Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tour Stop Reviews Poughkeepsie Begins by Debra Anastasia

Title: Poughkeepsie Begins
Author: Debra Anastasia
Series: Poughkeepsie Brotherhood
Release Date: November 22nd 2015


It ends with the beginning. This legendary, indie, cult-favorite series ends its tale with the story of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood before the tattoo. Before the train station, before the church, before a criminal empire there was a foster home and three teen boys who chose each other as family, because the ones they were born into didn’t exist

Still in high school, Beckett is already laying the groundwork for a grander life ahead, one where his brothers want for nothing and get some respect for once. But even as he plans, Beckett must decide if he’s ready to make that choice—diving in to a life that trades his chance at a future, his chance at something as simple as first love with a girl named Candy Cox, for their chance to find happiness.

Blake, Beckett, and Cole’s devotion to each other is forged by fists and the driving need to belong somewhere, to do more than just survive this life. Readers of the series know they each get there in the end, but before we count smiles, we must first shed tears. These early days of the Poughkeepsie brotherhood will play on your heartstrings before serrating them with a knife; they’ll lift your soul with music, only to leave you with nothing but a desperate prayer for hope.

And when you reach the end of the beginning, you’ll be ready to start the series all over again.


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When she ducked under the bleachers, he was a dick, right off the bat. His buzz was wearing off, but he was still high and broken at the closeness of her. “You’re missing your boyfriend during his lawn ballet.” He assumed a stance—douche mixed with confrontational—that he knew stopped people. It set up his walls real nice. With everyone.
Everyone but her. She walked right up to him. She pushed him hard once, twice, until his back hit one of the supports. And then she slapped him.
He took the slap and rolled his eyes. “That all you got for me, pink princess?”
And then she was kissing him. Oh, God. Kissing him and palming him with the same ferociousness he felt. He grabbed the metal behind him to keep from attacking her and nailing her right on the concrete floor littered with cigarettes and chip bags.
She pulled away and slapped him again, growling, “Fuck you, Beckett Taylor. Don’t you ever do that to me again. I’m worth more than that, and you know it.” She stepped back, leaving cold space and his heated erection between them.
He swallowed, his pounding heart trying to beat some common sense into his brain again. It wasn’t working. He let go of the bleachers and advanced. “You have some fucking nerve. You’re the one up there prom-queening it with goddamn Ryler.”
She stood her ground as he came at her. And he knew he was intimidating. Shit, full-grown men stepped aside when he was coming. But Candy raised her chin. He was amazed at the fight in her, right there. He pulled her into a dip, just like fucking Pyler had, except he did it like a man who wanted a woman and knew what to do with her body. Candy needed to push him away; she needed to turn her head.
Instead she groaned and bit his bottom lip hard enough to draw blood. He put his hand between her legs and dragged it up to her breast, squeezing hard so she would feel it through her coat. She sunk her nails into the skin at his neck. She was a buried treasure. He was sure as fuck no one knew about this side of her. Only he could get her panting like she was. He spanked her bottom once.
“Ow.” She was shocked.
He stopped kissing and looked her in the face as he spanked her again, more forcefully this time.
Her “Ow” was quieter, and the hunger in her eyes far deeper than her years.
Again he spanked her. And this time she purred. Fucking purred. He began slow, circular caresses over the denim that covered her ass. He was desperate to see the red imprints from his hand.
“Fuck it.” Beckett picked her up and set her back against the metal support he’d tried to cling to before.
They weren’t alone. Red tips of cigarettes glowed, gentle murmurs of illicit behavior could be heard if you knew how to listen for trouble. Still, he held her against the pole and mimicked the motions he was desperate to do with her. He dropped his mouth to the zipper on her coat, which kept her safe from all his intentions. He used his teeth to pull it down to her cleavage. He buried his face, licking and nuzzling her sweet-smelling neck. He used his chin to move material so he could access more of her chest. She smelled like goddamn candy. His dick could pack gunpowder in a cannon it was so fucking hard.
After a moment, the murmurs added up. Too many. He glanced around and noticed the cigarettes being stubbed out. He let his prize slide down the metal gently. He leaned down to kiss her lips, then her forehead, right under the edge of her fuzzy hat before whispering, “Go. Cops are here. Go.”
And then Candy, sweet-smelling, homework-doing Candy, stuck her hand in his jacket’s hidden pocket and took the gun out. He pulled her hands and his gun close to make sure the safety was on before letting her tuck it into her bra.
“Anything else?” she asked.
And then he slipped the rest of the merchandise in his left pocket into her right one. She turned and left.
“And don’t you ever talk to me again, Taylor. I have a boyfriend!” She stormed away as the resource officer stepped up next to him.
“You have a way with the ladies, son.”
“I’m not your son.”
“That’s the truth right there. ’Cause if you were, you’d be on that field kicking footballs instead of selling at my school.”
When Beckett was let off with a warning due to lack of evidence, his one thought was of her. Candy was so perfect for him it hurt. 



What are you supposed to write about a book that is the prequel, yet the last book about characters that are so near-and-dear to you, so special, you smile whenever you remember them? Is it bittersweet? Yes. Is it amazing? Yes.

I loved the boys all grown up. I loved what they became, after what they had been. Or the glimpse of what they had been, while kids. The three books? Just that, a glimpse. This? This is the book that truly has all the good, bad and ugly details about three teenagers that were broken, each of them, not one of them came out of their childhoods unscathed.

"For a few heartbeats, three teenage boys raged at their childhood. They hollered at fate. They screamed out pure need. It was the sound of Peter Pan fucking dying, the ghost of dreams that would never be."

That has to be one of the most meaningful lines I have ever read in a book. It resonated with me. It made me cry, right along with them. It stayed with me.

I love these boys. I just wanted to pull them into my arms and hug them, keep them there forever, so they could feel that they're amazing and deserve all the best.

But it's not possible, because they're characters. They're not real. But they do feel real. They made me feel everything that can be possibly felt. I smiled, laughed, cried, melted.

"Beckett chuckled. 'Sweetheart, you can pick whatever you want. I'll get Mr. Potato Head if that honks your banana." 

I missed Beckett's crazy humor. I missed Blake's special-ness. I missed Cole's thoughtful self.

Writing this review makes it all come back, one week later. For one whole week I couldn't get into anything. I want to raise a glass for all these boys and for Debra, for writing and creating them.

Thank you. Whether there will be more with and about Beckett, Cole and Blake or not, I'll never forget them. They will forever have a special place in my heart.

It was... amazing. 5 stars.

"Brothers?" he asked.
"Brothers," Blake responded, smiling.
"Forever," Cole added solemnly.

P.S. Debra, you're awesome.

P.P.S. I was lucky enough to be given an advanced copy for an honest review. Thank you.  

I had the pleasure of reading well actually, listening, to Debra's story about 2 years ago, and I just fell in love with these guys. I can see why it is so hard to let them go...

When i first started it I was kind of like, I am jealous for the people who haven't read this series yet, because they get to meet the boys as kids. Then I thought about it some more and I was like, naaah, I ain't so jealous, because I already know Beckett and  understand him. Seeing little Beckett was fun to read. It made me really miss him. 

The most shocking for me in this book was Cole. I didn't know much about his upbringing, just that it wasn't good. Meeting him as a Man of God in book 1 to this Cole didn't really make any sense to me, until it did. If you have read Poughkeepsie, you will understand what that means when you get to that part. While this story was really about Beckett and his first love, for me, Cole's story really stood out.

Reading this has made me want to reread the Brother's adventures all over again. This has been very bittersweet, and I only have an inkling of how Debra must be feeling. 

Congrats babe, it has been a wonderful journey with these men, thank you so much for sharing them, and letting us as a blog review them. You rock our worlds, stay awesome!

Thank you for reading these reviews
TDBG's xoxo

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