Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Poughkeepsie ~ Debra Anastasia

This is an adult romance novel (Rated NC-17 for the sexiness of it all)

4.5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.

Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

My Review

What a well crafted tale. A story within stories within stories. This is the kind of book that makes you think and want to be a better person because of it.

Okay, let’s begin. The characters are many but they are well crafted and thought out. Each has their own back story which fits in perfectly into the puzzle that is this story. The author doesn’t rush the tale and it shows in how well everything works. With the exception of Beckett, I do wonder how the brothers are so gifted in the love making department. I just didn’t understand when they ever, you know. But I’ll let that be. The story was so good, I let that go.

The plotline. This story is not a simple romance. There are center characters but the supporting cast plays a large part in it all. Despite it all, it doesn’t seem contrived at all. It just works. I don’t want to give anything away, but there are times to laugh, cry and bask in the sunlight.

Do I recommend? YES! Please read this one. There are a few steamy scenes, but sex is hardly the main part of the story.

My book boyfriend, well, that is hard. There are so many guys to love in this story for varying reasons. But I have to go with BLAKE. I think I’m in love again. (excuse the missing green eyes).  The second picture is one that reminds me so much of the book.

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  1. Replies
    1. You're funny! LMAO! I did really like this book.

  2. Aw! I'm glad you enjoyed this Terri! I loved! I took on all three brothers in my Book Boyfriend meme once lol. So hot.


    1. Yes, really good book. I post the review on my other blog site with a different pic of Blake. One I think reminds me so much of the book. I was torn between the two pics. Anyway, check it out.

  3. Oh my gosh I'm currently reading this (started late lastnight) and am almost done.. can hardly put it down. Your pic is dead on! Good review. :)

    1. I absolutely loved this book. I'm glad you liked the pic. YAY!