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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.
“Come with me.” He led her to the beach again, but during dinner a few people had
been busy. It was now lined with an aisle of candles, and a man stood close to
the breaking surf, hands crossed, waiting. Someone had used the surrounding
sand as a canvas, creating a swirling pattern. Their names were part of the art.
What? She asked without a sound.
“I want you to marry me. Here. Now.”
Beckett let go of her hand and strode away. When he turned around, close to the water
at the end of the aisle, he hoped to hell she wasn’t running in the other direction.
This is one of my favourite trilogies. There’s so much story jam-packed into it that I’m hard-pressed to tell you about it without saying, “But that will spoil it!”
Beckett Taylor was once a foster kid who probably would have been better off on the streets. He took two other boys under his wing –Blake and Cole- and ensured that both of them would be protected even if Beckett had to turn to crime to accomplish that.
So, in this particular book, we find Blake and Cole (now family men) living in what Beckett sees as domestic heaven. Both his brothers have bloomed into fine men who are married to good women. And Beckett wants that, too. His lady, Eve, is badly scarred from past trauma and all Beckett wants to do is give her the white house, the picket fence, the dog, the kids and all the trappings, if only she’ll let him. But even if Eve agrees to try to go straight, Beckett’s part of a crime syndicate that won’t recognize he’s retired, and Eve’s an assassin with plenty of enemies. Beckett’s dream looks pretty much impossible to achieve. Can they save Poughkeepsie from mobsters? Can they live happily ever after?
When I read this, I found myself constantly surprised by unexpected twists. Besides, the story includes a battle for control of Poughkeepsie, good cops who turn a blind eye to the doings of a criminal because his heart’s in the right place, and enough blood-spattered mayhem to make me think my husband (who doesn’t read anything but newspapers) might just become a big fan should this become a movie someday. The story builds to a crescendo that detonates like a bomb.
What a fantastic conclusion to the trilogy! Five stars, and my congrats to Debra for sending the brothers off in style. I can’t wait to read this again.
Book 1 on sale for .99 cents starting 11/19/14
Poughkeepsie (Book 1)