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Home to Stay (An Anchor Island Novel Book 3) by [Osburn, Terri]
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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 have—countless times. Let’s 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 it’s 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 wasn’t 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 don’t sell. I’m glad she didn’t listen and instead stayed true to her path and her passion. A stroll on the beaches of Anchor Island is an escape I’d happily take. For your next break, immerse yourself in Terri’s charming small-town world, filled with characters who will walk straight into your heart.

- Helen Cattaneo, Editor

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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 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: 2287 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Music Lover on 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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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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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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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 loved this!! I couldn't wait for this third instalment, I read it as soon as my pre-order arrived, and I wasn't disappointed. I read this with absolute joy, a smile on my face, and pride for this author, who improves with every book (although I 5 starred the previous books, because I've loved all of them, and I have and will again, read them all again). This series, resembles old-school Nora Roberts, who I adore but can't afford to buy. These books are pure feel good candy, heartfelt and steamy. What I love: 1) Will and Randy as characters, friends become lovers. I fell for them in book 1, and couldn't wait for their story. 2) Terri does amazing first kisses to die for, and the high bench mark that she set in the previous book, (that kiss on the beach between Sid and Lucas) This first kiss between Randy and Willow set a new level of holy hotness!! And their first sex scene, have your BOB or significant other handy!! 3) All my favourite couples and secondary characters from previous books, continuing their stories. 4) The island continues to be a character that I would love to live on.
Negatives: 1) the first chapter was a bit slow and too much tell not show, but Terri soon came into her usual stride with her snappy dialogue. 2) The premise of Willow's history, has partly been done to death, but with enough of Terri's own spin to not affect the outcome of the story for me.
I was bouncing around 4 1/2 plus stars due to the negs for this one, but the fact that I really loved it, it's become a certified favourite, I will read this again, pushed this to 5 stars to me. What's next for Terri's tales? I hope Sam!! But whatever, it will be mine, forever fan girl!!
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