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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. The dual POV really added dimension and strength to the story line, and I liked seeing things through both of their eyes. There are a lot of characters from previous Anchor Island books, but Home To Stay stands well on it's own (although I do recommend the other books because they are so good!). With just the right mix of humor with the seriousness, Home To Stay is well paced and easy to fall into. I'd recommend Home To Stay (and all of the Anchor Island books) to all romance readers, especially if you want that small town feel.
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Willow “Will” Parsons has been living a gypsy life pretty much her whole life. For the past three years, she has been on the run and looking over her shoulder. Randy Navarro is the gentle giant of a man who's going to make her change all of that. As usual, Terri Osburn has written a story about love, friendship, and family that transcends the traditional meaning of the words. Home to Stay takes its heroine, Willow Parsons on a journey of realization and sends a message to the readers. I really enjoyed reading Home to Stay. However, I think I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t over-thinking the story and just allowed Terri to guide me. From the book description, it’s a given why Willow is running. With knowing that, I kept expecting Terri to pull a Robyn Carr and Shelter Mountain, where the violence is played out on the page. I found myself bracing for that to happen page after page. Thankfully, Terri didn't go that route. In the beginning, Willow is consistently uncomfortable around Randy. This isn’t something that goes unnoticed by Randy or their friends. The two end up unexpectedly working together to plan the wedding of Beth Chandler and Joe Dempsey, friends of the two. The time alone allows the two to become close. It also allows Willow to share her deep dark secret for the first time with anyone. An aggressive reporter uncovers Will’s past and makes it news all up and down the East Coast. With her past exposed Will bolts from Anchor Island, a place she has come to think of as home, for parts unknown. A chance encounter with someone has her realizing she has more than she ever thought possible. If she wants to have a life without fear, Will’s going to have to draw on the inner-strength she’s always had but didn’t know about to fight for her life and the man she loves. Source: Author
We finally get Will's and Randy's story and it does not disappoint readers. I have fallen in love with the Anchor Island residents, such friendships, family and loyalty are very strong. Will has been living a gypsy life for the last three years, and has finally found her liking in Anchor Island. Randy,is owner of the fitness club and brother to her best friend, Sid. With previous secrets from Will's past she does not want to start anything permanent with Randy, as things develop between the two, Randy is hoping to bring out these fears and secrets of Will. I absolutely loved the sexual chemistry between Will and Randy. It was great to revisit with the characters from the previous books. I could not stop reading this book. I would love to go visit Anchor Island, and have a drink at Dempsy's Bar and Grill. I hope that this series continues with the wonderful friendships.