No Offense by Meg Cabot

No Offense

No Offense by Meg Cabot

Romantic Comedy, Small Town Romance


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.


A broken engagement only gaveMolly 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. 

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No Offense reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie, light and entertaining, but not a whole lot there.  It takes place in a small town and the romance is between the new town librarian and the sheriff. 

Let me first say I love Hallmark movies, I find them quaint and entertaining. My problem with this book was not the overall plot.   Though admittedly it could have been a little better, but rather that I didn’t get the romance.  This is the second book in a series, and I hadn’t read the first one.  Though this can be read as a standalone, I have to admit I do feel like I was maybe missing out on a few things not having read the first book.

But back to the romance, John and Molly had no spark.  By the end of the book, I still wasn’t quite sure what they saw in each other.  Their romance felt quick and forced and I wish that had been more of a focus of the book, than the other parts of the story. 

No Offense is a perfectly fine romantic comedy, but I really wanted more of the romance part.

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