Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

April 26, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★½

Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasiafour-half-stars
Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Published by Omnific Publishing on November 22, 2014
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 300
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Beckett Taylor's quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his
life, but sometimes it feels like they're bound together with barbed
wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of
their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers--and for his brothers--Beckett won't stop trying.
He's determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to
live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that's safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake
and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they've
just brought home, and Eve...always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real.
But murderers don't just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They
have to wrench it away from Satan himself. Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that.
After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of
the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint
as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love,
turbulent emotions, and life's harsh realities into an uplifting tale
that calls to the good in each of us.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By LilyBlake is still counting Livia’s smiles and life in Poughkeepsie feels safe enough for the Brothers to remain reunited. And for a while there, I thought that the only drama we would have at hand was the romantic tug of war between Ryan Morales and Beckett Taylor over Eve but that really was no competition. So yes, be ready for a not so easy saving of Poughkeepsie.

 “And never underestimate Taylor. He’s driven by loyalty-a kind that makes him even scarier than you, my friend.”

At times predictable, definitely passionate, this is a wonderful ending to the Poughkeepsie series.  Beckett’s back with a new strategy to get his business on the up and up, steering Poughkeepsie into a safe place for his Brothers and their loved ones to live.  The 12 status updates I added while reading Saving Poughkeepsie are a testament to how much the story moved me. What I can tell you about this book is firstly you need to read this series in order because what drives the Brothers to do what needs to be done is based on other children avoiding a childhood like they endured.

 “Damn if he didn’t want to buy the house they were living in, flush the rest of the world down the toilet, and mail his brothers and their families to the surrounding houses. This was as close to heaven as Beckett felt he’d ever get.”

The Brothers had formed their own family unit years ago and like most families, they tend to grow. Beckett, Cole and Blake are no different. Now how they grow is where I need to stop because here is the where I would have to add spoilers! I’m smiling and busting to share but that would take away your reading about it.

 “This woman constantly surprised him. Hell, his life constantly surprised him.”

Saving Poughkeepsie is not a fluffy family story, with Eve and Beckett you know there is bound to be action. Eve’s (and therefore, Beckett’s) nemesis, Rodolfo, has a score to settle and his plan to do so is made evident early on. The hard part is that as a reader I was torn between being aware of who was in charge of this unstoppable freight train, knowing that the clues were out there but being missed.

  “There is no fate, only dirty money. Look for connections,”…”I’m trying to keep track, just to watch for patterns.”

So although predictable, the way the story was being told and how it may end was what kept me turning pages. I am going to miss the guys but know enough that I consider their story is at a stage where I’m satisfied with the way it has ended. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be happy to read more about these guys. At the end of the book is a few excerpts from other books including a sneak preview of Poughkeepsie Begins, a prequel to the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series that obviously takes you back to their early days. I don’t know about others but when I get to the end of a series, I want to hang on to that moment and all the emotions that it brings. So needless to say I haven’t read the excerpts but will given time and as always will look out for any books by Debra Anastasia as this series has been one that I’ve really enjoyed.

What I loved:

  • Mouse being honoured and still regarded as the best in his field (pun un-intended)
  • Blake still counting smiles
  • Family is not always defined by blood
  • Solidarity amongst the Brothers
  • Strength is shown to not always be in displays of physical means
  • Ghandi, Beckett’s dog, the way he cared for him
  • Eve – such a gutsy heroine that I always admired, even when the odds were against her
  • The nicknames 🙂
  • Beckett’s texting – funny even if I wondered if it was possible to make those errors

What I struggled with:

  • Ryan and his childish come backs, this is my ‘trigger’ and influenced my rating to an extent
  • That I knew what was happening and couldn’t change it
  • The innocent bystanders and their fate, hand picked by Rodolfo to ensure his family’s longevity

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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