Poughkeepsie ~ Debra Anastasia
This is an adult romance novel (Rated NC-17 for the sexiness of it all)
4.5 out of 5 stars
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.
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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