Book Review: No Limits by Ellie Marney | #LoveOzYA
No Limits by Ellie Marney
Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.
His one attempt to play the hero – helping out his old flame, Rachel Watts – has landed him in hospital. Now injured, broke, and unemployed, he’s stuck back in the country, at his father’s mercy. Harris needs to pay off his dad’s debts, and fast. But working as a runner for a drug cartel is a dangerous path – especially if Harris agrees to narc…
Eighteen-year-old Amita Blunt is the perfect police sergeant’s daughter – practical, trustworthy, and oh-so responsible. Getting involved in Harris’s case was never part of the plan. But working at the hospital, she’s invisible – which makes her the ideal contact for a boy feeding information back to the police…
Harris and Amie’s connection is sizzling hot – but if the cartel finds out about them, things could get downright explosive. Backed into a corner, with everything at stake, it’s time for Harris and Amie to find out if love really has no limits…
I received an a-arc of No Limits by Ellie Marney from Ellie Marney in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my thoughts and feelings about the book.
If you have known me over the last couple of years, then you should know my love for the ‘Every Series’ by Ellie Marney. I can talk about it all day and it’s one of the first #LoveOzYA that I recommend to someone. So when I had the chance to delve deeper into Ellie’s world, I knew I needed to read it.
Quick note, you don’t need to read the ‘Every Series’ before you read No Limits. It just helps with a few things along the way.
No Limits follows Harris Derwent, as he recovers from a not so nice incident. Now in the hospital, in pain and going to have to live with his father, his life isn’t looking that great. But Amita might just change that. She is the sergeant’s daughter, responsible, smart and trust worthy. The last thing she thought she would be doing is helping Harris Derwent. Then things start to heat up and not just between Harris and Amie, but so much more.
I have so many feelings about this book, that I don’t even know how much of this review is going to make any sense. I already had a soft spot for Harris when we meet him in the ‘Every Series,’ that before I even started I was intrigued. And then I started reading and fell in love. Throughout No Limits, it’s like you are holding on tight waiting for bad things to happen – and gosh do they.
Harris, can I please just give him one massive long hug – or maybe multiple. One of the main reasons why No Limits was such a hard book to read was because of Harris. Every page that he was on, I felt that his heart was along with it. I wanted to scream so many times that he isn’t worthless, that he deserves so much more. However, I did love this character arc. I felt that he grew so much that I just feel in love with him even more.
Harris is your bad boy with a lost soul – he is hard to connect with at times, but you know that he is damaged. And as the novel goes on, you just break. Can we also please take a moment to just talk about his tattoo? I am a tattoo girl through and through and my lord did this scene kill me. I just wanted to touch it. Like gosh.
I fell in love with Amie’s character right away. I was able to connect with her love for her family and the way that she wears her heart on her sleeve. While I did love how Amie cared so much for her family, I wanted her to think about herself more. Like Harris, Amie’s character development was just so good that I loved seeing her grow and find out more about herself and the world around her.
Romance time – Ellie Marney just knows how to write a couple that is swoony and makes you melt. I felt this was more mature than the ‘Every Series,’ but you are still able to read this a young adult. I loved how Amie and Harris slowly but carefully fell for each other. They connected in ways that were a whole new level for them.
I loved how much Amie cared for Harris and his well-being before even she realised it. I liked how Harris started to fall for Amie and found out more about himself in the process. It was great seeing this friendship start to turn into something more that pulled at my heartstrings.
Another great thing about No Limits was both the writing and plot. I loved the crime and mystery elements of the book that made everything that more interesting. It was like a car at the edge of a cliff where it could fall at any time. Things defiantly got intense towards the end and gosh it was good. I love how simple yet captivating Ellie’s writing is – I will read anything by her.
Family was a massive theme of No Limits and while I love having great family banter. I liked that we were able to see two sides of a coin in this novel. Harris and his father – these scenes pulled my heart out. I was broken. It was very heart wrenching and difficult most of the time. Like very hard. Family abuse in the country especially is common and goes past people so much.
Amie’s family, on the other hand, was loving and caring. I adored the relationship she had with her father and grandmother – it picked at my heart in a good way. However, I also think that other’s in her family expected way too much from her. I hated the pressure they put on Amie, especially as she is so young. It’s like I can’t stop my life, but hey Amie can.
I’ve talked about this before, but I love how Aussie Ellie makes her books and No Limits is no different. I loved how it was set in the county, how there were things that only Aussies will know. It just makes such a good #LoveOzYA. We are able to see our beautiful country in a young adult book with no frills involved.
Overall, please pick No Limits up. It takes you on an incredible journey that you never want to stop. The characters are layered and have amazing development. You fell for them with every fiber in your body. You are on the edge of your seat, you understand, you feel. The reader will go on this emotional ride that is really hard, but gosh does it hit you. The characters are likable, the writing is just so damn good. All I say is give this #LoveOzYA a try, trust me you won’t be disappointed.
No Limits by Ellie Marney is about second chances, falling in love and finding yourself. It’s about friendship and falling. You are taken on a ride that both tears you apart and then puts you slowly back together. It’s heartbreaking and breathtaking. No Limits made me cry, break and fall in love.
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