Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Book Review: No Words by Meg Cabot

Pages: 384
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: October 12, 2021
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Publisher for review 
Other Books By Author: Insatiable,  
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "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 installment 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? "


Jo Wright is a well-known author of a children's book series called Kitty Katz, Kitten Sitter.  She has successful wrote many Kitty Katz novels and has many adoring fans, except now she has hit a slump.  It's a big one.  It all started when author Will Price, a Nicholas Sparks type, bad mouthed her books in an interview to none other than the New York Times.  This has messed with her head and has had a serious case of writer's block since.  She's got bills to pay and a deadline to make, so when she is offered the opportunity to attend a literary festival in the Florida Keys, she takes it; plus, she gets a $10,000 stipend to attend.  Normally she would never go to a festival in the Florida Keys, because Will Price lives down there, but she happens to know he is abroad during the festival.  Think again. Once she gets there, she realizes that Will is not only attending the festival, but he has helped to plan it and is a major donor.  Now she must face Will even though she would rather not see him again. What could go wrong? Meg Cabot's rom-com, No Words, is a fun romance, especially for fans of the enemies to lovers trope.

I really liked Jo from the beginning in No Words.  Despite her penchant to use annoying phrases from her Kitty Katz series, I still really enjoyed her and was rooting for her. I really wish Cabot would have fleshed out why she let Price get to her so much, but nonetheless, Cabot convinces the readers that Will is an all-around horrible human.  However, once Jo gets to the Little Bridge Island's literary festival, Will seems just the opposite.  He has been really nice and accommodating to Jo, so readers end up questioning what game he is playing.  Slowly, we realize what's going on and I really enjoyed the ride and watching Jo, eventually, let down her walls.  

The setting of a literary festival was so much fun! It was like having a behind the scene glimpse into what it's like to be an author at one of these events. Jo, along with her author friends, were hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud at certain points.  Plus, the setting of Little Bridge Key in the Florida Keys was outstanding. Cabot, who lives at Key West, really knows how to bring the Keys to life. I felt like I was there and my only regret is the fact that I wasn't able to read this book on the beach. 

There's a lot of drama in No Words. Some of it was a little over the top, but it was all very entertaining.  If you are looking for a palate cleanser in between more serious reads, I recommend No Words. It was a light rom-com and I mean this in the best way possible.  Sometimes it is exactly what you need and who doesn't love a good enemies to lovers story set a beautiful destination....plus, a literary festival! It's a winning combination.

So, are you a fan of Meg Cabot? Is No Words on your TBR list? Let me know in the comments below.



  1. Hi! I've been meaning to read The Princess Diaries but I don't think I'm sure I want to engage in such a long saga right away. Maybe 'No Words' would be an easier start. Thank you for the rec, xo.

    1. It's a great place to start! There are two other books in this series, but you don't have to read them to appreciate No Words. Thanks for dropping by, Mary.

  2. I've read a couple of Meg Cabot's books, and they're cute! It sounds like the setup for the "enemies" part of the enemies-to-lovers is a little weak, but the setting sounds so fun!

    1. The setting of the Florida Keys and the literary festival really made it for me. It was such a nice light read---just what I needed. Thanks for visiting, Angela!


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