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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…
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I only have one rule when it comes to Ellie Marney’s books: I read them all. We met Harris, the hero of No Limits, in the last book of the Every series, a Sherlock Holmes retelling, and while I was initially quite wary of his character, I grew to appreciate the important role he played in the series, particularly in Rachel’s life. I was very eager when Ellie Marney announced she would be releasing a standalone novel all about Harris. And folks, she’s done it again! She’s crafted a book that’s intricate, entertaining and just gorgeous in every way, and I’m in awe of her incredible talent with words.
First things first, if you’re coming into No Limits expecting it to be like the Every series, then change your expectations ASAP. This book was much darker, more mature and more complex, in my opinion. Of course, it still had all those elements that make Ellie’s books Ellie’s such as the character development, as well as a vivid setting, this time of rural Australia. But this book felt different to me, in a very good way. From the first page on, I was attached to the story and the characters. Harris has always been the sort of character that screamed bad news, but underneath all that roughness he exuded was a genuinely good guy, who has just had a rough upbringing. His character and background are at the heart of No Limits, and we get to know both quite intimately. As you probably expect, it’s not a pretty past, and my heart absolutely broke into pieces finding out just how awful his dad was to him. Despite all that and despite all the murky situations Harris seemed to get into, he had such a kind soul to him that he only exhibited around certain people. I thought Harris really matured throughout No Limits, not that he was immature to begin with, but he finally began to take the steps needed to change his life for the better, and that made me both anxious and happy. Anxious, because he was in the middle of a dangerous situation, and happy, because on his journey he finds someone who recognizes and appreciates the good in him.
That girl was Amie, whose POV we’re also privy to in No Limits. Amie was also a character that I really loved. She was a nursing assistant with bigger dreams, but who has decided to settle in her hometown for the sake of her family. I loved that Amie was biracial – she’s half Indian – and very much in touch with her Indian upbringing and culture through her mom’s side of the family. Amie was also a genuinely kind and selfless girl, who basically decided not to go for her dreams, because she thought she needed to be there to take care of her dad and her grandmother. She was selfless, and genuine and really passionate, especially about photography. She was also a little bit closed off when it came to her emotions, but throughout No Limits, we get to see her personality really shine through. Her romance with Harris was gorgeously written, just as I’ve come to expect from Ellie’s romances. These two were ridiculously perfect for each other, and I loved the slow-burn nature of their relationship here. It begins with Amie nursing Harris back to health after he’s shot in the thigh, and slowly develops into a friendship and then more. I loved seeing the two of them connect with each other in a profound way. It was swoony, and totally made my heart go haywire. And I’ve got to mention the kisses! Ellie Marney writes the best kissing scenes ever.
Besides the amazing characters and romance, I also loved the setting in No Limits. I haven’t read many Aussie YA books to begin with, but this was my first book set in rural Australia. Ellie Marney did a phenomenal job with her descriptions. For me, it was very easy to envision the town of Ouyen, and see the characters there. It was a very dynamic setting, and I honestly feel like No Limits wouldn’t have been the book it was without it. The plot in No Limits was intense. I’m not going to lie, it stressed me out, but I also couldn’t stop reading the book. It revolved around Harris going undercover and acting as an informant for the police in the midst of a precarious drug ring. It sure was brutal, and I liked how the author was able to maintain that whole air of intensity and danger all throughout the book.
No Limits was outstanding, folks! The Every series turned me into a complete Ellie Marney fangirl, but No Limits just about solidified her position in my all-time favorite authors list. If you’re looking for some fine high quality upper YA/NA, then this is an author you need to check out.