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Book 3 of 4 in the Anchor Island Series

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“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 Heartbreakers.com 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.

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Product Details

  • Series: An Anchor Island Novel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477818367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477818367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (963 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Five years later, in 2012, she was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts.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 two troublesome terriers.

To learn more about Terri, check out her website at www.terriosburn.com.

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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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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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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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This book seemed to fall flat with much of the storyline. There was a big mystery of why Willow was running and several things that were life changing mentioned that went along with her secrets (I won't say to give spoilers) but it seemed like they were a big part of who Willow was than never mentioned again and than the book was over. I couldn't feel the chemistry between the two characters, it was like they were the two single people left so they got coupled together. I had a hard time getting into this story. I loved the background of the island and the other characters but I don't think this story should get more than 3 stars. It has the potential if things were followed up with to be a pretty good story.
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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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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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HOME TO STAY by Terri Osburn is the third book in the Anchor Island contemporary romance series. Similar to the 1990's "Friends" sitcom, but where instead of dating, the group of friends are all settling down, getting married and starting families, this is a series that is sure to attract romance readers who enjoy a good amount of friendship inter-relationships in their reads. Given that a large portion of the story revolves around couples that have been previously introduced in the prior books, it is advisable, although not absolutely necessary, to read this series in order.

It seems like everyone in Anchor Island, a small island off the coast of North Carolina (that doesn't even have cell phone service!), is settling down and finding their lifemates, except for Willow Parsons and Randy Navarro. Willow is the the bartender at the Island's bar, Dempsey's, and Randy owns the Island's gym and Anchor Adventures, which provides water sports for tourists.

After moving to the Island just one year ago, Willow has made it her mission to make friends, but avoid finding a boyfriend. A disastrous prior relationship that left her scarred for life makes it virtually impossible for her to ever be able to settle down in one place long enough to make any long-lasting connection with a man.

The "love bug" seems to be in the air in Anchor Island, however, and her friends seem intent on setting Willow up with Randy, her best friend's brother. Randy's large muscles, however, trigger too many past memories, so she avoids him.

When an emergency affecting one of their mutual friends brings them together, however, Willow and Randy soon become aware of their physical attraction.
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