Up to the Challenge – Anchor Island #2 by Terri Osburn

Sidney Navarro has been in love with Lucas Dempsey since high school but he has never noticed her. Six weeks after Lucas’s fiancée, Beth, left him for his brother, Lucas finds himself back on Anchor Island to help run the family restaurant after Tom Dempsey suffers a heart attack.
Everyone steps up to ensure that Tom receives the support he needs to recover, which leaves Lucas and Sid working close together. Despite their differences, an underlying attraction takes hold and the pair agrees to a casual “fling”. Sid knows her heart is trouble but can she convince Lucas to feel the same? Can Sid and the Island capture Lucas’s heart or is it still in the city with his career?
A story of opposites attract, family, and finding your place in life.


Heart-warming story bringing together two characters whom we met previously in “Meant to be”. Lucas suffered heartbreak when Beth left him, and Sid suffered heartbreak when Lucas left the Island. For either of them to think that they could have a sex only relationship was a long shot and the progression that they took from sex to love was well written and touching.
Lucas and Sid’s characters complement each other by being complete opposites. It was nice to see Sid being made into a girlie girl but still keeping her ‘don’t mess with me’ attitude. Lucas got a bit of a rough deal in the first book, although it was partially his own fault, so to have him find something worth staying on the island brings a smile to my face.
This is very much a ‘she isn’t, he wouldn’t’ story and I often found myself saying…”Oh Sid! Don’t do it.” Or “Lucas, don’t you dare. She will kick your ass!”

All in all a good story. Well written. Bringing together new and old characters for future stories.

Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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