Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Debra Anastasia's "Return to Poughkeepsie."

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Debra Anastasia's "Return to Poughkeepsie."
(Giveaway at Bottom of Post)

Amazon UK:   http://amzn.to/1h8J58O
Amazon.com:  http://amzn.to/1cTjS0m


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.

Blog Tour Review: Kirsty Lander

I've been sitting on this review for a few days now (partly because of Christmas) because I just didn't know where to start with this book. I can't say it was horrible, that's too harsh, but I certainly didn't love it. 

For me, there is nothing more disappointing than waiting over a year for a sequel and finally getting to it and it being nothing like you expected. I absolutely loved Poughkeepsie and couldn't wait to get my hands on Return to Poughkeepsie because I felt like I just needed Beckett's story and HAE. Well that was all and good to start with, but then it took a turn for the worse and I ended up not having a clue what was going on. 

One thing I love about these books is the way Debra tells them. Not only do we get one story, we get the story of all three 'brothers'. I loved catching up with them and seeing where each of their stories were going. 

I have to admit, I really didn't have a clue what was happening most of the time in this story. I felt little to no connection with some of the characters, causing me to not get involved in the story and what I was reading. I can't pinpoint why I had such an issue with this book when I loved the first one as much. I guess in a way I felt it unnecessary for the characters to be going through such drama again. I think I would have been happier with a novella than a full length novel. I hate a story being stressed out when it isn't necessary. 

Apparently there is going to be a third book but at this point I won't be reading it, which is a shame. 
I rated "Return to Poughkeepsie" 3 Hearts

Author Bio: 

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.

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.

Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.

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