Hot Best Seller

No Judgments

Availability: Ready to download

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 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.


Compare

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 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.

30 review for No Judgments

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Whew, this was... Not great. I am so sad!!!!! TW: animal abuse, sexual assault

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Raise the flag!! I won a giveaway!! Confession: I have never read a Meg Cabot. Now's a good time to start. Loving this cover -- looking forward to having it on my shelves!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    This was a fun, flirty, feel good story just what I was expecting from a Meg Cabot book. Small town Romance, delightful setting, witty banter, and loads of adorable animals, yes please! Bree has fled to Little Bridge Island (a small island off the coast of Florida) after a bad break up. Little Bridge is just as quaint and quirky as you would want from a small town. When a category five hurricane is approaching Bree decides to hunker down with the long time residence and ride it out. She and her This was a fun, flirty, feel good story just what I was expecting from a Meg Cabot book. Small town Romance, delightful setting, witty banter, and loads of adorable animals, yes please! Bree has fled to Little Bridge Island (a small island off the coast of Florida) after a bad break up. Little Bridge is just as quaint and quirky as you would want from a small town. When a category five hurricane is approaching Bree decides to hunker down with the long time residence and ride it out. She and her cat Gary find themselves at the home of her boss because her apartment is in a flood area. She also finds herself catching feelings for the island heartbreaker Drew. can Drew really be all that bad? He is an animal lover after all. What follows is a fun sweet will they? Won’t they? Romance that had me humming the song “ Kiss the Girl“. 🧜🏻‍♀️ Not going to lie Gary the cat was the star of this book for me. No teeth but all Cattitude! Bree and Drew were likable and I enjoyed the back-and-forth between them. There was some serious subject matter in this book and I do believe it was handled very well, however I’m not sure it was necessary to the book? There was a scene in the story that I felt was a bit out of character , and I’m not certain if I feel good about it or not? But I’m going to take a cue from the title of this book “No Judgment“ and not judge. Love tower Bree and Drew help take care of all the animals that were still on the island after their owners had evacuated. This was a good start to what looks like will be a fun small-town romance full of lovable characters and cute animals! This book in emojis: 🐈 🐕 🌊 🌬 🌴 🧜🏻‍♀️ 💏

  4. 5 out of 5

    Evie

    2/14/19- I will ALWAYS read Meg Cabot. She is Queen. Cannot wait for this!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Sometimes you have moments in your life where you feel overwhelmed, but in a bad way. And sometimes this feeling only gets worse with more things that pile up on you. You feel like you want to flee, somewhere far away, maybe to a beach. But most of the times you don’t run away. But Sabrina (now Bree) ran away. She fled to a little island with a beautiful beach and a small town full of nice people. But then a hurricane is said to come, people evacuate, her mother calls her all the Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Sometimes you have moments in your life where you feel overwhelmed, but in a bad way. And sometimes this feeling only gets worse with more things that pile up on you. You feel like you want to flee, somewhere far away, maybe to a beach. But most of the times you don’t run away. But Sabrina (now Bree) ran away. She fled to a little island with a beautiful beach and a small town full of nice people. But then a hurricane is said to come, people evacuate, her mother calls her all the time to force her to evacuate too. But Bree stays and something beautiful and unexpected happens. Oh, that was such a cute book. I loved the location, the kind people and the little drama in this book. I enjoyed it a lot. Character 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I love Bree so much ♥️ she was this animal-loving, kind and loyal person who helped everyone around her as much as she could. Everyone loved her and tried to take her into evacuation with them, but she stayed. She not only loved her cat, she also loved every animal she came across. It didn’t matter to her which breed of dog, which cat, how many birds or turtles there were. She loved and cared for all of them, when the evacuated residents couldn’t do it. Such a kind, heartwarming person is so rare and i would love to know more people like that ♥️ Drew was a handsome guy with a big heart for animals and also really good at helping Bree with her new mission - saving the animals. He was also a kind person, even though sometimes he was also a little bit sassy. He made the whole story a lot more entertaining. Relationships 🌟🌟🌟 Bree fled from a relationship where her boyfriend told her that the sexual assault she suffered was nothing and she overreacted. She left him and what can I say? That was absolutely the right decision. I loved that even though so many people told her she was overreacting, Bree had her doubts, yes, but in the end she understood that all these people were wrong. That wasn’t nothing. And when she met Drew and after trusting him, she told him what happened and he was supportive of her, told her she did the right thing (maybe threatened her ex-boyfriend and the friend who assaulted her), Bree finally felt understood. Also he helped her with her animal rescue mission and always supported her and made her laugh. Ugh, he was such a sweetheart in the end and I loved those two together. Writing style 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Well, I never read the princes diaries (only saw the movie - shame on me), but now that I finished this book... maybe I should read the book. Not now... but sometime. The writing style of Meg Cabot was addictive, fun, cute and sometimes funny. I had a lot of fun reading it and it was the perfect book for me right now. Maybe I should also flee to a beautiful island and be a waitress? Hm 🤔

  6. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    I completely fell in love with Little Bridge, so much so that I spent a good chunk of this book imagining what it would be like to live there. The only issue I really had with this book was that the characters all kind of felt hollow? With all the effort put into creating and developing the island, community and story surrounding it all, the characters seemed like an afterthought. Gary was by far the best developed character...Gary is the MC's cat. Much thanks to Meg Cabot for my I completely fell in love with Little Bridge, so much so that I spent a good chunk of this book imagining what it would be like to live there. The only issue I really had with this book was that the characters all kind of felt hollow? With all the effort put into creating and developing the island, community and story surrounding it all, the characters seemed like an afterthought. Gary was by far the best developed character...Gary is the MC's cat. Much thanks to Meg Cabot for my signed copy (and all the candies--YUM!) I received from her at BookCon.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Unfortunately, I will have to pass judgement onto Meg Cabot's newest work. No Judgements is the story of Bree and Drew, two twenty-somethings that have elected to remain, among other residents, on a tiny island in the Florida Keys as a Category 5 hurricane bears down on them. Bree moved to the island after the emotional shocks of death of her father and a sexual assault from her then boyfriend's best friend. She is incredibly unprepared to deal with any sort of inclement weather, Unfortunately, I will have to pass judgement onto Meg Cabot's newest work. No Judgements is the story of Bree and Drew, two twenty-somethings that have elected to remain, among other residents, on a tiny island in the Florida Keys as a Category 5 hurricane bears down on them. Bree moved to the island after the emotional shocks of death of her father and a sexual assault from her then boyfriend's best friend. She is incredibly unprepared to deal with any sort of inclement weather, and is lucky to have made a new group of friends in the months leading up to the storm - otherwise, she surely would've perished trying to prove how tough she is to herself. Drew is Bree's boss' nephew, recently out of a relationship and the victim of many a rumour about how he's the town bicycle (which was so disturbing, because almost all of our background players are related to him or are snowbirds) The themes of this book read like a smoothie of news from the past few years - category 5 hurricanes, sexual assault, gun violence, radio show conservative "judges". But all are handled so weirdly: - There's a scene in which Bree confronts her assaulter and I was sure I'd somehow opened another ebook, it was so out of place and such a bad example of gun usage - This book seems to point to the heroism of weathering a storm, rather than getting out - while also minimizing the devastation of a category 5. I highly doubt anyone stuck in the paths of Katrina or Maria were hyped to be there/throwing lavish dinner parties leading up to it - The lack of support around Bree following her sexual assault does seem on brand for what we know happens to victims, but how does no one believe her? Why does she have so many supportive friends in Florida and literally none in her home city of New York? -Bree's mom is a radio version of Nancy Grace/Judge Jeanine and just such a bad mom -but there isn't really any commentary surrounding what the outrage jockeys do to civil discourse, she could've just as easily been a Nancy O'Dell knockoff or a society lady, since having a wealthy, famous mom seemed to be the only part that mattered. -I didn't understand the whole plot line of Bree being treated differently (better) because of who her mom is, I don't think radio hosts generate the same level of sycophancy as TV hosts. Maybe if it weren't modern times and radio was still where it was at? Drew and Bree's interactions were cute and I liked the background characters, but overall this was not an auspicious beginning to The Little Bridge series. I'll still read the next one, because I'm trash for Cabot but I hope the series course corrects from this one. Thank you to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for providing me a copy for review. This has is no way influenced my opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    Is there anything better than a sweet contemporary romance set in a small town and with tons of cute animals? I was so excited to read No Judgments by Meg Cabot. I’ve read some of her earlier works but nothing recent. In No Judgments, we meet Sabrina—who goes by Bree—a woman in need of a fresh start in life and in love. I thought this book was a sweet love story with a dash of some real issues that added some realistic edge to an otherwise light story! This is the first in a new serie Is there anything better than a sweet contemporary romance set in a small town and with tons of cute animals? I was so excited to read No Judgments by Meg Cabot. I’ve read some of her earlier works but nothing recent. In No Judgments, we meet Sabrina—who goes by Bree—a woman in need of a fresh start in life and in love. I thought this book was a sweet love story with a dash of some real issues that added some realistic edge to an otherwise light story! This is the first in a new series by the beloved Meg Cabot called Little Bridge Island. I actually read after I finished that there is a short novella that kicked this new series off called Bridal Boot Camp that I definitely want to read! Bree fled to Little Bridge Island after a break up with her boyfriend, prompted in part by his disbelief and lack of support after a friend of his tries to sexually assault her. This was a particularly deep issue, and one that I was glad Cabot handled well. Bringing to life the reason why survivors of these incidents often don’t tell anyone, Cabot touched on the shame and doubt that survivors can experience. A thoughtful inclusion in an otherwise light and fun novel! In Little Bridge Island, Bree is healing. She’s waitressing at the adorable Mermaid Café, making friends, and becoming one with the quirky local scene of the island. When the hurricane heads towards the island, Bree decides to stay through it. I actually assign this as an exercise when I teach decision making, about how people reason through why they do or do not stay when a natural disaster is pending. It’s more complicated than many realize! In Bree’s case, she stays because of her cat Gary. Others stay because of break ins (the crime statistics during a natural disaster would blow your mind), access to medications, and a number of other reasons. I thought the hurricane would be the grand finale of the book, but actually it’s in the first half, and the bulk of the book covered the aftermath of devastation to the community and rebuilding it. I enjoyed seeing through Bree’s eyes what it is like to experience that type of event firsthand and also see how a community such as Little Bridge Island comes together to repair and help one another. Bree is also an animal lover, which I think will appeal to many readers. She finds her calling in rescuing stray animals—left behind because their owners thought they would be able to make it back to them. Bree meets Drew as she’s working to set up a helpline for stranded pets to be rescued, and I really enjoyed them bonding over their love of animals and the welfare of their community. I loved the theme—no judgments, as the title says. I felt that Meg Cabot handled a lot of issues in the book without judgment, such as people leaving without their pets in a storm or even choosing not to leave. Such as Drew having a reputation as a heart-breaker and seeing different women every night. Even Bree leaving her life in New York to work as a waitress in a small town. I thought that everything was handled with dignity and respect. A perfect theme for the book! Altogether this is a fast read and a lot of fun! It touches on some real issues and is handled with care. And there’s a steamy central love story to top it all off! Thank you to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

    “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.” 📖 Buy This Book: Amazon || Book Depository 📖 📚 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/>⚠/>📚/>📚/>📚/>📚 “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.” 📖 Buy This Book: Amazon || Book Depository 📖 📚 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 like light and funny reads. 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. 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. ☁ THE CRITERIA ☁ 🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆ 🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ ☁FINAL VERDICT: 3.36/5 ☁ Much thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow, and Harper Collins for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. 📚 Blog ♡ Bookstagram ♡ Facebook ♡ Twitter 📚

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: No Judgements Series: Standalone Author: Meg Cabot Release date: September 24, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: contemporary romance I can't believe this book ended up being such a disappointment. I genuinely expected it to be a guaranteed hit based on the synopsis. Here's a little bit of quick background information about me: I'm a Florida resident who has been here the majority of my life. I've lived through tons of hurricane scares, and recently went through the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma which luckily ended up being only a category one as it passed by my city. The point beiNo2019CabotReleaseStandaloneJudgements Title: No Judgements Series: Standalone Author: Meg Cabot Release date: September 24, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: contemporary romance I can't believe this book ended up being such a disappointment. I genuinely expected it to be a guaranteed hit based on the synopsis. Here's a little bit of quick background information about me: I'm a Florida resident who has been here the majority of my life. I've lived through tons of hurricane scares, and recently went through the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma which luckily ended up being only a category one as it passed by my city. The point being, this book seemed extremely relatable. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything relatable about the main character Bree, and by the end I struggled to even finish it. For me, this was just one huge mess. Bree Beckham is a three month resident of Little Bridge Island, Florida where she has moved after several recent events in her life have left her feeling unmoored and more than a little lost. The island was her happy place as a child, a place where she spent many vacations with her parents so it makes sense she would return at a time when she needs comfort. Though she's from a wealthy family, she's self-supporting and is currently working as a waitress to make ends meet. She seemed okay at first, but the first sign of trouble was chapter one. The news is reporting that there's a potentially catastrophic hurricane heading their way and when her ex and mother start calling to urge her to take a flight out, she responds petulantly as if they are over reacting. She bluntly refuses all offers of transportation and goes radio silent on everyone. Even after the storm when her mother was afraid for her life, she callously disregarded her and procrastinated in calling to let her know that she was safe. I understand that she's angry at both of them, and rightly so based on what's revealed later. However, this screams of foolish pride when it comes to your own personal safety. There are so many people that are financially unable to evacuate and forced to stay in unsafe conditions and she's acting like a defiant kid. During every encounter with her friends and various town members, she realizes that they are ALL evacuating. They all offer her an opportunity to catch a ride with them to a safer spot. She turns every one of them down with the excuse that she can't leave her cat. I'm sorry, but she has the support and funds to find a pet friendly hotel room somewhere. This is such a flimsy excuse. Not only does she decline help time after time, but she knows nothing about preparing for a hurricane and would have been in deep trouble had the storm hit them at projected strength. She turned off weather reports because she didn't want to see the warnings, she didn't realize that she could be without water, and she had zero plans or precautionary measures in place in case of an emergency. She had been planning to stay at her apartment in a flood zone without even bothering to sandbag outside for protection. I guess what it boils down to is that perhaps I'm too knowledgable about the topic for all of this nonsensical behavior to not bother me. Luckily for her, her bosses offer their mansion as a shelter with a generator and an endless supply of food. She reluctantly agrees despite not wanting to "impose" on them. Drew is her bosses' nephew, and apparent resident womanizer. He has a reputation around town, and Bree is not his biggest fan. They quickly fall into bickering at every opportunity, mainly because he likes to tease her about being a "Fresh Water" (a newbie in town who is ignorant about life on the island). For her to claim that she's some expert in living there is beyond laughable, so her anger and protests make no sense. I didn't feel as if these two had an ounce of chemistry or relationship development between them. The majority of the book she's snapping at him for breathing and then you literally turn the page and she's imagining herself in love with him. Possibly since the first time she saw him, she ponders. Who knew? After that point I really struggled to continue. It seemed like everything out of Bree's head or mouth annoyed or frustrated me in the last half. Things like: Believing he was "mansplaining" to her about the Milky way when she admittedly knew nothing about it. I call that a conversation where you learn things. That's not an insult to her womanhood. Thinking that you weren't supposed to fall in love with guys you slept with. They're supposed to be just for "fun." Meaningless sex is the only sex...okay then. Thinking "fireworks went off in her shorts" while making out. Acting like an ungrateful know it all when Drew gives her advice or help. “I could tell you needed rescuing, is all.” I glared at him. “I did not need rescuing. I never need rescuing.” Then there's the ending. The heroine has three different unresolved issues from her past, and each and every one of them are instantly solved when the four other people involved show to confront her. (view spoiler)[Even her biological mother whom her mother rounded up and brought with her. Yes, in the aftermath of a hurricane, this is the moment she meets the woman who donated her DNA to her. She also happened to be a veterinarian who offered her services with the animals Bree collected. That is so unrealistically convenient. (hide spoiler)] All of this was rushed and inserted at the last minute without much of any soul searching or thought on Bree's part. In the last chapter, Bree is wondering where she stands with Drew. Do they have a chance at something more than temporary? Does she even want that? We're not shown any conversation between the two of them. We simply jump into the epilogue where everything is perfect. I wish I could say that I enjoyed some aspects of this book, but now sitting here writing this I'm really struggling to come up with an example of something that hit the mark. When the female lead character behaves in a way that makes you question her intelligence almost on every page, that doesn't give you a very enjoyable reading experience. That was the biggest issue, and one which there was no coming back from. Unfortunately this one was a big miss for me and not one that I would recommend. However, maybe others will find this a light chick-lit offering they could enjoy. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    3.5 Stars! (rounded up) Cute, breezy, and atmospheric. No Judgments is not my favourite Meg Cabot novel but it is an easy, quirky, quick read if you're looking for something light.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie beauty_andthebook_

    2.5 stars For all intents and purposes, this book should have worked for me. A romance, Meg Cabot and lots of dogs? But, for some reason, this one really felt like it was missing something crucial for a romance novel - and for me that was chemistry. This book felt more like Cabot wanted to write about people who rescued animals during a horrible hurricane and kept them safe but was told that her brand is romance so add that element - I just never felt it between Bree & Drew, despi 2.5 stars For all intents and purposes, this book should have worked for me. A romance, Meg Cabot and lots of dogs? But, for some reason, this one really felt like it was missing something crucial for a romance novel - and for me that was chemistry. This book felt more like Cabot wanted to write about people who rescued animals during a horrible hurricane and kept them safe but was told that her brand is romance so add that element - I just never felt it between Bree & Drew, despite my best efforts. I've long been a fan of Cabot's and will continue to be so for years to come, but this one missed the mark for me. Thank you to William Morrow for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    Arc was given by William Morrow via HarperCollinsPublishers in exchange for an honest review This review is being published before the release date (September 24, 2019) Content/Trigger Warnings: Toxic relationships, sexual assault, manipulation, alcoholism, animal abuse, death/loss of a loved one, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, substance/drug abuse, talk of fertility issues A hurricane is the last thing on Bree Beckham’s mind. She’s already escaped one storm, what’s one more to add to the list?! However, she is extremely worr2019)reviewThis Arc was given by William Morrow via HarperCollinsPublishers in exchange for an honest review This review is being published before the release date (September 24, 2019) Content/Trigger Warnings: Toxic relationships, sexual assault, manipulation, alcoholism, animal abuse, death/loss of a loved one, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, substance/drug abuse, talk of fertility issues A hurricane is the last thing on Bree Beckham’s mind. She’s already escaped one storm, what’s one more to add to the list?! However, she is extremely worried about all the animals that end up abandoned due to the hurricane. And when she finds out many pet owners are going to be cut off from the Little Bridge Island for a while, the lives of innocent animals fall onto Bree’s shoulders. But with so many animals scattered all throughout the island, she’s going to need help – help she reluctantly accepts from the broody, yet devilishly handsome Drew Hartwell, the island’s most notorious heartbreaker or at least according to the rumors. And just when Bree thought thing couldn’t get more complicated, suddenly her true identity is revealed and her remorseful ex shows up out of the blue! The real question is will she be able to weather the storm and find paradise in the end? Only the secrets of this book can tell you… Friends, this is just the kind of book I needed to pull me from falling into a really bad reading slump! After reading a really good high fantasy book, it’s so easy for me to fall into a reading slump, but the sassy, broody, tension rising contents of this book kept me high on cloud nine! And I kind of love it?! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve been so excited about a romantic read, but this book was so good and it was incredibly hard not to fall in love No Judgments! Now let me tell you all about it! “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.” No Judgments follows our main character Bree Beckham who is full of sweetness, family complications, and one adorable rescue cat named Gary who thinks the world of her! Oh yeah, there’s just one thing about Bree Beckham…she’s riddled with secrets and everyone is dying to know them. No seriously, there’s more than one skeleton in her closet and only Drew Hartwell can peel back the layers that is Bree Beckham. Drew Hartwell is Mermaid Cafe’s notorious heartbreaker. Some say he’s crazy, others say he’s a playboy, but the truth is a lot more simpler than that. And dogs, lots of dogs! When Drew ends up catching the full on phone call Bree has with her mother, he can only assume she’s a “Fresh Water” or tourist and will soon flee to the safety of the main land. But when the hurricane hits in full force and Bree finds herself in too deep trying to take care of all the abandoned pets on the island, Drew immediately jumps in to help! With both of them working as a team, they’ll not only become a beacon of safety for all the animals, but they’ll soon discover that they’ll slowly becoming each other’s sanctuary. Honestly, I loved the tension and boiling chemistry between Bree and Drew. They’re both these two stubborn forces coming together and boiling so much sexual tension between them. Some of the time I didn’t know if I should be laughing or clutching my pearls. The banter is so good and as someone who loves reading banter between two characters, I was living for it. It’s definitely one of the many things that really get focused between these two characters. So if you’re not a fan of banter being a big focus of two love interests, it might be a bit bothersome. I do want to add about a moment Drew and Bree shared together though. I loved how the author normalized confining in someone so intimately about the trauma a person can suffer. I don’t find many books that will have a causal scene where the main character talks about the trauma that they’re dealing with. Often times in books, I find a lot of moments when characters talk about they’re trauma it’s very intense, but I loved the way Bree and Drew were slowly and peacefully talking about the things they’ve been through, and the weight they carry on their shoulders every day. But other than that, can I just say this is the animal obsessed romance I have been waiting for?! We rarely get to see a romance between two animal lovers in romance, in smut, in fantasy, books in general rarely give us two animal lovers who turn into love interests. And this has added twenty years onto my life for just that factor. The way Drew and Bree not only feel so passionately about their own pets, but about others could warm even the coldest heart. And watching them to come together and put that love into action, not just for their own pets, but to help others – it’s so wholesome, heartwarming, and it’s one of the key points that bring these two so close together. I will forever screech into the void about how precious they are, the how and why to their relationship developing, and how freaking adorable their pets act towards the other person. It was too cute and you should be prepared for cuteness overload. “I could feel the heat coming off his body through his damp clothes, heard his breath quicken as our hands touched, and when I looked up, I could see that his gaze was on mine.” Aside from how much I adored the relationship of Drew and Bree, I was very drawn to Bree’s character. I think for a lot of readers, Bree’s character is going to be a little hard to understand or handle because there are times where she’s overly snappy or abrasive towards Drew. Unfortunately, I think the only way someone reading about her character could truly understand why she acts the way she does towards Drew, it isn’t just for her developing feelings for him. Sadly, that reason is a lot deeper and in my opinion, if you haven’t gone through the kind of trauma that Bree experiences then it might be one of those things that might get overlooked or pushed to the side. And for myself, I was instantly drawn to her character because she reminds me so much of myself. Obviously, the very big secret gets revealed at a certain point in this book, but I definitely think if the reader puts how her trauma plays a key part in everything in this book to the side, a lot of readers are going to be frustrated with her character, might not like her, or think that she’s being immature. I think I’m the odd one out because I found Drew’s character frustrating at times or found myself face-palming because of something Drew did. His character was really hard for me to get into. I think the first time his character impressed me, a little, was with the whole Socks situation. That was the first scene where I felt like I had to give credit where it was due. However, throughout the book it was very hot and cold with my feelings for Drew’s character and his development. Now the reason why this wasn’t a five star read for me was due to a bunch of little things. For example, it felt like Bree was constantly fighting her mom throughout the book (which she was) and at times it became a bit too much with everything else going on in the book. And then, there was the “Me Too” moment that almost knocked me out of my chair. I had to reread it to make sure I wasn’t misinterpreting things, but there was definitely a “Me Too” moment added into this book and that caused a lot of internally turmoil for me. I don’t want to go into details, but that whole bit dragged me through a loop because I am one of those people who have a lot of mixed feelings about that whole movement. There's also a lot of animal abuse throughout this book. I won't go into details, but a lot of it made me cringe. There was also a brief moment where the author used dog breed stereotypes to make the dogs seem aggressive because of their breed. And I also don’t like that in this particular moment the dogs were used as a means to instill fear especially since anyone who is reading this might get a very wrong message and think it’s okay to use dogs in that manner. However, my biggest issue that really bothered me out of this whole book was near the end of this book and even now I’m still shaking my head at how it was all handled. To prevent myself from going into spoilers, I’m going to keep this as vague as possible. This bit bothered me to know end and I wish I could say I was proud of the main character and how the situation was handled, but I’m not. The whole entire situation changed the entire mood. Even the after events of this one whole scene weren’t able to make me forget what happened in this section because it felt so out of place. Most of this book is very light, fluffy, a fun time, but you get to this part and it’s like a huge mood switch. I feel like this scene could have been written in so many ways and what the author chose…it was very out of place, the situation takes a dark concerning turn, and the whole entire thing felt so unnatural and realistic. In my opinion, physical violence, especially pulling a gun out on someone (no matter if they’ve done good or bad things in their life), should be used as a last resort. Unless the person has physically put their hands on you in that moment, you have no business going into a mode of survival if your life is not in immediate danger. As someone who has gone through extreme trauma in their life and has sat face to face with some of those people who have inflicted that trauma, I have never once found it necessary to put my hands on someone or go to such extreme measures because at the end of the day, no matter how much I wish I could hurt them back or make them suffer, violence is never the answer or a solution. So when that whole scene happened in this book, it felt like I had been hit with a ton of bricks because of all the things that could have been put into this book, it felt like the author went with one of the most extreme actions a person could take in that situation when there was no threat/danger to the main character’s life. Not to mention, in reality, most victims of sexual assault who suffer trauma or PTSD from that particular moment in life usually end up having flashbacks, a build up of anxiety and panic, or they end up flee the scene when they come face to face with with their previous attacker. Also, the main character had every opportunity to turn around and walk away from the situation because she shouldn’t have to face her previous attacker if she’s not ready or evern want to, but instead she chooses to instigate it. So the fact that our main character has a completely sound mind when she follows through with her actions, it’s unrealistic and it’s the most troublesome thing I read out of this whole book. Also, most sexual assault victims only go to such extreme measures if their previous attacker has physically put their hand on them in the current situation. I don’t know if this is how the author thinks someone who has suffered from the trauma of a sexual assault, but let me be the person who has gone through this situation to say this is not realistic or accurate in any form. The fact the author wrote our main character pulling a gun out on an unarmed person who has done nothing in that current moment, it blows my mind away because there is nothing that indicates she has a reason to be doing that or acting that way. I truly wish this scene had been written any other way, but for whatever the reason the author felt this scene was necessary and it kind of ruins the mood for the rest of the ending of the book. It paints the main character in a really bad way and it left a really sour taste in my mouth that I wish I could mind wipe from my memory. “Whatever the reason, instead of replying, I found myself flinging my arms around his neck, pressing my body against his, and kissing him full on the mouth.” Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It really gives me some nostalgic feels of missing my hometown. I am from a small town and this book definitely reminded me of what it means to have a community come together after a tragedy. But even so, there were many other elements that I loved like the passion and love for animals woven throughout this book. For me, my reading experience was mostly positive because it felt like little pieces of me were woven throughout this book and I loved that. However, that one scene was definitely hard to process and if you have similar values like I do, I think it will be very challenging to get through that one scene. I think many readers are going to enjoy this book, but I can definitely see how many readers may not enjoy this book due to a lot of elements threaded in this book. Either way, I do think this book is worth the read. There’s a lot of warm moments and so many animals! And who doesn’t love animals?! The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. |Blog|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube|

  14. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    I really like Meg Cabot- she is a very talented author and has excelled at a variety of genres. Although Jess Mastriani andHeather Wells series remain my favourite, I am always happy to read and review her new books. No Judgments is the first title in a new series set on Little Bridge Island, just off the coast of Florida. The protagonist, twenty five year old Bree Beckham is a waitress in the Mermaid Cafe and a daughter of a radio super star Judge Justine. Only Bree doesn't want anyb I really like Meg Cabot- she is a very talented author and has excelled at a variety of genres. Although Jess Mastriani andHeather Wells series remain my favourite, I am always happy to read and review her new books. No Judgments is the first title in a new series set on Little Bridge Island, just off the coast of Florida. The protagonist, twenty five year old Bree Beckham is a waitress in the Mermaid Cafe and a daughter of a radio super star Judge Justine. Only Bree doesn't want anybody to know about her mother or the fact that she dropped out of a law school. She wants to paint landscapes (or rather cloudscapes), earn her living by working earnestly and serving breakfasts to locals and tourists, look after her cat Gary, and generally think things through. Bree broke up with her jet-setting boyfriend Caleb, after he didn't believe her telling him about his best friend trying to rape Bree. For that matter, even her mother, Justine, tried to downplay what happened. No wonder, Bree (Sabrina) needs time in a safe place trying to figure out what she wants from life. Unfortunately, this quiet time is about to be interrupted by a category 5 hurricane Marylin heading in their direction. Most people are evacuating, but Gary, Bree's cat whom she rescued from an animal shelter, has just had a surgery and is in no condition to travel, so Bree is staying put, despite whatever her boss's nephew Drew Hartwell might be saying. Bree has been warned to stay away from. Drew, the local heartthrob whose truck used to be parked in front of a diffrent woman's house every week, and sometimes every night. I thought the book was going to follow the passing of the storm, but it happens in the middle, and the rest is devoted to Bree saving pets left behind by the evacuees who thought they could get back home the following day and did not count on the island being cut off in the aftermath of the hurricane. bree and Drew share a passion for animals and their welfare, so this book is definitely going to be appreciated by animal lovers. It is difficult not to judge people who panic or trust another person to take care of their pet only to realise the animal is stranded. Bree's No Judgments appeal allows her to get addresses and get to the animals in need. Applying the same policy to people in her life is not easy, but is the first step to forgiveness and a promising new relationship. At the end of the book she seems to sort her issues with her mother/ mothers ( the mother who gave birth and raised her and the egg donor from whom Bree inherited her artistic side). She even confronts Kyle, her assaulter, although I did not like the gun usage in the scene. I loved the setting- Meg cabot's descriptions of Little Bridge are delightful and will make you fall in love with this tiny island inhabited by wonderful people. And Gary and Bobby Socks are a wonderful addition to the character cast. Overall, an interesting book for fans of a small town setting and animal lovers. Will be looking forward to the next title in the series (right now I cannot guess who the next protagonist might be). Thank you to Edelweiss and William Morrow paperbacks for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion. 3.5

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    A cute story, but if you've ever been familiar with any of Meg Cabot's work (including Princess Diaries), it seems like an AU fanfic. Characters recycled into an alternate universe. I did enjoy the setting of an island preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane, but I would have preferred a little more depth. Everything, including the romance, seemed to be completely lacking nuance, and one dimensional. Which is odd, considering the things Bree was dealing with on a perso A cute story, but if you've ever been familiar with any of Meg Cabot's work (including Princess Diaries), it seems like an AU fanfic. Characters recycled into an alternate universe. I did enjoy the setting of an island preparing for and then dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane, but I would have preferred a little more depth. Everything, including the romance, seemed to be completely lacking nuance, and one dimensional. Which is odd, considering the things Bree was dealing with on a personal level. Also some things with wording that I didn't care for, like calling a side character who displayed what could have been a social awkwardness or cognitive delay "slow". Overall not a story I feel really strongly about.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    3.75 rounded up

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I loved the premise of this one and sadly was quite disappointed. Sabrina and Drew were okay characters. They’re both good people, but I feel like that’s the best I can say about them. Neither of them were captivating and since I didn’t care about either of them, I wasn’t invested in their story. Plot wise, it was boring. I expected the story to ramp up as the storm did, yet there wasn’t any real sense of urgency. The writing was a bit choppy, the chemistry was all tell, no show, and the sex sce I loved the premise of this one and sadly was quite disappointed. Sabrina and Drew were okay characters. They’re both good people, but I feel like that’s the best I can say about them. Neither of them were captivating and since I didn’t care about either of them, I wasn’t invested in their story. Plot wise, it was boring. I expected the story to ramp up as the storm did, yet there wasn’t any real sense of urgency. The writing was a bit choppy, the chemistry was all tell, no show, and the sex scenes were cringey. Overall, there was something that kept me reading and even though I have no idea what it was, that’s why I’m rating it 2 stars instead of 1. FYI: there a backstory about sexual assault and the scene is described in detail. **Huge thanks to William Morrow Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I love Meg Cabot and have been enjoying her books for years. I was extremely excited to read her newest book, No Judgments. It's sort of a combination between Chick Lit and romantic comedy. The narrator is 25 year old Bree. The story is charming and enjoyable. The backdrop of this story is a hurricane headed to Little Bridge Island (where she now lives). Little Bridge Island is 150 miles south of Miami. It has a population of 4700. Bree has recently moved there to get away I love Meg Cabot and have been enjoying her books for years. I was extremely excited to read her newest book, No Judgments. It's sort of a combination between Chick Lit and romantic comedy. The narrator is 25 year old Bree. The story is charming and enjoyable. The backdrop of this story is a hurricane headed to Little Bridge Island (where she now lives). Little Bridge Island is 150 miles south of Miami. It has a population of 4700. Bree has recently moved there to get away from her life (domineering mother and ex-boyfriend). This book is light and funny. But there is a hurricane getting ready to hit the island. So that part of the story is serious. I would say that much of this book has a Chick Lit or a romantic comedy vibe. There is romance in this story. But for the most part it is more flirty banter. But the book does get a bit sexy (more towards the end). This story is about people choosing to evacuate when a hurricane is approaching vs those who choose to stay. And one of the main things mentioned is people who had to leave their pets behind. The book started off a bit slow. But once it picked up I enjoyed it immensely. The book actually had a few surprises/reveals towards the end. And I thought these added a lot to the story. Overall, this was a charming book that dealt with a serious subject. I really liked it. Thanks to edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks for allowing me to read this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zara

    "No Judgements"? Ironic, cuz I'm judging. Full disclosure : if I hadn't read a Meg Cabot book before then I'd probably have rated this higher but since I have…..  Well, there's no sugar coating it -  I was disappointed. Majorly.  Sure the book had it's funny bits.  "Gary, in his absolute element, let out a little meow at me, as if both questioning where I’d been and asking why I’d been so slack in making him the social media star that he so clearly was". But they in no way/>"Gary,/>I "No Judgements"? Ironic, cuz I'm judging. Full disclosure : if I hadn't read a Meg Cabot book before then I'd probably have rated this higher but since I have…..  Well, there's no sugar coating it -  I was disappointed. Majorly.  Sure the book had it's funny bits.  "Gary, in his absolute element, let out a little meow at me, as if both questioning where I’d been and asking why I’d been so slack in making him the social media star that he so clearly was". But they in no way made up for the boring romance and Bree's transformation from shy girl into… this : "if I ever, ever hear about you touching any girl—or any person, of any sex—against their will, I will find you, wherever you are, and I will kill you. And I won’t get caught, because I happen to know how to dispose of bodies in places where no one will find them". Did that feel cringey to anyone else? Plus, it felt like the author, at the last two chapters thought   "I've gotta squeeze in her ex boyfriend, a confrontation with the guy who hurt her, her mother aaaaaand (like that wasn't enough) a meeting with her birth mother.  But, hey, no sweat, I've got this". Cue cracking knuckles. I'm still a loyal fan of Meg Cabot's books, just not this one. 

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brunson

    Bridal Boot Camp 0.5 ★★☆☆☆ I went into this book with no expectations and I think that it was the best thing I could have ever done. I’m more familiar with Meg Cabots YA work so I went into this one only knowing that it was about saving animals during a hurricane. Even though the reviews I’ve read aren’t great, I ended up really enjoying this! This book is really character driven and is very heavy on the plot of the hurricane. I’ve seen reviews where people complain about t Bridal Boot Camp 0.5 ★★☆☆☆ I went into this book with no expectations and I think that it was the best thing I could have ever done. I’m more familiar with Meg Cabots YA work so I went into this one only knowing that it was about saving animals during a hurricane. Even though the reviews I’ve read aren’t great, I ended up really enjoying this! This book is really character driven and is very heavy on the plot of the hurricane. I’ve seen reviews where people complain about that but I can’t fathom how they didn’t get that from the synopsis or the cover. This story takes place over a few days before, throughout, and the aftermath of a hurricane. I fell in love with the town of Little Bridge and all of its weird and quirky residents. If this place wasn’t fictional I would like to take a summer vacation there. I have always loved small towns, so maybe I’m biased there. Our main character Bree charmed me instantly. She was just a girl who died her hair pink and moved from NYC to find herself. She was so relatable and had just the right amount of a sarcastic streak to make me want to be friends with her. Something made her run from New York and it was great to read about her coming into her own and overcoming her problems. I enjoyed the relationship between Drew and Bree! They had a bit of an enemies to lovers vibe going on and I loved the sarcasm that these two kept throwing around. They had chemistry and a genuine love for animals that made them perfect for each other. Of course, I didn’t expect explicit sex scenes, but I’ll just tell you that it is fade to black in case you were wondering. All in all, this worked for me! The next book is about the sherriff and a librarian. (You know I was sold when I saw librarian) I’m excited to see where this series goes! TW: animal abuse; talks of sexual harassment Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen Calonita

    Meg's books never disappoint! This one made me want to drop everything and run to Key West -- even with a hurricane headed its way!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I feel like it's been a long time since I've read Meg Cabot, because really I've mostly read her adult contemporary romance as opposed to her YA books. This book was exactly what I loved about her books back in the day when I first fell in love with her writing. I loved the romance between Bree and Drew. It was a perfect rom-com/chick flick type of story. It was also fun to read this, well, not sure if fun is exactly the right word, but it seems as if it is the perfect time to read a love story I feel like it's been a long time since I've read Meg Cabot, because really I've mostly read her adult contemporary romance as opposed to her YA books. This book was exactly what I loved about her books back in the day when I first fell in love with her writing. I loved the romance between Bree and Drew. It was a perfect rom-com/chick flick type of story. It was also fun to read this, well, not sure if fun is exactly the right word, but it seems as if it is the perfect time to read a love story set in a hurricane since it is right in the middle of hurricane season. There was a lot of fun stuff about the little island preparing to either evacuate or hunkering down to ride out the storm. All the quirky small town characters made for a great story as well. There was definitely the sexy scenes, if not quite as many as some of the other authors I read today, definitely still enough steam and chemistry to make it a perfect fit for my favorite type of read. Obviously it was a short time period that it took place since it was from a day or two before the hurricane until a day or two after, leading into an epilogue of several months after. Highly recommend this one, and hope to see more of this type of read again from Meg Cabot in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books 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 fee This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. No Judgments is two different books smushed together. One part is a fluffy tale about two stubborn people coming together during a hurricane and then rescuing animals in the aftermath. The other part is about a woman who's just run away from a toxic relationship and family. I'm going to give spoilers in this review, so if that's not your thing, go ahead and click away now. Here's the everything-in-the-fridge soup that is this book: - Hurricane, but people choose to stay and No Judgments is two different books smushed together. One part is a fluffy tale about two stubborn people coming together during a hurricane and then rescuing animals in the aftermath. The other part is about a woman who's just run away from a toxic relationship and family. I'm going to give spoilers in this review, so if that's not your thing, go ahead and click away now. Here's the everything-in-the-fridge soup that is this book: - Hurricane, but people choose to stay and they're all fine! No mention of Maria, but this one is conveniently named Marilyn... Oh the privilege of these characters. Her family offers to fly her out by private jet but she chooses not to evacuate. I get not wanting to go with her ex (see below) but her family offers to put her somewhere far from her family or her ex, so I just... ugh. - Parental death prior to the book followed by heroine finding out that her mother isn't her bio mom (which is a stupid subplot, because all it means is they used an egg donor due to fertility issues) - Town drunk who abuses his dog, hero punches him and takes the dog. It's clear the police keep taking the guy to the jail to dry out and then letting him go - Emotionally abusive ex, laid out for you in the blurb - Sexual assault by ex's best friend, followed by no one believing her - In the last 10% of the book, the ex and his best friend pretend they are a family who have pets at X house but surprise! it's really an "apology" and an attempt to get her back - And the heroine confronts her attacker with a gun, so that's great. She actually discharges the weapon (at a bottle of tequila) in order to get him to lay on the floor. The trauma of this situation is never mentioned. She doesn't have an adrenaline come down or anything, which I had assumed to be the bare minimum. It's like a switch went off and she went from being survivor to attacker, which was not great even though I could tell the author was trying to make the character feel safe while getting closure. But she needs a counselor, not to wave a gun around? (She's lucky he didn't get the gun and use it against her... Wow I hated this sudden tonal shift.) - In the last 10% of the book, the mom shows up (surprise!) AND brings the egg donor with her... for some reason? - Mom is a conservative talk show host a la Judge Jeanine and the hatred she spreads is not addressed as anything more than "Mom, your show makes its money off telling people the world is bad." So you've probably sorted out that I didn't love this book. Like I said, it's really two totally different books smashed up. The whole thing felt book-ended by trauma which was never addressed in a healthy way. We know that the heroine couldn't sleep at night, that she is afraid of sex, etc. But Drew is magical and these are never problems in their relationship. (It has been three months.) To my knowledge, Sabrina (Bree) never got therapy, but she did move from NYC (the city is evil) to a Florida Key, dye her hair pink and change her name. These are proven strategies for recovering from grief, sexual assault and emotional abuse. On top of this, it's boring? When I wasn't angry at this book, I was crawling through the pages. It took me a week to read and a solid four days to get to 24%. I'm not sure if it's that I don't click with Cabot's adult writing voice or if there's a serious pacing issue, but it was a slog. It could be that Cabot was setting up the series, introducing us to the town and island as a whole, but we spent a lot of time before the hurricane, very little time during the hurricane, and more than 50% afterward. I love animals, but a huge section of plot was about going to houses and finding different types of animals. Cabot chose to spend all this time on feeding different kinds of dogs, but no time on healing a human from trauma. I guess waving a gun around is supposed to have healed her. Mr. Wonderful stands outside the house while this is happening, as though he knows for sure after knowing Bree for all of three months that she wouldn't actually kill the guy. The whole thing was unnecessary. I guess I'm going to recommend it only to people who need to read everything Meg Cabot has ever written. I'm sure it will sell and I wish you all good luck. Suzanne received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss. As you can tell, that didn't influence her review. Content Warnings: sexual assault (she escapes by promising to go out with him? I can be more specific if you need, email me), emotional abuse, mom is probably a Trump-er, gun violence, animal abuse, hurricane, gaslighting

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual Rating: 2.5 stars No Judgements is a contemporary romance that takes place during a hurricane and I was hoping to really enjoy it. Unfortunately, I found it to have lackluster characters, a too-agressive hero, and some real pacing issues. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't particularly good either. Bree had an interesting backstory, but we didn't get much development of her character and I mostly just didn't care about what happened to her. Her love interest was too much of an a Actual Rating: 2.5 stars No Judgements is a contemporary romance that takes place during a hurricane and I was hoping to really enjoy it. Unfortunately, I found it to have lackluster characters, a too-agressive hero, and some real pacing issues. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't particularly good either. Bree had an interesting backstory, but we didn't get much development of her character and I mostly just didn't care about what happened to her. Her love interest was too much of an alpha-male for my taste and also seemed very pushy about physical intimacy. (Since when does someone kissing you once mean she immediately wants to have sex? Assume much?) Most of the book was just mediocre with very flat characters who felt underdeveloped. The pacing was very strange to me. I expected the progression to match the hurricane, with tension building and then most of the action happening during the storm, and then a little bit after. Instead, the storm happens in the middle of the book, and it's pretty boring. Then after the storm they go around trying to get food and water to pets who had been left behind, and it also kind of drags. Then all of a sudden in the last few chapters there is a ton of over-the-top action. It's very uneven and I don't understand why it was done this way. Probably my favorite scene in the book (although also kind of an odd one) is near the end when Bree confronts a man who had attempted to sexually assault her. (CW for discussions of this throughout the book and people downplaying what happened) I appreciated this moment of standing up for herself and talking about how what happened really WAS a big deal. However, she has a gun throughout the process and shoots a bottle of tequila as a threat??? Yikes, that went a bit farther than it needed to. Clearly, this book didn't really work for me, but if you are a big animal lover maybe you will like it? I received an advance review copy of this book at Book Con. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trianna

    Honestly I think most of the reason I liked this so much was bc I love Meg's humor and her writing. There isn't anything that makes this STAND OUT, but I had so much fun with it. Plus, LOTS OF PETS

  27. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    Do you ever look back at some of the authors you read as a kid and wonder what they're doing today? Well, I had that experience while reading No Judgments. It's our October pick for my romance book club ( we couldn't find any Halloween romantic comedies) and a well picked one because not only did this book deliver a cute little romance story, but it really fell flat in many ways. The first thing I want to gripe about is the fact the summary doesn't match at all how this book played ou Do you ever look back at some of the authors you read as a kid and wonder what they're doing today? Well, I had that experience while reading No Judgments. It's our October pick for my romance book club ( we couldn't find any Halloween romantic comedies) and a well picked one because not only did this book deliver a cute little romance story, but it really fell flat in many ways. The first thing I want to gripe about is the fact the summary doesn't match at all how this book played out. I'll share a little about how this book begins, but strongly wouldn't trust the book's jacket to explain what's happening. No Judgments follows young Bree who after trying her hand at law school in New York, decided to jump ship and head for the island of Little Bridge in the Florida Keys. Little Bridge is exactly everything she's looking for; an escape from her controlling mother, escape from the guy she was seeing and the life she was living for a job as a waitress. As a hurricane makes its way towards the Florida Keys, the island is asked for evacuate, but stubborn Bree doesn't want to head back to the mainland and honestly, back to her life. She decides to stay on the island hoping a couple of days hunkered down in her apartment with her cat Gary will be therapeutic. But when her boss decides that she must stay with them, she couldn't turn it down spending the hurricane with her boss's family and their super hot nephew, Drew. And as the hurricane made landfall, Drew and Bree start to get closer as they hide out from the biggest hurricane ever. To be honest, this book was okay. The first half of the book felt more like a lesson in how hurricanes worked. If you're from the East Coast of America, you know exactly how they work. There was a lot of preparation, a lot of hurricane talk, and a lot of Bree stubbornly trying not to stay with her boss during the hurricane. You get to know Drew a little bit better, but I honestly didn't understand their connection until the second half of the book. There's also a lot of food references, which I thought were cute. But then you looked at the recipes in the back of the book (they were provided!) and I kind of didn't think it was cute anymore. Apparently hurricane dip is sour cream, cream cheese, and bbq sauce and I don't think I can get behind that no matter how much they ate of it in the book. Then, Bree and Drew go off to find all the stranded house pets people left. I thought this was a beautiful way to see how Bree and Drew work together and how their relationship could blossom. I honestly wish this came earlier in the book and the hurricane was a lot shorter so that I can actually see why Bree and Drew are into each other. Sadly, this was like 100 pages from the end, which felt so sudden it really made me wish for more. Finally, a lot of what happened to Bree in New York and why she's not that friendly with her mother is explained in the second half of the book, which rushes to try and answer all the questions the reader may have before the book ended. Within fifty pages to the end, all is revealed and when I mean all, I mean EVERYTHING. The last few pages of the book were probably the most interesting in the entire story and I really wish that it was spread out to the whole story. I kind of feel like this book needed a better editor to work with Meg Cabot because there's a story there, but in a messy pile that needs to be better organized. I might have loved The Princess Diaries growing up, but her adult contemporary isn't really blowing me away.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    LOL YIKES. Lately I've read SO many bad books and I thought it was just me personally but *checks average rating* 3.49? I'm just shitty at picking. No Judgments takes place on an island in the Florida keys right before a category 5 hurricane is set to hit. Bree isn't too worried- she's already fled to the island a couple months ago from her emotionally abuse ex- so she figures the storm will be no big deal. When the island is cut off from the mainland, Bree is horrified to learn that people left t/>No LOL YIKES. Lately I've read SO many bad books and I thought it was just me personally but *checks average rating* 3.49? I'm just shitty at picking. No Judgments takes place on an island in the Florida keys right before a category 5 hurricane is set to hit. Bree isn't too worried- she's already fled to the island a couple months ago from her emotionally abuse ex- so she figures the storm will be no big deal. When the island is cut off from the mainland, Bree is horrified to learn that people left their pets behind and can't come back to them yet. So it's up to her to save all the animals on the island, while the hot nephew of her boss joins along. First off I'm going to completely shit on this book for how gross the idea in the first place is. Hurricanes are no joke, especially a category 5 and yet this book just makes it a super quirky fun event that doesn't even show the real disaster that a 5 would do. Thousands of people have had their lives ruined, their houses destroyed, and you know, died directly from hurricanes. In this book everyone is SO chill and they have "hurricane parties" before it hits and just celebrate it coming to their tiny island. Mandatory evacuations are just suggestions and everyone is brave and cool for saying in their homes and weathering the storm! Gross bro. I honestly hated the love interest Drew (I mean to be fair I also hated Bree). Drew has like 4 dogs that he's saved and that's pure and great BUT he names them all Bob and goes: "tHeY aRe PaCk aNimAlS, tHeY dOn'T NeEd tHeIr OwN nAmEs." Maybe I was already hating the book at this point but this little bit just made me so angry I still want to fight him. Fuck you dude, dogs (especially rescues) deserve their own names! And ewww so everyone on the island knew each other and a lot were related in some way right? And yet his reputation on the island was player? GROSS BRO. The romance is a big yiKES and just comes 100% from the fact that Bree is horny. She goes on and on about how she's not interested in dating or men because of her ex but the second she sees Drew, ALL she thinks about is how hot he is. It was truly endless but this book was really trying to tell me they were cute. Weird dramatics aside about how awful it is to fall in love when it's only supposed to be sex. And did anyone else feel icky reading smut by Meg Cabot?? Thankfully it was really only one sex scene but even little mentions of his hardness and I wanted to leave. My middle school self would have been horrified. The writing was painful and I died laughing because oh my god it was SO RIDICULOUS AND STUPID WTF. There were several plot points that existed through the entire book for Bree: her biological mother and her ex and they were BOTH SOLVED within a couple pages of each other RIGHT after the hurricane ended. It was completely unrealistic and actually so bizarre I can't get over it because they all really showed up on this tiny cut off island for no reason besides "oh shit the book is almost done, gotta wrap up those storylines but going to make it weird!" (view spoiler)[First her shitty ex shows up with his friend (who almost sexually assaulted her) AND BREE JUST PULLS A FUCKING GUN TO HIS HEAD AND SAYS SHE'LL KILL HIM. GIRL WHAT THE FUCK??? She spent the entire book saving guinea pigs and dogs but she's really WAVING A FUCKING GUN AROUND AT THIS DUDE?????? It's like a different book took over because holy shit I'm still screaming at how wild and ooc that was. Then once she's done threatening the dude and they leave, her mother brings her biological mother just because Bree was upset about learning she was an egg donation. whAT AGAIN?? Oh and of course her biological mother is a veterinarian and even Bree is like "huh what are the odds?" WHAT ARE THE ODDS. So convenient, so ridiculous. (hide spoiler)] Also no one in the entire world gives a single shit the children of radio hosts. Once everyone learns that Bree's mom is one, everyone loses their mind and rolls out the damn red carpet and keeps bringing it up like she's famous?? Y'all weird. I don't even get the point of her mother being a radio host when it didn't even matter besides her being rich. I hope the hurricane comes back to take this book away forever. Ugh.

  29. 4 out of 5

    tabassum

    Having grown up reading Meg Cabot and being a diehard fan of the Princess Diaries, I was ecstatic to come across No Judgements on Netgalley and even more so at receiving a copy to review. No Judgements is the story of Bree and Drew, who choose to remain behind on their Island despite the onset of a Hurricane. It follows them as they develop a relationship and weather the storm. It wasn't bad, was my immediate thought upon finishing the book. I found some of the writing and handling of events to Having grown up reading Meg Cabot and being a diehard fan of the Princess Diaries, I was ecstatic to come across No Judgements on Netgalley and even more so at receiving a copy to review. No Judgements is the story of Bree and Drew, who choose to remain behind on their Island despite the onset of a Hurricane. It follows them as they develop a relationship and weather the storm. It wasn't bad, was my immediate thought upon finishing the book. I found some of the writing and handling of events to be rather simplistic. I found the relationship between Drew and Bree to be quite hollow/lacking in chemistry and just generally found the entire thing to be unexciting. This book took me a week to finish where I generally finish in a maximum of 3 days no matter the length of the book. I think my dislike of this came from personal preferences. I'm sure I would have enjoyed this a lot more had I read it a few years ago. I would recommend this for fans of Chick-Lit. Thank you to both NetGalley and the Little Brown Book Group for providing me with a copy to review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie (bookish_black_hole)

    probably like a low 3.5. pretty fun overall! and I liked seeing all the pets, and the side characters were all really fun and great additions to the story. I liked the main characters, I just felt kinda like meh on the whole romance. like it was cute? but also I didn't care too much? idk. basically like a good ol light fluffy read that is entertaining while you read it but ultimately kinda forgettable I guess.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.