No Judgments by Meg Cabot

*Spoiler free*

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.

In my quest to read more romance books, this seemed like one I would like! The main character is an animal lover and that pretty much sealed the deal for me. But, she’s also helping animals that have been left behind by their owners in the wake of a massive hurricane. And she has to work with a guy who is insufferable, and very good looking. It definitely sounded like something I would want to read! Trigger warnings: brief animal abuse

I liked this book. But, I had some major issues with that made things seem bizarre and kind of threw off the entire book for me. I definitely enjoyed reading it, but I can’t help but feel frustrated with it at the same time.

I guess I’ll start off with the things that I did like! The animals. The animals were fantastic and I loved them so much. And there’s a ton of them in this book! When books have animals, usually only one or two, but this book has so many that I don’t even have a number. Bree has a cat named Gary and is a star who loves feet. There’s dogs, guinea pigs, birds, tortoises, and even more! They’re all adorable.

Bree was a cool character. She wants to figure things out, on her own terms, and on her own time. I really liked her mindset about the island and how she wanted to live her life. Plus, I loved how she loved animals. (I might just mention the animals all over this review haha). She’s loves art and she’s trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, but in a relaxed way, if that makes sense. She’s just living her life. I also liked Drew! He was sweet. Plus, he wanted to adopt every single dog he saw, which was hilarious. He’s honestly just a dork, but a great dork.

The island was also cute! It was small and quirky, but I liked it. I didn’t think I would be the type of person who would really love a small island, but I did really like this one.

Moving on to the the things I didn’t like. There were comments made here and there that made is seem like two characters (there’s a complicated family tree, so I’m just saying two characters haha) would turn out to be horrible people. But, they didn’t. It felt like a plot point just fell off. And they said some things that rubbed me the wrong way, so I ended up not liking them at all and not understanding what they were supposed to be to the story.

There were also pieces of dialogue that felt awkward and off to me. It was like it was leading up to bonding, but it fell off into awkwardness. It just felt weird. It happened multiple times, which is the only reason I’m mentioning it.

There was a scene towards the end that I don’t know how I feel about. It made me uncomfortable, but I can kind of see where it came from. It just felt out of character for me. It felt like it didn’t need to be included and Bree would have handled it a completely different way. Just, I wasn’t a huge fan.

I also wasn’t a fan of the plotline between Bree and her family. It felt stilted and I wanted more from it. If it was there, I wanted more from it. It was decent, but it would have been really good it would have been fleshed out more. It felt like the book was trying to set up character development for Bree, but it seemed like it just didn’t happen.

There was also some possessiveness that I was not a fan of.

All in all, I don’t know how to feel about this. I loved the animals, the island, and I enjoyed the characters. But there were some things that threw the book off for me.

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