Release Day + Review - For All The Evers by Debra AnastasiaSunday, December 18, 2016
Title: For All the Evers
Author: Debra Anastasia
Release Date: December 18, 2016
About the Book
About the Book
Fallen Billow should be in college like most of her friends, but instead she’s raising her brother and working as a housekeeper at a vintage local hotel. It’s back-breaking work, but not nearly as challenging as fending off unwanted advances from the hotel’s owner.
Thomas McHugh is fighting for our country, across the globe and decades before Fallen Billow was even born. So there’s no way they’re soul mates. There’s no way he can be desperate to see her, hold her, kiss her. Except there is.
Is it a dream when he inks his name on her skin? Is it a delusion when she puts her hands on his face and says she loves him? Nothing has ever felt more real.
Fate has etched paths for Thomas and Fallen that even time cannot touch. A Purple Heart proclaims Thomas’ valor and bravery. And his death. But Fallen dares to dream of the impossible. She wants Thomas to stay. Just stay.
A tribute to all who have served our country, this novel honors the impossible beauty of love and the endless power of hope. Come open your heart and celebrate the many facets of bravery with Fallen and Thomas.
Debra Anastasia has created a website for Thomas McHugh - the veteran the book is in honor of. (It is recommended readers look at this website after reading the book)
Available in Kindle Unlimited
I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Give Me Books and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity! As usual, Debra writes the best books!
Can you cheat time to save your one true soulmate?
I've read many of Debra's books over the years. From the superbly hilarious Fire Down Below to the intense and heartbreaking Poughkeepsie series, each book showed a side of Debra's personality that made her the author her readers fell in love with. With For All The Evers, I knew Debra would suck us in again into a whirlwind of romance, but what I get in return exceeded what I've bargained for.
One look at the cover and I knew I was a goner. The fact that the author has written this story to honor her veteran uncle that she never has the chance to meet was beyond words, each word contained underlying emotion and each chapter became a memoir for the real Thomas J. McHugh. What I loved most about the book was how the author included tiny bits of details from the actual story into her own, from the letter on the cover to the real signature, we felt his vivid presence in the book and we learned to love the real person in the process, and not only just the fictional character.
"This letter is to thank you for your sacrifice, but I went further than that. I finished the book I promised your niece I would write." - Debra Anastasia
FATE started with an ominous prologue that gave the readers a sense of an impending heartache. For me, I feared a book with no HEA, but I am not going to spoil the ending for you. Fallen was forced to become an adult at 21 years old to support her brother throughout high school. She took a job as a housekeeper in Hotel Revel and was assigned to clean the 5th floor, and also a specific room that was always left vacant - room 514. Little did she know that the room held a huge secret that could become the key to her happily ever after and also her greatest downfall.
To be honest, the first half of the book creeped me out. I was both afraid and excited about room 514 and had to actually take a couple of breaks just to shake off the jitters. The author did a great job making the antagonist a creepy/controlling stalker to the point where I feared for Fallen's wellbeing. On the other hand, Thomas and Fallen's star-crossed romance was so intense, I craved for their moments every second of the book. The way the author narrated Thomas, with snippets of his childhood memories and his protective nature, instantly made him the character you just can't seem to hate.
Debra proved herself time and time again with her writing. The storyline was exquisitely written and the build up was perfect, the readers were left wondering about the mysteries happening in room 514 and anticipated to uncover its magical truth. Not to mention, the secondary characters also made such a huge impact to the story.
A beautiful blend of mystery and suspense, Debra Anastasia created a romantic story that transcends time, a fabricated tale of "what would happen" to a courageous veteran who lost his life in war.
”I’ll love you for all the evers I get.”
Bring out your tissues because you're going on an emotional ride.
“I bet you were adorable.” He put his knuckle under her chin and encouraged her to lift her head. She rolled back over and settled against his shoulder.
“I don’t want to be adorable. I want to be impossible.”
“How do you mean?” He kissed her forehead.
“I want to be impossible for you to forget, impossible for you to keep your hands off of.” She leaned up for a kiss.
“You’re my impossible then. Have no fear.” He tenderly reminded her he was her impossible, too, with his lips.
She put her hand against his stomach and snuggled in. “This is my spot. Right here. With you—it’s home.”
He swallowed before talking to the ceiling. “My heart was like a fist. Where I am? It’s not a place you plan to survive. I’ve been there for years, and it’s not about skill; it’s not even about luck. You get strapped into a machine, and fate’s driving. You can’t get out even if you want to. So you submit to it. You harden your soul. You get ready to die.”
He shifted, rolling on top of her. She sighed in contentment. Being beneath him made her feel safe and secure.
He kissed her lips, then the tip of her nose, before continuing. “But with you, it’s like my heart’s opening up, and I’m terrified to feel, after all this time. Yet I don’t have a choice. No matter where I am, I draw your face whenever I get a scrap of paper.”
He laughed a little. “We found a puppy, and I named it Fallen, just so I could say your name over and over. The guys think I’m crazy—such a strange name for a dog. But I don’t care. I’m gasping for you every moment I’m awake. And I’m making choices to keep me alive through the week.”
His eyes searched hers. “What if I’m not as tough as I was in the beginning? God, I hope no one is affected by my distraction with this. But in the end there’s you. Only you. Do what you have to to get back to me when you’re awake. You have to. I need you more than air, more than life right now. The softness of you, the tenderness in your eyes when you see me. I’m trying to force fate to throw me in your direction. To hurl meat you somehow. I don’t know if it will work. But I’m praying for it.”
Fallen touched his face, then his neck. “I will do everything I can to find you.”
Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there's no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes she hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.
Debra has now published the Seraphim Series, the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, the Gynazule Series, The Revenger and Booty Camp Dating Service. Her novella, Late Night with Andres is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) For All The Evers is her latest romantic suspense.
You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared...
There is a giveaway for signed paperback of For All the Evers and Saving Poughkeepsie, signed hand crafter holiday ornaments, Booty Camp Dating Service ring, Poughkeepsie lip balm and cardboard keychain, and XL One More Chapter t-shirt