No Judgments: A Novel

No Judgments: A Novel

by Meg Cabot

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062890047
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Series: Little Bridge Island , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 26,089
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana

Education:

B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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No Judgments: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
gaele 7 months ago
Bree came to Little Bridge Island on a whim, after having no one in her life take her “side’ when her ex’s best friend made improper moves on her, and everyone passed it off as “one of those things” and told her not to overreact. Traumatized by his acts and the lack of support from her family and friends, she’s abandoned her place in law school, headed south and has been working as a waitress in the local café. But there’s a hurricane coming and Bree, despite all the pressure to evacuate and leave, along with several calls from her mother and her ex, has decided to stay. She’s concerned about Gary her cat, newly toothless due to disease, and not wanting to be told what to do. In some ways, Bree is acting like a teenager in a fit of pique, and while she’s unprepared for the reality of the difficulties she’ll face, there are plenty of people staying and offering her a place to be. Yet, all of these people come with a bit of history for Bree – her boss and his wife insist that she stay with them – Gary included. Her roommate is still trying to convince her to come up and stay with her where the hospital staff have been located, her landlady has made arrangements for her son’s guinea pigs, and Bree is simply thinking that with her scooter she’ll be fine to move about. But the house also comes with her boss’ nephew Drew – the one person who sets Bree’s teeth on edge and insists on telling her what she’s doing wrong. Cabot gave us Bree – with her secrets and her determination to make a place for herself on Little Bridge Island, and with a bit of help from her famous mother (and yes – her secret is out) she’s also able to start a ‘rescue’ service for pets left behind, with people assuming they’d only be off island for a day or two -but the hurricane had other ideas. And the attraction between Bree and Drew heats up, along with his collection of dogs all named Bob, and the other characters who band together to make a difference, most of all in Bree’s recognition of her strength and determination, the story brings two people together in ways expected and not: and leaving everyone with a smile. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 2 days ago
This one was no exception . Highly recommend!
Anonymous 2 days ago
excellent, can't wait for the next book
all_about_books 3 months ago
Sweet and simple, but steamy enough to peak my interests. Meg Cabot writes a typical story of a young woman running from her family and past to an island in the Florida Keys. While swearing off men, she mets the island heartthrobe, Drew and the two of them rescue abandoned pets after a Cat 5 hurricane tore through the island. Enjoyable and a quick read, so I plan on reading the next adventure of the people of Little Bridge Island.
Anonymous 4 months ago
There’s a huge hurricane headed towards Little Bridge Island and Sabrina “Bree” Beckham decides to ride out the storm instead of evacuating. After the hurricane is over she learns how many people left behind their pets. She decides it’s up to her to check on all of them and make sure they are safe. But she’s not doing this alone, even though she’d prefer to. She gets help from Drew Hartwell, her boss’ cute contractor nephew who is just as big an animal lover as she is. This was a really cute story! As an animal lover myself I was stressed thinking about all the pets that were left behind in the hurricane (always take them with you!!). Luckily there was Bree who was happy and willing to check on all of them. I enjoyed Bree and Drew’s relationship and the fact that there were so many animals intertwined in it. Gary (Bree’s cat) was one of my favorite characters and I loved everything about him. Drew’s dogs were fantastic too! I also loved Little Bridge Island and its residents. There were a lot of fun side characters that I enjoyed, as well as fun banter between everyone. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
3.5 rounded up. This is a cute, fun, flirty book. It is a great, mostly lighthearted story with a big heart. I have read several of Meg Cabot’s books and have enjoyed them all immensely. The characters in this book were cute and interesting (Gary was most definitely the star for me). They were quirky and funny, all while dealing with actual life and situations. I loved the hurricane aspect of the story. I have always been somewhat fascinated by weather events. I think the storm tied in well with the plot of the story and brought out aspects of the characters that we might not have seen otherwise. I do think it felt a little like the storm ended too soon. I know it was partially plot driven, but I felt almost like something was missing when it was gone. I also thought the confrontation near the end was out of character. It felt out of place with the rest of the books tone. While I did like this book quite a bit, I also think it wasn’t quite up to Cabot’s Boy or Queen of Babble series. Those series had a bit more spark to them for me. However when all is said and done, I am definitely invested in the future of Little Bridge Island, and will most definitely read more.
beachandbookgirl 5 months ago
I loved reading Meg Cabot's YA books with my girls and love her adult fiction stories just as much! This was a quick read and a good storyline. Just the type of book I need in between all the psychological thrillers I have been reading.
StacyBr 5 months ago
Meg Cabot is one of those authors that I will pick up always. Sometimes I fall in love with her books, sometimes not. No judgements fell into the middle for me. This book follows Sabrina “Bree” and Drew as the main character but there are quite a few supporting characters along the way. Drew’s family, locals to Little Bird, Sabrina’s mom, ex boyfriend Caleb, and Caleb’s best friend Kyle. Sometimes with all the characters, it was a bit much. They were easily remembered but fell flat as lack of detail/ solid integration into the main story line. The main story line is that the characters live on Little Bird island and a hurricane is approaching. Bree decides that she will not evacuate. The subplot to the book is that Bree has a hate to love romance with Drew that develops as they go out after the hurricane has passed to help with animals that were left behind when the owners evacuated and could not get back to the island because the bridge was taken out in the storm. I think that if Cabot has focused on the sub plot romance, this book would have been exactly what I wanted. The hurricane emergency lists/ and advice/facts that each chapter began with didn’t bother me as much as they would bother individuals who have been through multiple hurricanes but as the book went on, I did skip reading those. Overall, I adore Meg Cabot’s writing style, and her main character development, so this book was enjoyable and I would recommend it as a fun and quick read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I had such high hopes for this. I loved The Princess Diaries as a kid, but this whole felt dated and cringey. I also wish there had been some sort of warning about the animal harm which was way too graphic.
GreenStarfish 6 months ago
Bree Beckham finds more than she could've hoped for on Little Bridge Island after escaping her ex and her family... a hurricane heading straight for the island is frankly the least of her worries. I was a big fan of Meg Cabot books as a teenager, so I was thrilled to realize that she writes for adults too. This novel was every bit of fluff that I expected it to be, but it's some of the best fluff I've ever read. I truly enjoyed the characters, the premise, and the story. Having lived in Florida for several years now, and through a major hurricane too, I found myself connecting to the main character's love of Little Bridge Island. I also felt the descriptions before, during, and after the big storm were pretty spot on. GoodReads notes that this is Little Bridge Island #1 and I am anxiously awaiting the continuation of this series (and hopefully, another glimpse of Bree Beckham's life)! Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers for granting my wish for an ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review!
leslielb 6 months ago
received an ARC from netgalley for honest review. I loved this story! It was so much fun! The characters are a hoot and I really love the animal aspect to it. Gary the cat is my favorite and all the dogs named Bob. If you are looking for a quick, fun read give this a go. Meg Cabot is one of my favorite all time authors, and this story just makes her better. I see it's going to be a series, so I'll be happy to read more about these characters and their adventures on the island.
FCA 7 months ago
This was not my favorite. I think it can be a fun, fluffy book but the romance made no sense to me. All the characters were very flat, and I have no idea why the heroine ended up falling in love with the hero. (He has hot? He had a chainsaw? What changed?) There was no character substance or development. I didn’t appreciate the way that sexual assault was handled, and I really, really didn’t appreciate how hurricane disaster was handled. It just seems like the wrong kind of things to make a rom-com plot out of. **Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ecopy in exchange for an honest review.**
Yolanda Margolin 7 months ago
Thank you to Harper Collins and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this eArc. No Judgments is a lighthearted, sweet, romance revolving around Bree, her love of pets, a hurricane and a love interest, Drew Hartwell. It took me a few days to finish this one – it’s a perfect summer beach read, but for some reason the story didn’t hook me in immediately and I kept putting it down to read something else. I finished it today though and I thought the latter half of the book was better than the first, only because as a romance, I thought it was going too slowly for my taste. Sabrina Beckham, Bree, as she’s known in the story is from New York City, fleeing her life there to find her her place on an island in Florida called Little Bridge Island. She loves animals, particularly an old cat she’s adopted. Bree and a few of her friends, decide to weather out the hurricane headed their way. The story follows Bree before the storm and after it, the actual hurricane hitting the island is glossed over, but the romance picks up as the hurricane is about to hit. For awhile I had to ask myself if this was a romance, because I felt like it was more of a hurricane animal rescue story! I wanted more romance. I thought the story was cute but I wasn’t attached to any of the characters, except maybe the animals featured in the book. This is definitely a beach read kind of book, perfect for a lazy summer day.
AliciaSplendeur 7 months ago
This was my first Meg Cabot book and I really enjoyed this book. A hurricane is headed straight for Little Bridge Island and Bree has no intention to leaves no matter who tries to persuade her. After the hurricane hits she finds herself helping residents who fled without their pets. Making sure the animals are fed and safe all with the help of Drew, her boss' nephew. Before she knows it she finds herself attracted to him. This book was just sweet. #NoJudgement #NetGalley
paulalala09 7 months ago
This is a refreshing and cute story not only about rescuing pets left after a hurricane but also the rescue of a young woman from her personal experiences. Her experiences led Bree to escape to a small Florida Keys island to rethink her life. She learns that rescue comes in many forms. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I was first introduced to Meg Cabot with her Heather Wells mystery series. I then read a few of her stand-alone books and really enjoyed them. When I saw that she had published a new book, I definitely wanted to read it. I didn’t realize that it was the second in a series at that time. While I really enjoyed much of the book, I was a bit surprised by the single somewhat graphic sex scene. I also heard a little too often about the fireworks going off in the shorts of our main character, Bree Beckham. I had forgotten that Ms. Cabot had once written erotic novels under the name Patricia Cabot so, in retrospect, I should not have been as surprised as I was. However, apart from the repetition, it didn’t bother me too much. What did was the disjoined plot points. Many story lines were referred to throughout the story but were only brought in during the last few pages. It changed the whole direction of the book and made it seem very rushed at the end. Also, I do wish the author had had the character seek professional counseling guidance rather than run away and then put herself in danger several times over. Of course, that would have made for a completely different book! The dialog was funny and spot on for a Meg Cabot book. I’m going to go back and read the first in the series as perhaps that will give me the backstory that will make more of this book make sense. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
sbart84 7 months ago
I have always wondered what it would be like riding out a hurricane on a small island. Bree has elected to stay put in her new found community of Little Bridge Island with a large hurricane approaching. You get first hand account of what happens and how a the small community comes together. Loved how Bree was such an animal lover and wanted to provide for all. Enjoyed the relationship build between Bree and Drew, friends to so much more. A cute read for the perfect season that we are in.
JW88 7 months ago
When a major hurricane is about to hit Sabrina (Bree) Beckham’s newly adopted town of Little Bridge Island Florida, all she knows is that she will not be evacuating. After all, she has her special needs cat Gary to think about, and the Mermaid Cafe where she is employed is going to remain open. In fact, the hurricane may be just the distraction from the traumatic experience she left law school for and the reason she has sworn off men. It’s too bad,then, that’s she’s attracted to the Cafe owner’s nephew, Drew. He, too, is a distraction. This book is the first instalment in the Little Bridge Island series. It is classic romantic comedy set in a beautiful island community. I love the feel of the community support in the book as well as both Bree and Drew’s compassion towards animals. I did not, however, feel that the scene when Bree confronts Kyle and Caleb as belonging to the rest of this book. I got the sense that this was added after the fact which altered the flow of the story. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the second book in the series. Thank you to Edelweiss Plus and HarperCollins Publishing for the ARC provided to me in exchange for the honest review I have provided here.
book_junkee 7 months ago
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**
Cat_Reader 7 months ago
In hurricane and tornado season, there is nothing better than a good romance to give behavioral tips, which things to stocking up and what to do with pets. Bree is on Little Bridge Island after an emotional storm that engulfed her life and didn't think twice about dropping out of college and all her life in New York to escape to her father's favorite refuge. Now she's about to face her first storm and can't imagine what she's going to do. Her desperate mother asks Bree’s ex boyfriend to pick her up but Bree doesn't think it's necessary nor does she want to be around the guy. But as the moment comes near the storm hits the ground, she finds herself standing in front of several people evacuating others protecting their homes, she wonders if she did right by staying there. The book basically focuses on pre-care, during and aftercare and shows how this sweet warrior will behave during all the challenges she will face. Of course having Meg Cabot involved we will also have a delightful, engaging and callient romance, I found myself smiling and remembering her previous historical romances at so many parts of the reading and loved how she handled the whole physical and emotional storm situation. Drew is a true gentleman and just like Bree has suffered a lot in the past and he truly loves his ‘Bob’ dogs so cute and funny. Bree and Drew come together to take care of the pets left behind by the residents that evacuated and moment by moment realize how much they have in common. It was a pleasant and enjoyable reading, light and full of lessons filled with sweet pets and special friends. Each chapter is opened by a storm alert showing the change in temperature, wind strength and others important details and then displaying the authorities' warnings. Loved the cover so much I just think that they forget to put Gary, Bree's cat, who is the highlight of the book too . 5/5 stars