Tuesday, 12 April 2016

No Love Allowed (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)

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Title: No Love Allowed
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: 19th April 2016
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a 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, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

Review: No Love Allowed was a book that was on my radar and I had even requested it, but unfortunately was turned down. Which was why I jumped at the chance to be part of this review tour. And guess what? I absolutely loved this book.

This was my first every ‘fake girlfriend’ kind of read. I know that trope is one that appears in a few YA romances, but none in any of the books I had bothered to pick up myself. Now that I have had a taste of this one, I know I am just going to want more. The book gave a very plausible reason for Caleb needing a fake girlfriend – he was just trying to pass through a high class internship without girls being shoved his way throughout the whole summer. But there was a lot more to this one than the cute romance that was indeed just that – very, very cute.

There was also a wonderful writing style that simply drew me into the book. I haven’t had too much time for reading lately but it only took me the space of a day to start and finish this book because there was something about the way that it was written that gripped me. I didn’t want to put the book down at all.

I also really loved the main character. Sure, Didi had her moods, but she was the kind of girl who was confident and didn’t take any rubbish from anyone. She was strong and would give you a good talking to if you deserved it. At the beginning we get to know that she has a mental illness, and I liked the role it played in the novel. Didi takes medication so it doesn’t usually get too bad, and I liked how she described it and the fact that it wasn’t the biggest contender in the novel. It was simply something she had to live with. The description for the way it made her feel was perfectly well done.


Caleb was also another character I had to love. He was the kind of guy who knew what he wanted in life, and always kept a cool exterior when really there is a lot more emotional depth to him. He has an amazing band of friends too who are the secondary characters – Nathan, Preston and some more. I liked them all and they were all pretty well developed as well. The friendship dynamics between the group made me smile. It Was so sweet.
The contrast in wealth was also something fairly intriguing to read about here. There was Didi, whose mother works two jobs to pull through for them, and then there was Caleb who came from a rich family. I liked the way money was addressed. And I have to say, Didi’s attitude was similar to mine. She didn’t want to be showered with gifts simply because they had money to spare. It just didn’t fit right with her and if I was in her position, I’d probably feel the same way.

The ending was so cute. It bordered a little on the cheesy side but hey, I like cheesy. Everyone can do with a little cheese sometimes :3

A very good pick me up read. I want to try more from this author!

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Olivia’s Question: What’s your must have food for a picnic?

Olivia-Savannah x

39 comments:

  1. Great review, Olivia! This sounds like a cute read! And Didi sounds like the kind of MC I could easily like! Glad you liked it! :)

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    1. Didi was so easy to like that I loved her to pieces! <3

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  2. [ Smiles ] Things are working out for you, my dear. You didn't have to buy the book; you were provided with a review copy!

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    1. They are! And this book turned out to be incredibly good as well ^.^

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  3. The cover and review looks so interesting and intriguing! Maybe I'll read it someday, because now you really motivated me to do so, Deanie!

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    1. I hope you do give it a try! I think you could like it, M. :D

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  4. Yay! I loved this book too. I read a early version of it so I'm not sure if a lot of things changed now that it's officially being published soon but still, it's a great read!

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    1. I am glad you loved it just like I did <3

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  5. A well-worn trope (every TV movie ever!) ;) but just when I thought I would be totally uninterested, you throw in the details about mental illness and money.

    Sigh, now I'm going to be wondering whether to add this book to my over-full TBR... what are you doing to me?! ;)

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    1. I didn't know of this well worn trope until now! But the money issue actually reminded me of you and the discussion post you mentioned.

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    2. I clearly watch too many TV movies. Lol.

      And why thank you *bows, laughs like an idiot* :)

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  6. You sold me! I put this on my TBR list. Thanks for the review.

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  7. Oh! Sounds like an awesome book!
    Picnic? Uhm... Strawberries. :D

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    1. I know a lot of people who love strawberries. Nice choice ;)

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  8. She does sounds likea great character and one I could enjoy reading about

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    1. This seems like a read you could enjoy, Brandi! I'd recommend it to you ^.^

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  9. A. FAKE. GIRLFRIEND?? Are you serious?? Wow. I've never tried out book like this and while it seems a bit predictable, you're right! Even though the ending was a bit cheesy, sometimes we need that. ;) Epic review, girl! <3

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    1. Yeah, it did lean on the predictable side but I still had a lot of fun reading it so I didn't mind really :3

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  10. So glad you enjoyed this, Olivia. Sounds like a remarkable read. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It really was enjoyable for me to read ^.^

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  11. It's been a while since I've seen you give a book 5 stars! I'll have to definitely check this out. Great review Olivia!

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    1. It can be hard for me to find books I love enough to give the full rating! But this one was deserving :D

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  12. I've always loved a good fake girlfriend/boyfriend story. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. I need to read more books that includes that kind of thing in it :)

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  13. I haven't read anything from this author before, but everyone loves her books. This looks like a read that I could use right now, minus the cheese. I'm so over cheesy at this moment. Pickles! There's no picnic without pickles!

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    1. This was my first read of hers and I would definitely like to try out some more. I've added a couple of her other ones to my TBR now ;)

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  14. The novelty hasn't worn off when it comes to fake girlfriend plot device, so I'm interested. Definitely interested. :)

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    1. I hope the novelty doesn't wear off for me either, because I can see me reading more like this one in the near future :3

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  15. It's nice that the book found you in the end. I was never big on fake girlfriend/boyfriend, but I can always do cheesy!

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    1. Hehe I know cheesy annoys a lot of people, but I secretly love it :P

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  16. This seems like such a cute read! I've heard a bit about it, but it's never really appealed to me until now. I've read a few 'fake girlfriend' books, and I've really enjoyed them, so I'll have to give this one a go! Great review! My favourite food for picnics is pink lemonade too :D

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. I'm glad that it is appealing to you now! You should definitely give it a try :)

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  17. I have this to review but because I got it so long ago I totally forgot about it. I can do with cheesy if it's the right kind lol. Nice review!

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    1. You should definitely pick it up soon! It's worth it :3

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  18. Looks like an interesting read :)

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  19. I love the cover and the characters sound great. So trying this one.

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    1. Hope you do enjoy it when you do ^.^

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