Why Aussie Authors Are The Best: No Limits by Ellie Marney

Why Aussie Authors Are The Best: No Limits by Ellie MarneyNo Limits
by Ellie Marney
Release Date: August 14th 2017
Published by Ellie Marney
Genres: Contemporary, Crime, New Adult, Thriller, YA
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Source: ARC received for review purposes

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…

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


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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.

Have you read any books by Ellie Marney? What are some of your favorite high-intensity stories?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • kindlemom1

    I still have to read No Limits, they don’t sell it here even though they do the first two, which is just bizarre but I did read the first two because of you Nick and loved them! I really hope I can get my hands on this one as well.

    • I know! Did you try to see if you can get it off The Book Depository? That’s how I got mine. The publisher decided not to publish the last book here which is such a bummer. :/ But this one is available in the US since Ellie self-published it!

      • kindlemom1

        I didn’t! I will look there for sure Nick and yay for this being published here. I hate it when they are so hard to find. I’ll check Amazon for this and TBD for the other. 😉

        • Yay! Good luck, Ali!

  • I’m so glad you loved this. But I’m quite sure this one isn’t for me.

  • I can’t say I have read many Aussie ones either, but a few 🙂

    • Oh man, you should change that. They write such good books

  • I still have the Every series on my wishlist. I will have to add this one too now!

    • This one is available in the US too, Grace! You can totally read it as a standalone. 🙂

  • sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    I still need to read the Every series! I have the first two books sitting on my shelf so I should get on that. It’s kinda cool she wrote a standalone book that stems from a character you meet in that series. I’ll have to check this one out too!

    • It’s such a good series. Definitely don’t sit on it. 🙂

  • A Novel Glimpse

    I haven’t read this author yet, but I guess I need to! I’m not sure how many Aussie authors I’ve read, but I’m a big Jay McLean fan! Great review!

    • Oh I didn’t know Jay MacLean was Aussie! I’ll give her a try.

  • Okay, I know I should have read some Ellie Marney books before because everyone loved the Every series… but I wasn’t convinced. Now I feel like the loser who has been saying they didn’t like something and now wants to be part of the cool kids club. i will remedy this very soon. I don’t even care the tone of the series and this book is different I will read them all.

    • OMG HOW WHY
      These books are totally Becky books, so you must read them!

    • OMG HOW WHY
      These books are totally Becky books, so you must read them!

  • I AM H E R E FOR THIS NICK. Like from the moment I read the synopsis and saw how these characters contrasted each other I was like “y’all this is it, this is me.” I haven’t read the Every series, but I do recall your glowing reviews for them. 😀 The romance just sounds tremendously hot, and although these darker contemporaries aren’t quite my jam, I feel like this one will be just fine. Also biracial heroine? Again, here for this. Thanks for your awesome review Nick – gotta get more exposure for these awesome OZYA reads!

    – Aila @ One Way Or An Author

    • YES, Aila! It was hot, but in a subtle way, which made it all even hotter. Yes! Biracial heroine and we get to see her be in touch with Indian side a lot.

  • I feel like you just need to give me a list of all the Aussie books I need to read haha. I love the sound of this book and I’ll definitely hope to read it soon. Do you think I should read the Every series first because while I’m told it’s a great series I’ve read some comments and frustration about the third book in the series so I’m a bit wary of it.

    • I hope I’ve eased some of your concerns about the Every series! And eep I can’t wait for you to read some of titles I recommend. 🙂

  • NICK. This sounds so damn good! You’ve officially convinced me that I need to binge read the Every series (my “read my own damn books” challenge thanks you). The fact that Harris was once a character you were really wary of but ended up being a fave says a lot about how great Ellie Marney is at character development…which you know is my fave!

    • YES. YES YOU DO.
      I know! She’s really good with character development. It’s like watching kids grow!

  • Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle

    What a coincidence, I have the same Ellie Marney rule 😀 I’m intrigued that this is so different from the Every series but apparently still awesome. She really does write the BEST kissing scenes and great characters, can’t wait to read this! Your review is really great. It does sounds stressful so I’ll have to prep myself haha- that’s how I always felt watching Leo’s character in The Departed (I love that movie).

  • Wasn’t it absolutely brilliant! I was lucky enough to nab an ARC from Ellie as well and I must admit that I was nervous Harris wouldn’t live up to the dreamboat he was in her Every series but boy, he was so much more. I loved the rural setting of country Victoria and how it explored the drug culture of small Aussie towns, Ice is such a horrific drug culture in Australia and I love that Ellie didn’t shy away from showing readers what an epidemic it has become. I didn’t want it to end though. Amie was brilliant and I loved her sassy nanna! I can;t wait to see what she’s working on next. Phenomenal review Nick, absolutely loved it <3 <3