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Up to the Challenge is a small island town, big secret unexpected love romance.

I really enjoyed this one and it’s a toss-up between all three books that I’ve read so far, which I like best. I genuinely like all three. I know this series was inspired by Ocracoke Island in North Carolina and I can picture everything so vividly. I spent two glorious weeks on the island in my early teens when my cousin and her husband lived there for a short time. One memory that sticks out is my first trip to Howard’s Pub which was the bar from which Dempsey’s was based on. I love being able to connect my experiences to things I read in books.

This title is the third in the An Anchor Island series.


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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