Reviews: (Little Bridge Island Series) – Bridal Boot Camp (#0.5) & No Judgments (#1)

Published May 28th 2019

Author: Meg Cabot

Looking for a tropical escape?

Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest—and most beautiful—islands in the Florida Keys, home to sandy white beaches, salt-rimmed margaritas, stunning sunsets, and some of the quirkiest—but also kindest and most resourceful—people you’ll ever meet.

Physical trainer Roberta “Rob” James moved to Little Bridge hoping she’d found paradise, but things haven’t turned out quite as she’d hoped. The closest Rob has come to her “happily ever after” is happy hour at the Mermaid Café with her buddy Bree, the bartender slash waitress who’s got romance problems of her own.

But Rob’s situation suddenly changes when sheriff’s deputy Ryan Martinez accidentally enrolls in her bridal boot camp class. Turning mush into metal in time for the big day is Rob’s passion (because even the happiest bride could use a little toning).

But what happens when a guy who’s all mush meets a girl who’s all metal?

They discover they have a lot to learn . . . about each other, themselves, and the island paradise they’ve come to call home.

Bridal Boot Camp is the teaser novella introduction to the Little Bridge Island series. Unlike some other prequel novellas which give the HEA and a semi-wrap-up for the story, this one gives a HFN and a more abrupt ending. The two characters in this story are side characters in the first novel, No Judgments, so readers would need to read the next story to find out more about the main couple in this one. I am not sure how in depth this pair is mentioned in the sequel yet, as I only know that they are included, and I will read/review the sequel next. Roberta is a fitness trainer who meets Sheriff deputy officer Ryan, who needs to take yoga as a requirement for his job. The reason for Ryan’s need for class is revealed, although it needed A LOT more exploration for me to actually connect with it as a reader. The same can be said about their relationship as there is lust on the page, but not much more to make me root for them as a couple. While the idea of a Bridal Boot Camp sounds intriguing, I am not sure this teaser novella was necessary as it did not make me want to immediately rush into the next story. It’s a fun super short read for readers, like me, that like to try the full series, but it is not necessary for those that prefer to stick with the full-length stories.

Published September 24th 2019

Author: Meg Cabot

Narrator: Piper Goodeve

Audiobook Length: 9 hours 14 minutes

The storm of the century is about to hit Little Bridge Island, Florida—and it’s sending waves crashing through Sabrina “Bree” Beckham’s love life…

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.

No Judgments is the first full-length novel in the Little Bridge Island series. The story centers around a Category 5 hurricane that has been announced to soon hit Little Bridge Island off the coast of Florida. Newcomer from New York, 26-years-old, Sabrina “Bree” Beckham is one of the residents that have decided to ride out the storm on the island.  The reader is introduced to Bree’s story with some mysteries about her past as she has a rocky relationship with her mother and her ex, Cal, and his best friend, Kyle. These mysteries are revealed in more detail as the story moves forward, which was interesting to me as a reader since I had ideas about each, but I did not get them confirmed until later.

When it comes to Bree and the hurricane, she was very stubborn and naïve on multiple occasions. For me, I wish this was explored in more depth as she would have seen hurricane events on the news, even if she’s never been in one before to at least not go into this one blind. Some of her decisions felt more like stereotypical teenage stubbornness just to provide conflict between her and the love interest, island resident and the nephew of Bree’s boss, Drew Hartwell. The romance between the two characters is a slow burn as they interact throughout the hurricane events (before, during, and after). The attraction between them is apparent and given Bree’s past, she is cautious before jumping into a relationship. Everything between them was sweet, but it needed a bit more development for me. I enjoyed the bit about Bree and Drew helping the animals on the island, but I needed more from this story as a whole to fully connect to it. The novel was fun and I will definitely give the next one in the series a try.

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