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No Judgments

(Little Bridge Island #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  205 reviews
The choices we make decide our fate.

When the “storm of the century” severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Island—as well as its connection to the mainland—26-year-old Sabrina “Bree” Beckham isn’t worried . . . at first. She might be on her own, but she’s got a landline and plenty of supplies.

But Bree does become alarmed when she realizes how many islanders hav
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Piatkus
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Feb 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-release
I will ALWAYS read Meg Cabot. She is Queen. Cannot wait for this!
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!
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs
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 h
Autumn Byrd
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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,
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 a
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 ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 fo
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
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss

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 (domineeri
Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
This book was not great but also not terrible. Its about this girl who stubbornly decides to stay on the coast during a category 5 hurricane instead of evacuating like most others. She starts saving animals on the island and falls in love with a certain someone. This was a cozy romance, nothing to hard to think about and an easy read. I think many romance lovers would love reading this book, it just wasn't the best romance for me and didn't bring anything new to the table.
I enjoyed Meg Cabot's series from the early 2000s like her Boy books and Heather Wells, so I was excited to when I heard about this new title. No Judgments is about Bree Beckham, who has moved to Little Bridge Island, Florida, to start a new life for herself. Just when she thought she was getting settled, a hurricane threatens her island paradise.

If I were Bree, I would have taken someone up on the countless offers of rescue Bree was given before the hurricane struck. Of course if she had done
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bree was a strong willed character who was determined to ride out the storm and ignore the evacuation order. She did not want to accept help from others and wanted to prove that she can get through the storm on her own. When things go awry Bree reluctantly accepts help from Drew, who is an island local. After the storm passes Bree is dedicated to helping all the animals that were left behind. I loved seeing Bree and Drew work together to help all the animals. I loved how much Drew was an animal ...more
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Stephanie Gillespie
Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books, arc
No Judgments is about a girl named Bree who moves to an island near Florida from New York City to recuperate after a bad breakup and some surprising reveals about her family. Her mother is a celebrity judge and Bree enjoys her anonymity at her new home. However, there is a category 5 hurricane heading her way and she refuses all offers to evacuate, deciding to stick it out on the island. She ultimately, with the help of Drew, ends up checking up on the pets of people who had to evacuate, saying ...more
A Reader in Time
I thought that this book was pretty fun but not as romance heavy as I was hoping for. There were some minor problems that I had with the overall book itself such as the author typing "..." on almost every single page which got really old. Another aspect that annoyed me throughout this book was at the beginning of each chapter, there was information on how to survive during a hurricane and what to get from the store and all of that. I found it very distracting from the story and honestly, it didn ...more
Paloma *The Romance Queen*
Arc provided via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bree Beckham is hiding. She left New York in a haze of grief and fear after her beloved father died AND her boyfriend's best friend assaulted her. She couldn't think of a better, safer place to lick her wounds than Little Bridge, the tiny island in the Florida Keys where her family used to spend summer vacations. But the truth is that she's hiding. She's dyed her hair pink and got a great job waitressing, but she's dodging her mom's calls and the man she's gotten to know best lately is her tooth ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, before I go any further with this review, if you are ordered to evacuate, for goodness sake, EVACUATE. Doing anything else is putting not just your life at risk, but those of the emergency responders as well. It’s just not ok.

Alrighty then, I’m going to hop off my soapbox now!

After the death of her father, an assault, and a bad breakup, Bree has decided to flee New York in search of warmer, more gentle climes…and people. As a current resident of Little Bridge Island (a small key in FL), s
Robin Blankenship
What is it about Meg Cabot that makes me love her books so much? I have never picked up one of her books and not loved it. I literally could not put this one down. I stayed up all night reading this book. I loved the main characters. I loved the island. I am so glad that there will be more from the island. This book really hit home for me, I Love that Bree was open and honest with Drew and did not try to hide anything. I love that she was finally able, to be honest with herself and even with wha ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
All right, Meg Cabot - I love you and all so don’t take this too harshly, but this story really felt so...nothing? As in, I’m not sure what the point of this story was. A lot of the characters were annoying, and I felt like the main female was ~a strong female character~ for no other point than being able to say she’s a strong female character. So, not actually authentically strong Also, her mom drove me up the wall.

I mean, the premise is cute and there’s nothing overtly BAD but it was very sim
Thank you to Harper Collins and Net Galley for providing me with an advanced copy of No Judgements to review. Overall this is such a cute story, especially if you love animals :) I did find the ending to be a bit abrupt and the plot outlined in the synopsis of the book didn't really begin until about 2/3 of the way through the story. However, it was still a fun and quick read nonetheless, perfect for a vacation or beach read.
Moira Smith
This was just a bad romance novel. The main character makes one stupid decision after another, the ending is telegraphed from the first chapter, and the sex scenes are mortifyingly cringy. Two stars for the adorable pets described, though.
Elley Murray
Rating: 3.5 stars

CW: sexual assault (remembered)

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. I am trash for a natural disaster romance, and Meg Cabot's Boy books and Queen of Babble series essentially got me through my New Adult years. Parts of this book are everything I'd hoped for! Bree is great, Drew has some great swoon-worthy moments, and I love that they band together to rescue animals in the wake of a Cat 5 hurricane. And while some of the way Cabot handled Bree's backstory and fal
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost feel like Meg Cabot needs a pseudonym for this book! But I feel like this wouldn’t sell without her name attached to it, so that’s an odd line to balance. This was much more generic chick-lit than anything Cabot I’ve ever read, and that’s totally fine, but my expectations were quite different and I think I could have been disappointed if I had gone in really expecting something like one of Cabot's previous standalone adult books.

The amount of DOGS in this book is absolutely delightful!
This was kind of cute and very quick but I wouldn't really call it good. The characters were pretty one dimensional and the plot was pretty boring. Even with the hurricane, there never really seemed to be any urgency to anything and it was over pretty quickly. I definitely thought it would play a bigger part in the overall advancement of the romance and plot but it really was just a device to get the characters together. It was just over, there was very little damage, but nobody could get back t ...more
A woman, trying to get some space from her past, decides to ride out a hurricane on a small Florida island rather than evacuate. Romance and pet rescues ensue. This book started off on the wrong foot for me. The main character didn’t evacuate because her cat just had his teeth pulled and he wasn’t a good traveler besides. So you don’t leave the island during an evacuation order because your cat will meow? Am I the only one who thought that was ridiculous? I understand if you can’t evacuate becau ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bree moves to a holiday island near Florida to get a fresh start after her life falls apart in New York. Working as a waitress at a local café, she meets Drew, the café owners’ nephew. When a hurricane hits the island and she, Drew and few members of her family are stranded on the island, she finds herself drawn to Drew and trying to find closure for her life in New York.

I really wanted to like this book because I grew up reading all of Meg Cabot’s book as a girl. However, the story just didn’t
Norah Gibbons
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. No Judgements by Meg Cabot is the second book in her new Little Bridge Island Series. When the life she planned fell apart Sabrina (Bree) Beckham headed to Little Bridge Island in the Florida Keys site of her childhood vacations and the one place that feels like home to her now. Bree is taking some time to rebuild her life and despite her attraction to builder Drew Hartwell she has no intention of falling un ...more
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