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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's 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.

©2011 Omnific Publishing (P)2012 Omnific Publishing

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Wow! Loved everything about it!

Any additional comments?

Wow! I LOVED everything about this book! It highlights that the homeless should not be invisible to society. They are human beings that due to circumstances unknown to us forced them to be out in the streets. They could be good people that were dealt a bad hand...like Blake. It was wonderful how the author weaved the story of these three souls who are brothers at heart. I was absolutely riveted and just could not put this down! I can't wait for the sequel!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely loved this book couldn't put it down

What did you love best about Poughkeepsie?

The story line. It was so interesting

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me on my toes

Have you listened to any of Marti Dumas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but it was really good she got me into the story really well

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made laugh and cry

Any additional comments?

A really amazing book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Touching Love Story but...

First of all, the narrator did a wonderful job.
I loved the first half of this book. I would have given it 9 stars until the author seemed to lose her focus mid-way.

Girl meets homeless man, helps homeless man, falls in love with homeless man, homeless man moves in with girl, girl has a bully, psycho ex-boyfriend then the story falls apart. I was so disappointed.

It seemed the story climax was midway, then slid down the mountain with a crescendo, so to speak. Perhaps he story should have ended about two-thirds the way through.

There is a Poughkeepsie #2 due out this year. I am hoping the author will tie up a few dangling characters' futures and elaborate more on the 3 "brothers by choice". I will definitely purchase it.

I do recommend this book because I enjoyed the sweet love story. I admit I did cry as parts were most touching, I laughed and enjoyed the suspense.There were some sexy scenes well done.

It was a good read and worth the credit. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Pulls At Your Heart

this audiobook pulled me in once I started it, . The McHugh sisters Livia and Kyle, the three brothers Blake, Beckett and Cole. This story is about how people relate to others who are less well off and how cruel they can be, yet others are completely the opposite. It's full of action, suspense and romance. The characters are all broken/torn in some way but they are all strong and proud. I really liked Beckett even if he did scare the s##t out of me.. The narration was good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing book, horrid narration

What made the experience of listening to Poughkeepsie the most enjoyable?

This is such an amazing story. Everything about it kicks convention in the teeth, and I love that. Our main character is not necessarily an Alpha Male, but he is the sweetest, most amaing guy around... and homeless. Livia is a sweet, innocent, badass when she needs to be, understanding woman. She's relatable and likable. And she and Blake together are just... ahhhhh...

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. There is no typical in this book. Everything is unique and twisted from the norm. It's touching, beautiful, and filled with so much emotion!

How could the performance have been better?

I seriously disliked the narration of this book. I use Audible because I listen to the books in my car on my 2 hour daily commute. The speaker whispered many parts (Usually Livia's thoughts) so low that I would CONSTANTLY have to rewind and relisten to parts - not easy to do while driving. And if I turned the volume up to understand the whispering, when her normal tone returned, it was loud as all get out.
I also felt her delivery was off. Sentences were not intoned properly for the content, which left it feeling like someone reading to children at the library. I loved this book so freakin much, but it was because of the tale, not the telling.
I was actually a bit upset at how off so much of the performance was, because I would hate to think that people would not get the full effect and impact of the story because of it's narration. I would actually pay for this book a third time if I could get a different reader... Therese Plummer is fantastic, any way we could get a redo?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not your average girl meets not your typical man. Love knows no boundries, restraints, or background.

Any additional comments?

Please re-record this. This story is powerful, beautiful, and sweet. Performance really matters.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Surprised

I read quite a few reviews before I purchased this book, both on Audible & Amazon. It seemed people either loved the book or didn't. While I will have to listen to the book again to get all the details clear in my head I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't think of an emotion this book didn't draw out of me through the journey. I didn't think I would fall in love with the characters in the book but I did. I can't explain what exactly it was about the writing specifically that worked so well for me but I was entertained the entire book.

Perhaps I connected so deeply with this book because I love authors like K'wan and Carl Weber to Maya Banks and Sylvia Day to Kristin Hannah. I felt this book brought so many different writing genre's together that I couldn't help but enjoy the story.

This book will definitely be one I listen to repeatedly and recommend to friends. So if you are ready for a book that is not predictable, highly emotion and action packed this is a great book for you.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't stop listening

Poughkeepsie was a fascinating read. Unlike anything I've ever read before, this story had me hooked from start to end. I loved the characters. Flawed and complex they were all so well-developed and likable that you would be rooting for them all during the story. The bond these three brothers had was unshakable and it made you love them even more.
The story was well-written. with some twists and turns included. It evoked a range of emotions and had me on the edge of my seat. I can't get the story out of my head
The story was narrated by Marti Dumas who did a fabulous job with the characters. She brought each one to life and gave them all different voices. The narration was easy to understand and flowed smoothly. I absolutely loved this novel, it was a phenomenal read and I would highly recommend it.

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Unique and Entertaining. Audio Lacking

*Spoilers*

I had a hard time rating this book because I enjoyed the unique premise, but the characters all felt really flat to me. Two sisters that live a pretty posh lifestyle end mixed up with some potentially dangerous people, and they barely have a reaction. Hookers, drugs, guns, violence, and a pimp, and they barely bat an eyelash. They felt basic to me, but the story was interesting and I wanted to know how the story would turn out, so I went with a 4 star.

The narrator may have had something to do with me not connecting with the characters. I didn't like the narrator. Her voice was bland and emotionless. I hated her Beckett voice, and made him into a caricature. It was really bad. There's also some time where she whispers in the story, which were difficult to hear. I'd recommend not listening to the audio, and sticking with just reading it. I was excited to read this book because I absolutely loved Debra Anastasia's book, Mercy. It was actually one of my very favorites last year. I was a bit let down by this book, but the story does draw you in. Very entertaining and kept me reading. There's originally just a couple of POV's, but then there ends up being POV's from multiple characters, which did become a bit muddled at times. There's 3 couples working towards love in this book, and then there's a couple of POV's from some side characters. The girls are all higher class than the boys, and the boys all grew up in foster care and are brothers through that situation.

Couple 1 is Livia and Blake. Livia meets Blake, but Blake and Livia are from 2 different worlds. Blake is homeless with some issues from his childhood that have carried over into adulthood, and Livia has a pretty decent life. She has a boyfriend, but the connection she feels with Blake is soulmate stuff. Both of these characters are fine, and the romance is really sweet. Blake is definitely unique, and I liked that about him. Livia needed to break-up with her douchebag boyfriend a lot sooner, and my opinion is lowered of her due to some of her actions and that she didn't see how horrible her boyfriend is. Makes me question her intelligence.

The next couple is Kyle and Cole, this is basically the slut and the wannabe priest. Kyle is Livia's sister, and she has major self-worth issues, so she sleeps with lots of random guys. She feels like the only worth she has to offer is through sex. This causes major problems for her, and I'm surprised more horrible things didn't happen to her before some of the events in the book. She was beyond lucky. Cole is the wannabe priest, and they feel an attraction as well. Soulmate stuff as well. This connection was less believable than Blake and Livia's, but it had its moments.

The final couple is Eve and Beckett. Eve is out for revenge, and she's become a very hard woman that kills people. Beckett is a pimp, drug dealer, who also kills people. He does what he needs to do to protect his "brothers", Blake and Cole. Or at least, what he thinks he needs to do. He is a very cheesy character. Eve falls for him way to quick. The power of a hot guy I suppose, but once again, there's a soulmate connection. They too have their sweet moments. They have a fiery, passionate sex driven relationship.

There's lots of danger after all of these characters, and they all go through a lot. Like I said, the story is definitely interesting. Lots of craziness to be had. The jokes about prison rape weren't funny though.

There's a prequel featuring the boys younger, but I think I'll skip that one. Why would I want to read about Beckett with some other girl besides Eve, and how horrible the boys had it growing up, so I'll pass. I would like to read the next one though, that takes place in the future, and there's still some open questions for these characters.

Overall, entertaining, sweet, crazy story that may not be for everyone, but it is definitely unique.

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I Loved This Story!!

I absolutely loved this book and I wish I could hear the rest of the series on audible. The story and the people drew me in immediately and it was hard to stop listening when my walks ended. Love, drama, angst, action.... it's all in there. I highly recommend this audio book if you are a fan of this genre.

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so well done

Narrator was eloquent and her range of voices was superb. The story continued on and on in an unpredictable and brilliant way.This story is the best of the audible romance package. I say that being a librarian and having to ever 200 romance books this year.

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  • vicki
  • 05-08-15

Blake Hart

If you could sum up Poughkeepsie in three words, what would they be?

emotional,beautiful,actionpacked

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poughkeepsie?

Blake going into the sun

What aspect of Marti Dumas’s performance might you have changed?

not letting her do it she just didn't have any umph she seemed bored

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no the whole book was brilliant thank god i read it myself before i listened to it

Any additional comments?

hope you bring the rest audiobook but different narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful