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No Offense

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I received an electronic ARC from HarperCollins Publishers through NetGalley.
2.5 stars
Cabot's second book in this series involves the new children's librarian and the newer sheriff. Each is passionately committed to their jobs and each has a failed relationship in their past. They first work together when Molly finds an abandoned baby in the library bathroom. The next day she finds the young mother close to death in the new library. These portions are told with a gentle touch and set up the first conflicts between Molly and John.
Gentle humor carries the story though the characters are a bit flat. The comic aspects of romance are at the forefront of their relationship. Few sparks fly but somehow they become involved. The obligatory rocky section takes place after their first intimate time together when they disagree about the sheriff's contact with the young woman's parents and provides information about Tabitha and her new daughter. 
The book includes various romance genre cliches but tells a sweet story.
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I love beaches and books about librarians, so this book was definitely up my alley. Romance is my genre of choice, and this one definitely did not disappoint!
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After not really liking the first book in this series I should’ve known better than to try it again because this one wasn’t great for me either. I really think I’m just not the right reader for this author
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No Offense is the second novel in the Little Bridge Island Series. I loved the novella and the first book, and I absolutely loved this one. Molly is new to Little Bridge Island and has just taken over as the head children’s librarian. She becomes entangled with the island’s sheriff, John, when she finds an abandoned baby in the library’s bathroom. John is newly single and has just moved back to his hometown as he is continually thrown into Molly’s path. Both characters are focused on helping their community, however they have very different approaches and they tend to clash with one another. I loved that the protagonist was a librarian, as I am currently getting my master degree in library sciences. Molly is very relatable and genuinely wants to help and do the right thing.
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I am sorry for not reviewing fully but I don’t have the time to read this at the moment. I believe that it wouldn't benefit you as a publisher or your book if I only skimmed it and wrote a rushed review. Again, I am sorry for not fully reviewing!
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Meg Cabot's quirky little series are always fun reads with amusing characters. In this one, Miss Molly is the new-ish children's librarian in Little Bridge (in the Florida Keys). She is not impressed with the seemingly arrogant Sheriff, but he keeps turning up.

Yeah, we know where this is going, and that's okay. Besides making another love connection between two of the island's residents, this book also has a crime to solve - an abandoned newborn in the library's bathroom! Could it all tie in with the crime ring of the Summer Kids? Miss Molly knows it isn't her job to put all the clues together, but she's wondering whether the Sheriff is capable of doing it without her help.

No Offense was a great summer escape or beach read. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars and consider checking out others in the Little Bridge Island series. This was the second book, and I haven't read the first yet. This one stood alone just fine.
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Meg Cabot's books are always enjoyable. I had really enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one gave me some pause. I enjoyed the mystery offered here, but the romance was just okay - and in this era, after a year of BLM protests and focus on police brutality, it was a little hard to get past the fact that the love interest was a sheriff.
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As a Librarian, I can relate to the new Children's librarian. But the romance was not realistic at all. It felt more of a cozy detective mystery but was a fun read. As others have mentioned. Meg Cabot is a great writer. However, no offense was not what I was expecting.
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I've read and enjoyed several other books by Meg Cabot, but this one didn't hit the mark for me. My main issue was that I just didn't enjoy the characters and found them annoying.
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I think the reason I'm giving this book 3 stars has more to do with my own personal preferences than any real unbiased critiques I have for the author.  The librarian character just doesn't ring quite true to what I've experienced.
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Even though Miss Molly, the children’s librarian, makes a number of professional faux pas in this story, I enjoyed how she used her research skills to try to help solve the many crimes Sheriff John Hartwell was investigating. There developing romance was by no means smooth sailing given her involvement in his cases. The setting of Little Bridge Island is just right for a quick feel-good read!
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Little Bridge Island, first introduced during a hurricane in No Judgments, has a new children's librarian--and she has just found a baby (quickly dubbed "Baby Boy Sacks") in the restroom of her rundown library. In the midst of a move to their new location, Molly then stumbles across the baby's mother squatting there! She butts heads with the local sheriff over whether or not the mother has committed a crime--and that's where this book lost me. Though it lacked some substance (as did the first), the major draw-back for me was Molly's combination of naivete and needless self-righteousness. Although I did appreciate how Cabot had clearly taken a more in-depth look at the life of a librarian, Molly unfortunately also carried a great many of the virtue-signaling stereotypes that are becoming more common now, which made her fairly unlikeable and hard to relate to. The story itself was okay, and there is some humor--I enjoyed the sheriff interacting with his daughter while rolling my eyes at the same. However, I won't be continuing with the series.
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Normally, I love Meg Cabot's books - Children, YA, and Adult. . . but I just didn't get that delightful and witty fun that I usually do from her works in "No Offense".  As a librarian, I was offended by Molly's closed-minded approach to, well, everything. She didn't want to get to know the quirks of the community, she didn't want to understand things from John's (or anyone else's) point of view that didn't immediately coincide with her own, and she certainly wasn't interested in listening to her patron's wants. . . only her own ideas of what they "should" be reading or wanting to read.  When it came time for John's Mr. Darcy-esque apology, I completely believed in his contrite admission that he was in the wrong and was willing to work hard to correct his issues. Molly never delivered on the change of heart that she so desperately needed. Even her "apology" had blame shifting and excuses.  Meg Cabot's writing flows well, and the descriptions are lovely - but it couldn't overcome the issues I had with the main character. I wanted to like Molly, I really did. But I just couldn't, and that made me sad. Rom-Coms shouldn't leave you feeling sad.  

* I received an eARC from NetGalley. This review is voluntary. *
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A sweet, cozy story about life in a small town. I can easily see this morphing into a series. The earnest librarian and the hunky sheriff is always a fun read. I enjoyed it and I know my patrons will too!
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Cabot created a great flirty read about the new librarian and a local sheriff. With a great balance of spicy and sweet, the characters find that their absolutely opinions about the world aren't always correct and sometimes, you've got to find middle ground to make things work. 

This is book 2 of 3 in the Little Bridge Island series and is a fun, flirty romance. 

I received an advanced reader copy for an honest review.
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Yawn. Like a Hallmark movie come to life. Fluffy and cozy but predictable and dull. Definitely think a certain older lady book club population would love this book (series). But wasn't my jam.
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It starts off slow and kind of dense, but once the action begins, it's hard to resist the story as it drives forward. It reads as a true epic, one that makes you feel the world really has been reshaped as you read it. Would recommend.
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Meg Cabot is one of my very favorite authors. I have been a devoted fan ever since The Princess Diaries with Mia Thermopolis. Cabot has written pretty prolifically since then. She has a whole line of princess themed juvenile fiction books and has branched out into every age group. Her adult fiction romantic comedies are pretty dependable for an easy, fun read. 

No Offense tells the story of a newbie local librarian, Molly, trying to find her place on Little Bridge Island. (Little Bridge Island is the setting of one other book by Cabot, No Judgments. A third installment is due out September 2021.) Molly has her dream job as the Children's Librarian and doesn't anticipate anything more difficult than winning over a surly teen who hangs out way too much at the library. Unfortunately, everything is thrown into disarray when Molly finds an abandoned newborn in the library restroom. She and the local sheriff John are forced to work together to figure out who abandoned the baby and why. Initially they don't get along but it turns out they complement one another quite well. It's a cute, quick read.
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I found the beginning of this book quite slow and difficult to get through and I couldn't read any further. The plot with the entire intrigue about the baby just seemed contrived and a little boring. I wouldn't recommend this book. 

I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher for an honest review*
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I cannot stop laughing! I absolutely loved reading about a job, MY JOB, that hardly ever gets written about: a children's librarian. Cabot perfectly wrote about the ins and outs of a library and what we deal with in the children's section. Growing up loving Princess Diaries, it was fun to turn to her adult books, now that I'm an adult, and find that they're still something that I love.
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