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Meant to Be (An Anchor Island Novel Book 1) by [Osburn, Terri]
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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 918 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQ2A886
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Meant to Be is the start of an amazing series. I read all four books within the span of two days, before deciding to review. Meant to Be is an amazing story with fascinating characters that you will fall in love with from the very beginning. In this book, we get to know Beth and Joe. Right away, you can tell these two characters have a startling attraction to each other. The only problem is, Beth is engaged to Joe's brother. I loved how the story played out and couldn't wait to dive into the second book. This is a must read series for all romance lovers.
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Beth is on her way to meet the family of her fiancé who live on an island off the coast of North Carolina. The fiancé, Logan, is a driven lawyer who cares most about her career and sees Beth as a trophy who can help him move forward. Beth has a fear of water and the trip involves taking a car ferry. She is in the middle of a panic attack when she is befriended by the handsome Joe and his stinky dog. What becomes clear later is that Joe is the half-brother of the aforementioned Logan.

After Logan dumps Beth on the island for two weeks to attend to his career, the attraction between Beth and Joe builds. But of course, neither feels able to act on it. Doing so wouldn't be fair to poor old Logan. We already know what's going to happen. First Beth will fall in love with the island, then with the dog and then with the man. But she won't be able to acknowledge her forbidden passion because of whatever. Of course there will be the scene where she gets drunk and loses her inhibitions. In vino verities. But next morning, she regrets her sudden honesty. How will this ever get resolved? I would rather chew off my fingers than type the answer, thus ruining the enjoyment of anyone gullible enough to wonder.

Meanwhile Beth gets involved in organizing the islanders against a crude corporate takeover from a businessman who wants to turn the whole island into a soulless resort for the well-heeled. The corporate raider's daughter was Joe's spurned fiancee. This subplot peters out feebly without generating any real tensions. In fact the book as a whole generates very little heat or tension.
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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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