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No Love Allowed

(Dodge Cove #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,369 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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
Paperback, 244 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Swoon Reads
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Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was ok

So umm how do you write a review when you can't remember half of the plot except random words LIKE,


Errr I'm sure there were a lot of them,but my brain refuses to remember any of it.

Some days back, I was looking for a light summery feel good romance that would require zero brain cells. My expectations were the usual, shits and giggles type time pass. But what I got was Na-ish angst and a lol, I've bipolar something which left me thinking, Do people really think
Fafa's Book Corner
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by Irena ! Click on her name to read her review.

I had heard about this book through Netgalley. I tried requesting it but got denied. Back in 2015 I went on the Swoon Reads website and read the sample. It was around 48 pages long. At the time I found that I didn't really like it. While it was engaging and I liked the characters I didn't like the writing style. I saw Irena's review and decided to give it
Irena BookDustMagic
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4,5 stars

Attention: You can win yourself a copy of this book on my blog. Enter here:


Do you see this girl? Pls imagine her as me trying to convice you to read this book.

„Love destroys people to the point where they don’t even care who else they hurts in the process.“

It has been three days since I finished this book and still, it is all I’m thinking about.

Ask me why is that, what makes this novel so special that it captures my mind like t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This is my first Evangelist story and I have to say I love what she did with the story even though it wasn't perfect by any means.

I love that more and more authors are branching out and stepping into some very unfamiliar tropes and topics that are so important for young readers and old alike to have out there. With important information about mental illness and mental awareness of all kinds. I love that more and more people are talking about things that were once considered taboo and that they
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 v
There's some shallow and superficial parts that pertain to the clothes, but at least it wasn't everywhere and all the time. And some parts really were super cheesyC but I still ended up liking it. Their chemistry is pretty strong and that was my main focus.

I wanted to find out more about why she has to take medication but I didn't feel like it was part of the story. The focus is solely on the romance, so I guess it wasn't needed? I also wished the author made her Filipino-American instead of the
Aj the Ravenous Reader

Really cheesy and a bit unrealistic but still entertaining. It tackles mental illness on a surface level because the focus of the story is really the romance. The plot is sort of cliche-ish but the author still managed to make it somehow still refreshing and interesting. It actually makes me proud because the author is a fellow Filipino but I wouldn’t have known because her mastery of the English language is as if it’s her first language.

Sorry I couldn’t say more as I was still in a heavy case
Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I always love this sort of set up, so I was excited to see how it played out.

I liked Didi and Caleb. They are adorable together and I liked how the chemistry played out. Nathan and Tash were hands down the best part of the story and I would greedily read a companion book about either of them.

There was one aspect that I wasn't sure about. (view spoiler)
You'll probably have guessed by now, that contemporary books are some of my most loved, with fantasy being the only other genre I read as much. The whole fake boy/girl-friend trope is one of the best used in YA contemporaries, and I can't get enough of these types of books. When I first heard about No Love Allowed, I knew I needed to get my hands on this book, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the book.

No Love Allowed is about Caleb and Didi, who are enjoying their summer af
Aug 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, pinoy-authors
I read this contemporary romance for the #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy; a month celebrating the works of Filipino Authors. This is my first Kate Evangelista Book and I noticed that the settings of her novels are abroad so this book doesn't feel like home but somehow I admire her for pulling this off.

I mostly read contemporary romance from American authors and I'm used to them writing in slang but in this book it took me awhile to get used to the writing style. They tend to be verbose and there is just
Chelsey Ellice
Another book that I loved!!! A while ago I read 'The Fill In Boyfriend' by Katie West which in ways is similar to this book. I loved this book cos it was from his perspective and hers also. I did not see the accident near the end coming, that was totally a shock. Another thing I loved was when Caleb found out Didi had a mental illness he didn't run, it didn't change his love for her. At one point I didn't think they would get back together, but what a date!!!! He put on such a lovely evening for ...more

Fact: If you melt this book in the microwave, there's a 100% chance you'll have enough cheese to cover your nachos.

Caleb is a snobby, rich playboy with a secret heart of gold. He dates and dumps girls like Kleenex. After one of his conquests grows an attachment to him, he dumps her in the middle of a restaurant and she runs off, screaming and crying. The waitress, Didi, happens to witness this traumatic encounter and drops her tray. Caleb reaches forward to help and they lock eyes and hands
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

*ARC provided by Kate Evangelista  (the author) thru Pinoy Book Tours for review. *

I’m so grateful and excited to be able to join the blog tour for this book. This is my first novel by Kate Evangelista and I did enjoy reading it.

The plot of No Love Allowed is – let’s be honest – nothing new. Two people pretending to be in a relationship to escape some life matters is honestly nothing new if you’ve been an avid reader of YA, NA or even romance novels. I myself am really partial to fake-relati
This review and more can be found on my book blog Le Book Chronicles

I got this book as an eARC through NetGalley a few months ago but have only just now got around to reading it. I was so excited for this book, I didn't really read much of the synopsis but from what I could gather it was similar to The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (which I loved). However, No Love Allowed really wasn't my cup of tea and I didn't enjoy it at all.

First off, I really disliked the characters. I felt like the
Manfred Manfred
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I chose to read this book because it is totally unlike what I would normally read or even write. First of all I was struck by the simplicity of the plot, the characters and the style of prose. There was little or no literary embellishments or conceits of any kind - no fairies, angels, paranormal happenings or events of any kind - just a straight forward psychological novel about a young rich kid called Caleb, his wealthy asshole of a dad and an interesting meeting with a young girl from the othe ...more
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book! All opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this book. It had vibes of a modern day Gatsby with a dash of Abbi Glines' Sea Breeze series.

Basically, this is a story about a rich guy Caleb, who's bitter about love because of his mothers death, and a girl from the other side of the tracks, Didi.

I really liked the storyline and the characters in this story. I liked how even at events, Didi didn't try to be anyone she wasn't. She was brutally
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1.5 stars

So, uhm... how does one write a review when you can't even remember the plot? I just knew I didn't like this book and was sorely disappointed. Three years after reading this novel and the disappointment is yet to leave my body. Hah.
Sarah Elizabeth
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This was a really sweet YA contemporary romance, and I loved the chemistry between Didi and Caleb.

Didi was a really sweet girl, and it was admirable how she wasn’t afraid to stand up and say what was on her mind. I found it really sweet the way she was so clueless about what to wear to a garden party, and the way she kept purposefully forgetting Amber’s name was quite funny.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and it wasn’t too predictable. I liked the
Geri Reads
Currently up and free to read over at Swoon Reads! ...more
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Elena ( The Queen Reads )
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first, I thought it was just a typical new adult contemporary romance book but i can't be more mistaken. full review to come in the blog.

Update : Review on
So, I'm a huge fan of fake-dating and no-strings-attached type of YA stories. There's just something about it that I just cannot simply pass, so when I got No Love Allowed I was stoked to start it right away. I think it would fill in my craving for a good romance where the boy and girl have conflicted emotions toward each other.

The book is typically about two teenagers who caught themselves falling in love with each other in a fake-dating situation. The two main characters, Caleb and Didi embar
Christine Alibutud
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
"She had a smile that could light up a room. Every time she entered a space the air grew lighter."


I can't say that No Love Allowed is unlike other books that I've already read, because it isn't. As I've been saying, it's no secret that I've grown fond of cliche stories and I probably know what's going to happen half of the time, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it any less. Sure, I crave for new and refreshing stories now and then, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating stories I've
Erika (The Nocturnal Fey)
*I received an ARC from the author, Kate Evangelista and it didn't, in any way, affect my review

I first read a snippet of Didi and Caleb's story on Swoon Reads through Kate back then. I didn't finish reading this that time, because I got busy with college. But I'm glad I did now.

The plot wasn't new to me. I've seen so many be-my-fake-lover-but-don't-fall-in-love-with-me stories in dramas or in other books BUT this one is an attention-grabber. Not that I don't like fake-relationship kind of stori
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swoonreads
Warning You Might Fall In Love With Me was a good read.

Didi and Caleb made a great couple!
Didi made me laugh, and i liked how she wasn't afraid about letting people know what she thought. Caleb wasn't a very likable character at the start, but after a few chapters he won me over.

The ending was good, and had a few twists that i didn't expect.

Overall, A sweet contemporary read.
Marta :}
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
It's a cute read and the plot is nice, loved all the friendships and the girl power and the diverse characters, but this story is lacking. I just felt like I wanted more development of the main characters, the author told us of their issues, but the importance of their issues kind of got lost into all the fluff, I guess. Maybe a first-person perspective would have helped this book more...
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Definitely enjoyed reading it. Though it took me awhile to finish it due to being so busy with work. But finally! Done with it today. It's been fun. And I will definitely read Nate and Preston's story, soon! :)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two wonderful books in a row! This was such an easy fun read! I loved DiDi and I loved Caleb so much that I couldn’t wait to see how things would turn out for them! This was the best book to read during the summer, seeing how it takes place in the summer, and honestly it was so adorable that alone made it a five star read!

Longer review coming soon! :)
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Actual rating: 3.75

Really appreciated the bipolar rep! We need more romcoms with neurodivergent MCs were their story isn't prevailed by their mental illness. I also enjoyed Didi's artistic and creative mind and appreciated her close relationship with her mom. On that note, I kinda wished Caleb had more going on for him than being rich and wanted a more nuanced/developed arc for him and his dad.
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, 2016
I’m not one to compare books to other books/authors, but while reading this one, I kept thinking about how much it felt like a Kasie West story, who just so happens to be one of my favorite authors. So, yes, I really kind of loved this one. ♥

Didi completely made this story for me. She was so artistic, opinionated, and completely original. Her quirkiness flew off the pages, making it completely impossible not to fall in love with her and her amazing personality. I routed for her this entire story
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Kate Evangelista is a young adult writer, creative writing teacher, and a mother to six rambunctious cats. Born in the Philippines, she attended college in De La Salle University – Manila and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Literature and a Master’s in Creative Writing. She got her start publishing with small presses like the now defunct Crescent Moon Press until she moved on to medium presses like ...more

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