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Home to Stay (An Anchor Island Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Terri Osburn
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From the Editor

As a romance reader, you might be used to losing yourself in the lives of beautiful, rich, and powerful people. I certainly haveócountless times. Letís face it, we all enjoy a good fantasy. But with Home to Stay, you get to experience a story that is grounded in reality yet still allows for escape. As I sit at work in Seattle, where itís raining, I think about the idyllic island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina that Terri Osburn has created. Her writing brings warmth, depth, and a touch of laughter to obstacles that could challenge any one of us.

For Willow, bartending on Anchor Island is just the right refuge for hiding from her past. She certainly wasnít looking for the complications of a relationship with Randy, the local fitness-club owner, to keep her there. But soon Randy becomes the anchor that holds Willow down (in a good way), and we get caught up in their sexy blossoming romance. I was also drawn to the tight island community that bands together and is willing to embrace an outsider as their own.

Terri was advised early in her career that romance books about everyday, ordinary people donít sell. Iím glad she didnít listen and instead stayed true to her path and her passion. A stroll on the beaches of Anchor Island is an escape Iíd happily take. For your next break, immerse yourself in Terriís charming small-town world, filled with characters who will walk straight into your heart.

- Helen Cattaneo, Editor

Book Description

Willow Parsons’s two new best friends are getting married, putting her squarely on the sidelines of romance—which suits her just fine. After the nightmarish situation she escaped from, featuring the ultimate Mr. Wrong, she is more than happy to spend her days slinging drinks in Dempsey’s Bar & Grill, and her nights alone. But her Anchor Island refuge has just one catch: muscle-bound charmer Randy Navarro.

Everyone in town knows that Randy, owner of the local fitness club, is a giant teddy bear. Everyone, it seems, except for Willow. He’s convinced that her avoidance is more than just playing hard to get, and is determined to uncover the secrets that shadow her lovely eyes. But when old fears are dragged into the light, can Randy get Willow to stay and fight for their love…or will she take flight, leaving him and Anchor Island behind?

Home to Stay is a charming, romantic tale about following your heart to find where you belong.

Books In This Series (4 Books)
Complete Series

  • Editorial Reviews


    “If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary with a little bit of intrigue...look no further. This...will leave readers longing for an oceanfront bar to hang out in.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

    “Another cute, romantic trip to Anchor Island...a hugely enjoyable read.” —Fresh Fiction

    “I don’t think that there is a more appealing hero than the Teddy Bear type, especially if they are ‘large enough to deserve his own zip code’ like Randy Navarro. Terri Osburn definitely got my attention when she wrote him into the story!” —Leigh Davis, Heroes and First Look

    About the Author

    Although born in the Ohio Valley, Terri Osburn found her true home between the covers of her favorite books. Classics like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women filled her childhood, and the genre of romance beckoned during her teen years. While Osburn went on to gain a degree in business administration, she couldn’t shelve her love of love stories. In 2007, she decided to put pen to paper and write her own. Just five years later, she was named a 2012 finalist for the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® Award. The author of the Anchor Island contemporary romance series, Osburn resides in Virginia with her daughter, an assortment of pets, and her bookshelves full of keepers.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1831 KB
    • Print Length: 291 pages
    • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 1, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great continuation of the series April 2, 2014
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    Home to Stay is the third book in this series, and I've read all three. The author was new to me when I started the first book, Meant to Be. I enjoy the writer's descriptive style and her character development. The people feel authentic and the variety of characters can be tracked through the books because they are memorable. A few new characters were introduced in this book, leading me to believe that there will be additional volumes in this series and I look forward to reading them.

    There is a very minimal bit of profanity, which doesn't bother me, but the most conservative readers may want to skip this one. I also have to say that the word I especially noticed was appropriate to the personality of the character and the discussion/situation.

    I was looking forward to reading the story with these particular lead characters, as soon as I got a chance to read the synopsis for the "soon to be released" book on book discussion websites. I am so happy that it was offered as one of the Kindle First program choices for $1.99 during April, so that I have already been able to read it and write this review.

    The characters from the first two books continue to play a role in the plot during this book. I enjoy it when previous characters are still in the mix, since their stories are what drew me along to this point in the continuing plotline. The previous leads have new events in their lives happening in this third book, because there is a nice sense of community on the island. There is enough conflict to be realistic, and enough steady and enjoyable to be a fun read.
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    45 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Bad romance April 2, 2014
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    I was expecting this book to be more gripping and exciting. To say the least it was boring. It seemed like a weak romance novel. Secret from her past? In the first 10 pages you basically know the secret. After a year of avoiding Randy due to being scared of his size, she goes from fear to love in days. The romance was weak, the lack of plot was weaker. Her big reveal gave basically no additional information. The characters were flat, one dimensional and left much to be desired. I wouldn't recommend it.
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    16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! April 2, 2014
    By G. Kate
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    I was so excited to be able to read this book early. I loved the first two books and this one did not disappoint! If you haven't read the first two don't read this one first. It will spoil them!!! If you are looking for a good light hearted funny book this is for you!
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    11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me... April 14, 2014
    By Beth S.
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I guess if you just want a happily-ever-after book with a few sex scenes written in, then this book is for you. As for me I need something with a bit more plot and character development. So, don't read ahead if you want to read it but I can resist pointing out a few unbelievable things.

    Things I learned from this book:
    Even if you treat a guy like he is the plague he will still chase you and one day you will suddenly fall in lust and have an orgasm just by kissing him.

    You can move to a small town and become BFFs with other women in the town and they will not be curious enough to ask about your past. (I have lived in small towns, no one in a small town is that trusting of strangers)

    If you have a crazy stalker (even if there seems to be no evidence he is looking for you) all you have to do is have a reporter write a newspaper article saying that you left the country and your problems are solved! He wouldn't try to find you outside of America, duh! Now, why didn't she think of that 3 years ago!
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    39 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Too much profanity April 8, 2014
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    The story was fun except for all the profanity in the dialogue. It makes me so sad when authors think that profanity enhances their writing when it does just the opposite. I cannot recommend such a book to anyone.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Home To Stay August 13, 2014
    By Sue P
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    In Home to Stay (Anchor Island #3) by Terri Osburn, Willow has been on Anchor Island for a few years now. Managing and bartending at the local pub, she quietly goes about her life. She has friends, but no one really know her, and at times she is still very alone. She guards her heart, her past, and her secrets fiercely.

    Randy is a big man with a heart of gold. He sees the fear in Willow's eyes when he's around, but he senses it's not a specific fear of him. He sees a lot of Willow on the small island, and with their friends and his sister getting married, he is seeing even more of her. Randy is more and more attracted to her, patiently trying to prove he is no threat. As Willow warms up to him and the idea of them together, she is still not looking for forever. Just when Willow starts to feel safe and follow those good feelings she has with Randy, her past is threatening her future. Will Willow have the courage to stay and finally have her home in the place she's grown to love?

    In Home To Stay Terri once again gives us great characters in a small town island setting I can very easily picture in my mind. I love Terri's descriptions of Anchor Island...especially when Willow is watching Randy on the jet ski!

    Terri draws out Willow's secrets enough to keep me intrigued but not enough to frustrate me...and there's much more to Willow's past than I first suspected. Willow puts on a good show, and on the outside she's so strong. On the inside she's scared and insecure. Reading from Willow's POV really took me into her life and her feelings. Randy is big and strong, and what you see really is what you get. He is patient and protective, and the perfect match for Willow if she can take the chance. I enjoyed reading from Randy's POV also.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Easy reading and keeps your interest. Chick lit lite.
    Published 6 hours ago by SoCal Diva
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great book
    Published 10 hours ago by Nancy Richard
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless Romantic
    Great read. Good content. I love reading this author because I fall in love with each character. Look I'll Nguyen forward to #4.
    Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
    I have become a Terri Osburn fan. The story, the characters, the humor all work to create a delightful escape. The problem I have is putting the book down to get my work done.
    Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I loved the complete series
    Published 9 days ago by Gerry Cwik
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love the characters' personalities.
    I love the story, it keeps me wanting more details about the characters. I love that the characters are the same from one book to the next. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Carol M. Rodman
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    It was cute but short.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Failure to Attach
    This book does not seem to come together as well as the others. By virtue of the storyline, the attachment to a character is slow to come.
    Published 14 days ago by New Student
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    It was a good read.
    Published 15 days ago by Maxine Babcock
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
    I love all of the couple's and this book did not disappoint. A woman with a tragic past and she learns to trust and love again.
    Published 19 days ago by Caramel kisses
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    More About the Author

    Author of the Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestselling Anchor Island Series, Terri Osburn started putting words on the page in 2007. Five years later, in 2012, she was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts. Shortly after, she signed with an agent and moved into publication, with her debut releasing from Montlake Romance in May 2013. Terri lives on the east coast with her teenage daughter, three frisky felines, and a hyper Yorkiepoo with attachment issues.

    To learn more about Terri, check out her website at

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