Sunday 23 November 2014

GUEST REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Saving Poughkeepsie

Hi everyone! I have Marta's review for you today, as well as ebook giveaway. Keep reading :)

Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

(The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #3)

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Purchase: Amazon / B&N


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.

Marta's * 3 STARS * Review:

I feel really sad having to write this review, because I adore the brothers, their wives and kids, and their world. I love Debra and her writing style. I have Poughkeepsie on my favorites list, because there’s just so much to love about it. And the app Debra put together? Simply amazing and a fangirl’s dream come true.

So what happened here? I think it’s every fan’s fear that the next book in the series won’t be able to top the previous book, and that’s what happened here. I know it’s hard to keep the momentum going, especially with a story like this. I had high hopes for the conclusion of Poughkeepsie, but this, for me, is a typical case of less is more. Sometimes, not all loose ends need to be tied. Sometimes it’s okay to leave a character sad or unhappy. The thing is that at one point you just run out of drama. And what Debra did was create a conflict in the story that was so far-fetched, that I really couldn’t get down with it. Saving Poughkeepsie started to resemble one of those Telemundo soap operas. Things got to become a bit cliché, far-fetched and unrealistic. Again, I feel horrible for having to write this, but writing a review requires honesty. I am sure many people will disagree with me and will adore this third book in the series. It just didn’t work for me personally.

I still enjoyed reading the book, though, because like I said; I love the brotherhood that Debra created and the world they’re in. The multiple pov was done really well and I loved the writing style. Book three continues where book two left off and basically ties all the loose ends. Beckett always valued family more than anything and he dedicates his life and work to making their union possible. He wants to be with his brothers and he wants their brothers to be in Poughkeepsie. In order to make that happen, he needs to turn Poughkeepsie into a safe place for everyone and he needs to go legit all the way. Obviously there are obstacles and big forces working against him. It’s an action-packed and fast-paced story. There are lots of sweet moments between Livia & Blake, Kyle & Cole, and even Eve & Beckett.

The first book in the series will always have a special place in my heart, because it demonstrates the sheer power of love and kindness so well. I would’ve been okay if that’s where the story ended, even though I loved the sequel and gave it five shining stars.

Blog Tour Giveaway:

We are giving away ebook set of Poughkeespie series to one winner.
For a chance to win, comment on this post.
I will pick a random winner on Wednesday, November 26th.


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Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

Lucia is 29 years old passionate reader and reviewer who enjoys talking about all bookish things. Currently she lives in Prague, works in business industry and dreams of starting her own publishing company. Her weakness? She can never say no to cake, coffee or good novel.