Return to Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie, #2) by Debra Anastasia
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.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
His heart overflowed with good intentions but his fists felt best covered in blood.
Beckett, Eve and the brothers are back in this thrilling, action packed, turf-war-death-match-undercover-joy-ride that separates the cold, calculating assassins from the killers.
There's a new player in town! Escalating crime fuelled by a scorned mafia boss' daughter has rendered Poughkeepsie a vendetta playground and the time has come to take the power back...
There is just one problem; Beckett has disappeared. Alienating himself from his Brothers and the only woman who has ever captured his heart is the hardest thing he has ever done. A necessary evil if it means keeping his loved ones safe from retribution - Taking comfort that his decision with allow them a chance to lead a normal life. Now, a wanted felon, he has no choice but to remain on the lam, living anonymously running a liquor store in a small town four hours away. However he is not alone, as he gains a trusty new companion: an ugly mutt called Gandhi (He will steal your heart, trust me!)
“They’re still looking for you.”
Cole’s serious eyes found Beckett’s.
“Ah, somebody’s always looking for me. That’s the price of infamy.”
Five years Eve has tried to let it go, tried to forget the man who turned her world upside down. Beckett was her only failed mission; instead of killing the man who stoles everything from her, she fell in love with him. Promising to stay close to his Brothers, she keeps her ear to the ground and a lock on her heart. That is until she gets involved with an undercover cop and together they tap into the underground workings of a mafia boss’ Daughter who not only seeks to gain control of Poughkeepsie while her Father is incarcerated in a rehabilitation centre, but to destroy the very foundations that her family name was built upon. She is reckless, blindsided by hate. Her heart torn in two by a notorious drug dealer and conman. The whores who once had Beckett’s protection are murdered. Children and partners closest to the business, kidnapped - the time has come for answers only Eve and her accomplice can deliver.
Eve’s work is flawless, her skills in the art of assassination exemplary, until her family is compromised...
Beckett. They took her. Someone took Livia. I don’t know -”
"Brother, I’ll be there in four hours. Keep your phone close. Call Eve.”
Eve is up to her eyeballs in mafiosa shit, her game plan thwarted as she puts her heart before her head and makes a mistake that has the ability to destroy everything... and there is only one person who has balls big enough to save her.
Written in third person, Debra has successfully portrayed yet another compelling, fast-paced, crime-fuelled underworld with honesty and love. Regardless of Beckett and Eve’s life choices, eternal love has the power to conquer. That tattoo signifies unity, survival, brotherhood that runs thicker than blood - but overall, it signifies unyielding love and a place called home.
Return to Poughkeepsie is as much Eve’s story as it is Beckett’s. Her challenge in penetrating the solid walls of a mafia family will leave your heart in your throat as she puts her skills to use in order to keep her home, the AWOL man she loves, and her family safe.
Beckett holds the key to her success, although it doesn’t come until after the 50% mark, but when it does - hold on tight! There is no stopping these two when it comes to ‘protect and eradicate.’
Blake and Livia are my light in the bloody darkness, their love is so beautiful, so unforgiving that I inhaled every scene with tummy fluttering joy as they play the happy family with their two beautiful babies.
Cole and Kyle just work! Polar opposites who prove that marriage doesn’t come without its problems as they work through one of the biggest challenges they may ever face. Invest in tissues... their plight made me shed a tear or two!
Debra Anastasia has succeeded once again in delivering a dark, gritty, unconventional love story in its rawest of forms.
5 ‘Nuts of Wrath’ Starry Crowns.
Can’t wait for BOOK 3! <3