NO OFFENCE

NO OFFENCE                                    MEG CABOT

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.

MY REVIEW:

Meg takes a likable little island community that is a paradise not far from Miami and turns it into a mystery of mayhem and comedy. This is not a serious romance and you know it is coming.  What keeps you turning are the cast of characters and the unfolding of the bumbling librarian sleuth that keeps creating vexing days for the sheriff.

Molly Montgomery is our fairly young children’s specialist librarian. You could say she is trying to be a modern-day Nancy Drew but ends up being more like Aunt Clara from Bewitched. You see she wants to believe that everyone that comes into the library means no harm and she owes them her total loyalty and trust.

Which in theory is great but when she finds a newborn in the girl's restroom, and sheriff John Hartwell mentions when mom is found he will have to question her she’s not happy.  She says people come to the library for solace. The sheriff tried to explain that the library is not one of the safe drops off centers.  The hospital, sheriff’s office, and fire stations are.  Nope, she was not happy.

Her opinion of the sheriff starts to change when she meets the sheriff’s daughter, Katie.  She finds out he is a single father and he is going to be dancing with her for the mother-daughter dance since her dad and mom are divorced.  She looked so happy and he looked so embarrassed. Which totally endeared him to her. She saw their bond and it was close.

At times they find themselves working with and off one anther’s ideas.  Yes, you may know they are going to have a HEA but it’s the way the crazy frustrating couple is to one another as a couple to get there.

I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

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