buy it the moment you can. Inhale it the way I did: enjoy the humor, seethe when life’s unfair, cry when your heart heals. Trust me.

*ARC received for honest review.

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