Wednesday, April 20, 2016

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Caleb doesn't do love. He's dated a lot of girls and he keeps them at a safe distance. When they fall in love with him they need to go immediately. He's from a rich family and his father expects him to show up at important events. Because he needs a date for all the parties he has to attend during the summer Caleb asks Didi to be his fake girlfriend to keep his father of his back. He's met Didi at an unfortunate moment, during a breakup with the last girl who'd fallen in love with him, at the country club. It cost Didi her job, but Caleb wants to make it up to her by offering her a summer of fun. She will get new art supplies out of it and plenty of interesting parties to go to and Caleb will be safe for a while. There's just one rule, there will be no love. On paper it's a really good deal, but what happens when there will be feelings involved after all?

No Love Allowed sounds like a regular love story, but it's actually much more than that. Kate Evangelista has chosen to write about a serious topic. Didi has bipolar disorder and she writes about this illness in such a fantastic compassionate way. Didi is beautiful inside and out. I think that's absolutely brilliant and it made me fall in love with her story straight away. Didi might not have stable moods, but she's fun, she's artistic, she's kind and she's absolutely fabulous. I loved how she speaks her mind and how she manages to be herself no matter what. It was refreshing to read about her.

Caleb is a sweet guy, but he's afraid of loving because of something that happened in his past. He likes Didi and likes how she can have a good time at any party and how she makes the best of every situation. He's smart, but he's also messed up. He could use some more happiness in his life. Didi can be a whirlwind and that's exactly what he needs. They're great together and even though their relationship is just an arrangement there are sparks from the start. I loved how vibrant Kate Evangelista has made her main characters and her story.

No Love Allowed is an easy read, the writing is good and Kate Evangelista's descriptions make Caleb's world and Didi's paintings come to life really well. I like that this is a love story with something extra. It has a lot of depth while it isn't a heavy read at all, which is a great combination. I enjoyed reading this sweet romantic story very much and I highly recommend it.

Giveaway

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46 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to read this book since I have read about it. I love the cover.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  2. I'm also from PH same with the author ☺

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  3. The protagonist sounds interesting and the book seems like a cute love story! I would love to read it~

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  4. How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?

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  5. The cover is love *_* and Caleb is my all-time favorite name! The blurb is enjoyable too! I wish you luck on your writing journey and I hope I win!!!!

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  6. The cover is so bright, colorful and beautiful and the synopsis sounds really interesting. Can't wait to see how these two cope with the summer!

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  7. Thank you so much for the chance .
    Sounds like a great book . I love books with serious issues . Can't wait to read this .

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Can't wait to read the book even more after reading your review. :)

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  9. thanks for the awesome giveaway

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  10. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway would like to read this one

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  11. It is awesome that she writes about Bipolar disease as it helps people to understand it more.

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  12. I like the sound of this book. It's good when serious topics like bipolar is covered. I'm interested in reading this.

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  13. Oh i also come from the Philippines! I am ashamed i didnt know Kat before i found this GA. THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL!

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  14. She's very nice and thoughtful. I really love her! The long wait is over. I have been waiting for this book for so long. :)

    lopez.erikajoy@yahoo.com

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  15. I'm also from the Philippines! Anyway, when I read the synopsis I want to read it right away. Plus the cover is GORGEOUS!

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  16. Fab giveaway looks a good read

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  17. Looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win a copy. Good luck everyone!

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  18. Colourful Book Cover.

    Rachel Craig

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  19. Looks like a good read. This would be nice to be my next read if i won! X

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  20. I know one should not judge a book by its cover but this one looks wonderful and suitable for my summer vacations :)

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  21. Looks like a fun read :)

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  22. Love the cover! Thanks for the chance to win :)

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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  23. this looks like a fab read, and a well written piece xx

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  24. I loved your review. I do like swoon romances and would love to read it.

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  25. This looks like a very good read, thank you

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  26. I love a good love story and the cover makes me very envious!

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  27. This looks like a good read, fingers crossed.

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  28. Looks like a "hard to put down book". Thanks muchly for the chance.

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  29. Pam Francis GregoryApril 25, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Would love to have a read of this book!

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  30. Yes, but love is certainly allowed when it comes to books!

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  31. Sounds like a good read. Lover the cover too.

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  32. Love the cover The review shows how much you enjoyed it.

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  33. I enjoy an easy reading book and this sounds ideal

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  34. I'm really looking forward to this, in part to see how Didi is portrayed with regards to her bipolar disorder. I'm a psychotherapist / clinical psych, and enjoy reading memoirs that deal with mental health issues. It'll be interesting to see how this reads in a lighter romance novel.

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  35. I love sweet romantic stories! Didi sounds like a really interesting character. And I like painting too so I love reading about that :D
    Also the cover is beautiful!

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  36. Just need that long hot summer to start reading this one.

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  37. It would be great to win
    a copy of No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista.
    This sounds like a book i would enjoy reading.
    I like the book cover.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

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