No Love Allowed (Review, Tour & Giveaway!)

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
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