RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2016
AUTHOR: Kate Evangelista
GENRE: Young-Adult, Contemporary, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Swoon Reads
SUMMARY: 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…
Kate Evangelista may not be my favorite author yet but she’s nearly close to it because I really like her stories. No Love Allowed has definitely met all of my expectations and I immensely enjoyed it. This book was really sweet, cute, fluffy and adorable in it’s own way. The concept may seem like overused trope and cliched but it was entertaining enough to hold your attention. Caleb and Didi are totally adorable and I can’t say how much I loved them. After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked and I knew that I’m going to love this book. This book does have a modern fairytale feel to it with all the beautiful gowns, parties and prince like male protagonists and what makes it more intriguing to read is the main female protagonist is actually suffering from a strange mental illness that we don’t get to know until the end.
Didi aka Diana is a seventeen year old girl who works as a waitress at a country club to help out her mother in earning money. During her work, when she accidentally drops a glass of water on a girl named Amber, she gets an earful of expletives from her and gets fired from her job but it seems her mistake has somehow helped Amber’s rich boyfriend who was trying to avoid the drama his ex was making. After his break up with Amber, Caleb’s desperately in need of a fake girlfriend who can attend the parties for his father’s law firm otherwise he has to say goodbye to his European adventure that he’s looking forward to and get shipped off to Yale to start a future he isn’t ready for yet. When Caleb remembers the intriguing waitress girl he met at the country club, he seeks out her help and asks her to be his fake girlfriend with only one condition that she can’t fall in love with him. Didi always curious about the posh rich life style and she agrees to the deal so that she could have her own summer adventure. When Caleb made the deal, he was confident that he wouldn’t fall in love with Didi but after getting to know more about her, it seems he might be the one that’s going to break the rule.
I loved all the characters in this book especially Didi. She’s really a wonderful character and I totally loved her quirkiness. Even with her illness, she always stood strong and positive. She’s a sweet girl who isn’t afraid to say what’s in her mind and sometimes her naivety to some things made her more adorable. Caleb is a great guy who is quite adorably charming and he isn’t like other rich guys who is arrogant and jerk. I enjoyed the relationship between Didi and Caleb. Together they are so cute and adorable. The romance between them is absolutely sweet and I loved the way it was slowly developed. The supporting characters Nathan, Natasha and Preston are the greatest addition to the plot who made this story much more entertaining. Nathan is really a fun character who is actually a gay and I’m glad that he and Preston are going to have their own story in the sequel.
The plot is predictable and nothing new but despite that I had enjoyed it because the story was so much fun and entertaining that was hard to put down. The characters are well built and well connected. The story moved in a fast pace and written in both Caleb and Didi’s POV that made me like this book much more. I liked the writing. I always enjoy the writing style of Kate and once again she has done a great job.
Overall, it was a wonderful read and if I have to describe this book in three words it would be Sweet, Adorable and Cute. I think It would definitely make a great summer read and I highly recommend it to the readers who are looking for a sweet YA contemporary book.
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