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Meant to Be (An Anchor Island Novel) Kindle Edition

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Beth Chandler is deathly afraid of the water, so ferrying over to Anchor Island off the coast of North Carolina to meet her fiancé's family is a big deal until a huge dog and his very attractive owner distract her. When she realizes the guy is her fiancé's brother, Beth is too embarrassed to introduce herself. Of course, all is revealed when Joe Dempsey arrives at this parents' home to greet Lucas and Elizabeth. A difficult case drags Lucas back to Richmond, but he insists that Beth continue their "vacation," with Joe as her guide. Charter boat captain Joe isn't thrilled with the idea, but he doesn't want to "rock the boat." Beth discovers that she loves this wonderful enclave of small businesses and its quirky neighbors, so helping the residents fight overtures from a developer to sell gives her purpose. Meanwhile, Beth and Joe seem have found common ground.

Verdict An introspective man falls for a woman who has made a career out of fulfilling everyone's needs but her own. The combination of beautiful island locale and offbeat characters will have readers setting sail for love in debut author Osburn's series opener. —Bette-Lee Fox

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"[This] debut novel is as inviting as digging your bare toes into warm sand. Filled with endearing, authentic characters, heart-tugging emotion, and just enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep you smiling...a delightful story." —Tracy Brogan, bestselling author of Crazy Little Thing

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  • File Size: 917 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183085
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQ2A886
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 Five years later, in 2012, she was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts.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 a hyper Yorkiepoo with attachment issues.

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

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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By PJ Ausdenmore on May 21, 2013
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Elizabeth Chandler has spent her life pleasing other people and living other people's dreams. She's a lawyer because that's the respectable career path the grandparents who raised her wanted for her. Her workaholic fiancé has no idea what she likes or dislikes because he makes all the decisions in their relationship right down to the type of wine she drinks and music she listens to and because it makes him happy, she lets him. She's suppressed every ounce of young Beth Chandler's creativity and zest for life in an effort to be what everyone expects her to be. But that's all about to change.

Only for Lucas Dempsey would Elizabeth Chandler, a woman deathly afraid of the water, be on a ferry to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to meet her new fiancé's family. Lucas was supposed to be with her but, once again, the law office where they both work has taken priority and left Elizabeth to make the crossing on her own. She's in the midst of a full-blown panic attack when an over-sized dog and his gorgeous owner come to her rescue. Charmed in spite of herself, by both this man and his dog, she introduces herself as Beth and allows herself to secretly indulge in the instant attraction she feels to this calm, sexy man with the adorable dimple. Then she discovers he's her future brother-in-law.

Joe Dempsey has a mental image of the woman his younger step-brother is bringing home and it sure isn't a sweet, sexy young woman who makes his own pulse race. They get off on the wrong foot and the instant attraction that sparks between them doesn't help matters but gradually, as they get to know one another, their feelings begin to shift and then deepen though they both fight it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Vicki J on May 26, 2013
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I was looking for something light and fun to read. I loved this story and couldn't put it down. The opening drew me in and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I giggled my way through the "girls night out." I really liked Beth and wouldn't mind being her friend. Joe is - a girl's dream - sexy, caring in a gruff way, loyal to family, and friendly (crabby sort of friendly). I want to be part of the Dempsey family and can't wait to read Ms. Osborn's next story about Lucas, Joe's brother. Thanks, Ms. Osborn, for a truly entertaining read.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Noelle on May 22, 2013
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I never write reviews. I had to for this book because it was such a great read! I couldn't put it down and I can not wait until the next book comes out!
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42 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Tracey North on June 1, 2014
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I couldn't get past the first few chapters of this book because I was so put off by the amount of swearing in it. Really, is it necessary to have the F-bomb in nearly every paragraph in order to be consider a writer of contemporary romance? This kind of writing only debases the fundamental beauty of romance. A writer can certainly up date the fairy tale aspects of the romance genre without resorting to cheap sensationalism. A good writer would not have to resort to such a tactic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelby Davis on March 19, 2014
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Enjoyable but basic predictable story line. Really quick read that was worth it but nothing new or refreshing in the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cinderellaleah on March 12, 2015
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I adore Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. This book reminded me so much of that series, which is high praise. Although Terri Osburn is no copycat, she definitely has her own unique voice. Her characters felt like friends and family. I really grew to love Beth (heroine) and her people pleasing, sweet and quirky personality. Crusty Joe (hero) really grew on me. He was so grumpy but had a heart of gold. Also tall, sexy, gorgeous, and funny! There were many laugh out loud moments for me. The many colourful cast of characters made this story seem real. I want to live on this island! There was depth to the story, and yet it was fun and feel good also. The language could be strong at times, but not to the point that it detracted from the story. There was one mildly descriptive sex scene. I would rate this as PG13, an adult Rom Com with some drama thrown in. I can't wait to read Lucas and Sid's story! Recommend! I also wanted to add that I listened to this book on audible and the narrator, Amy Rubinate, did an outstanding job! She really made the characters come alive. This style of writing also reminded me of Kristan Higgins who I absolutely love! Read/listen to this book!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James D Skow on August 9, 2013
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Although Meant to Be was entertaining, it was predictable with all of the boxes checked to qualify as a romance novel. The price was right and it provided a few hours of distraction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.W. on March 2, 2015
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I love this series! It is well written and sweet, with just the right amount of sexy. The characters are likable, but not perfect. The drama/conflict is realistic, but not too stressful to read. Each book can be read as a stand-alone. No cliffhangers. That being said, you will enjoy the series more if you read it in order, so you meet the characters for the next book. The series is set on imaginary Anchor Island - based on Okacroke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If you like sweet, family/friends style romances set in small towns, you will love these books.
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