Wednesday, May 22, 2019

#ARCREVIEW: No Judgements By Meg Cabot

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No Judgements by Meg Cabot
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: September 24th, 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N TBD
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 CafĂ©’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.
Full disclosure, Meg Cabot is my favorite author, so maybe take this review will a grain of salt, but I really adored the first book in her newest series Little Bridge Island. I grew up reading her teen books, so it's almost like I've grown up with Meg and now that I'm older I am really growing to love her adult fiction. This books feels more on par with The Boys Series or Queen of Babble, so it definitely has that romcom feel to it. Which is great, if you like books like that! Which I am finding that I definitely do.

I was really excited to get access to this book early, because I love Meg's work and I have really been on a romance kick lately. This book definitely felt like a Meg book to me in that I was totally obsessed with reading it at all times and I had to find out what happens. Like seriously, I could have held off reading and reviewing this one since it doesn't come until September, but I couldn't help myself and I definitely stayed up past my bedtime so I could finish it! In my view that's kind of the best part about a book.

Our main protagonist Bree, short for Sabrina, has gone through some things so she has picked up and moved to the little island in the Florida Keys to kind of figure out what she wants to do. Bree is a very lost soul, and I do feel like it took a bit to get into why she was this way. There's a little bit of mention of assault, and it's so bothersome how the people in her life don't really take it seriously. I did think this was odd, and maybe this didn't need to be included. It's resolved in the book, but I did find that part of the novel towards the end to come off a little weird and it didn't fit the tone of the rest of the book. I would die if my mother was like Bree's, she so controlling a domineering, that I kind of also understand why Bree ran away!

I did find it interesting that this tackles what people do during hurricanes and how some people don't evacuate. My parents were actually in Orlando during Irma, and there was actually no way for them to get out on a flight so they had to stay. Although, I don't think they were evacuated, but I think the point is a lot of people stay for different reasons even if there is a mandatory evacuation order. I do love the aftermath in this book about all the people coming together to help each other. It's definitely a cool way to see that the human spirit is to be kind and helpful to each other.

I loved the romance in this book, it was a slow build and then suddenly they were together. I love a sarcastic dude, and it made me laugh that Drew kept on calling her Fresh Water. HAHA! What a jerk, I love him! I also loved their shared love of animals and how Drew and Bree in the aftermath are running around the island trying to make sure all the animals are safe and feed. I do agree with Bree though, he can't name all of his dogs Bob!

I genuinely really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for others to read it. There is also a novella based in the same town that comes out before this one, so I'm excited to read that one too. If you like Cabot's books, I think you will enjoy this one a lot.

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Happy Reads Everyone!

*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Many thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me an eARC via Netgalley for my honest review! Quotes are taken from an unfinished ARC and may not match final publication.