Up to the Challenge (by Terri Osburn)

Contemporary Romance

Sid Navarro is Anchor Islands smart-mouthed boat mechanic. She has been in love with Lucas Dempsey since high school, but Lucas always had his sights set on bigger and better things and as soon as he finished school he left the island.

After his father suffers a heart attack, Lucas returns to the island to look after the family business for the summer. He’s thrown together with Sid and sparks immediately fly but the women he’s attracted to are quiet, reserved…pastels, and Sid is anything but. She’s brash and in your face, she could swear a sailor under the table.

Despite not being his usual type, Lucas is attracted to Sid. But she will never fit into his world and he needs to return to the mainland by the end of the summer so the best he can offer is a summer fling. What he doesn’t know is that beneath her hard shell is a vulnerable young woman and when he leaves, he will break her heart.

It’s difficult to know what to say about Up to the Challenge. No matter what I say, it just won’t be enough. If I take the very best books by Jill Shalvis and Robyn Carr, wave my magic wand and somehow make them 20% better, then we are probably getting close to how good this book is. Solid gold 5 Stars!

Many thanks to Montlake Romance and Netgalley for providing me with this ARC

Meant to Be (by Terri Osburn)

Contemporary Romance

Beth Chandler has spent her entire life putting the hopes and dreams of others before her own. When her fiancé decides it’s time she meet the family, she bravely crosses the ferry to Anchor Island despite the fact that she has been scared of the water ever since a childhood boating accident. Then Lucas, her fiancé returns to the mainland on business leaving her in the care of his parents, and his brother Joe.

Beth and Joe are attracted to each other from day one, but spend most of their time skirting around the issue. As time passes, and Beth becomes more enmeshed in Island life the sparks become harder to deny but both are willing to lose love rather than betray Lucas.

Just have to say, ‘Squish up Robyn Carr, move over Jill Shalvis! Make some room for Terri Osburn’.  This book is perfect.  It really is as good as the best from the Virgin River and Lucky Harbor series’.  I can’t think of a better Contemporary Romance I’ve read in the last twelve months and a full cast of background characters who almost steal the show will keep us returning to Anchor Island for quite a few books to come.

A must read for fans of contemporary romance.