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Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys. Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there. Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival. Even though ar Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys. Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there. Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival. Even though arrogant Will is the last person Jo wants to see, she could really use the festival’s more-than-generous speaking fee. She’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block on the next instalment of her bestselling children’s series, and her father needs financial help as well. Then Jo hears that Will is off-island on the set of the film of his next book. Hallelujah! But when she arrives on Little Bridge, Jo is in for a shock: Will is not only at the book festival, but seems genuinely sorry for his past actions—and more than willing not only to make amends but prove to Jo that he’s a changed man. Things seem to be looking up—until disaster strikes, causing Jo to wonder: Do any of us ever really know anyone?


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Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys. Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there. Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival. Even though ar Welcome to Little Bridge, one of the smallest, most beautiful islands in the Florida Keys. Jo Wright always swore she’d never step foot on Little Bridge Island—not as long as her nemesis, bestselling author Will Price, is living there. Then Jo’s given an offer she can’t refuse: an all-expense-paid trip to speak and sign at the island’s first-ever book festival. Even though arrogant Will is the last person Jo wants to see, she could really use the festival’s more-than-generous speaking fee. She’s suffering from a crippling case of writer’s block on the next instalment of her bestselling children’s series, and her father needs financial help as well. Then Jo hears that Will is off-island on the set of the film of his next book. Hallelujah! But when she arrives on Little Bridge, Jo is in for a shock: Will is not only at the book festival, but seems genuinely sorry for his past actions—and more than willing not only to make amends but prove to Jo that he’s a changed man. Things seem to be looking up—until disaster strikes, causing Jo to wonder: Do any of us ever really know anyone?

30 review for No Words

  1. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    On my blog. Rep: Chinese American sapphic side character, Black side character, dyslexic side character CWs: implied sexual harassment Galley provided by publisher Never having read an adult book by Meg Cabot, I went into No Words with basically no expectations. I was hoping for something I enjoyed, not least because I was on a string of 2-star reads in the lead-up. And, in that sense, it very much delivered. The story follows two authors, Jo and Will (although you don’t get Will’s POV, which, in On my blog. Rep: Chinese American sapphic side character, Black side character, dyslexic side character CWs: implied sexual harassment Galley provided by publisher Never having read an adult book by Meg Cabot, I went into No Words with basically no expectations. I was hoping for something I enjoyed, not least because I was on a string of 2-star reads in the lead-up. And, in that sense, it very much delivered. The story follows two authors, Jo and Will (although you don’t get Will’s POV, which, in the scheme of things, worked given the plot. As much as I still wanted it). A year previous to the events of the plot, Will was rude about Jo’s work in the New York Times for all to see, a fact which still infuriates Jo in the present day. When Jo’s invited to a book festival, on the island where she knows Will lives, she’s reluctant to go, but for the ten grand offered for her, and the promise from her agent that Will won’t be there. Only. He is, and she finds herself face to face with the man she hates (but also, of course, is attracted to). It might be a bold claim, but I think that, if you’re a fan of Emily Henry’s Beach Read, you’ll also enjoy this one. Think that kind of initial irritable tension between the leads, literary fiction versus something looked down on, a slowburn romance predicated on characters learning more about one another. There’s less heavy content on the side than in Beach Read, but I found it gave me the same warmth you get when you finish a really good romance (and the desire to straightaway reread). I think what I enjoyed best about this novel was the cast of characters. Each of them, even the side characters, was distinctive and felt like they jumped off the page. They’re the kind of side characters that I’d want to read books of their own. I only read the third book in this series, but I think I’ll probably be going back to read the first two in time. It’s definitely a world and a set of characters that I’ll be wanting to revisit. All of this was great, but the cherry on the cake for me was the lack of a third act break up based on a needless and/or stupid misunderstanding. I am not entirely opposed to the idea, but only if it makes sense with regards to previously established characterisation. Here, I’m not sure it would have, but I needn’t have worried, because there was nothing like that. So, overall, if you’re looking for a romance with a summery feel, to read as the nights start to darken, then this book is for you.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    When Miss Cabot dedicates No Words to all the book lovers all over the world, I am sold. And true to her dedication, she did fulfill her promise. No Words is very good. I am very much entertained with the enemy to lover romance. Jo and Will had a misunderstanding at the beginning of their relationship and then it blossomed into so much more than hate. I do love the characters and the story developed. I especially like that Miss Cabot puts a clarification to genre and category. See I did not know When Miss Cabot dedicates No Words to all the book lovers all over the world, I am sold. And true to her dedication, she did fulfill her promise. No Words is very good. I am very much entertained with the enemy to lover romance. Jo and Will had a misunderstanding at the beginning of their relationship and then it blossomed into so much more than hate. I do love the characters and the story developed. I especially like that Miss Cabot puts a clarification to genre and category. See I did not know that children book is category. Now I am educated on genre and category in publishing world. To all the book lovers out there, the aspiring authors who is struggle to put their story, please read this book. It is a very good book. Refreshing. 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elle G.

    This is a cute enemies-to-lovers romcom about two authors who have a past with one another (and not a very good one considering what happened either). I loved the scenery of Little Bridge Island, and I enjoyed that the characters were authors but I found the story to be a little awkward. The heroine, Jo Wright is childish and uses weird cat phrases throughout the book. I mean I get it, she writes a story about a cat for tweens but using those phrases within the story made her seem a lot younger This is a cute enemies-to-lovers romcom about two authors who have a past with one another (and not a very good one considering what happened either). I loved the scenery of Little Bridge Island, and I enjoyed that the characters were authors but I found the story to be a little awkward. The heroine, Jo Wright is childish and uses weird cat phrases throughout the book. I mean I get it, she writes a story about a cat for tweens but using those phrases within the story made her seem a lot younger than she was. This really took away from the story for me. If you're looking for a breezy and light beach read then this one might be your cup of tea. It's not memorable to me but it passed the time and made me laugh a little.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lacey

    based on the synopsis, this book sounds like Beach Read fanfic, which is actually super meta (meta meta?) when I think about it: it's a novel, written by an author, about authors trying (and perhaps failing?) to overcome writer's block while on holiday, whose plot--which happens to casually plagiarize another author's novel about novelists trying to overcome writer's block while on holiday--was appropriated by its writer (re-writer?), dare I say, because she herself failed to overcome writer's b based on the synopsis, this book sounds like Beach Read fanfic, which is actually super meta (meta meta?) when I think about it: it's a novel, written by an author, about authors trying (and perhaps failing?) to overcome writer's block while on holiday, whose plot--which happens to casually plagiarize another author's novel about novelists trying to overcome writer's block while on holiday--was appropriated by its writer (re-writer?), dare I say, because she herself failed to overcome writer's block, even after an extended holiday? many deep thots coming your way this evening. don't @ me that said, it really goes to show how much I love the original that I'm willing to give this poor man's Beach Read a shot, even after its author has disappointed me on two (2) prior occasions. that's really quite the impressive track record considering I've only ever read two of her books before--making her two for two, for those counting at home. when it comes to leaving me disappointed, she hasn't disappointed me yet, and that's nothing to sneeze at, folks.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    I didn't realize that this was the third book in a series when I picked it up, but I was able to sink into it pretty seamlessly and so I think it stands pretty solidly on its own. If you're looking for a light, frothy romcom filled with quirky characters and some zany hijinks - No Words will fit the bill. This was such a fun story! It's a little more Women's Fiction than I am typically interested in these days (my romance loving heart is greedy). The romance in this one is slow to fire up, but ve I didn't realize that this was the third book in a series when I picked it up, but I was able to sink into it pretty seamlessly and so I think it stands pretty solidly on its own. If you're looking for a light, frothy romcom filled with quirky characters and some zany hijinks - No Words will fit the bill. This was such a fun story! It's a little more Women's Fiction than I am typically interested in these days (my romance loving heart is greedy). The romance in this one is slow to fire up, but very sweet nonetheless. I loved Will's adorable awkwardness and Jo's slow realization of his feelings for her. I would have liked a deeper dive into that I think, and less time with the antics of the other authors, but overall - it was still a very cute, sweet, satisfying read. ~ Shelly, 3 Stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    2.5 I'm disappointed because I enjoyed the first two a lot. However, how am I supposed too believe two authors who never met each other but only read each other's books and made a bad comment to the other persons work fall in love? The romance also came fast but managed to fall short. The plot is bland as well. 2.5 I'm disappointed because I enjoyed the first two a lot. However, how am I supposed too believe two authors who never met each other but only read each other's books and made a bad comment to the other persons work fall in love? The romance also came fast but managed to fall short. The plot is bland as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    smalltownbookmom

    I'm not sure what it is about this series that I just find 'okay' but not great. On paper these books tick a lot of my favorite boxes: charming small town setting, bookish characters, a tropical Florida Keys locale but overall I find they're a little too cheesey and not substantial enough to warrant anything more than 3 stars. This book features two writers thrown together during a book festival. Jo and Will are at odds because of a harsh comment Will made about Jo's writing but as Jo spends mor I'm not sure what it is about this series that I just find 'okay' but not great. On paper these books tick a lot of my favorite boxes: charming small town setting, bookish characters, a tropical Florida Keys locale but overall I find they're a little too cheesey and not substantial enough to warrant anything more than 3 stars. This book features two writers thrown together during a book festival. Jo and Will are at odds because of a harsh comment Will made about Jo's writing but as Jo spends more time with Will during the festival it becomes very clear that Will likes Jo a lot more than she suspects and is trying to earn her forgiveness. Lots of Pride and Prejudice vibes with this one and SOO many cat puns, but overall I just liked it but didn't love it like I had hoped to. If you're looking for a light, closed door romance this one delivers. It's also great on audio narrated by Piper Goodeve.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amp

    I enjoyed the first book in this series but the last two have been awful. From Nineteen year olds squealing over middle grade kitty cat books, calling it their favorite series, another author unrealistically plagiarizing both an adult romance author and middle grade author (what kind of book was she writing? Adult? YA? I'm so confused), to the absolutely excruciating way a grown woman constantly talks like her middle school age cat protagonist (What in the whiskers?- once or twice wouldn't have I enjoyed the first book in this series but the last two have been awful. From Nineteen year olds squealing over middle grade kitty cat books, calling it their favorite series, another author unrealistically plagiarizing both an adult romance author and middle grade author (what kind of book was she writing? Adult? YA? I'm so confused), to the absolutely excruciating way a grown woman constantly talks like her middle school age cat protagonist (What in the whiskers?- once or twice wouldn't have been that bad but this and other cat-related phrases are said throughout the entire book) there was so much in this I did not like. The thirty year old Jo Wright is incredibly immature. Not only that, she is extremely hypocritical. At one point she says she has a right to know what happened in Will's personal life to cause him to publicly diss her writing. She then makes a statement that enough of her private business has been shared with the group and that her business is private and not for public consumption. But she has the right to know his business? I could not stand Jo and Will was just clueless. He doesn't know what beard burn is? Seriously? And their behavior in front of a bunch of kids and young adults during the conference panel was appalling. The kitty kat book is the most highly anticipated release of the year? Add to that Will Price's (very badly written) excerpts and a poorly constructed romance with no chemistry and this was truly a struggle to finish. I do not think Meg Cabot's adult books are for me. Best line: her friend Bernadette asking Jo, "What are you, twelve?" - Pretty much.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    Cutesy summer romance. I liked the humor added in as well. I think the chemistry between Jo and Will progressed throughout the novel just like the author intended. I think the cat thing was a little too much for my liking, but I'm sure cat lovers will enjoy it. Cutesy summer romance. I liked the humor added in as well. I think the chemistry between Jo and Will progressed throughout the novel just like the author intended. I think the cat thing was a little too much for my liking, but I'm sure cat lovers will enjoy it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sigh. As a long-time (and current!) fan of The Princess Diaries, this book reads to me like a diatribe by Cabot against readers who loved TPD and persist in telling her so, in the past tense and while ignoring her adult novels. I’ll make my position clear: I love – not loveD – TPD, and the reason I keep reading Cabot’s adult novels is in hopes that she’ll produce something equally compelling. So far that has not proved to be the case. This particular instalment in the Florida Keys series involve Sigh. As a long-time (and current!) fan of The Princess Diaries, this book reads to me like a diatribe by Cabot against readers who loved TPD and persist in telling her so, in the past tense and while ignoring her adult novels. I’ll make my position clear: I love – not loveD – TPD, and the reason I keep reading Cabot’s adult novels is in hopes that she’ll produce something equally compelling. So far that has not proved to be the case. This particular instalment in the Florida Keys series involves a writer of children’s books about anthropomorphic cats – confusingly, in a series aimed at children, the cats are teenagers. There’s a whole section of the book in which two writers discuss how ‘children’s books’ are a ‘category’ not a ‘genre’ but I don’t care; for me, Jo Wright writes YA. Her antagonist-cum-love interest is a thinly-disguised Nicholas Sparks analogue, who is English for no particular reason, except to annoy me in terms of why a posh Englishman ends up in small-town Florida. It would not have felt so egregious if Will Price was from, say, Ohio. On top of complaining about child-aged fans of her work ageing out of the genre (sorry, category), Jo also makes enough money to write full-time and casually refer to making millions and accept a ten thousand dollar bursary like that’s a normal amount of money to be paid for eight hours’ work and a free holiday. Three of the writers at this first-time conference, which despite it being tiny and out-of-the-way features literary fiction, children’s fiction, horror, poetry, and fantasy in its line-up, are multi-million-selling authors. This is about as realistic as the idea that the representative of the local police force upholds a motto of ‘helping people’. (A policeman. In America. Sure, Jan. It’s not as wild as the previous book where the sheriff was the love interest, but it’s still pretty wild.) The set-up – Will disparaging Jo’s work to the New York Times – was good. I wanted to level an ‘unrealistic’ accusation at the concept of the NYT covering such a small-time event, but this is two weeks after ‘Bad Art Friend’, so I can’t. However, it’s resolved way too easily and quickly. I would have much preferred to see that Will actually thought YA (sorry. Children’s category fiction) was trash and then learned better. Alas. Instead, we get two authors trending on Twitter in the ‘couples’ category. As far as I’m aware, the only reason authors trend on Twitters is when they’re being cancelled. There’s also a whole and fascinating subplot about plagarism that is never properly addressed. This, not vagueblogging about Garrett’s sort-of not-quite sexual abuser tendencies, should have been the real antagonist of the story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    No Words is a witty and fun rom-com with a great cast of characters, a book festival setting, and a chemistry-laden enemies-to-lovers romance. The story takes place at the first annual book festival on Little Bridge Island, a small island in the Florida Keys, which is the setting of the first two books in the series as well. I love the summer vibes and could easily imagine this vibrant island bursting with excitement over their first-ever book festival. Jo Wright is a bestselling children’s autho No Words is a witty and fun rom-com with a great cast of characters, a book festival setting, and a chemistry-laden enemies-to-lovers romance. The story takes place at the first annual book festival on Little Bridge Island, a small island in the Florida Keys, which is the setting of the first two books in the series as well. I love the summer vibes and could easily imagine this vibrant island bursting with excitement over their first-ever book festival. Jo Wright is a bestselling children’s author who is invited to speak at the festival. Though she is not eager to attend a book event in the town where her literary nemesis lives, Jo can’t resist the generous stipend offered. Though Jo is assured that Will Price won’t be there, she quickly learns that not only is Will attending, he is very involved in his town’s first annual book festival. I love Jo! She is a well-layered character, and I like how she grows throughout the story. Kind, sensitive, opinionated, and funny, she has a fantastic and relatable personality, and her constant cat jokes and references are purr-fect! As Jo gets to know Will, he shows her how sorry he is for poor actions in the past. Will is another great character and a bit misunderstood. I like that the other authors, and eventually Jo, give Will a chance to redeem himself. These secondary characters are charming and funny and such a wonderful addition to the story. I love Jo’s author friends and how supportive they are of each other. Will’s sister and some of the younger attendees of the book festival are also great. They bring an enthusiasm to the story and show how much of an impact books can have in the lives of their readers. I can easily imagine being one of the attendees fangirling over my favorite author much like several characters in this book do, and I would have loved to be in the audience when Jo and Will were on stage together. It was explosive! Jo and Will have the best enemies-to-lovers romance filled with awkward moments and excellent banter. Will tries so hard to prove himself to Jo and to show her he’s not the man she thinks he is. As they get to know each other, they realize that they have more in common than they thought, and I think they both learn that sometimes it’s better not to jump to conclusions and make assumptions. Whether they are arguing or flirting, Jo and Will have so much chemistry, and it’s clear that there are very strong feelings between them. Will is so awkward with Jo, which I thought was adorable. He is a bestselling author, gifted in storytelling, yet, he stumbles to find the right things to say when he is with Jo. It makes for some interesting and humorous conversations. I really enjoyed this read. It is cute and charming, and the characters are wonderful. If you’re looking for a light and fun rom-com, No Words is the book for you. Also, though this is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. Thanks so much to Meg Cabot, NetGalley, and William Morrow Paperbacks for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    A huge thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow books for this ARC No Words.  No Words is the 3rd installment of Cabot's Little Bridge series and everytime I read about this small town in the Florida Keys, I'm ready to sell my house and move south.  Also, I really hate snow. No Words centers around the 1st Annual Little Bridge Island Annual Book Festival run by Molly Hartwell from Book 2 in the series.  I loved the nod to writers and books and we got a few events around the library, it was nice A huge thank you to Netgalley and William Morrow books for this ARC No Words.  No Words is the 3rd installment of Cabot's Little Bridge series and everytime I read about this small town in the Florida Keys, I'm ready to sell my house and move south.  Also, I really hate snow. No Words centers around the 1st Annual Little Bridge Island Annual Book Festival run by Molly Hartwell from Book 2 in the series.  I loved the nod to writers and books and we got a few events around the library, it was nice to see books 2 and 3 weave together.  Jo Wright, author of a beloved children's series about Kitty Katz is not too excited to be heading to this festival given her fellow writer, Will Price lives there.  After a snub a year before, Jo has written off Will and doesn't need to be stuck on a small island together. The one thing I liked about this book was the cast of characters that complimented the book festival.  Each writer had their own genre and seeing the sort of "author community" was a fun glimpse into that life.  I liked that each author had a bit of a backstory, without overpowering the main story between Jo and Will.  Saul and Frannie were a favorite for me!  Cabot did a great job combining the back stories of Jo and Will while still focusing on the weekend event.  I love when an author can find that balance in a book while keeping things moving. 

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    No Words was my favorite of the LBI series. I loved the plot so much. Book festivals! Writer drama! A magician?! Back on Little Bridge Island, this time for an adorable book festival! Molly (children's librarian from No Offense) is throwing the inaugural Little Bridge Island Book Festival, and famed children's book writer Jo Wright is invited. Her agent is adamant that Will Prince will definitely not be there. Because why would she want to be at the same event of someone who completely demeaned No Words was my favorite of the LBI series. I loved the plot so much. Book festivals! Writer drama! A magician?! Back on Little Bridge Island, this time for an adorable book festival! Molly (children's librarian from No Offense) is throwing the inaugural Little Bridge Island Book Festival, and famed children's book writer Jo Wright is invited. Her agent is adamant that Will Prince will definitely not be there. Because why would she want to be at the same event of someone who completely demeaned her work (and all children's writers/illustrators) to the New York Times!? Well, guess who's there and guess who's actually fully funding the event? You got it! Will Prince! It seems like he wants to make amends with Jo, but she's hesitant to just accept the apology and move on. SO, this is a classic Meg Cabot book with a very minimal amount of drama, angst, and conflict. Just enough to be interesting of course. This one was more satisfying then the others in this series. I really loved Jo and Will. Jo was a strong role that I missed from other LBI novels. It was a fast read for me, and recommend to any Meg Cabot/Chick Lit fans!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    On first reading the back blurb I was hooked, I do love a contemporary chick-lit and this sounded right up my street, but it did disappoint as I neither found it to be hugely romantic or immensely funny as I thought it would be. The romance was a real slow burner, it's fun when the couple gets it right and all falls into place but I found the run-up to happily ever after a bit of a slog, which is a shame because I did really like it the characters and I was rooting for them. I can't put my finger On first reading the back blurb I was hooked, I do love a contemporary chick-lit and this sounded right up my street, but it did disappoint as I neither found it to be hugely romantic or immensely funny as I thought it would be. The romance was a real slow burner, it's fun when the couple gets it right and all falls into place but I found the run-up to happily ever after a bit of a slog, which is a shame because I did really like it the characters and I was rooting for them. I can't put my finger on it, but something felt a little off with this for me, whilst reading I felt as though I had read it or something similar before as it did feel very samey to something else - maybe that's just me! I've not read any of the authors work before, despite not loving No Words as much as I thought I would, I will read more from this author in the future as you can't really say no never again after the first book can you. I did get pretty annoyed by the amount of sarcasm that tends to thread through the book, I know it was supposed to be portrayed as classic wit but I saw it more as the book being a bit sarcastic which is something I can take in the proper setting but not when it's pushed into your face as much as it was here. At times the author got the humour bang on, and in those brief moments I did laugh along, I think I just didn't get the humour the author was trying so hard to put across to the reader. Despite my overall reservations regarding No Words, I did enjoy it, for a quick summer read which doesn't take itself too seriously and does have lots of laughs, this is a good book to while away a few hours. I can't say it's one of those where you pick it up and never want to put it down again, this is a book where you can dip in and out at leisure and not miss anything. Overall, No Words didn't have the wow factor but it is a sweet and comfortable read, it's a book that tries so hard to be something it isn't, but on the other hand, if you don't take it seriously it's a fun way to spend a few hours.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nach

    i DNFed this and then picked it back up because i’m so nosy. i kinda wish i never returned to it. this had the basis of a good book. a book festival where a bunch of authors get together, an enemies-to-lovers trope and forced close proximity, but it was just a terrible reading experience. the main character writes children’s books for a living, and while that’s completely fine, she constantly quotes childish lines from her works, and i found it super annoying. she’s also pretty immature for a 30 i DNFed this and then picked it back up because i’m so nosy. i kinda wish i never returned to it. this had the basis of a good book. a book festival where a bunch of authors get together, an enemies-to-lovers trope and forced close proximity, but it was just a terrible reading experience. the main character writes children’s books for a living, and while that’s completely fine, she constantly quotes childish lines from her works, and i found it super annoying. she’s also pretty immature for a 30 smth woman, and her hatred for the other main character was justifiable, but also exaggerated, especially when it was obvious she was obsessed with him. he was barely prominent in the story, only ever referred to passing, until a good portion of the book had passed, and even then he’s not given much of a solid background, so i just never cared about him at all to say what i thought of him. the romance was lacking, if present at all, and the writing seemed cluttered. too much description that i skimmed a lot of pages, and no real depth to the characters that made me not care about them at all. 1 star feels extremely generous because i actually struggled to finish this and kept putting it down, and wanted to give up on it several times. a lot of people seem to like it, so definitely pick it up and form your own opinion of it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Olson

    Compared to the first two books in the Little Bridge Island series, this one lacks the coziness and warmth. While still an interesting story of two "rival" authors, it felt mismatched for me. Compared to the first two books in the Little Bridge Island series, this one lacks the coziness and warmth. While still an interesting story of two "rival" authors, it felt mismatched for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gwendolyn

    Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I had a huge grin on my face when I started this book. I mean, a book about writers with a rom com twist?! Yes, please! It really started off string, but the euphoria faded after a few chapters. Jo Wright is a 30 something novelist, famous for her hit series about Kitty Katz (a teenage cat). She’s a YA author who has writer’s block when it comes to book #27 of her series. However, she’s been prolific with more serious adult books Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I had a huge grin on my face when I started this book. I mean, a book about writers with a rom com twist?! Yes, please! It really started off string, but the euphoria faded after a few chapters. Jo Wright is a 30 something novelist, famous for her hit series about Kitty Katz (a teenage cat). She’s a YA author who has writer’s block when it comes to book #27 of her series. However, she’s been prolific with more serious adult books that her publishers won’t even consider. Meanwhile, she has been holding a serious grudge against fellow author, the famous Will Price (he’s super hot and you can see where this is going). Will is not the jerk he appears to be and wants to prove this to Jo via an elaborate book festival he hosts. Things first derailed when I realized that Jo’s inner dialogue speaks like the teenaged cat character from her hit series. As in, Jo says, “Oh, whiskers!”, “oh, kittens,” and it was “purr-fect”. I couldn’t take it. It was so grating, unnecessary and cheesy and it just.wouldn’t.stop. That alone killed the book for me. As if that wasn’t enough, her annoying grudge against Will that she couldn’t stop talking about, the unrealistic scenarios and lack of depth and chemistry between the main characters and the weak storyline just made this a surreal and eye-rolling experience. It goes without saying saying that this book was far from “purr-fect”.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    The last Meg Cabot book I think I read was All-American Girl when I was in middle or high school (a book that remains a favorite, actually). I'm fairly certain this is the first Meg Cabot book I picked up as an adult, as I did not even know she wrote adult fiction/romance until I saw this one. Which also relates to the fact that I had NO idea this was book three in a series when I picked it up. However, this book does not feel like a series installment, and I would have never known it was book t The last Meg Cabot book I think I read was All-American Girl when I was in middle or high school (a book that remains a favorite, actually). I'm fairly certain this is the first Meg Cabot book I picked up as an adult, as I did not even know she wrote adult fiction/romance until I saw this one. Which also relates to the fact that I had NO idea this was book three in a series when I picked it up. However, this book does not feel like a series installment, and I would have never known it was book three in a series except I saw a friend's review mentioning it and on Goodreads it calls it "Little Bridge Island #3." So there you go. In this story, children's book author Jo Wright is invited to speak at a book fair on Little Bridge Island (which seems an awful lot like Key West), but is shocked to arrive and see her arch nemesis--Will Price (a thinly veiled Nicholas Sparks, but young, and hot), who she was assured was out of town on a movie shoot--there and heavily involved in the fair activities. Just a year ago, Will insulted her writing and children's books as a category, and Jo doesn't forgive and forget that easily. But when she begins to learn there's more to Will than she thought, and perhaps a heart under his chiseled exterior, sparks begin to fly. I really enjoyed this one! I love dueling authors as romantic interest--reminds me a bit of Beach Read, another story featuring enemies-to-lovers authors of disparate genres. I think there's a great cast of characters, such as the other authors at the conference, conference attendees, and locals, and the story kept me entertained the whole time. This was a light, easy, breezy read, and generally fun! That's not to say it doesn't cover some more serious topics, and Cabot puts a CW at the beginning of the book, so be sure to check that out. Now I'm wondering if I should go back and read books one and two in the series??? Thanks to William Morrow books for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 stars - 8/10

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    I’m kinda embarrassed to admit this is my first Meg Cabot book. I have her other books on my shelf, but this cover just screamed: read me now! Plus, 𝐍𝐨 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 is about authors and books, and you know I love books about books. Two nemesis novelists, one beautiful tropical beach literary festival, and a handful of misunderstandings make this a light and bubbly read. Although the romance isn’t super steamy, and the plot isn’t deep and thought-provoking, I still enjoyed all the book talk in this one. J I’m kinda embarrassed to admit this is my first Meg Cabot book. I have her other books on my shelf, but this cover just screamed: read me now! Plus, 𝐍𝐨 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐬 is about authors and books, and you know I love books about books. Two nemesis novelists, one beautiful tropical beach literary festival, and a handful of misunderstandings make this a light and bubbly read. Although the romance isn’t super steamy, and the plot isn’t deep and thought-provoking, I still enjoyed all the book talk in this one. Jo Wright is the author of cute kids lit about Kitty Katz (yes, a kitten), and Will writes weepy romances. Currently, Jo is not happy with Will as he slandered her work in the press; in fact, she has writer’s block thanks to him. So why does she find him so dang attractive?! Okay, does this get a little too cutesy, maybe? But it’s funny and charming, and sometimes you just need a break from all the heavy reads. Plus, hearing writers go at each other's genres is very entertaining. Thank you to @williammorrowbooks for this gifted copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Meg Cabot needs to write about 6 books a year to keep me happy. I loved this one. Thank you for the Manitoba shout out several times. Nothing like a fun shout out to good old Manitoba. Proud Canadian over here feeling all the love for this book. A book about book lovers. No surprise at how much I enjoyed it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This was an entertaining book! I rated it 3 stars because it was a bit difficult to connect with the characters as they do not really come off as personable. But what I liked about it was 'The Moment' chapters in between the regular chapter because we got to see how similar Johnny and Will were, and I just loved the writing of 'The Moment.' Also, Jo and Will's banter was so entertaining and fun to read. This was an entertaining book! I rated it 3 stars because it was a bit difficult to connect with the characters as they do not really come off as personable. But what I liked about it was 'The Moment' chapters in between the regular chapter because we got to see how similar Johnny and Will were, and I just loved the writing of 'The Moment.' Also, Jo and Will's banter was so entertaining and fun to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    I liked beginning it was going for Beach Read but never got there not even close. I'm disappointed because it had good premise. I liked beginning it was going for Beach Read but never got there not even close. I'm disappointed because it had good premise.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    This can be read as a standalone and is my favorite of the series. I love reading about books or authors or books and authors. Throw in enemies-to-lovers and I'm a happy reader. Jo is blocked and far past deadline. Without inspiration and with dwindling funds, she agrees to an author signing. The only problem is her archenemy seems to keep popping his head up at every turn. If only Will would take his successful bum back to his book-turned-movie set. I kinda love that Will instantly reminded me of This can be read as a standalone and is my favorite of the series. I love reading about books or authors or books and authors. Throw in enemies-to-lovers and I'm a happy reader. Jo is blocked and far past deadline. Without inspiration and with dwindling funds, she agrees to an author signing. The only problem is her archenemy seems to keep popping his head up at every turn. If only Will would take his successful bum back to his book-turned-movie set. I kinda love that Will instantly reminded me of Nicholas Sparks, an author with no qualms ripping your heart. Jo's disdain was fairly amusing particularly when her writing mojo returns. The narrator, Piper Goodeve, is one I'm familiar with so it was an easy listen. I really appreciated the content warning before the book! Thanks to @harperaudio for the alc. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Megan Clemons {kymamareads}

    No Words by Meg Cabot is the third installment of the Little Bridge Island series. This book takes place off the coast of Florida on Little Bridge Island. Jo Wright is our main protagonist. She is a popular children’s book author who has recently been dealing with writers block. She gets invited to a book festival down in Little Bridge for an offer too good to refuse and too good to be true. Jo gets a huge shock when she finds out her nemesis, Will Price is also at the festival after she had bee No Words by Meg Cabot is the third installment of the Little Bridge Island series. This book takes place off the coast of Florida on Little Bridge Island. Jo Wright is our main protagonist. She is a popular children’s book author who has recently been dealing with writers block. She gets invited to a book festival down in Little Bridge for an offer too good to refuse and too good to be true. Jo gets a huge shock when she finds out her nemesis, Will Price is also at the festival after she had been assured he wouldn’t be. As the festivals goes on, Jo begins to wonder if she shouldn’t be so quick to hold a grudge. No Words was over all an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the enemies to lovers trope and also that our main characters and most of the supporting characters were all authors. However, there were a couple of issues I had with the book that didn’t make it a home run for me. Books 1&2 of the series had some deep issues that they addressed along with complex relationships and issues for those relationships to work through. No Words though often felt like I was reading a middle grades level book (aside from the bit of spice). Keeping this review spoiler free, I just felt like I wanted some more complexity. Overall, I do recommend this book if you are fans of the series! I received an early release of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publishers for allowing me the opportunity!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Holliman

    This is an entertaining romantic comedy with a lot of humor, skillfully written and with delightful characters. The story takes us into the world of writers, literary agents, publishers, and book expos and skewers it with sharp yet gentle wit. Jo Wright, author of a successful children's series featuring an intrepid female cat and her cohorts, and Will Price, a successful writer of angsty fiction, are both on a panel at a book festival held on an idyllic Florida island. Jo is suffering from depr This is an entertaining romantic comedy with a lot of humor, skillfully written and with delightful characters. The story takes us into the world of writers, literary agents, publishers, and book expos and skewers it with sharp yet gentle wit. Jo Wright, author of a successful children's series featuring an intrepid female cat and her cohorts, and Will Price, a successful writer of angsty fiction, are both on a panel at a book festival held on an idyllic Florida island. Jo is suffering from depression and writer's block brought on by Will's interview in the New York Times in which he panned her writing in terms of harsh dismissal. Naturally, Jo and Will are destined to fall in love, and the bumps along the road they take to get there are a lot of fun for the reader. The only quibble I have is that the reasons for Will being so nasty about Jo's work in the first place are never really adequately explained. It's established that he's not good with words and had been going through major difficulties at the time, but as Jo says to her friend, many people go through hard times without being nasty about someone else--especially when it's on record to a NY Times reporter. However, that's a fairly minor objection. The story is amusing, enjoyable, and funny and overall a delight to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Martin

    This was a very fun and entertaining read! In typical enemies to lovers fashion there is great tension between Jo and Will. The writing is spot on with how you can just feel and relate to Will’s slightly awkwardness, and his attraction towards Jo. This is book three in the Little Bridge Series and can be read as a standalone. There are some slight overlapping of characters, but I don’t feel like it completely spoils any of the previous books. This book seriously gave me major summer vibes, though This was a very fun and entertaining read! In typical enemies to lovers fashion there is great tension between Jo and Will. The writing is spot on with how you can just feel and relate to Will’s slightly awkwardness, and his attraction towards Jo. This is book three in the Little Bridge Series and can be read as a standalone. There are some slight overlapping of characters, but I don’t feel like it completely spoils any of the previous books. This book seriously gave me major summer vibes, though it’s set in January. I’m definitely craving a beach or island vacation now!

  27. 5 out of 5

    deema

    DNF @ 41% idgaf if this isnt going to my reading goal I cant continue reading it’s just very very bad. it’s just fucking weird I skimmed most of it. the reason jo hates will is fucking stupid. jo’s victim complex is irritating like bitch why are u crying over the fact that grown adults dont actively enjoy reading your CHILDREN’S book??? I just couldnt feel for her at all. why did I give this 2 stars this shit absolutely sucks. I just changed it to 1

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    *Sigh* Ever want to know what it's like on the other side of a book convention? This fun little summer read has just a taste of it plus such a sweet "frenemies"???? romance. I've read other stories in this series and the setting of the Keys is just so happy and unique. *Sigh* Ever want to know what it's like on the other side of a book convention? This fun little summer read has just a taste of it plus such a sweet "frenemies"???? romance. I've read other stories in this series and the setting of the Keys is just so happy and unique.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arezou

    Meg Cabot has started something of an annual tradition with the early Fall releases of her Little Bridge Island series, interconnected romance novels set on the titular fictional island in the Florida Keys. The latest addition, No Words, is not only a delightful, romantic new chapter in the world of Little Bridge Island, but it is a tribute to authors, books, and the readers that love them. Jo Wright is the author of the popular, long-running middle grade series Kitty Katz. She is invited to spea Meg Cabot has started something of an annual tradition with the early Fall releases of her Little Bridge Island series, interconnected romance novels set on the titular fictional island in the Florida Keys. The latest addition, No Words, is not only a delightful, romantic new chapter in the world of Little Bridge Island, but it is a tribute to authors, books, and the readers that love them. Jo Wright is the author of the popular, long-running middle grade series Kitty Katz. She is invited to speak at Little Bridge Island’s first ever book festival, and she agrees on the condition that her professional nemesis, Will Price, who lives on the island and writes sentimental novels featuring doomed romance, won’t be in attendance. Despite assurances to the contrary, Will is, in fact, at the festival. He’s actually the one paying for most of it. The setup is ostensibly rivals-to-lovers romance, the tension between Jo and Will stemming from an insult he levied at her work a few years earlier. The romantic parts of the book focus not only on the truth behind his comments slowly coming to light, but on the challenges faced by two people saddled with a lifetime of baggage that is getting harder and harder to carry. Jo and Will have great chemistry. So much so that the “hate” part of their relationship soon evolves to something much more complex. After all, how can you harbour a grudge against someone who genuinely means well and is doing their best? By her own admission, part of what inspired Meg Cabot to write No Words was her missing book festivals during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it really shows. The book is populated with quirky side characters writing tropes and series that any book lover draw parallels to. They make up a lively background at the various - and very detailed - book festival events that Jo and Will attend. It’s clear Cabot is speaking from experience as she details the highs and lows of attending a book festival as an author, from the packed schedules, to the schmoozing, to the community and dynamics that springs up among a group of colleagues that only occasionally see one another in a very charged environment. This doesn’t feel like the other two books in the Little Bridge Island series, which are romance novels played straight. Instead, No Words feels like a love story on two fronts: the very obvious love that Cabot has for her job, despite the challenges, and the romance between Jo and Will, which might not take absolute centre stage the way couples in her other romance novels do, but I don’t believe that’s necessarily a bad thing. To echo a sentiment expressed by some of the young women in the book: I am obsessed with Meg Cabot’s books. Exactly 20 years ago, give or take a couple of weeks, I picked up my first one. It was, predictably, the first Princess Diaries book, which my mother got for me since we had just seen the movie in theatres. Since then I have read almost every single one of her books (the Ally Carter series somehow passed me by). I grew up pining for Michael Moscowitz, and Jesse de Silva, and as an adult wonder where I might find a Reed Stewart or a Cooper Cartwright. Meg Cabot has been a near constant presence in my life for almost as long as I can remember, and as her readers grew up, so did her stories. The Princess Diaries and Mediator series followed us into adulthood. In all that time, the common denominator in all her stories - whether they’re about princesses, movie stars undercover at a high school, reincarnated Arthurian figures, or just adults trying their best in the real world - has been the romantic component. Meg Cabot just loves love. Which is why it doesn’t bother me that the romance doesn’t occupy the entirety of the plot of No Words. Romance is the backbone of her entire bibliography. With No Words she gives us not only the achingly sweet love story we’ve come to expect, but also a look at people who genuinely love what they do for a living, a sense of everything social that many of us have missed over the last two years, and all set against an idyllic Florida Keys backdrop. Summer might be well and truly over, but No Words keeps the romantic beach-read vibe going just a little longer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    What I knew about this book going in: enemies to lovers, about two authors and set in the Florida Keys. What I expected: something along the lines of Beach Read. What I got: Disappointment. Let me quickly summarize this book for you: Jo and Will are both best-selling authors. Jo is a 32 year-old New Yorker who writes children books about a teenage cat who has exciting adventures while babysitting kittens. Will is British, kind of reclusive, and writes Nicholas Sparks kind of books. Jo and Will meet What I knew about this book going in: enemies to lovers, about two authors and set in the Florida Keys. What I expected: something along the lines of Beach Read. What I got: Disappointment. Let me quickly summarize this book for you: Jo and Will are both best-selling authors. Jo is a 32 year-old New Yorker who writes children books about a teenage cat who has exciting adventures while babysitting kittens. Will is British, kind of reclusive, and writes Nicholas Sparks kind of books. Jo and Will meet at Novel Con and seem to get along quite well. Will then says some not very nice things about Jo's work to the New York Times. A year or year and a half after that, Jo is invited to a book festival in Little Bridge Island. She doesn't want to go because that's where Will lives but they offer to pay her 10k and her agent promises Will won't be there. Of course, Will ends up being there and he seems to be very sorry about the whole New York Times situation. They spend some time together and you know how it goes. What I liked: The whole group-of-authors-at-a-book-festival vibes was cool and something that I hadn't read about before. I liked how they all fit together, as different as they all were. What I didn't like: The romance (which was kind of the point). I didn't connect with any of the characters and I just didn't really care. I didn't feel any attraction or angst or anything between Jo and Will and didn't really see the enemies part of the enemies to lovers, to be completely honest. I get it, he said some stuff about her work to the New York Times, but then it never occurred to him to apologize? They never talked again? At the Little Bridge he's really sorry and wants to make it up to her, so there's no real enemies here, it's rather more of a misunderstanding. Also, they just met each other that one day at Novel Con and then the festival at Little Bridge is 3 days, so it was kind of insta-lovey too, which I'm not a fan of. Overall, it was a cute, quick read but forgettable. 2.5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Little Brown Book Group UK for an e-ARC in exchange of an honest and voluntary review.

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