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Meant to Be

(Anchor Island #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  7,395 ratings  ·  449 reviews
Sometimes the next best thing is what you’ve been looking for all along…

Beth Chandler has spent her whole life pleasing others. She went to law school to make her grandparents happy. She agreed to marry her workaholic boyfriend, Lucas, to make him happy. And, despite her fear of boats, she took a ferry to see Lucas’s parents just to make them happy.

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Paperback, 348 pages
Published May 21st 2013 by Montlake
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Duchess Nicole
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Jennifer Crusie, Jill Shalvis, Bella Andrea, Nora Roberts
Five big fat romantic, funny, sexy, Meant to Be Stars!!

I almost cannot believe that this is a debut novel. I know it's the first debut I've read that has gone to my favorites shelf, and another much needed reminder of what makes romance so special.

Beth is living the life of perfection...well, someone else's idea of perfection. Raised by grandparents who continually use her mother's example of what she doesn't want to be, Beth has grown up pleasing everyone but herself, doing what is expected of
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jill by: Duchess Nicole

4.5 stars

Not a clenching womb or a pair of dripping undies in sight....thankfully!

Beth Chandler is engaged to the most wonderful man. Lucas is smart, confident, kind, generous and well-dressed. And she's on her way to Anchor Island in the Outer Banks to meet his parents and brother who live and work on the island.

There's only one way to the island and that's by ferry, and Beth has a phobia of being on water after a houseboat incident in childhood. When she meets up with Joe and his dog, Doze
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"Hell if I know, but I figure if I see a hard-edged, high-maintenance blonde bimbo driving a fancy car, that’ll be her."

Lifelong people-pleaser Beth Chandler will do anything to make a good impression on her future in-laws, including defy her fear of boats to make the ferry crossing required to meet them. Lucky for her, a lovable mutt and his tall, sexy, blue-eyed owner provide enough distraction to subdue her paralyzing panic attack. But Beth’s human tranquilizer turns out to be
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christina ~ Brunette Reader by: Jill and Ian

4,5 Romantically Cosy Stars

"Engaged women were not supposed to have lustful thoughts about men who were not their fiancé. Being engaged for a mere two weeks was no excuse."

And if the man you find yourself lusting over happens to be your fiancé's stepbrother then things usually have an annoying tendency of getting even more tangled and messy. It's what Beth Chandler learns at her piece of mind's expenses as soon as she sets foot on placid Anchor Island, a quaint piece of colourful paradis
Meant to Be is a refreshing, fun, grab-you-from-the-get-go romance! It’s very well written and hard to believe this is Terri Osburn’s first novel!

The story begins as Beth Chandler travels to a small island off the NC coast to begin a two week visit with her future in-laws. She’s spent her entire life making others happy and even with her long time fear of boats, she’s agreed to this trip to appease Lucas, her workaholic, ambitious, future husband.

There are laugh out loud moments throughout and
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Jill Shalvis and Robyn Carr.
Recommended to Ian by: BamaGal
Beth has always set her own hopes and dreams aside to please others. When Lucas, her fiancé decides it's time she meets the parents, she braves the ferry to Anchor Island despite a paralysing fear of water stemming from a childhood boating accident.

Then on the first day of their holiday, Lucas is called back to work leaving her in the care of his parents and brother, Joe. From the very first, there is a spark between Joe and Beth and as Beth settles into life on the island their attraction only
Geri Reads
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Ahhhh, why oh why did it take me so long to read this series?? I'm mentally face-palming because this book and this series in general is my kind of book and yet, it took me a long time to read it! Suffice it say, this series hits all right spot for me. It's set in a small-town with colorful characters, flawed but likable MCs, humor, and fantastic writing!

For those of you who are wondering if there's cheating based on the blurb, let me assure right now that there is no cheating. Not rea
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rating 4.5 stars
LOVED IT!!This was amazing. Beth she had been raised in a stifling manner and to please others and she almost married a man because of that but then Joe came along and he was so wrong for her on so many levels especially since he was the half brother of her fiancee. I loved the conflict, loved the feelings that gradually developed between them. I am looking forward to Sid's book, she is gonna kick-ass!
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: Meh. This was just alright. I didn’t hate it but I definitely didn’t love it either. I was going in expecting an angst fest with knowing the basic storyline, but was sadly disappointed with the lack of actual angst. I never skimmed but I wasn’t all that invested in the characters either. Major slow burn but then it felt way too instalove for me in the end. I don’t think I ever really understood their connection or how they even fell in love (and so deeply 🙄). It was more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All romance lovers!
10/10 MASSIVE, MEANT TO BE STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I knew it was right up my alley when I read the synopsis, I knew I loved a good taboo story line, I even knew that it would be a very satisfying ending. What I didn't know was HOW MUCH I WOULD LOVE IT.

It was beautiful, captivating, atmospheric and sweet. I wanted to get up, drop everything and uproot my family t
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! (Thanks so much Nicole for pimping it out!) :)

It was fantastic, with all of those yummy things I look for in a great book.

The story starts with a chance meeting of Joe and Beth on the ferry to Anchor island. Beth is going to the island to meet her future in-laws, and Joe is there to look for his future "blonde bimbo" sister in-law. Beth is terrified of boats and is mid panic attack when Joe comes across her. He ends up sitting in her car helping her to calm down. As "meet-cut
I'm seriously impressed with this debut novel. The author's style reminds me of Jill Shalvis but not in a copycat kind of way. Longer review to follow.
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Really cute and easy read! Zero angst. Sweet story... enjoyed this one!
♡Karlyn P♡
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very good! Looks like I have a new series to follow. A small town romance with interesting secondary characters.

Will write more if I get time.
Marnee Blake
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure... I'm one of Terri's early readers. But I just loved this book. Add this one to your to-read lists. You'll be happy you did.
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book!! Great new author! Can't wait to read more from her. Joe and Beth were great together and the angst of their romance had me hooked!
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I always love small town romance. This one set in Anchor Island, a small tight-knit community whereby everyone knows everyone. Is a light-hearted romance about Beth's first time visit to her fiance, Lucas' hometown. But due to Lucas' workaholic nature, Beth ended up at the Dempsey's family without her fiance, which led to her spending more time with his older brother, Joe Dempsey.

Joe Dempsey is the kind of guy who loves his island and only needs his boat and his dog, Dozer. He is cranky, gruff a
Cute, sweet and undemanding. I enjoyed this one.
I really enjoyed this. It was a super cute romance with a great setting and great cast of characters. I love, love Ocracoke Island and think I read that the author used Ocracoke as her inspiration for Anchor Island. Beautifully done. I felt like I was there again! I loved how Beth and Joe met and how their story unfolded. Very perfect HEA. Can’t wait to read the next one.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this story which combined a small town / island feel and a cute story with great dialogues. I loved the writing style, which was light-hearted without being glib.

This is just the kind of contemporary I enjoy. Funny, light-hearted but well-written. I am really looking forward to returning to Anchor Island as soon as I can!
Jennifer Faye
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next book. :-)
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Meant to Be is Terri Osburn's first published novel. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the book. She doesn’t have the family or their friends being rich and glamorous . They’re real, middle-class people just trying to make a living and live good lives. The characters are all likeable or at least likeable once you get to know them. It's a book you're going to be glad is a part of a series because you’re going
At First Sight: Beth Chandler has made it her life's work to please other people: she became a lawyer to please her grandparents, lives in Richmond because it was close to them, agreed to marry to her boyfriend Lucas - even though he's a workaholic - to make him happy... and she found herself alone in the ferry, going to visit his family because he was called back to the office and sent her along.

At the ferry going to Anchor Island, and in the throws of a panic attack, for she does not like the
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is a serviceable romance, but only just. Most of that is the really compressed timeframe. Beth's vacation is only two weeks and a lot of those days are spent doing non-Joe things. I'm sorry, but two weeks just doesn't cut it. Particularly when they spend so much time in denial.

Once I got past the timing, I then had to confront the feeling that the two of them aren't really that great a fit. They'll do, I suppose, but I can't escape the feeling that the two of them are together mostly becaus
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and was amazed it was the first book for Author, Terri Osburn. I look forward to book two and my escape to Anchor Island again.
this was a really cute book despite the heroine being the hero's brother fiancee I still enjoyed it and now I want to read more about other characters...
Michelle [Helen Geek]
06/16/2013 --

Overall Rating = 3 Stars
Book Cover / Book Blurb = 3 / 3 = 3 Stars
Writer’s Voice = 3 Stars
Character Development = 3.5 Stars
Story Appreciation = 3 Stars
Worth the Chili = 3 Stars [$3.99 Amazon,but it available free with Prime]

This was just an okay read for me. I almost didn't finish it I was so bored in the middle. I put it down, but then picked it up to finish it.

I'm really not sure what it was about the book that bored me. I did like the characters, but they didn't pull me. The story
Anne OK
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
This one reminds me a little bit of The Gansett Island Series by Marie Force, but it’s missing the heat and sizzle, along with the depth and connectivity. There’s a similar scenario with a small town island setting, close-knit family and neighbors working together to keep Anchor Island in its pristine condition, along with their livelihoods intact.

One brother’s engagement is in danger of unraveling when a romantic triangle forms between his fiance’ and his older step-brother. Arriving by ferry
May 03, 2019 added it
DNF. Stopped at 35%, then skimmed to see how it ended.

Admittedly, this isn't my usual romance read (I tend to read LGBTQIA romance), but I picked it up with one of those $3 buck off on select romances that Amazon sends every so often. It was partly research, because I wanted to see how other authors do romances set in beach towns, as I'm outlining a series set in a made-up eastern seaboard beach town.

The town here is charming, if seemingly very very white for being set off the coast of North Ca
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Beth, despite her intense fear of being on the water, is heading to Anchor Island for a holiday with her fiancee and his family who live there. Unfortunately, Lucas is still at the office and she is on her own. On the ferry she meets Joe, who seeing her fear, keeps her company and helps her stay calm on the ferry. As soon as Beth meets Joe, she feels something an engaged woman should not! "The man was, as her Granny would say, built for sin. Full lips, strong jaw, and one deep dimple finished of ...more
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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. 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® A ...more

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