Friday, July 25, 2014

Review Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series by Debra Anastasia

Title: Poughkeepsie
Author: Debra Anastasia
Series: Poughkeepsie Brotherhood 
Release Date: November 22nd 2011


He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.
Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

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Author Bio

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.

Other books in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series

Return to Poughkeepsie #2

Saving Poughkeepsie #3



"I can't leave." Green Eyes took a huge breath. "This is the only place where I get to see you."

You know how you sometimes stumble upon a book, a series and you not only read it, flip through the pages but you also live it? You feel everything along with the characters, you connect with them, even though they are going through some shit you can even begin to wrap your mind around and you just don't care that they are far from perfect? You smile, you laugh, you cry with them. 
Yeah. I found all the above mentioned wrapped in a not-so-pretty-bow in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series by Debra Anastasia. I have heard of the first book, Poughkeepsie but I haven't read it, wasn't even curious. At first, after reading it, I wanted to kick myself for not reading it sooner but then I sat and reflected on it. And I realized that I wouldn't have understood the story, the characters. I probably wouldn't have even finished it. You just have to experience other books, in order to get through this one. At least, that's how I felt, my own personal experience. I put it aside, at first but picked it up after two days and here I am. Trying to express what I felt while reading the book. Oh, I know what's coming! It's a nasty book hangover.

"In the woods the three broken boys had bonded, bound together by punches they could not return. They survived together."

Blake, Cole and Beckett are three guys that went through hell and back and they have the scars to prove it. Both on the outside, as on the inside. Unfortunately, these are some pretty nasty scars and the guys are trying to survive how they know best. And that's not how a lot of us make a living, I'm sure. I really couldn't even begin to imagine all the horrors these guys went through, as little boys. We hear about similar situations, we sympathize with them, but we don't really get them. But sometimes, sometimes we do, actually. And that thanks to the amazing writing. I admit, for some reason, the reading of this book was slower than usual but it was one hell of a ride.
I loved all three guys. They are so different. The musician. The sinner-turned-saint. And, last but not least, the sinner that stayed a sinner. These boys have bonded a long time ago and they stuck together. 
And then came three women that showed them there's so much more to life than surviving. It's all about living it. 
This book is about survival, loss, love found in impossible places - and it's the kind that can go through anything and come out a champion - and about doing bad things for a selfless reason.

"Beckett's probably the hardest man there is to love," Blake said. "He does life wrong for all the right reasons."

Yes, I have fallen head-over-heels-over-ass-and-tits in love with Beckett. He's the bad guy that's only bad because he has to be. Life challenged him and he accepted the challenge and got over every bump. He plowed through everything with his bigger Hummer. And came out the fuckin' victor. 

Five stars. With this, I rest my case.

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