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. (Goodreads)
Shockingly, this is my first read by author Meg Cabot. I love the Princess Diaries movies so naturally the books have been on my TBR list for quite a while but I just haven’t gotten around to them yet. I was so excited to dive into No Judgements.
Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed the backdrop of this story. A massive hurricane is headed towards Little Bridge Island and main character, Sabrina “Bree” Beckham, refuses to leave. This is much to the dismay of her mother and ex-boyfriend, Caleb. It was interesting how the islanders reacted to the hurricane and the ways they went about preparing for it.
I found that the book blurb gave up too much information. I think it would have been more powerful had you not known about Bree’s emotionally abusive ex, or that she begins to help the animals left behind by islanders evacuating, or that she starts to fall for Drew. I just felt that there was no surprise or wow factor that really got my attention.
To me, it felt as though Cabot was one foot in and one foot out with this story. There wasn’t as much depth to some of the issues that the characters face throughout the book and because of that I found it difficult to care about them. I felt that there was a lack of build-up in the relationship between Bree and Drew, and I just didn’t feel the chemistry between them. It was as though multiple story lines were happening but none of them really went into detail.
Overall, the hurricane is what really held my interest. The anticipation of how it was going to impact the island kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed reading how the islanders helped each other and the bond between them as they took steps to stay safe. I definitely think there was potential here for a stronger romance but for me Cabot just didn’t dive in enough.
Do you have a favourite Meg Cabot book? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to give it a read.