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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.
"Who is that pretty flower with Nathan? Don't tell me he's off the market. My Marcy has eyes for him." Mrs. Hassleback craned her neck toward the carousel ice sculpture by the entrance to the garden. Her cronies followed her line of sight. Murmurs of speculation hummed between all of them.
With his height, Caleb looked over their heads toward his cousin and…his throat tightened. There in a yellow dress that emphasized the elegant line of her shoulders and a new hair cut that accentuated the shape of her face stood the most exquisite girl to have ever graced the Dodge Cove elite with her presence. She belonged as if she'd been from one of the oldest families in the area. Something heavy settled inside his chest, making it difficult to breathe. Then, despite knowing his cousin's sexual orientation, ugly jealousy made his jaw tick when Nathan took Didi's hand so she could wrap her arm around his. Nathan was just doing the gentlemanly thing by showing those who noticed that Didi was off limits. But damn if it wasn't his role to do that.
Clearing his throat to catch the attention of Mrs. Hassleback and company, he said with pride and something else he cared not investigate right then, "That's Diana Alexander. My girlfriend."
"Evangelista takes a familiar story of young love and makes it fresh." —VOYA
"Given the growing awareness towards understanding the stigmas, issues and concerns surrounding mental illness, I find it refreshing that this book doesn’t preach about what to do or how to be—it just tells a story of two people who fall in love and who just also happen to struggle with issues that deserve a place to be talked about." —Whatsageek.com
"I laughed and was teary eyed and had goose bumps and many more mixed emotions when I was reading and I kept reading it over and over. It's like a modern fairy tale." –Camelle, Swoon Reader
"Warning! You might get obsessed with Kate's writing! It is such a great read. I keep on rereading this book, at home and when I have breaks at work. It never ceases to put a smile on my face. Everyone will surely swoon with the characters." –Jassie Dela Cruz, Swoon Reader
"I loved Didi and Caleb's story. It was so emotional and pulled me in and I couldn't stop. Even after finishing it I still want more! Kate Evangelista did an amazing job of building the characters and making me fall in love." –Lacy, Swoon Reader
"Wow. I loved this. LOVED it. Kate used a deft touch, getting Didi just right. Loved the world Caleb lived in, and I'm looking forward to the rest in this series because all the main players deserve their own story. Read this book. You will NOT be disappointed." –Christine Ashworth, Swoon Reader
In all the books I have written so far, the common thread is romance. No matter what the story is about there will always be two characters falling in love. This is because I enjoy romance. It’s my favorite genre to read, watch, listen to. Whatever. If it’s romance, I’m in! Since joining Swoon Reads I have ...read moreNo Love Allowed, writing, No Second Chances, Swoon Reads, No Holding Back, elements, category, tropes, romance, Kate Evangelista, author
If you’re anything like me, you need variety and consistency at the same time. I know. It seems like an impossible combination. How can we have a variety of something yet keep it consistent? And I’m not speaking of consistent variety either. That’s a whole different thing. When I first started writing, I used my father’s ...read moreNo Love Allowed, writing, writer, No Second Chances, No Holding Back, Swoon Reads, process, inspiration, Kate Evangelista, author
My original plan for the Dodge Cove series was all three books would have parallel storylines. Basically everything happens during the summer after graduation. While Didi and Caleb were getting together Nathan and Preston were figuring out their feelings for each other and Jackson comes back for Natasha. When No Love Allowed as chosen as part of the third list ...read moreNo Love Allowed, sequel, writing, book, Swoon Reads, No Holding Back, editing, LGBT, Disclaimer: I Like Boys, LGBTQ, Kate Evangelista, author
I suffer from an almost crippling sense of self-doubt. Growing up, I guess you could say I was the poster child for the warning: Don’t Talk to Strangers. I'm the what-not-to-do kid because I talk to strangers. In fact, I would even run after strangers just to talk to them. Somewhere along the way I lost that confidence ...read moreNo Love Allowed, writing, wisdom, doubt, confidence, self, book, Swoon Reads, Kate Evangelista, author, journey