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A broken engagement only gave Molly Montgomery additional incentive to follow her dream job from the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Keys. Now, as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services, Molly hopes the messiest thing in her life will be her sticky-note covered desk. But fate—in the form of a newborn left in the restroom—has other ideas. So does A broken engagement only gave Molly Montgomery additional incentive to follow her dream job from the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Keys. Now, as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services, Molly hopes the messiest thing in her life will be her sticky-note covered desk. But fate—in the form of a newborn left in the restroom—has other ideas. So does the sheriff who comes to investigate the “abandonment”. The man’s arrogance is almost as distracting as his blue eyes. Almost…  Recently divorced, John has been having trouble adjusting to single life as well as single parenthood. But something in Molly’s beautiful smile gives John hope that his old life on Little Bridge might suddenly hold new promise—if only they can get over their differences. 


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A broken engagement only gave Molly Montgomery additional incentive to follow her dream job from the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Keys. Now, as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services, Molly hopes the messiest thing in her life will be her sticky-note covered desk. But fate—in the form of a newborn left in the restroom—has other ideas. So does A broken engagement only gave Molly Montgomery additional incentive to follow her dream job from the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Keys. Now, as Little Bridge Island Public Library’s head of children’s services, Molly hopes the messiest thing in her life will be her sticky-note covered desk. But fate—in the form of a newborn left in the restroom—has other ideas. So does the sheriff who comes to investigate the “abandonment”. The man’s arrogance is almost as distracting as his blue eyes. Almost…  Recently divorced, John has been having trouble adjusting to single life as well as single parenthood. But something in Molly’s beautiful smile gives John hope that his old life on Little Bridge might suddenly hold new promise—if only they can get over their differences. 

30 review for No Offense

  1. 5 out of 5

    myo 🍒 (myonna reads)

    i feel like i could’ve went my whole without reading a romance between a librarian and a sheriff. ngl this book comes off a bit misogynistic at times when it comes to the dad. i get hes a grump sheriff but i hate him. the librarian character was so quirky and her entire personality was that she reads and i hate when authors do that because i think it’s a lazy way to get readers to relate to the character instead of letting them organically relate. i don’t think the romance was convincing at all i feel like i could’ve went my whole without reading a romance between a librarian and a sheriff. ngl this book comes off a bit misogynistic at times when it comes to the dad. i get hes a grump sheriff but i hate him. the librarian character was so quirky and her entire personality was that she reads and i hate when authors do that because i think it’s a lazy way to get readers to relate to the character instead of letting them organically relate. i don’t think the romance was convincing at all but i did like the detective part of the story and it was the only thing that kept me wanting to read the story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Waterstones Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow Paperbacks for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. ...suddenly, for the first time in her career, she found herself calling the police because of a child. As a first time Meg Cabot reader, I was ready to be pleasantly surprised. I know that she has quite the fan-base with her YA stories, but coming across an upcoming adult release by her that centered around a librarian and a cop (which is a favori BLOG | Instagram | Twitter | Amazon | Waterstones Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow Paperbacks for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine. ...suddenly, for the first time in her career, she found herself calling the police because of a child. As a first time Meg Cabot reader, I was ready to be pleasantly surprised. I know that she has quite the fan-base with her YA stories, but coming across an upcoming adult release by her that centered around a librarian and a cop (which is a favorite trope of mine in romance novels), I was eager to dive into this story. The book began on a cringe-worthy and startling scene involving human-shaped cookies and the fondling of them by a teenager in front of children, during a children's activity at the library. I'm aware that it was meant to be funny, but this instance, like others in the book, felt forced. Our leads Molly and John are, let's face it, expected to fall in love. This is, after all, the main point of a romance book in this vein. However, they don't so much fall in love as get shoved together by the author. It didn't read as something that naturally happened between them, and I felt no spark for their relationship. I don't care if two people fall in love at first sight or over a long period of time, but I want to see it happen organically. Molly—while meaning to be sassy, independent and a go-getter—comes across as bossy, pushy and meddling. John, on the other hand, lacked in personality and was fairly dislikable and belittling whenever he had a scene that attempted to connect him with the others working under him at the Sheriff's Office. Barring the love story of a book that falls short as soon as I have an issue feeling an attachment for the main couple, I was hoping for some other saving grace. But Cabot tends to tell the reader rather than show far too often, there were a couple of instances of generalizations on characters based on sexuality and/or race that did not sit well with me, and the book was overall dull. My best takeaway from this story was the factoid that Molly spews—among the many that she incessantly spews either verbally toward someone else or in her own head—concerning the behind-the-scenes on the writing of Nancy Drew books, which was fairly interesting to learn and something that I had not expected despite the many times I've devoured a ND story. This was, unfortunately, one of the few exciting tidbits.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Cute and cozy. Meg Cabot delighted me with this charming small town tale. This is the second book in the Little Bridge Island series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Molly is the new children’s librarian on Little Bridge Island. She is charmed by her new peaceful surroundings that is until she finds an abandoned baby in the library bathroom. John grew up in Little Bridge and after some time away he has now returned as town sheriff. Molly and John have an instant attraction to one Cute and cozy. Meg Cabot delighted me with this charming small town tale. This is the second book in the Little Bridge Island series, but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Molly is the new children’s librarian on Little Bridge Island. She is charmed by her new peaceful surroundings that is until she finds an abandoned baby in the library bathroom. John grew up in Little Bridge and after some time away he has now returned as town sheriff. Molly and John have an instant attraction to one another, but neither of them are looking to be in a relationship. What they don’t know is... there’s nothing like a small town Mystery to bring two people together. This was an easy breezy read with some definite cozy mystery vibes. Love the setting of Little Bridge Island and the sense of community. Molly was sweet and caring and of course I loved her passion for books. John was a good guy and I adored his relationship with his daughter. There were lots of laugh out loud moments and plenty of adorable animals. This was just a sweet feel good story with a little romance... a little mystery... a little steam... a little humor... and a lot of charm. Piper Goodeve narrates the audiobook and gave the story the perfect tone. Loved the sweet sass she gave Molly and the gruff exterior she gave John. This book in emojis 🐱 📚 🐶 📸 🐬 👶🏼 🐐 🕺 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨 *** Big thank you to William Morrow and Harper Audio for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I really liked this one!!!! Full review to come!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    steph

    Oh Meg Cabot, you have let me down. No, this isn't her fault. This story was probably no better or worse than the dozen stories of hers I have read over the years. The writing was light, frothy and predictable as many of her novels are. My problem with this specific novel however, and what made me almost stopped reading within the first fifty pages, was the main heroine Molly, aka the children's librarian who wasn't a very good librarian/government worker. Look I have worked in public libraries f Oh Meg Cabot, you have let me down. No, this isn't her fault. This story was probably no better or worse than the dozen stories of hers I have read over the years. The writing was light, frothy and predictable as many of her novels are. My problem with this specific novel however, and what made me almost stopped reading within the first fifty pages, was the main heroine Molly, aka the children's librarian who wasn't a very good librarian/government worker. Look I have worked in public libraries for almost fifteen years now and I have seen a lot (especially with the advent of technology and social media). There are certain things you do and certain things you do not do. You do report an abandoned infant (as Molly did). You do not berate a officer of the law for doing his job which is to then search for the mother of the infant to see if she is at fault for abandonment (as Molly did). Furthermore you do not go onto the community's Facebook page in which everyone is incorrectly speculating widely about the abandoned child and then comment with your personal account on the post stating exactly what happened while the investigation is still open and ongoing. "As the person who discovered the baby, Molly felt she was the one most qualified to attest not only to the infant's correct sex, but also to the exact manner in which she has been found" *facepalm* Also if you have a sixteen year old at a children's program using cookies in suggestive sexual positions to the disgust and horror of the nearby parents and small children you kick him out of the program. You do not mollify or feel sorry for him. He leaves because he is acting inappropriate at at library program. That's it. (Also sidenote, the teen in question knows 110% he is acting inappropriate. He admits as much but also says she's overreacting and SHE GIVES IN) There are more instances throughout the book in which I got annoyed -For example Molly is interviewed for the local paper due to finding the infant and she gives out specific information re: the investigation that the police department specifically asked her NOT TO but it's okay because she didn't mean to. *more facepalm* I think Molly is supposed to come across as quirky and empathetic to readers but for me who knows a bit more of the background going ons of the library world and the do's and don't's she came across as intrusive and annoying. I really didn't understand how John could like her when she was making everything harder than it needed to be because she is a GOOD PERSON WHO CARES ABOUT OTHERS YOU COLD HEARTED MONSTER OF A SHERIFF. *sigh* This is why I don't read books that involve librarians, they always disappoint. That said there was a fluffy cat named Fluffy. I did enjoy that.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    No Offense is the second book in the Little Bridge Island series. I would describe this book as a combination between Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy. This book has a connection to the previous one as it is set on the same island in the Florida Keys. However, it can definitely be read as a standalone. While the sheriff was briefly in the last book. The main characters from No Judgments play almost no part in this book. The narrators of No Offense are Molly and John (3rd person POVs). Molly is the is No Offense is the second book in the Little Bridge Island series. I would describe this book as a combination between Chick Lit and Romantic Comedy. This book has a connection to the previous one as it is set on the same island in the Florida Keys. However, it can definitely be read as a standalone. While the sheriff was briefly in the last book. The main characters from No Judgments play almost no part in this book. The narrators of No Offense are Molly and John (3rd person POVs). Molly is the island's children's librarian. And John is the sheriff. Romance does play a part in this book. However, there is a bit of a mystery to do with break-ins and a baby. And that was a bigger part of the story. I liked both narrators. Molly was so kind. And I enjoyed watching her try to solve the case. The sheriff was funny. He tried so hard. But was so clueless re: romance. I did enjoy the romance aspect of the story. However, to me it felt a bit rushed. I think that the romance aspect could have been developed more fully. I am so glad that the author showed us what happened with the Snappettes (dance group). That was my favorite part of the book. The last chapter was definitely the best part of the book. Overall, the story was cute and entertaining. It was a quick and enjoyable read. Thanks to edelweiss and William Morrow Paperbacks for allowing me to read this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    I can officially knock off ‘read a Meg Cabot’ off my imaginary ‘authors to read’ list. This wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great and I say that simply because there were times that rather than focus on the book, it served more as background noise and My mind would be somewhere else. There were definitely parts that didn’t hold my attention. This is the romance between a librarian and the sheriff with a mystery element woven in. I like how librarians literally are super heroes and in this one, and I lik I can officially knock off ‘read a Meg Cabot’ off my imaginary ‘authors to read’ list. This wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great and I say that simply because there were times that rather than focus on the book, it served more as background noise and My mind would be somewhere else. There were definitely parts that didn’t hold my attention. This is the romance between a librarian and the sheriff with a mystery element woven in. I like how librarians literally are super heroes and in this one, and I like how in this book we see librarians saving the day in so many different ways, which I’m sure is very true of their day to day. It felt like a nod to those who love to read, the amazing work librarians do and those aspects of the book impacted me more than the romance or the mystery I think. I’ll give Meg Cabot another try eventually. This one was just okay.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    Not sure if it was just me or not but ‘No Offense’ fell flat. There just wasn’t much sizzle between our librarian Molly and Sheriff John, who became a recently divorce single father and even with all the mystery surrounding the found baby, high school and home thief and burglaries I had ended up skimming through a few chapters out of boredom. It’s sad to report that this failed to deliver but would definitely reconsider reading something else by this author in the future. Not sure if it was just me or not but ‘No Offense’ fell flat. There just wasn’t much sizzle between our librarian Molly and Sheriff John, who became a recently divorce single father and even with all the mystery surrounding the found baby, high school and home thief and burglaries I had ended up skimming through a few chapters out of boredom. It’s sad to report that this failed to deliver but would definitely reconsider reading something else by this author in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is second in a series, but they're pretty disconnected. There aren't many elements beyond simply setting that connect these, so feel free to go in any order. Maybe don't pick this one first, though... I'm not sure what Cabot was thinking with Molly, but it so missed its mark with me. Molly is a librarian, but it's like she thinks that's a holy calling throughout the book. She even acts/thinks about her relationship with her patrons as if there's something like the protection of the confessio This is second in a series, but they're pretty disconnected. There aren't many elements beyond simply setting that connect these, so feel free to go in any order. Maybe don't pick this one first, though... I'm not sure what Cabot was thinking with Molly, but it so missed its mark with me. Molly is a librarian, but it's like she thinks that's a holy calling throughout the book. She even acts/thinks about her relationship with her patrons as if there's something like the protection of the confessional about it. And she's a children's librarian so she's actually thinking about the things she would hide from a child's parents. So she's literally the caricature of a librarian as dreamed up by a fundamentalist preacher only from the other side so that it's a good thing. Which was weird. But worse than that is her holier-than-thou judgmentalism towards everybody else, but especially John. And here's where it lost me. So a sub-theme of this story is about people admitting when they're wrong and having the strength-in-humility to apologize. And this is first demonstrated by John when Molly tells him about a situation with his daughter and he thinks his primary duty is to protect the daughter. Only he finds out it's protection she doesn't want, that she's brave and determined like he is. So he apologizes appropriately to Molly and that's actually a very moving part of the story. Like I needed an excuse to crush more on the capable, strong man who does his best for those around him. And I knew when it happened that for story balance, we'd need a parallel event with Molly or it'd just fall flat. And to her credit, Cabot does deliver a reciprocal event. Only when it's Molly's turn, she's not just wrong about John's evaluation of a witness, she goes the extra step of naming it evidence of his fundamental lack of empathy and thus makes him someone she can't be with. So it's a dark moment, and makes her not just wrong on facts, but wrong on judgment and caring and understanding of John. In other words, it's a complete betrayal of the relationship, what little there is of it. And I was already having trouble with their relationship because there just wasn't any spark there and their entire interactions centered on attraction and desire and not so much on respect, understanding, or caring. Frankly, I don't see what John's getting out of this whole thing except the prospect of sex with a hot librarian. Which isn't nothing, I suppose, but I kind of wanted him to move on from there to someone worth his while. So yeah, this is two stars and possibly the lowest I've rated a Meg Cabot adult romance. This makes me sad. A note about Steamy: There's a single explicit sex scene putting this on the low end of my steam tolerance. Frankly, I didn't buy it at all. I mean, I know a lot of book lovers and none of them would put books into stacks all over their living space (ugh, scratch them all up!) and even fewer would leave them close enough to their furniture to have them falling down all just because people move . . . wrong.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Don't know which V personality clicked on this one, but no. I think I was lured by the idea of island life in the blurb, but wow, not my kinda book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Swann

    I really didn’t like this book. I had high hopes since it was about a librarian and it sounded so cute. Nope, I couldn’t stand the librarian character! She was very self righteous and made a lot of assumptions about a police investigation she had no right to stick her nose in. I also didn’t like how the sheriff would make decisions in his head based on how she would view them. At one point rolled my eyes so hard my head went all the way back. This one just didn’t work for me at all and I won’t b I really didn’t like this book. I had high hopes since it was about a librarian and it sounded so cute. Nope, I couldn’t stand the librarian character! She was very self righteous and made a lot of assumptions about a police investigation she had no right to stick her nose in. I also didn’t like how the sheriff would make decisions in his head based on how she would view them. At one point rolled my eyes so hard my head went all the way back. This one just didn’t work for me at all and I won’t be picking up any other books in this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    When Little Bridge Island Public Library’s children’s librarian Molly Montgomery is alerted to a baby in the restroom at the library, Sheriff John Hartwell is immediately on the case. But the librarian and the sheriff are at odds as to whether this is a criminal offense or a confused mistake. Each is attracted to the other but they butt heads on the law versus common decency. Plus, there is the matter of the High School Thief who no one knows for sure who the perpetrator is. Also, divorced Sheri When Little Bridge Island Public Library’s children’s librarian Molly Montgomery is alerted to a baby in the restroom at the library, Sheriff John Hartwell is immediately on the case. But the librarian and the sheriff are at odds as to whether this is a criminal offense or a confused mistake. Each is attracted to the other but they butt heads on the law versus common decency. Plus, there is the matter of the High School Thief who no one knows for sure who the perpetrator is. Also, divorced Sheriff Hartwell has been asked by his daughter to be a dancing dad in a Mother-Daughter dance troupe fundraiser at the high school. Too much is going on in this tiny Florida Keys island. Can romance blossom between the librarian and the sheriff when they are continually at odds? Who is the baby’s mother? Who is the High School Thief? Will Sheriff Hartwell wow the crowd at the dance recital? All these questions and more will be answered in this delightfully humorous romance with a touch of mystery. I highly recommend this book to get away from reality with this light heartfelt romance! Escapism at its best!--Sara H.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Helen Power

    This is another adorable romance by Meg Cabot! While I do think it was sweet and I absolutely love the dynamics of Little Bridge Island and its residents, I found this book lacking. The banter between Molly and John is cute. The novel has a mystery plotline, which kept me turning the pages, but it fell a little flat at the end. There isn’t really a twist, and I realized after finishing that there wasn’t a climactic scene. Molly and John were always wishy washy in their relationship (will they, w This is another adorable romance by Meg Cabot! While I do think it was sweet and I absolutely love the dynamics of Little Bridge Island and its residents, I found this book lacking. The banter between Molly and John is cute. The novel has a mystery plotline, which kept me turning the pages, but it fell a little flat at the end. There isn’t really a twist, and I realized after finishing that there wasn’t a climactic scene. Molly and John were always wishy washy in their relationship (will they, won’t they, but without high stakes). So I suppose the last time they were “won’t they” was the climax? Still not sure. 3 stars, because of the writing style, but I wasn’t impressed with the plot.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    Review coming soon

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    A children's librarian and a sheriff living on a tourist-heavy Florida key come together after someone abandons a baby in the library bathroom. Romance ensues, aided with pie. This was the fluff I needed on a difficult Friday, but it isn't quite as satisfying as it could be because there isn't enough conflict! The fights the two characters were rather unbelievable, but their chemistry was solid... unfortunately the mystery to solve wasn't strong enough to make up for the easy romance. I liked th A children's librarian and a sheriff living on a tourist-heavy Florida key come together after someone abandons a baby in the library bathroom. Romance ensues, aided with pie. This was the fluff I needed on a difficult Friday, but it isn't quite as satisfying as it could be because there isn't enough conflict! The fights the two characters were rather unbelievable, but their chemistry was solid... unfortunately the mystery to solve wasn't strong enough to make up for the easy romance. I liked the setting of a renamed Key West, because that would be an interesting place to be a public librarian. I had a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley; it came out August 11.

  16. 4 out of 5

    A Million Books

    Alright. I pretty much grew up with Meg Cabot - I probably own ALL of her books (except All American Girl: Ready or Not because at 11, I was terrified of my mother reading the synopsis when she took the book to the billing counter at Landmark, so I never picked it up) and THE PRINCESS DIARIES will always have a special place in my heart, especially #3 and #10. I was SO THRILLED when I got approved to read No Offense on Edelweiss - I dove in almost right away. Now, no offense to the vanilla flavou Alright. I pretty much grew up with Meg Cabot - I probably own ALL of her books (except All American Girl: Ready or Not because at 11, I was terrified of my mother reading the synopsis when she took the book to the billing counter at Landmark, so I never picked it up) and THE PRINCESS DIARIES will always have a special place in my heart, especially #3 and #10. I was SO THRILLED when I got approved to read No Offense on Edelweiss - I dove in almost right away. Now, no offense to the vanilla flavour, but I can't think of a better way to describe this book than the fact that it was VANILLA. I enjoyed the basic plot, the characters were nice enough, I loved that there were books and libraries involved but I WASN'T ROOTING FOR ANY OF THEM? There was no real antagonist or secret twist in the romance (both of which I can get over) but what I can't forgive is that the romance was SO INSTA-LOVEY. If there's one thing I hate in rom-coms, it's when the characters look at each other from a mile away and fall head over heels. I'm not saying it's not possible, I'm just saying it makes for a... vanilla story? And it just wasn't what I was expecting from a Meg Cabot book. If you're looking for a light-hearted, one-time read, I'd recommend No Offense but it could have been SO MUCH BETTER.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    3.5 very cute, quick read

  18. 5 out of 5

    Saylor

    Little Bridge is one of the smallest islands in the Florida Keys. It's also seen a strange spike in crime- which just so happens to bring the sheriff and children's librarian together on more than one occasion when Molly keeps finding crime scenes. For me, this book fell flat. I was incredibly excited to receive the review copy and I was intrigued by the plot. I was expecting a fun new take on a modern romance. The romance, however, ended up feeling non-existent. There was no spark between the c Little Bridge is one of the smallest islands in the Florida Keys. It's also seen a strange spike in crime- which just so happens to bring the sheriff and children's librarian together on more than one occasion when Molly keeps finding crime scenes. For me, this book fell flat. I was incredibly excited to receive the review copy and I was intrigued by the plot. I was expecting a fun new take on a modern romance. The romance, however, ended up feeling non-existent. There was no spark between the characters and even the characters themselves could've used a lot more dimension to make them more lifelike and interesting. I found myself bored throughout the majority of the book and the ending didn't make up for it. I received this review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    DNF at about 25%. I think Meg Cabot is excellent at writing YA in which her characters’ chemistry sizzles. Somehow, in writing adult characters and romance, that falls flat. The characters were thinly drawn, and the world they existed in, which Cabot has written some other books about, seems so much like a bubblegum fantasy that it’s almost entirely unappealing. The characters were archetypes with no quirks, written with no specifics. It was just librarian wears cardigans and meets cop with blue DNF at about 25%. I think Meg Cabot is excellent at writing YA in which her characters’ chemistry sizzles. Somehow, in writing adult characters and romance, that falls flat. The characters were thinly drawn, and the world they existed in, which Cabot has written some other books about, seems so much like a bubblegum fantasy that it’s almost entirely unappealing. The characters were archetypes with no quirks, written with no specifics. It was just librarian wears cardigans and meets cop with blue eyes. It seemed very hetero romance novel from 2008, and we've moved so far past that in the genre that I just wish there had been more. More personality, more specificity, more chemistry. I love romance novels, and the best books of the genre are emotional and charismatic and specific and raw. This was not that. Thank you to NetGalley for the copy, and thank you to Meg Cabot for venturing into adult romance. I'm excited to see what she does next.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lawrence

    Having loved the first book in the Little Bridge Island series by Meg Cabot, I was sure I would be enamored with the newest addition, No Offense. Sadly, I was wrong. I really had to push myself to finish this relatively short, but largely cringe-worthy story. I must admit, it was absolutely ridiculous and the cause of a few well-rounded eye rolls. It wasn’t the cutesy, humorous, rom-com type of plot, though perhaps that was the aim, but a rather an immature, unbelievable version of such. The cha Having loved the first book in the Little Bridge Island series by Meg Cabot, I was sure I would be enamored with the newest addition, No Offense. Sadly, I was wrong. I really had to push myself to finish this relatively short, but largely cringe-worthy story. I must admit, it was absolutely ridiculous and the cause of a few well-rounded eye rolls. It wasn’t the cutesy, humorous, rom-com type of plot, though perhaps that was the aim, but a rather an immature, unbelievable version of such. The characters were annoying, the dialogue was immature, and countless plot elements were utterly absurd. A restaurant that will kick you out if you use your cell phone, or a grown man riddled with embarrassment over bringing a pie to a woman as an apology. Some lines were stilted and awkward, such as, “Molly felt an earthquake. Since they weren’t on a fault line, it must be in her head.” Others were ludicrous, “We will live by eating fruit off of trees and washing diapers in the sea”. The main male character’s parenting skills were laughable and out of touch...If you post a kissy face photo, you’re inviting predators...🤨 And the younger male character’s behavior was reprehensible. So, not the finest hours of my life spent reading this book, but hopefully others can laugh with it (at it?) and find it quirky and enjoyable.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    See the full review & many more at HarlequinJunkie No Offense was exactly the type of cute and quirky romance I expect from Meg Cabot. There were offbeat locals that will have you laughing, yummy tension between our love birds, and enough fun island antics to make this a great summertime read. It was so nice to be back in Little Bridge Island and get caught up with a few townsfolk and see what had happened post hurricane since No Judgements, book one came out. No Offense is the second full-length See the full review & many more at HarlequinJunkie No Offense was exactly the type of cute and quirky romance I expect from Meg Cabot. There were offbeat locals that will have you laughing, yummy tension between our love birds, and enough fun island antics to make this a great summertime read. It was so nice to be back in Little Bridge Island and get caught up with a few townsfolk and see what had happened post hurricane since No Judgements, book one came out. No Offense is the second full-length novel in the series and each book (including one novella) has focused on different couples. This time it was Molly, a librarian who adored her job, and John, the island’s newish (hunky) sheriff and single dad. And what a team they made... Read More

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Edwards

    DNF at 45% I just, I can't. It's so bad. There's something in the tone of it that I just can't get past, and the characters are annoying in their descriptions of each other - who calls the other person halfway through the book "the librarian" instead of their name? And who doesn't know what corn hole is??? I haven't read the first book in this series, so I don't know if I'm just not used to the way the series is written, or if it's along the same style. I love her Princess Diaries series and some DNF at 45% I just, I can't. It's so bad. There's something in the tone of it that I just can't get past, and the characters are annoying in their descriptions of each other - who calls the other person halfway through the book "the librarian" instead of their name? And who doesn't know what corn hole is??? I haven't read the first book in this series, so I don't know if I'm just not used to the way the series is written, or if it's along the same style. I love her Princess Diaries series and some of her other adult novels, but this one was just painful.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Meg Cabot fans, unite! Her newest novel takes us back to Little Bridge Island for a new adventure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • I’ve been a Meg Cabot fan since The Princess Diaries, so it should be no surprise I was looking forward to her next release! No Offense is the second in the Little Bridge Island romance series, centering on Sheriff John Hartwell and new children’s librarian Molly Montgomery, whose lives become intertwined when Molly finds an abandoned newborn in the library bathroom. Part detective novel a Meg Cabot fans, unite! Her newest novel takes us back to Little Bridge Island for a new adventure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • I’ve been a Meg Cabot fan since The Princess Diaries, so it should be no surprise I was looking forward to her next release! No Offense is the second in the Little Bridge Island romance series, centering on Sheriff John Hartwell and new children’s librarian Molly Montgomery, whose lives become intertwined when Molly finds an abandoned newborn in the library bathroom. Part detective novel and part romance, No Offense is an enjoyable beach read. • Both characters have rich, fleshed-out lives outside of their budding romance – Molly has just moved to Little Bridge and is overseeing the construction of a new library while trying to keep her loveable teenage patron from causing too much comedy chaos, while John is a newly-single parent raising a teenage daughter. The supporting cast is delightful, and they are some of the best sources of humor in the novel (which is, of course, full of classic Cabot witticisms). I do wish there was a bit more interaction with the previous stars of the series, but as always, the romance is well-paced and hits all the right notes. • This book did raise a big question for me – how do I engage with media about cops? Cabot’s Sheriff is certainly not a hero cop, and he goes through a whole lot of character development (specifically in his perception of criminals) at Molly’s prodding. There are seemingly deliberate scenes where the Sheriff calls out others’ racism, and a teenage library patron makes mention of racist police brutality. A lot of us are rightfully concerned about police portrayals in media, but I think Cabot is on the right track to an accurate portrayal of an imperfect PD in a sleepy beach town. All in all, No Offense is a strong second entry into the Little Bridge Island series, and I give it four out of five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • No Offense is available on August 11th. Thank you to @harpercollins @williammorrow and @netgalley for this #gifted e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. • Follow me on Instagram & Twitter @whatalexreads for book reviews, recommendations, and more!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dayle (the literary llama)

    I’ve never read a Meg Cabot book before. I think I remember thumbing through one back in the early 2000s and not being interested. And then last year I received NO JUDGMENTS but I still haven’t got ‘round to it. But for some reason I picked up NO OFFENSE to other day and just dove in. It’s actually the follow up to No Judgements but can be read as a stand-alone romance. Anyway, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t great but wasn’t horrible either. It’s sort of a “cruiser”. A bit of a lazy read when your brain I’ve never read a Meg Cabot book before. I think I remember thumbing through one back in the early 2000s and not being interested. And then last year I received NO JUDGMENTS but I still haven’t got ‘round to it. But for some reason I picked up NO OFFENSE to other day and just dove in. It’s actually the follow up to No Judgements but can be read as a stand-alone romance. Anyway, I enjoyed it. It wasn’t great but wasn’t horrible either. It’s sort of a “cruiser”. A bit of a lazy read when your brain wants to be “checked out”. An easy chick-lit story with a couple bits of suspense/mystery and a tiny touch of drama. Very tiny. It starts with a very interesting plot point, an abandoned newborn in a library bathroom. The librarian and the sheriff meet and there’s a delightful, though head-butting, attraction. It’s a strong start but quickly dwindled into a very mellow story. I loved the setting and many of the characters, most especially the Sheriff. I think his was the more interesting and rounded-out character. He wasn’t perfect and his age and physique fell on the more realistic side which is a nice change from the usual. And his daughter Katie was great, both as her own character, and as an addition to John’s. I wasn’t a big fan of Molly though, which was a shame. She just came across as too self-entitled and judgmental. It started slow but just built and built until I had this full realization that she was unlikeable. So perhaps it’s just me and my thoughts on Molly, but the romance was a bit flat. Overall, the book was just okay. It wasn’t particularly punchy or memorable, but it made for a relaxing and lazy weekend of reading. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    A rather obvious romance with some cute moments, though it all felt too clearly signposted. Molly Montgomery is the new librarian in the charming town of Little Bridge. When she finds a baby abandoned in the new library we know there’s something strange going on. She is intrigued by the case, and just a little curious about the sheriff investigating it. From the outset we can tell there will be romance between our sheriff and the librarian, and we’re just waiting to see what else goes on alongside A rather obvious romance with some cute moments, though it all felt too clearly signposted. Molly Montgomery is the new librarian in the charming town of Little Bridge. When she finds a baby abandoned in the new library we know there’s something strange going on. She is intrigued by the case, and just a little curious about the sheriff investigating it. From the outset we can tell there will be romance between our sheriff and the librarian, and we’re just waiting to see what else goes on alongside it. There’s some cute scenes, and you can’t help but like them, but it doesn’t really offer anything out of the ordinary. Perfect summer read, and I’m grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this prior to publication.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Vail

    Just read No Offense by Meg Cabot and it saved my quarantine! It is the perfect read for right now: full of suspense, a saved baby, a kick-ass heroine who is a librarian, a smart sexy romance... a page-turning, absorbing, funny delight.

  27. 4 out of 5

    K

    Cute read! I really missed reading Meg Cabot and glad I picked this one up :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

    3.5 Stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Thamy

    Second in the Little Bridge series, just like most of Cabot's, you really don't need the previous volume to understand. In fact, the main characters were barely on in this and the side characters that were didn't need background for us to understand them. This will focus on the librarian Molly, who happens to help a baby and its mother, getting herself in the middle of Sheriff John's investigation. Intrigued by it all, she decides to help, making the two get closer. 2.5, rounded up. Cabot has done Second in the Little Bridge series, just like most of Cabot's, you really don't need the previous volume to understand. In fact, the main characters were barely on in this and the side characters that were didn't need background for us to understand them. This will focus on the librarian Molly, who happens to help a baby and its mother, getting herself in the middle of Sheriff John's investigation. Intrigued by it all, she decides to help, making the two get closer. 2.5, rounded up. Cabot has done much better romances. It's not that the couple didn't have chemistry, but I couldn't really feel any excitement about them getting together. And although it was the mystery surrounding the baby that made me keep reading, even that didn't receive a very thrilling conclusion. This was a very direct story from beginning to end. There's nothing to hate but there's very little to love. If this were a YA featuring the sheriff's daughter and Elijah, the boy in the library, I'd have enjoyed it much more, probably. Still about the romance, it's the first time I see Cabot miss her chance for comedy, because this main couple was actually different: for the major part, Molly was more into the case than in the sheriff himself, while he's drooling all over her since day one. I recommend it to fans of Meg Cabot, even if it's not her best work. And also to people who aren't into too much romance in their romances. We get an investigation as a side story, and that was intriguing enough. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Colleen's Conclusions

    I actually loved the first book of this series which was No Judgements. These books have bitten the bug for all of my chick lit romance books that I already have that have been around before romantic comedy books recently became popular. No Offense was the second book in this new series and I absolutely love the small town feel. I have been to Key West Florida and I pictured this town to be like that. I love how the community was knit tight and I loved all of the secondary characters. I even like I actually loved the first book of this series which was No Judgements. These books have bitten the bug for all of my chick lit romance books that I already have that have been around before romantic comedy books recently became popular. No Offense was the second book in this new series and I absolutely love the small town feel. I have been to Key West Florida and I pictured this town to be like that. I love how the community was knit tight and I loved all of the secondary characters. I even liked the two main characters, but maybe not the romance part. The romance felt a little bit flat to me, which was sad because I thoroughly enjoyed the first book. I still loved the fact that Molly was a librarian though and I loved Elijah. He was one of my favorite characters. I liked the sheriff still and how everybody knew him and his daughter. This book was a three star rating, but that means that it was still good for me! A three star rating doesn’t mean that the book was bad. I will definitely still be continuing the series if there’s more books after these. I hope there will be more!

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