Happy Hump Day!
Mid-way through the week and I already feel like it’s Friday. I can’t seem to shake a never ending feeling of tiredness this week. I had a few late nights at the tail end of last week and I think they’re only just now catching up with me. Hopefully I can get some early nights in and feel semi-human again soon.
I chose No Judgements by @megcabot as my next read for two reasons. One; it’s the first book in a series that I hadn’t heard of before and we all know how much I love a series. Two; I have the third book in the series lined up for an ARC (how exciting) so obviously I have to binge read the first two beforehand.
Twenty six year old Sabrina “Bree” Beckham makes the decision not to evacuate the island of Little Bridge despite the warnings of the storm of the century being on the way. She fortunately manages to weather the storm and despite the lack of power and supplies after the storm she’s safe and she’s not come to any harm.
Not everyone has been as lucky though. She volunteers to help islanders and their pets with the aide of an unexpected fellow islander. Drew Hartwell is the nephew of Bree’s boss and has a reputation in Little Bridge when it comes to relationships. Despite Bree’s best efforts to stop it, she finds herself falling for him, but will she be able to overcome her past so that she can share her future with Drew?
General Thoughts 🤔
If you look through all of my review posts, you’ll notice that every now and again, I like to lose myself in a bit of chick lit. Because I read so many thrillers and sometimes difficult to follow books, it’s nice to give my brain a break and indulge in something easy going. No Judgements delivered just that along with a little bit of smuttiness as well and who doesn’t want a little bit of smuttiness in their life every now and again.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some aspects to this story that made me feel a bit dubious (like would a New York City girl REALLY stay on an island with little to no preparation with a hurricane on the way) but it really didn’t matter to me. I didn’t think that this was a book about real life, it was a book about romance and provided a bit of escapism from reality.
Ok, so Bree was a tad bit annoying. She was a little naive and very stubborn but she was kind hearted and warm. I appreciated her efforts to start a life for herself, somewhere that nobody knew her and not live in the shadow of her mother. It did make me laugh that she tried to deny her feelings for Drew because it was obvious that she was going to give in eventually.
Drew sounded like a hotty. An island native, wondering around with his abs on show; who could resist that. He was a little rough around the edges but that only added to the appeal as I’m sure Bree would agree. All of that said I thought he was fiercely protective of his family and dogs and also Bree in the end and that made him likeable.
Writing Style ✍️
I haven’t read a Meg Cabot book before so I didn’t really know what to expect from her. What she provided was a book that was cute and entertaining. Like I said earlier, I didn’t expect this book to be super realistic, and I feel like it wasn’t intended to be either.
I do have to mention some of the sexy scenes in the book. I think I discovered that I’m a huge prude, because every time a rude word was read to me (I listened to the audiobook) I couldn’t help but giggle. However I think that the author handled them well by not making them too filthy at the same time as avoiding a Mills & Boons style of writing.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️
I thought that this was a fun and flirty book that was entertaining, light and breezy (excuse the pun). I don’t quite know what is going to happen to Bree, Drew and the rest of Little Bridge next, but I’m looking forward to finding out.