Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island, #0.5)
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot comes the first story in her Little Bridge Island series—which also includes an excerpt from her forthcoming new full-length novel No Judgments!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 (Little Bridge Island, #0.5) Details

TitleBridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island, #0.5)
Author
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherAvon Impulse
ISBN-139780062933201
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Novella, Adult

Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island, #0.5) Review

  • Nenia ☠️ Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Protector of Out of Print Gems, Mother of Smut, and Actual Garbage Can ☠️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Cabot gets my trash heart a-thumping every time
  • chan ☆
    January 1, 1970
    2 stars from a generous queeni dunno, a novella about 2 characters no one knows or cares about is risky and it didn't really pay off in this case. i mean there was nothing offensive or awful about this novella but like... 90-something pages does not make me invested in a relationship and there wasn't enough sex to make this just a fun smutty read...i wouldn't recommend this
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  • Jasprit
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Cabot has been my go to author for as long as I can remember, The princess Diaries first started my obsession with her books and since then it hasn’t stopped. I live and breathe for her new releases, as I always know they never disappoint. So, I was thrilled to get my hands on Bridal Boot Camp, to be honest I didn’t even realise that it was a novella, until I got to the cover on my Kindle and saw it on there. So, you could say I was sort of disappointed when I ended up devouring the entire b Meg Cabot has been my go to author for as long as I can remember, The princess Diaries first started my obsession with her books and since then it hasn’t stopped. I live and breathe for her new releases, as I always know they never disappoint. So, I was thrilled to get my hands on Bridal Boot Camp, to be honest I didn’t even realise that it was a novella, until I got to the cover on my Kindle and saw it on there. So, you could say I was sort of disappointed when I ended up devouring the entire book in one sitting on my way into work because it was so short! But once again Cabot delivers such a cute little book, that I was sitting there with a big goofy grin on my face and my real-life worries meant nothing to me right then. I adored the bridal boot camp class setting and the immediate tension when Ryan joined as a newbie, I also liked the misunderstandings along the way, they definitely had me convinced at times that certain things were going on. My only complaint about this book as that it was way too short, I definitely wouldn’t have minded a full length novel from Rob and Ryan, but I’m certainly looking forward to what the rest of this series has to offer!
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  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    I WANT IT. I NEED IT. I MUST HAVE IT.
  • Rowena
    January 1, 1970
    This was a super short story that begun and ended before I could take a breath. It was a Meg Cabot so I still enjoyed it but I wanted much more...still, it was cute.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute novella. Did a great job introducing the town of Little Bridge Island, which in my opinion was the whole point of this book. The series is going to follow different town residents. And knowing Meg Cabot they will all have their own witty and completely heartwarming stories. I know the first full length book is going to be about Bree, but I really hope that we see another book from Roberta, who goes by Rob and Ryan. They are the people we get to catch a glimpse of in Bridal Boot Camp, Super cute novella. Did a great job introducing the town of Little Bridge Island, which in my opinion was the whole point of this book. The series is going to follow different town residents. And knowing Meg Cabot they will all have their own witty and completely heartwarming stories. I know the first full length book is going to be about Bree, but I really hope that we see another book from Roberta, who goes by Rob and Ryan. They are the people we get to catch a glimpse of in Bridal Boot Camp, and darnnit! I want more!!
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    It was cute, but very very short. I think the series is going to be promising, however. I'm looking forward to more of the little island!
  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comA super brief but very cute story to introduce us to Meg Cabot’s new series, Little Bridge Island, there was enough humor and sparks of attraction to make Bridal Boot Camp a highly entertaining read.I’m not kidding when I say this was quite a short story. Bridal Boot Camp was under one hundred pages, but it kept up a steady pace to pack in a lot of information–and was a great way to meet the locals on Little Bridge Island. This focused mainly on Roberta See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.comA super brief but very cute story to introduce us to Meg Cabot’s new series, Little Bridge Island, there was enough humor and sparks of attraction to make Bridal Boot Camp a highly entertaining read.I’m not kidding when I say this was quite a short story. Bridal Boot Camp was under one hundred pages, but it kept up a steady pace to pack in a lot of information–and was a great way to meet the locals on Little Bridge Island. This focused mainly on Roberta (aka Rob), a physical trainer, and Ryan, a sheriff’s deputy who had a meet-cute when he crashed her fitness class. Both were a little hesitant to start a new relationship after being burned before, but their connection was instant and couldn’t be denied. Read More
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  • Lubnaa (Romance Library)
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.I've read most of Meg Cabot's YA novels, so this is actually the first time I've read one of her adult fiction books. This was a very short and sweet novella, with some steam. Not a HEA, more of a HFN because of how short the novella is. Bridal Boot Camp essentially sets up the tone and setting for the first full-length novel, which I can't wait to read!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/ 5 starsBridal Boot Camp is a four chapter novella that starts the Little Bridge Island series.Little Bridge is a small island in the Florida Keys. The narrator of this novella is physical trainer Roberta “Rob” James (1st person POV). She teaches a bridal boot camp class.The male lead is Ryan Martinez. He is the sheriff’s deputy.This story was much sexier and much more insta-love than I was expecting. But it was a cute prequel novella. It was a nice introduction to the series. The next book 3.5/ 5 starsBridal Boot Camp is a four chapter novella that starts the Little Bridge Island series.Little Bridge is a small island in the Florida Keys. The narrator of this novella is physical trainer Roberta “Rob” James (1st person POV). She teaches a bridal boot camp class.The male lead is Ryan Martinez. He is the sheriff’s deputy.This story was much sexier and much more insta-love than I was expecting. But it was a cute prequel novella. It was a nice introduction to the series. The next book has a different narrator and will focus on a different couple. But we will most likely get to see Ryan and Roberta again.Thanks to edelweiss and Avon Impulse/Harper Collins for allowing me to read this novella. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This is a lovely bit of fluff and I thoroughly enjoyed every frivolous moment. I needed something light and airy after the darkness of The Glass Woman, and Meg Cabot's Little Bridge Island story was just perfect. I liked her Princess series and thought this might be similar. It's not! Although light, Bridal Boot Camp is decidedly adult and includes a frank and detailed sex scene. Not what I usually read, but very well written.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    2.25 stars
  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    This was cute, I think?? It's a little hard to judge based on how short it was. I know it's a novella, but I feel like it could have been just a little bit longer. There was a severe lack of character development, making it seem like the only real reason either character seemed into the other was because of physical attraction. That's totally fine and I'm sure how a lot of real relationships start out, I just wish there could have maybe been one or two more chapters to dive more into the relatio This was cute, I think?? It's a little hard to judge based on how short it was. I know it's a novella, but I feel like it could have been just a little bit longer. There was a severe lack of character development, making it seem like the only real reason either character seemed into the other was because of physical attraction. That's totally fine and I'm sure how a lot of real relationships start out, I just wish there could have maybe been one or two more chapters to dive more into the relationship and give it a better foundation.It's clear this was written as a lead-in novella for Cabot's Little Bridge Island series that's beginning later this summer. It really just established the world a little bit and used one scene to briefly introduced the main character of the next book. I'm really hoping Roberta and Ryan get more page time in the full length novel even though they aren't the main characters. Or maybe they'll get to be the main characters in a full length novel further on in the series, because this certainly was not enough to go on in fully determining if they're likable or not. A nice introduction to the world of Little Bridge Island, but ultimately it left me with the weird combo of disappointment while still wanting more.*Thank you to Avon Impulse and Edelweiss for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Barbara Hackel
    January 1, 1970
    This is an author who writes wonderful books that never fail to have humor as well as a lasting affect on the reader. Bridal Boot Camp is a prequel to Meg Cabot's new series about Little Bridge Island. Apparently the series will feature different main characters in each book that have escapades on the island in Florida. This first one is very short and the development of characters and plot suffer somewhat from the length. Still one can see the trademark humor and strong female characters that f This is an author who writes wonderful books that never fail to have humor as well as a lasting affect on the reader. Bridal Boot Camp is a prequel to Meg Cabot's new series about Little Bridge Island. Apparently the series will feature different main characters in each book that have escapades on the island in Florida. This first one is very short and the development of characters and plot suffer somewhat from the length. Still one can see the trademark humor and strong female characters that fans have come to know, love, and expect. I can hardly wait to read the full length novel this fall when it is released. It is sure to be another winner in her repertoire!
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  • Nasty Lady MJ
    January 1, 1970
    No. I did not like this one at all. I get that it was a novella but the characters were ridiculously flat. Also, $600 for rent in a nice apartment in the Florida Keys LOL. This really did feel phoned in though. The characters had no problems having a quickie with each other but then going on a date to a wedding was like a huge commitment. Really? I really hope that the contemporary that Meg has coming out in this series later this year is better than this. The best thing about this novella (if y No. I did not like this one at all. I get that it was a novella but the characters were ridiculously flat. Also, $600 for rent in a nice apartment in the Florida Keys LOL. This really did feel phoned in though. The characters had no problems having a quickie with each other but then going on a date to a wedding was like a huge commitment. Really? I really hope that the contemporary that Meg has coming out in this series later this year is better than this. The best thing about this novella (if you can call it that) was the dog.
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  • K Whatsherface
    January 1, 1970
    Meg Cabot has been one of my favorite authors since I was 16. She's at the level of author for me that add her books before I even know what they're about. They're just fluffy in all the ways I like without annoying me. This was cute even though it got very, this escalated quickly near the end. but its a 4 chapter novella. I can completely see this being a full novella. I think I would have liked getting more out of Rob and Ryan. I hoping for an update in No Judgement, even if they're not the ma Meg Cabot has been one of my favorite authors since I was 16. She's at the level of author for me that add her books before I even know what they're about. They're just fluffy in all the ways I like without annoying me. This was cute even though it got very, this escalated quickly near the end. but its a 4 chapter novella. I can completely see this being a full novella. I think I would have liked getting more out of Rob and Ryan. I hoping for an update in No Judgement, even if they're not the main characters anymore. Is this going to be a full on series?
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    this was cute, super quick. like, super quick even for a novella. my epub was 50 pages. which is fine, i knew this was a novella, but jeepers. it's definitely more adult than other MC books i've read, which i am 100% okay with. because it's super short, not a lot happens and it's hard to really connect with either character because you blink and it's over. but i enjoyed it and am excited for the next one.arc received in exchange for review
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very, very fast read and to me, it was just an excuse for a long descriptive sex scene.Girl meets boy, the girl sees the boy next evening, girl and boy have sex, boy invites her to be a plus-one. The end.\_(ツ)_/*Arc supplied by the publisher. This was a very, very fast read and to me, it was just an excuse for a long descriptive sex scene.Girl meets boy, the girl sees the boy next evening, girl and boy have sex, boy invites her to be a plus-one. The end.¯\_(ツ)_/¯*Arc supplied by the publisher.
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  • Ivana Kroeger
    January 1, 1970
    28/05/2019
  • BookChic Club
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this little novella setting up the world of Little Bridge Island, the setting of Meg Cabot's new series. I finished it in basically one sitting and it was such a cute, funny romance. I loved Roberta and Ryan and their chemistry together was great. I definitely recommend reading it and reading the teaser at the end for her new novel No Judgments!
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    If this had been a set-up for the couple of book 1, I think I could live with it but it's supposed to be a standalone story and it's not. This is just a few scenes strung together, rather than an actual story with a conflict that is worked out to a conclusion. Meg Cabot's writing is great (as always) and the characters were interesting, there's just very little plot or character development so i'm just not sure what this is supposed to accomplish. I guess you see the town the series is taking pl If this had been a set-up for the couple of book 1, I think I could live with it but it's supposed to be a standalone story and it's not. This is just a few scenes strung together, rather than an actual story with a conflict that is worked out to a conclusion. Meg Cabot's writing is great (as always) and the characters were interesting, there's just very little plot or character development so i'm just not sure what this is supposed to accomplish. I guess you see the town the series is taking place in? But not in anyway that's different from the full novel so I'm just left really confused.
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  • Rachel Reeves
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I would give this one 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn't do half stars. I'm a longtime fan of Cabot's and liked this novella well enough. It serves as a good introduction to the Little Bridge Island series that will have its first full-length book out in September. That being said, it suffers from what I tend to find as issues with most novellas. I started reading this forgetting that it was a nov Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I would give this one 3.5 stars but Goodreads doesn't do half stars. I'm a longtime fan of Cabot's and liked this novella well enough. It serves as a good introduction to the Little Bridge Island series that will have its first full-length book out in September. That being said, it suffers from what I tend to find as issues with most novellas. I started reading this forgetting that it was a novella and was shocked at how rapidly the story was unfolding without even getting to know the characters very well at all. When I realized I had barely started reading and was already at 78%, I then looked up the book and remembered it was just a novella and not a full-length book. What little we did learn about the characters did intrigue me and build interest in the forthcoming Little Bridge Island series, but in the interest of complete honesty, my interest is also helped by the fact that I am fan of the author. An author I didn't already know the work of may not have caught my interest enough with this novella because of the issues mentioned. It read a bit like a really brief intro and meet cute that propelled rapidly into hooking up, with the whole purpose being to quickly get the main characters to that hook up. Knowing that Cabot's books are far more than this and better than that helped me to see more potential for the full-length books to come in the series. Novellas that are part of a series seem to be a bit better as in-between material or backstory once a series is already out rather than as an introduction to a series. I do have high hopes that the series will be what we have come to know and love from Cabot, but I wouldn't tell anyone to rush to read this lead-in novella. It's not terrible, but it doesn't offer enough to be a must read either.
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  • Amy A
    January 1, 1970
    Bridal Boot Camp was a fun, super-quick read introducing readers to Little Bridge Island and, more specifically, to Roberta - who runs the titular Bridal Boot Camp - and Ryan - a first-responder who needs to learn how to breathe. I love the setup for Little Bridge Island and what you can already tell is going to be its quirky inhabitants. I thought that Meg Cabot did a good job (in a really short page count) of getting both Roberta and Ryan's stories / situations across. I just wish that there w Bridal Boot Camp was a fun, super-quick read introducing readers to Little Bridge Island and, more specifically, to Roberta - who runs the titular Bridal Boot Camp - and Ryan - a first-responder who needs to learn how to breathe. I love the setup for Little Bridge Island and what you can already tell is going to be its quirky inhabitants. I thought that Meg Cabot did a good job (in a really short page count) of getting both Roberta and Ryan's stories / situations across. I just wish that there would be more followup with their story in the full-length novel No Judgements, but not sure how likely that will be since the blurb for that book suggests a different hero and heroine. Regardless, it's a good set up. Perfect for a lunch break or an in-between books read. Definitely gets you wanting to read what comes next.
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  • ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ
    January 1, 1970
    I wasted 99 cents on this garbage. What was the author thinking? *Spoilers Ahead* It starts out fine. A Yoga class instructor gets a new student. They meet in a 45 class she's teaching. Almost a week later she runs into him at a bar, where he introduces her to his coworkers. One song later she runs out of the bar, he chases her. She cries. She kisses him. They then run off to his place (it's closer) to fall into bed and have explicit sex. They've spoken, maybe.... 5 minutes, twice. Yet, they hav I wasted 99 cents on this garbage. What was the author thinking? *Spoilers Ahead* It starts out fine. A Yoga class instructor gets a new student. They meet in a 45 class she's teaching. Almost a week later she runs into him at a bar, where he introduces her to his coworkers. One song later she runs out of the bar, he chases her. She cries. She kisses him. They then run off to his place (it's closer) to fall into bed and have explicit sex. They've spoken, maybe.... 5 minutes, twice. Yet, they have sex immediately. Not only is it unrealistic, it's outrageous. As this is the start of the Little Bridge Island series.... I won't pay to read the rest of it once it's available (as this enovella is a new release). If the author thinks this is what writing adult books is about, I want no part of it. Her initial premise was good, but in only 51 pages, she rushed into everything too fast. Do not recommend. What a waste of a read on my birthday.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    "Bridal Boot Camp" was a short, though fun and sweet, introduction to Meg Cabot's upcoming Little Bridge Island series set in the Florida Keys. The main characters in this novella, Roberta and Ryan, were both very likeable, but I wish the story had been a bit longer so that we could have learned more about them and gotten to see their relationship develop. Hopefully these two will show up again in future Little Bridge Island stories so that we can see how they're doing. One of my favorite vacati "Bridal Boot Camp" was a short, though fun and sweet, introduction to Meg Cabot's upcoming Little Bridge Island series set in the Florida Keys. The main characters in this novella, Roberta and Ryan, were both very likeable, but I wish the story had been a bit longer so that we could have learned more about them and gotten to see their relationship develop. Hopefully these two will show up again in future Little Bridge Island stories so that we can see how they're doing. One of my favorite vacations ever was in the Keys, and I loved feeling like I was back there once again thanks to this story. I look forward to reading more of this series when the first full-length novel is published later this year.*ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    I knew this was a novella going into it but I thought there would be a bit more to the story. It was a waste of a dollar. Spoilers below. Leave now if you don't want the synopsis. My advice, skip this novella. Save your dollar. Story begins with Roberta teaching a bridal boot camp yoga class to which Ryan, a sheriff's deputy shows up for a little calming time. After the one encounter, Roberta is curious of Ryan. Her bff researches that he teaches ukelele lessons and Roberta goes to watch. After I knew this was a novella going into it but I thought there would be a bit more to the story. It was a waste of a dollar. Spoilers below. Leave now if you don't want the synopsis. My advice, skip this novella. Save your dollar. Story begins with Roberta teaching a bridal boot camp yoga class to which Ryan, a sheriff's deputy shows up for a little calming time. After the one encounter, Roberta is curious of Ryan. Her bff researches that he teaches ukelele lessons and Roberta goes to watch. After the show Roberta and Ryan can't keep their hands off one another and go back to his place to hook up. They do. He invites her to be his plus one at his cousin's wedding. She agrees. That's it. There's no chemistry. Just one big "wham bam thank you ma'am" moment and the novella ends there.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I pre ordered this not realising it's only 50 pages long...whilst it was a reasonably fun and very quick read, I can't help feeling like I was duped into buying what is a short erotic fiction essay rather than an intro to a rom-com series. It's neither romantic nor comedy. It was okay and held my interest to the end, which isn't difficult with a half hour long book, but I didn't really like the main character much. She was pretty jealous of some dude's (who she'd only just at that moment met) hy I pre ordered this not realising it's only 50 pages long...whilst it was a reasonably fun and very quick read, I can't help feeling like I was duped into buying what is a short erotic fiction essay rather than an intro to a rom-com series. It's neither romantic nor comedy. It was okay and held my interest to the end, which isn't difficult with a half hour long book, but I didn't really like the main character much. She was pretty jealous of some dude's (who she'd only just at that moment met) hypothetical, attractive girlfriend, she described people as crazy, nuts and psycho a bit too much and was really unpleasant about other women's looks and weight. I don't think I'll be buying the next book in the series.
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  • A Hopeless Romantic's Booklandia
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Meg Cabot was releasing not one, but two adult romances this year! I couldn’t wait to read them and now that I’ve read Bridal Boot Camp, I’m even more stoked to read No Judgments! I didn’t realize until I opened up Bridal Boot Camp that it was a novella, but the short length didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story at all. It was funny, sweet, light, and put a goofy, happy smile on my face and just made me feel all warm and gooey insi I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out that Meg Cabot was releasing not one, but two adult romances this year! I couldn’t wait to read them and now that I’ve read Bridal Boot Camp, I’m even more stoked to read No Judgments! I didn’t realize until I opened up Bridal Boot Camp that it was a novella, but the short length didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story at all. It was funny, sweet, light, and put a goofy, happy smile on my face and just made me feel all warm and gooey inside. I think Bridal Boot Camp was a great prequel to lead us into the Little Bridge Island series and I am so looking forward to visiting the island again!~ Sonja, 5 Stars
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  • Nicole Highland
    January 1, 1970
    The story itself? 5 stars. It was cute, a bit funny, a bit cheesy, and totally Meg Cabot. I loved it. I've been a fan of hers since the Princess Diaries. series. If you like short, easy reads, and you like Meg Cabot, definitely pick it up.Why I won't give this 5 stars: It ended (on my iPhone Kindle app, at least) at 80%. 20% of the book was simply a teaser/preview of her next book. And while I don't have a problem with authors doing this, in my opinion, it shouldn't take up that much of a book. The story itself? 5 stars. It was cute, a bit funny, a bit cheesy, and totally Meg Cabot. I loved it. I've been a fan of hers since the Princess Diaries. series. If you like short, easy reads, and you like Meg Cabot, definitely pick it up.Why I won't give this 5 stars: It ended (on my iPhone Kindle app, at least) at 80%. 20% of the book was simply a teaser/preview of her next book. And while I don't have a problem with authors doing this, in my opinion, it shouldn't take up that much of a book. Especially when it's a novella. That was a bit disappointing.But other than that, I liked it.
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  • Danielle Barlow
    January 1, 1970
    Wow it pains me to give Meg anything less than 5 stars because in the past I’ve loved every word she’s written, but this short story just does not show off her writing as well as I know it can be. If you’ve never read something by Meg Cabot (and why the hell haven’t you read her books? They’re delightful!) just pick something else to start with. This is rushed, the backstory lacking along with the chemistry between the two leads which could have been there had the story been about doubled in siz Wow it pains me to give Meg anything less than 5 stars because in the past I’ve loved every word she’s written, but this short story just does not show off her writing as well as I know it can be. If you’ve never read something by Meg Cabot (and why the hell haven’t you read her books? They’re delightful!) just pick something else to start with. This is rushed, the backstory lacking along with the chemistry between the two leads which could have been there had the story been about doubled in size (a better length for a true novella anyway). I’m still very excited to read the full novel coming out, but this story doesn’t really help amp you up for it 😔
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