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.
*4 Strong Stars*
Let me start by saying Thank You. Thank You to Debra for writing another Poughkeepsie book. I was overly excited knowing that this month would bring a very much highly anticipated sequel to my beloved Blake and Livie story.
Return to Poughkeepsie-this book is all about Beckett.
All about forgiveness.
All about the love of others.
Thoughtless about yourself.
Doing what’s right.
Doing something GOOD for someone else.
*****NO MATTER HOW DANGEROUS OR THE OUTCOME*****
> I know I don’t have to spend any time getting you reacquainted with Beck bc we ALL remember him from the first book. Beck is a bad man…sort of. 🙂 Everything he’s done in his past has been for a reason. He was the ‘dad’ sort of speak to Cole and Blake. He took care of them and will ALWAYS take care of them- AND THEIR FAMILIES.
No. Matter. What.
Now, I said this is all about Beckett, and even though it’s ALL about him and his need for becoming a respectable man and human being. We catch up with our other favorite characters as well.
We see what Blake and Livie are up to in their life and although this storyline tore at my heart, we get to spend time with Cole and Kyle!!! There are a few quotes I would LOVE to add to my review but without a doubt it would give hints away and I can’t do it.
Beck left Poughkeepsie to keep his family and his loves safe. But while he’s away trying to become a man- a person that Eve deserves crap happens. Every character old and new, it’s all about Beck. His past, his present and his future are all being stirred in a pot. A big, dark and terrible pot. Things that will haunt him forever, things he had to let go of, things he longs and wishes for.
His staying away is put to a halt when without a doubt he will intervene to help his brother out. This leads to a jam packed last 20% or so. Definite page turner at this point.
Now in all honesty, my thoughts as a whole-
As you know I loved Poughkeepsie. Without a doubt one of my all time favorites books. It was such a new and different storyline that came out of the blue. Although I did enjoy returning to Poughkeepsie, I didn’t leave having the same feeling as I did with the first trip. I guess sometimes you just can’t recreate a golden gem. I rate Return to Poughkeepsie 4 stars. 4 strong stars. I found myself skimming a small bit and getting bored with some of the story along the way.
One thing that was weird for me was, I was cheering for the underdog. I am known for sticking with one, the whole time. In the beginning I was all for Beck and what he was doing but the more Ryan was involved in the story I wanted more and more of him. This shocked even myself. – Ryan- I LOVED HIM. I will limit my talk of Ryan bc there is much more to the story. Book 3 has been set up and have mercy you will love and hate it. I was speechless.
But bottom line what we grew to love Beck for in the first Poughkeepsie no worries he is well loved again in the Return!!!!
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.
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 DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.