No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista | ARC Review

April 18, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 14 Comments

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista | ARC ReviewNo Love Allowed
by Kate Evangelista
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: April 19, 2016 by Swoon Reads
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
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3.5 Stars
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It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a new fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father's law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he's not ready for and isn't sure he wants. And sadly the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, the waitress at the Country Club who just lost her job, is open to new experiences (also, art supplies are expensive!). It's the perfect setup for them both. Caleb has only one rule for the arrangement: Didi must not fall in love with him.

The summer nights tick by in a whirl of lavish parties, and Didi is enjoying her foray into high society. But Caleb soon starts to worry that this time he's the one in danger of falling in love…

I received this book for free 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 was so excited to read this story, but someone told me they didn’t like it and my excitement plummeted to the ground. Turns out, I ended up enjoying it a lot! It was a fast-paced contemporary with a bit of an insight to a specific mental illness.

Caleb wants to take a gap year and only travel with his cousin around Europe. His plans are cut short when his dad tells him he has to go to college because Caleb almost made his dad lose a client. Fortunately, his father tells him he could still take the gap year if he works as an intern at his father’s office and attends all of the events from his job. But Caleb is eye-candy for every girl and in order to keep them away, he needs a girlfriend…or rather a fake girlfriend. 

I was surprised by Didi’s disorder. It’s rare to read about mental health in YA’s and the reality is, they should be talked about. I think the disorder was down-played and didn’t give that much information but enough to make the reader search for more. Being a Psychology major, I always pay attention to every detail that’s mentioned of a disorder/syndrome in a book. I was happy to read that the author explained the episodes View Spoiler » that occur in a person with View Spoiler » this mental illness.

Didi appears like such a normal person, it’s not even funny. And that’s a mistake we make a lot. We think, “Oh, a person with a disorder is recognizable.” *buzzer sound* Incorrect, ladies and gents. Caleb spent a lot of time with Didi and he never knew she had a disorder and that’s how it is in real life, unfortunately. To him, she was being a woman or he would blame himself for upsetting her. When he found out about her disorder, he was in shock to put it mildly. But I really think he handled the situation very well so kudos to Caleb!

Despite it all, I loved Didi so much. She would say what was on her mind without a second thought. She was so much fun! The whole story was very fun to read. Didi and Caleb were so cute together. Caleb was so smitten with Didi and he didn’t even realize it! Reading about him wanting to spend with her and wanting to make her happy made me all kinds of giddy and I was so rooting for him to get the girl! A secondary character I absolutely loved was Nathan and guess what? He’s getting his own story in No Holding Back!

Overall, I really enjoyed it this story! It went by so fast though and I wish I had more time with the characters to get more connected with them but it was still a very entertaining story.

About Kate Evangelista

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When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University - Manila with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full-time and is based in the Philippines.

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  • I had to set this one aside for now, but you make me want to pick it back up. I agree about the mental illness. It’s nice to see diverse characters, and that included those with mental illness. There are a lot of reader who can connect with them. Great review.

    Christy LoveOfBooks recently posted: Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
    • It’s a very light read so it’s pretty easy to finish quickly. Exactly. There should be more for sure.

  • I am so glad you enjoyed this one even though your excitement wasn’t high when you picked it up. It sounds like the mental illness was handled here well. Great review!

    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted: Review ~ The Decent Proposal
    • You would love this one for sure 🙂

  • Sooo I didn’t know this one had the mental health illness aspect.
    That sucks that you were looking forward to the book but your excitement plummeted once you heard from someone they didn’t like it. 🙁
    The characters and the story sound good though, so I’ll certainly be picking it up. Plus, Lisa compared it to a Kasie West!
    Lovely review! 🙂

    • I was surprised myself until it was mentioned along with the medication.
      I know! But it was still a very good story.
      It’s very light and fun so I think you’d like it 🙂

  • Becca

    I’m glad that you like this one overall Gen, I like books with a psychology aspect too. Great review!

    • Go read it, Becca! I’m sure you’d like it. Lisa liked it 😀

  • So nice to know that you enjoyed this. I’ve been thinking about reading this. I like the it deals with mental illness and that it’s fast paced because sometimes I do get bored with contemporaries. Great review!

    czai recently posted: [BOOK BLITZ] Immurement
    • It’s very light and easy to follow 🙂

  • Glad you liked this and that it was done well! I like the fake girlfriend trope and this one sounds good! Also very cool re: the secondary character’s book!!

    • I loved how the trope was done! I honestly didn’t feel it was fake. It felt so real right from the beginning but I had to keep remembering it was fake lol
      I can’t wait for Nathan’s story. It will be M/M romance but I can’t wait!!!!

  • I’m curious about this book! I liked Evangelista’s Taste, and Savor. I don’t really like tough-issue contemporary dealing with heavy stuff like mental illness (or abuse or rape, things like that), though the issues are so incredibly important. Just too sad for me to be reading for overall enjoyment! However, if Swoon Reads published this book… idk, I’ll see if I want to read this one in the future. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, Genesis!

    Lovely review. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    • Oh believe me when I say this was a very light story, including the mental illness. It was funny, entertaining and at I’ll tell you this. The mental illness is kind of mentioned a bit more intently in the beginning. Then it’s mentioned in passing like her mom asking if she took her meds. And the.mn later on and nearly the end of the book that something happens so it’s mentioned. But that’s it 🙂 It was one of my issues because I wish it had been talked about more but it was still done well.