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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: mu 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.


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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: mu 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.

30 review for Home to Stay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    On the outside, Willow is the fun and feisty, happy go lucky girl, new to the island and an energetic bartender at Dempsey's Grill and Bar. In reality, Willow is still fun and feisty...anyone who can befriend both the crazy beautiful tomboy Sid and down to earth, sweet Beth is good people. But there's another side to Willow that she hasn't even even confided in her two best friends about. Randy Navarro is this huge, hulking teddy bear and Sid's older brother. You'd think that his quiet demeanor a On the outside, Willow is the fun and feisty, happy go lucky girl, new to the island and an energetic bartender at Dempsey's Grill and Bar. In reality, Willow is still fun and feisty...anyone who can befriend both the crazy beautiful tomboy Sid and down to earth, sweet Beth is good people. But there's another side to Willow that she hasn't even even confided in her two best friends about. Randy Navarro is this huge, hulking teddy bear and Sid's older brother. You'd think that his quiet demeanor and gentle nature would garner safe feelings from the fairer sex. But not from Will. She's jumpy and cautious, and Randy's tiptoed around her for over a year. It doesn't take long for the gentle giant to figure out what's going on. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "For more than a year now, Randy had been tiptoeing around the wiry gypsy with the long dark hair and cautious blue eyes, trying not to be offended every time she leapt at the sight of him. (...)The only way he differed from other men was in his size, and since he knew he'd never done anything to her, another big guy must have. Randy wasn't the violent type. He believed in the sanctity of life, and had a natural inclination to protect. But every time Will flinched or got that haunted look in her eye, Randy wanted nothing more than to travel back in time and show whatever asshole had touched her what it felt like to mess with someone his own size." (This quote made me fall in love with Randy.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Oddly enough, Will isn't just a little afraid of Randy...she's also attracted to him. When some nosy reporters threaten Will's anonymity and safely built life on Anchor Island, her vulnerability starts to show. As Will and Randy are thrown together for various reasons, one including a much anticipated wedding, she begins to long for more than just roots and safety...she wants Randy. And Randy sees the cracks in her defenses, making it virtually impossible to stop the inevitable. "Randy hadn't expected her to melt in his hands, then look at him with that kind of desire in her blue eyes. As if she'd take him right there behind the bar. All that from one compliment. One touch. If he never got more of her, she might burn him alive. " Willow and Randy: Terri Osburn has created this wonderful oasis from the fictional Anchor Island, filling it with good people, a small town atmosphere, and so much heart. Her characters resonate with me, each of them unique and refreshing. Her pacing is slow and easy but never stagnant...from page one, just as with her previous two books, I was able to sink back into the lives of these people, live again for a bit in this quaint community, and soak up her words as if watching these events on a screen while still being privy to their innermost thoughts. I love the switching point of view. It was necessary to be inside of both Will and Randy's head in order to appreciate both male and female perspectives. Randy's such a beefcake...I'm not even ashamed to admit that I find him lustfully delicious; in fact, he's my favorite Anchor Island guy. There's much to be said for the alpha male, but although Randy has that uber protective streak, he's too laid back to be bossy, too tenderhearted to be domineering. He's exactly what Will needs and it was uplifting to watch her slowly allow him into her life. No matter how much she fights it. This story was sweet and spicy and filled with what is becoming Osburn's trademark goofy, laid back humor. If you still haven't read Terri Osburn, I truly can't recommend her enough. She's one of my absolute favorites and so far each book I've read by her has reached five star status. I was honored to be given an advance copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Willow Parsons has been living and working on Anchor Island for the past year. Her background though, is still a mystery even to her best friends, Beth and Sid. Running away from a painful past and hiding out on Anchor Island may all come undone when a big-mouthed, ambitious reporter zeroes in on Will and uncovers her past. Big and built, Randy Navarro is a walking advertisement for his fitness club. Though he's interested in Will, she's skittish around him. Lucky for both of them that Randy is a Willow Parsons has been living and working on Anchor Island for the past year. Her background though, is still a mystery even to her best friends, Beth and Sid. Running away from a painful past and hiding out on Anchor Island may all come undone when a big-mouthed, ambitious reporter zeroes in on Will and uncovers her past. Big and built, Randy Navarro is a walking advertisement for his fitness club. Though he's interested in Will, she's skittish around him. Lucky for both of them that Randy is a big, gentle giant; patience and persistence are going to be his best weapons for breaking down Willow's walls. Though there's nothing particularly new here - this is afterall a romance - it's Ms Osburn's execution, her writing, her prose that brings a breath of fresh air to these contemporary romances. She does small island/small-town life better than almost any author. Thankfully she also writes men who are manly but who don't act all caveman, but who respect women, none more so than Randy. I also really like that this big, muscly guy is vegetarian. This is the third book in the Anchor Island series, but can be read as a standalone. Terri Osburn is a talented author, quickly becoming a favourite author after her first two books. Home to Stay though not my favourite of the series - that honour goes to book #2, Up to the Challenge, Lucas and Sid's story - is still very enjoyable. Just missing some of the fantastic humour and banter of the first two books; understandable though with Willow being so secretive about her painful past. Looking forward to the next (and final) book in this series. If you enjoy contemporary romance, smalltown (or island) stories, check out the very talented Terri Osburn. Steam: 2.5-3

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    Willow was forced into a life on the run by her violent and abusive ex. Having arrived on Anchor Island a little over twelve months earlier, she has taken on every cash-in-hand job the small tourist town can give her and found herself a measure of peace with a small group of friends. But with her ex still looking for her, she can never get too comfortable and needs to be ready to run at a moments notice. Randy owns the town’s gym and like Will’s ex, he is a big guy. Her nervousness around him is Willow was forced into a life on the run by her violent and abusive ex. Having arrived on Anchor Island a little over twelve months earlier, she has taken on every cash-in-hand job the small tourist town can give her and found herself a measure of peace with a small group of friends. But with her ex still looking for her, she can never get too comfortable and needs to be ready to run at a moments notice. Randy owns the town’s gym and like Will’s ex, he is a big guy. Her nervousness around him is obvious to all, but despite his similar stature, he has a gentle and protective nature. With a little persistence he manages to break down her walls and they tentatively begin to explore their attraction. When a travel reporter visits Anchor Island and recognises Will, her safe harbour is suddenly threatened and she realises it might be time to hit the road. Randy is determined to protect her and build a life with her, but for that to happen she will need to trust him. There aren’t too many new ideas in this genre and I’ve read stories similar to this one before, but I don’t think I’ve read one that’s as good as this. The characters, especially the female characters really are kind of wonderful. I mean any book that has me rereading sections just because they were so much fun is kind of special. Honestly there are a handful of authors who just make me so happy I could jump. Laini Taylor, Carolyn Crane, recently Marilyn Pappano, Faith Hunter…and Terri Osburn. So yeah, this book gets 5 well deserved stars. Many thanks to Terri Osburn for providing me with this ARC

  4. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    4.5 STARS Another fantastic instalment in the Anchor Island series, Home To stay was romantic, sweet, well written and perfectly steamy! From the first book in this series, Meant To Be, I've been invested in all the wonderful residents of Anchor. So getting Willow's story was well anticipated. We've gotten snippets of Will's mysterious past, or rather that she has a past she keeps meticulously hidden. But she's also made friends and has come to see Anchor as home. Only problem is Randy Navarro, th 4.5 STARS Another fantastic instalment in the Anchor Island series, Home To stay was romantic, sweet, well written and perfectly steamy! From the first book in this series, Meant To Be, I've been invested in all the wonderful residents of Anchor. So getting Willow's story was well anticipated. We've gotten snippets of Will's mysterious past, or rather that she has a past she keeps meticulously hidden. But she's also made friends and has come to see Anchor as home. Only problem is Randy Navarro, the big, brawny, muscled and sexy business owner and brother to Sid, has noticed Will. She doesn't want complications, doesn't want a man in her life but staying away from Randy is becoming very difficult considering the upcoming nuptials of Beth and Joe. What's even harder is fighting the attraction to a man that makes her question everything, including protecting her heart. Randy is a sweet big ole' teddy bear. I loved him! He was so patient, so understanding, so damn sweet! There were many scenes I wanted to reach in my iPad and kiss him! Intelligent, kind, tender and extremely sexy...Randy was a great catch. I really loved Willow too, she was so scared, so cautious, But oh, so lonely. Running from her past has exhausted her and right when she reconsiders her actions, everything blows up in her face. But even with that, she was strong and intelligent, finally deciding that maybe the time has come to stop running. And really with such great friends like Beth and Sid, great support from all around the island, Willow sees that all the family she needs is right where she is. I want to move to Anchor island! It's a fictitious name but the island is actually real. No cell service, minimal internet...back to the simple and sweet enjoyment of life. Can you imagine living there? I can! If only I could convince my family to move, sigh...;-D. Even if moving to North Carolina isn't an option, reading about this atmospheric and captivating little island is the next best thing! I've loved this wonderful series from the beginning and really hope Terri Osburn continues with tales of love for the residents of anchor. Sam Edwards, the new hotelier in town has really captured my attention. I was getting the subtle impression that he might be featured in his own tale of love? He's definitely sexy sounding and quite possibly mysterious enough to weave a sweet story. I'd love to see his HEA! The question is with whom? Kinzi, the baker extraordinaire? Maybe Yvonne? I can only hope. This is a great contemporary romance series and Terri Osburn has become one of my favourite authors! **arc provided by the talented Terri Osburn for review **

  5. 4 out of 5

    Antonella

    a favorite in this series for sure!! I loved the leading couple, maybe bc the anticipation for their story was building up in previous books too... this is a great series for all small-town romance trope lovers!! very sweet too!! 4,5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    3.7 stars!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    Well, that was disappointing. I've been looking forward to Randy and Will since the series started. Will was obviously hiding some serious problems and Randy seemed like just the guy to help her find peace. The thing is, Randy is every bit the stud we knew he would be. I love the strong, protective, kind type and he was all that and more. Furthermore, he was all about seeing the strength in Will and only exercising his own strength in her service (i.e. to enhance her options and choices rather th Well, that was disappointing. I've been looking forward to Randy and Will since the series started. Will was obviously hiding some serious problems and Randy seemed like just the guy to help her find peace. The thing is, Randy is every bit the stud we knew he would be. I love the strong, protective, kind type and he was all that and more. Furthermore, he was all about seeing the strength in Will and only exercising his own strength in her service (i.e. to enhance her options and choices rather than limit them). Seriously, if you can't fall for Randy, Romance is not your genre. And Will wasn't bad, either. Mostly. We've seen her strength and determination from the start and seeing it from her perspective didn't take away from that any. A tough girl with a tough problem made her immediately engaging. Unfortunately, the story itself is wrapped in layers of stupid. I don't think of this as ranting, but my barometer is calibrated high. Also, spoilers:(view spoiler)[ 1. The reporter is dumber than dirt. What reporter, on finding a "missing person" who is obviously hiding doesn't dig, even a little bit for the why? 2. The reporter's paper is stupid. What editor, on finding a . . . right see above redux. 3. Will's fear of Jeffrey is unforgivably irrational. What is this, Soviet Russia? All she needs is a good reporter and his life would be toast—As we learn by her own actions at the end. And that's before we learn she has proof of his illegal activities. What is she, twelve, that she believes his claims of omnipotent retribution? She has a college degree, for heaven's sake! She's been around enough to know she has options! 4. Will lost me completely when she ran once her secret got out. There's some hand waving later about panic being a habit, but see #3 above. This was a straight-up betrayal of all her relationships on the Island, not just Randy. 5. The inheritance just muddied the waters. It's like Osburn decided she hadn't done enough stereotyped things in the story yet and needed to make her quota. It was completely unnecessary; it played very little role in Will's solution in working out her freedom. Worse, since learning of her inheritance was her turning point in deciding to stand and fight, it makes it look like money made her brave rather than remembering that she has friends and/or something to fight for. (hide spoiler)] Okay, that was a rant, after all. Terribly disappointing. I'm calling this a 2.5 star read with enough weight in the end to round down. Sad. I'll probably read the last in this series, but I'm not looking forward to it as much as I might have. A note about Steamy: Standard for the series at mid-level for me. I forget if it was two or three explicit scenes, but they were substantial enough to qualify either way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    KatLynne

    3.5 Stars I was very excited to grab this from Amazon's Kindle First program. Each month they select four books that will be released the following month, and you can choose one at a discounted price. Terri Osburn has become one of my favorite authors, and I quickly snatched this up:) Home to Stay is another well written, engaging story featuring Randy Navarro and Willow Parson's journey. While somewhat predictable, I still very much enjoyed their romance. The author captures the essence of small 3.5 Stars I was very excited to grab this from Amazon's Kindle First program. Each month they select four books that will be released the following month, and you can choose one at a discounted price. Terri Osburn has become one of my favorite authors, and I quickly snatched this up:) Home to Stay is another well written, engaging story featuring Randy Navarro and Willow Parson's journey. While somewhat predictable, I still very much enjoyed their romance. The author captures the essence of small town living perfectly and her cast of characters feel like your next door neighbors. It was fun catching up on the news and visiting with those I've come to love from past books. I'm also completely intrigued with one very sexy Hotel Owner and keeping my fingers crossed the next book will feature his story:)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lu Bielefeld

    3 ⭐⭐⭐ - OK decent reads. =====================

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nefise

    It was very good reading for me. I like Ms Osburn writing style. Her protagonist are likeable, mature people. In this story, heroine has a bad memory about her ex-boyfriend and escaped him. She is afraid of hero, Randy, due to a big man but now behave like a child or meaningless. I like their relationship, their mature personalities and the journey of progress their involvement and love. Espicially I love Randy's personality. I think in real life, I prefer to fall in love or a have relationship th It was very good reading for me. I like Ms Osburn writing style. Her protagonist are likeable, mature people. In this story, heroine has a bad memory about her ex-boyfriend and escaped him. She is afraid of hero, Randy, due to a big man but now behave like a child or meaningless. I like their relationship, their mature personalities and the journey of progress their involvement and love. Espicially I love Randy's personality. I think in real life, I prefer to fall in love or a have relationship this kind of a man. There's nothing extreme about him but he is level-headed, determined and good looking guy :) I recommend readers who want tot read a well-written, well-paced, a quick, easy read that left you with a good feeling.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    This book didn't pull me in like the other books by this author. The heroine is in hiding and the big hero scares her but yet their attraction simmers. I found the book a bit predictable and the characters not that vibrant. This book didn't pull me in like the other books by this author. The heroine is in hiding and the big hero scares her but yet their attraction simmers. I found the book a bit predictable and the characters not that vibrant.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julia David

    How could you not love Randy the gentle giant. He has been patient with Willow in hopes that she will one day come around and not be afraid of him. He knows there must be something in her past that would cause her to be like that, but she won't talk about it. Willow has been running for three years and thinks she is safe and at home on Anchor Island, but that all changes when a reporter comes to town and wants to take her picture and interview her. She can't let that happen. Randy sees her fear How could you not love Randy the gentle giant. He has been patient with Willow in hopes that she will one day come around and not be afraid of him. He knows there must be something in her past that would cause her to be like that, but she won't talk about it. Willow has been running for three years and thinks she is safe and at home on Anchor Island, but that all changes when a reporter comes to town and wants to take her picture and interview her. She can't let that happen. Randy sees her fear and wants to help, but she won't tell anyone about her past. As Randy's sister pushes them together, the more she tries to resist. But, she can't. She has to live in the moment because she just might have to run again. Will she ever be free of her past?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Willow Parson is Anchor Island's resident temp and bar manager for Dempsy's bar. She has been living on the Island for about 3 years and now her livelihood is being threatened. I really enjoyed this book, I loved the character developments for all of the characters and the fact that the characters kept re-appearing. We got to see the other developments from the previous novels. Willow Parson is Anchor Island's resident temp and bar manager for Dempsy's bar. She has been living on the Island for about 3 years and now her livelihood is being threatened. I really enjoyed this book, I loved the character developments for all of the characters and the fact that the characters kept re-appearing. We got to see the other developments from the previous novels.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna Morrison

    Love Randy When you read the other books you will come to the same conclusions I did about Willow, while we would be right we never would of seen the rest coming. This is an awesome story of them falling in love. Get your copy today.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margreet Asselbergs

    http://ripeforreader.blogspot.com/201... My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️ Working in Dempsey's Bar & Grill is not exactly what Willow Parsons went to school for, but it's what she has enjoyed doing for the last year since she landed on Anchor Island. Not eager to share the fact she has chosen the small community to hide out in, she has nonetheless been able to make some really good friends here. Only one person unsettles her, partly because his massive size reminds her of someone she never wants to see again, http://ripeforreader.blogspot.com/201... My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️ Working in Dempsey's Bar & Grill is not exactly what Willow Parsons went to school for, but it's what she has enjoyed doing for the last year since she landed on Anchor Island. Not eager to share the fact she has chosen the small community to hide out in, she has nonetheless been able to make some really good friends here. Only one person unsettles her, partly because his massive size reminds her of someone she never wants to see again, and partly because of the conflictling feelings he brings out in her. Gentle giant, that is how everyone sees Randy Navarro, adventurer and owner of the local gym, but he can't seem to catch a break with Willow. Awkward, since Will and his sister Sid are the best of friends, and they all hang out together on a regular basis. When he notices there isn't simply dislike, but real fear in her eyes, he is determined to make her feel as safe as possible. The preparations for the wedding of their friends offers opportunities to slowly win her trust. Recognizing Randy for the kind man he is, Willow finally is letting down her guard with him, and soon finds herself drawn into a romantic entanglement she did not want to have. But when her worst fears came true, instead of turning to the ones she had come to love, she reacted as she always had.......she ran. ***** Warm and Lush!! This is not my first book in the Anchor Island series by Terri Osburn, a series that centres around a small island on the outer banks, and each have left me feeling utterly satisfied. The characters from previous books reappear as supporting cast in HOME TO STAY, but the book is a story by itself, a solid standalone. There is no ongoing backstory that snakes through the series you have to be afraid of missing out on if you don't read the books in sequence or even miss one here or there. A colourful collection of friends are at the core of each story, in their late twenties to mid thirties, each finding their own, sometimes unexpected, happy ever afters. This time it is Randy's turn, a quiet and unassuming giant of a man who is protective of his friends and sister, loves challenging himself by seeking adventure and puts a high value on living healthy. A good man, who is bothered by the fact that the woman he has more than a passing interest in seems to be afraid of him, when he poses absolutely no threat to her at all. The object of his focus, Willow, has come to the island a year ago, eager to escape into anonymity, for fear of being recognized and found, with good reason. She has kept to herself for the most part, but still has managed to make a few friends without having to share too much background information. She is simply seen as someone very private. Randy brings out feelings in her that slowly start making her feel safe enough to open up. Well-written and dripping with atmosphere, Terri Osburn creates a close-knit community where people still look out for each other. Where the entire town is invested in the happiness of one of its members. And where, once you have been adopted, you always have a home. As Willow finds out. ✨A captivating, spicy and heart-warming home-coming.✨ **Copy provided in return for an honest review.**

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Lund

    While I really like this series and am happy to have found a new author I enjoy, this one just seemed a little trite. I'm not a huge fan of the "woman on the run" trope anyway, but this one tied up just a little too easy and a little too quickly for me. I do enjoy this series' characters and was happy to see Randy finally get his chance to shine, but overall not my favorite of the series. Especially disappointing coming off the second in the series, which was such a good story. While I really like this series and am happy to have found a new author I enjoy, this one just seemed a little trite. I'm not a huge fan of the "woman on the run" trope anyway, but this one tied up just a little too easy and a little too quickly for me. I do enjoy this series' characters and was happy to see Randy finally get his chance to shine, but overall not my favorite of the series. Especially disappointing coming off the second in the series, which was such a good story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    It is summer(or almost) and it's time for light fun reading. I kicked off my summer with this little gem. This is installment number three in a series, but it stands by itself very well. This is the first I have read from this author and I will be reading more. The characters are engaging and there are quirky personalities that seem to abound in small towns. Anchor Island is based on Ocrakok Island of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. And I readily admit prejudice being a proud resident of tha It is summer(or almost) and it's time for light fun reading. I kicked off my summer with this little gem. This is installment number three in a series, but it stands by itself very well. This is the first I have read from this author and I will be reading more. The characters are engaging and there are quirky personalities that seem to abound in small towns. Anchor Island is based on Ocrakok Island of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. And I readily admit prejudice being a proud resident of that state. The story line moves right along, I never felt bogged done in mindless detail. But there was enough background given that I didn't feel lost. Steamy racy scenes were present but handled deftly. I have read books that I had to skip pages and pages to get beyond all the explicit scenes. Not so here. The author has created a community that I have fallen in love with. And I am going back there soon.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ~V~

    **4 1/2 stars** Another super cute addition to the Anchor Island series! I even felt that the steam factor increased a bit more in this book...yay!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Terri Osburn is my new favorite writer. Her books are interesting and laugh out loud funny at times. Looking forward to her next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katina

    Love Anchor Island. Another great installment. Looking forward to book #4.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alleyne Dickens

    I love Terri Osburn's Anchor Island series. The characters are believable and familiar. The location is so real that it's a character in itself. This book involves a mystery, too, which I love! I love Terri Osburn's Anchor Island series. The characters are believable and familiar. The location is so real that it's a character in itself. This book involves a mystery, too, which I love!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I seem to be on a roll with reading books with super annoying main characters. People who are horrible to other people for no good reason. This was one of them. Will was horrible to Randy. She would get angry and lash out at him for no good reason. He was nice and he can't help that he is big just like the person who hurt her. He is who he is and even though her bff, who happens to be his sister, and everyone else keeps telling her that Randy is super sweet she won't listen to them. Because she I seem to be on a roll with reading books with super annoying main characters. People who are horrible to other people for no good reason. This was one of them. Will was horrible to Randy. She would get angry and lash out at him for no good reason. He was nice and he can't help that he is big just like the person who hurt her. He is who he is and even though her bff, who happens to be his sister, and everyone else keeps telling her that Randy is super sweet she won't listen to them. Because she can't get involved and so she should be horrible to him all the time and make him feel like crap for existing. Cause I love when that happens. *some slight spoilers ahead* Now Will is on the run from someone. Something obviously happened, right from the beginning it is obvious it is probably an abusive ex, so she tries not to let people in since she might have to run if he finds her. Only she has been on Anchor Island for a year and she seems to be safe. She has some good friends and is doing okay until some reporters come to do a story in a travel magazine. Now the reporter lady that came was so crazy in a way that I was like would a reporter really do this? I get she wants to cover "real" stories, but...why would she be so evil to someone she doesn't know? Or why wouldn't she at least try and figure out why someone is hiding? I mean has she never heard of domestic violence? Has she never heard of women who try and escape horrible situations and if they are found their ex's literally kill them? I don't know how you could be so out of touch. Because what she does find out about Will doesn't make sense unless there is something else going on. So she was a bit much. Now Will and Randy get thrown together when they have to work together on their friend's wedding. Will has to go with him to get his tux fitted because her friend can't. And so Randy tries to win Will over to at least being friends. Because he hates how she is always afraid when he is around. For a year he has done nothing but be nice and unthreatening to her, but she still keeps her walls up. Until she can't anymore. Now I really liked Randy and he was sweet, and Will had her moments where I liked her too. She was there for her friends as much as she could be, but she was also crazy ridiculous trying to hide that she and Randy were even talking let alone anything more. Because...she is crazy. She might have to leave and she doesn't want to hurt Randy or her friends so she doesn't want anyone to know anything. Okay...but of course that never works for long. I didn't really get her. I think part of the issue was you don't get the full story until way late in the book and even then I was like okay....is this guy really after you? Are you sure? Cause it doesn't seem like it. Then the end where everything magically is just better and she doesn't have to hide anymore? Yeah I am sure it was that easy. Come on. If this guy who is after her were really after her it would take more than the almost nothing she did to make him give up on finding her. If I were him I would have found her in two seconds and that would have been that. I don't buy that the special circumstances she finds out about magically make her invincible. Magically make it so she is safe. Nope. This was an easy read and alright, but it wasn't all together believable. Will was annoying when she would lash out at Randy and be horrible to him, the two of them together when she was being nice was cute, but the ending kind of ruined it as it wouldn't have been that simple.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Once again Terri Osburn proves that she knows how to write fun romance novels. Of course, this isn't the most demanding book - which, if you ask me, comes with the genre -, but I personally couldn't help falling in love with the characters and the setting all over again. Willow is a character that has intrigued me ever since showing up in the first book and her & Randy's story is just as fun as those of the previous two books. Personally, the second is still and always will be my favorite becaus Once again Terri Osburn proves that she knows how to write fun romance novels. Of course, this isn't the most demanding book - which, if you ask me, comes with the genre -, but I personally couldn't help falling in love with the characters and the setting all over again. Willow is a character that has intrigued me ever since showing up in the first book and her & Randy's story is just as fun as those of the previous two books. Personally, the second is still and always will be my favorite because I love Sid with all my heart, but if you've enjoyed the first two books or just love witty romance novels that aren't as cheesy and over the top as some books within the genre are, you should def give this a try as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ronald B.

    Good characters with a hint of mystery, a good read I would definitely recommend this book. Terri Osborn creates interesting likable characters with humor, romance, and true friendship, and this book was no exception. The story of the beautiful mysterious Willow and Randy Navarro is developed well, and the end cleared some of the mystery of Willow's background that caused her to be so secretive. The end seemed a little incomplete. What justice did Jeffery get? Did he ever try to exact revenge? An Good characters with a hint of mystery, a good read I would definitely recommend this book. Terri Osborn creates interesting likable characters with humor, romance, and true friendship, and this book was no exception. The story of the beautiful mysterious Willow and Randy Navarro is developed well, and the end cleared some of the mystery of Willow's background that caused her to be so secretive. The end seemed a little incomplete. What justice did Jeffery get? Did he ever try to exact revenge? Another book? I love the Sid Navarro character.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I loved this edition to the series its great. I think this book has so much heat and passion with also mystery and intrigue. Not completely faultless, I was a bit confused with how quick she jumped into bed with him. I know she was attracted to him but did she have to fall into bed as quick as she did? She was hot for him but still scared of him at the same time? I also didn't like Sid's reaction. Why did it matter if her brother had sex with her friend? Its nothing to do with you? Aside from those I loved this edition to the series its great. I think this book has so much heat and passion with also mystery and intrigue. Not completely faultless, I was a bit confused with how quick she jumped into bed with him. I know she was attracted to him but did she have to fall into bed as quick as she did? She was hot for him but still scared of him at the same time? I also didn't like Sid's reaction. Why did it matter if her brother had sex with her friend? Its nothing to do with you? Aside from those parts I didn't want to put it down. I think they make a cute book couple

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashkenia

    It’s probably a good story! Unfortunately way too slow! I was on chapter 8 & nothing has happened! I didn’t like it... by chapter 8 we should at least see the main characters getting together or connecting in some way. & way to many point of views to keep up. From the main characters (willow & randy) to the reporters to her girlfriends. Yea too much of nothing going on. Couldn’t keep track! Tip: if you are writing with different point of view it would be best to label the chapters with that char It’s probably a good story! Unfortunately way too slow! I was on chapter 8 & nothing has happened! I didn’t like it... by chapter 8 we should at least see the main characters getting together or connecting in some way. & way to many point of views to keep up. From the main characters (willow & randy) to the reporters to her girlfriends. Yea too much of nothing going on. Couldn’t keep track! Tip: if you are writing with different point of view it would be best to label the chapters with that characters name that way it can prepared its readers & not confused them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Finally finished my 3rd visit to Anchor Island. Even got to attend the wedding of the couple from the first in the series. I enjoyed Willow and Randy's romance but it just didn't wow me. We have known for a while 3 things about Willow (Will) Parsons: 1. She's the Island's superbtemp worker. 2. She is nervous around big burly muscular men. 3. No one knows anything about her past. Woman on the run and in hiding from an abuser, clearly. So of course her romance is with the biggest most muscular guy on Finally finished my 3rd visit to Anchor Island. Even got to attend the wedding of the couple from the first in the series. I enjoyed Willow and Randy's romance but it just didn't wow me. We have known for a while 3 things about Willow (Will) Parsons: 1. She's the Island's superbtemp worker. 2. She is nervous around big burly muscular men. 3. No one knows anything about her past. Woman on the run and in hiding from an abuser, clearly. So of course her romance is with the biggest most muscular guy on the Island. Of course, Randy is the kindest, gentlest dude ever to be born. A vegetarian no less! Yawn. Even Will's final release from her past was ho hum. Randy & Will finally burning up the sheets was fun and pretty hot. What really saved this though was the side stories. Sweet Beth from the first in the series going all bridezilla and tough f-bomb throwing Sid from the second turning into a mushy matchmaker and throwing a bridal shower for Beth.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bill Hair

    The story was not my favorite but it had a ton of potential to be a 5 star read for me. What knocked it down to a solid 3 star (means that I did like the story and will read other books from the author) was the overly repetitive head babble and the fact that our h ran with little to no consideration for the pain she would cause. Abuse is a scary thing and the fear and desperation that comes with it can be irrational but when you have a solid foundation, it can be overcome. I also would like to k The story was not my favorite but it had a ton of potential to be a 5 star read for me. What knocked it down to a solid 3 star (means that I did like the story and will read other books from the author) was the overly repetitive head babble and the fact that our h ran with little to no consideration for the pain she would cause. Abuse is a scary thing and the fear and desperation that comes with it can be irrational but when you have a solid foundation, it can be overcome. I also would like to know what happened to the ex!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isidora Subotic

    Willow Parsons has lived on Anchor Island for only about a year. Beth and Sid are getting married, but Willow doesn't mind, nor wants to follow their footsteps. Willow used to be scared of Randy, Sid's brother, but now she actually likes him. A lot. Randy really wants to win Will over but he can't understand what happened in her past to make her frightened of him. As the book continues, there are hints of abuse of Will from a man in her past, but Randy is willing to do almost anything to keep Wi Willow Parsons has lived on Anchor Island for only about a year. Beth and Sid are getting married, but Willow doesn't mind, nor wants to follow their footsteps. Willow used to be scared of Randy, Sid's brother, but now she actually likes him. A lot. Randy really wants to win Will over but he can't understand what happened in her past to make her frightened of him. As the book continues, there are hints of abuse of Will from a man in her past, but Randy is willing to do almost anything to keep Will safe...

  30. 4 out of 5

    M4queen

    Wow So glad that Randy is a patient man because Will really was a bit slow in the realization department. I mean come on already. Nice to see her get out of get own way though and let happiness take its course. Love the comraderie between the ladies. They really treat each other like family. Great read.

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