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Title: No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Date Published: September 24, 2019
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: William Morrow, Harper Collins
“I hurried into the kitchen, trying not to freak out over the fact that Drew Hartwell – Drew Hartwell – was in my apartment, shirtless, being nice to my cat.”
📚 Series: Yes, but this is the first book. There’s a novella called Bridal Boot Camp, which is the introduction to Little Bridge Island.
📚 Genre: Contemporary Romance
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Dealing with Trauma (with actual traumatic experience scenes), Use of Guns, Animal Abuse
⚠ Read if: you are a fan of Meg Cabot’s writing.
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Book Blurb from Goodreads
The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida—and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…
When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She’s already escaped one storm—her emotionally abusive ex—so a hurricane seems like it will be a piece of cake.
But animal-loving Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders have been cut off from their beloved pets. Now it’s up to her to save as many of Little Bridge’s cats and dogs as she can . . . but to do so, she’s going to need help—help she has no choice but to accept from her boss’s sexy nephew, Drew Hartwell, the Mermaid Café’s most notorious heartbreaker.
But when Bree starts falling for Drew, just as Little Bridge’s power is restored and her penitent ex shows up, she has to ask herself if her island fling was only a result of the stormy weather, or if it could last during clear skies too.
About the Author
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign, but learned at an early age that a good storyteller can always give herself a happy ending. Her 80+ books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling over twenty-five million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg’s numerous other award-winning books include the Mediator series, the Heather Wells mystery series, and Avalon High, the later of which was made into a film for Disney Channel. Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West with her husband and various cats.
I have always been a fan of Meg Cabot. I went crazy about her when I was younger. Of course, there was The Princess Diaries. I also loved the Queen of Babble series. Because of these series that I loved about a decade ago, I had high expectations for this one. But, before I go further with this review, I have to say this was a good read, but not a great one.
Let’s start with what’s the story. Sabrina, who has reinvented herself as Bree, moved to Little Bridge Island from New York. In this novel, Little Bridge Island is preparing for a possible Category 5 Hurricane. Though Bree is slightly new on the island, she had made a lot of friends and she has also decided that she would prefer to stay on the island despite the numerous reports enticing people to evacuate from the island.
In the cafe that Bree works in, she usually interacts with Drew Hartwell, which she has a somewhat weird relationship with. Drew is known in the area as a heartbreaker and Bree, who just came from a relationship that ended badly, wants to stay away.
Drew and Bree are both animal lovers. So, at the aftermath of the hurricane, these two have decided to rescue all the animals that got left behind by their owners who did not got the chance to bring them with the evacuation.
Okay, the blurb looks interesting and that’s what made me apply for an eARC of this one.
So, before I tell you the negatives, here are the things that I liked:
1. I love knowing about the animals and their personalities in this read. My favorite character in the story is actually, Gary the cat.
2. I love the sexual tension and the development of Bree and Drew’s relationship.
3. I loved the heart-to-heart talks of the main characters.
4. Drew has redeeming characteristics especially with his love for animals.
Things that I did not enjoy:
1. I hate how Bree treated her mom throughout the book, even at the epilogue.
2. I did not liked the scene with gun use, I think it was unwarranted for.
3. The book was entirely written as a light and fluffy read, but the whole ambiance changed because of one particular scene. That scene is very important to the main character, and it was towards the end, so it had major impact. Unfortunately, it is the reason why I removed one star from this read.
This book was enjoyable until about 60% and then it went downhill from there. It felt like two reads merged into one. This pains my heart to say, because I am really a Meg Cabot fan by heart, but this book is really not my cup of tea.
I am still not quitting this series, and will read the other works. I wish though, that the book/s will be much better than this one.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.36/5 ☁
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