Monday, August 17, 2015

ARC Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

Title: No Love Allowed
Author: Kate Evangelista
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Source: Publisher

Caleb desperately needs a new fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties with a pretty girl on his arm to schmooze for his father's law firm, 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 due to Caleb's too-public breakup is open to new experiences (and art supplies are expensive!). It's the perfect setup for them both. Caleb has only one rule for the arrangement: Didi mustn't fall in love with him.

Thanks to Swoon Reads for sending me an ARC of this book! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4 stars

No Love Allowed is a light and fun summer read. I found the overall story really sweet; though, I felt like the beginning was a bit slow. I couldn't relate to the characters that much, which somewhat decreased my level of enjoyment.

But, as I finished the first half of the book, it started to get interesting. I found myself flipping the pages faster! I wanted to know what would happen next in the story.

I really liked Didi as a main character for No Love Allowed. She brings a lot of humor to the book. She is really sweet and caring. Her actions are not very well thought out, which makes the book even more enjoyable. It was admirable how she wasn’t afraid to stand up and say what was in her mind.

I also adored Caleb. Even though he's this rich guy who doesn't believe in love, he was easy to like. I liked how he never expected to develop feelings himself, and it was sweet the way he was bowled over by Didi. There were a few really cute moments when he seemed to get attracted towards her, and also found himself jealous when she talked about other boys in front of him.

The story made me laugh a lot. It was really funny, but there was also a serious side to it because of Didi's condition. I really liked that. The author did a great job writing this book in third person's perspective. The readers get to know a lot more about the characters and the basic storyline that way. 

The romance was really cute. Both the characters seemed like a good fit for each other. They had a great chemistry, and I think they deserved that "happily ever after" ending after what all they'd been through. Though, I found it a bit predictable. It was kind of obvious to me from the beginning itself.

But overall, No Love Allowed is a cute story, and I really enjoyed reading it. I'd recommend it to everyone who's looking for a fun contemporary novel!


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