Published by William Morrow on August 11, 2020
Series: Little Bridge Island #2
Genres: adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Also in this series: No Judgments
New York Times
-bestselling author Meg Cabot's returns with a charming romance between a children's librarian and the town sheriff in the second book in the Little Bridge Island series.
Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys, home to sandy white beaches, salt-rimmed margaritas, and stunning sunsets—a place where nothing goes under the radar and love has a way of sneaking up when least expected...
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”. When John Hartwell folds all six-feet-three of himself into a tiny chair and insists that whoever left the baby is a criminal, Molly begs to differ and asks what he’s doing about the Island’s real crime wave (if thefts of items from homes that have been left unlocked could be called that). Not the best of starts, but the man’s arrogance is almost as distracting as his blue eyes. Almost…
John would be pretty irritated if one of his deputies had a desk as disorderly as Molly’s. Good thing she doesn’t work for him, considering how attracted he is to her. Molly’s lilting librarian voice makes even the saltiest remarks go down sweeter, which is bad as long as she’s a witness but might be good once the case is solved—provided he hasn’t gotten on her last nerve by then. 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.
Clever, hilarious, and fun, No Offense will tug at readers’ heartstrings and make them fall in love with Little Bridge Island and its unique characters once again.
No Offense is the second full length book in the contemporary romance Little Bridge Island series by Meg Cabot. The Little Bridge Island series is an adult contemporary romance series set on Little bridge Island…named for the little bridge that you have to cross to reach it. The island is located south of Miami, Florida and is a tiny town with a small population. Each of the books in this series are standalones that center around a difference set of main characters. You do see some character crossover because it is such a small town. So if you are fan of the series, you will get to visit old favorites, like Bree from No Judgments, but you do not need to read the books in order if you don’t want to.
In No Offense we meet the new town children’s librarian Molly and the town Sheriff, John. The story kicks off when Molly discovers an abandoned baby in the library bathroom. When Molly calls the police and John shows up, a comedy of offensive errors occurs. Mostly, John offending Molly, and John not wanting to offend Molly. I really enjoyed each of their interactions because John is just so darn nice and likable that it was kind of funny to me that Molly found him so offensive so many times.In addition to the budding romance (or bickering) of Molly and John there are also two mysteries present in No Offense. There is the mystery of who abandoned baby Aphrodite? (so dubbed as the goddess of the sea..err bathroom “sea”…on the Little Bridge Island community facebook gossip page) and second, the unsolved mystery of the high school bandit. Molly being a true crime aficionado tends to butt into John’s actual police work, which means that their paths are continually crossing.
All in all, No Offense was a lot of fun. Some light mystery, some light flirting and a cute romance made this book a joy to read. There were times where I was hoping for more in terms of character connection and romance development. No Offense was more of a plot driven novel with the mysteries taking center stage and the romance sometimes taking a secondary plot role, but overall No Offense was a very enjoyable read. I loved seeing peeks of Bree in the book and I am ready for more from the inhabitants of Little Bridge Island, which is perfect timing because book 2 releases in a couple of weeks!
Other books in the Little Bridge Island Series
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- ARC August 2020
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020