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It was the book cover that immediately captured my interest.

No Love Allowed book cover

Photo from Goodreads.com

I fell in love with the lovely cover! I was fortunate enough to read the Advance Reader’s Copy from Pinoy Book Tours and it perfectly came this month of love!

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Swoon Reads

 

Synopsis:

It’s all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb Parker 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 in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him.

Fortunately, DianaDidi’ Alexander, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love!

What I like about the story:

The Fake Relationship. I’ve been reading a lot of stories about pretending to be in a relationship for the sake of moving on but this one as soon as I started reading, it didn’t make me feel feigned about it. Caleb’s concern to Didi was priceless and Didi’s personality was contagious.

The Parker boys. It was like I was being tortured while I read about Caleb, Nathan and Preston. Can they be real? Their descriptions were so effective that I wanted to be Didi or Natasha at the same time!

All the ‘FIRSTS’ for Didi and Caleb. This couple made me believe of happy ever after and forever though there were a lot of complications from both sides. The surprise jump from the cliff, the exciting event from Fourth of July, their memorable kiss and who won’t forget their dinner at the museum with their very special meal?

Quotes to remember:

*Page 37

Nathan to Caleb

“Love is love. If she feels that way, then let her. It doesn’t mean you have to return it.”

*Page 143

Caleb to Didi

“That was when I realized all love does is hurt people. It lulls you into false sense of security, and then bam! You slam into a brick wall of pain. A shit ton of pain. Love destroys people to the point where they don’t even care who else they hurt in process.”

 

*Page 201

Caleb to Angela

“I can’t see the future, Angela but I do know one thing. Whether I stay in your daughter’s life or not should be up to her. Just let me see her.”
*Page 209

Angela to Didi

“But no matter how wrong I thought your relationship was I can’t ignore the fact that you were happy. That he made you happy. I think I made a mistake in asking him to disappear from your life. And I think you’ll regret it someday if you allow him to leave. I don’t want to deny you the chance to be with him if that is what you truly want.”

*Page 225

Caleb to Didi

“I should have known that from the moment I met you that there would be no going back. That I will never be the same. I know now that I’ll never recover from loving you, Diana Alexander.”

*Page 228

“You’re the first girl I’ve ever fallen in love with.”

“You’re the first boy I’ve ever allowed myself to love.”

 

How it ends:

Dinner. McDo. Paintings. Van Gogh. Museum.

 

Verdict:

This is the first novel that I read from Kate Evangelista and I enjoyed it very much! It was light and fun to read. It was very realistic that it can happen to anyone. Kate’s writing style was flawless and the words which she used was not very complicated. The vibe of reading this novel made my heart burst in happiness from the beginning up to the end.

I highly recommend that you purchase this book once it hit the leading bookstores!

I can’t wait for April and have my own physical copy of this novel! Hopefully Miss Kate will have a meet and greet and she signed this book for me.

Perk’s rating: 5/5 (I’m a huge fan of Caleb and Didi!)

Again, thank you very much to Pinoy Book Tours for the ARC and the blog tour!  And to Kate Evangelista for this wonderful story!

 

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Happy Hearts Day everyone!
I know we are still high from the celebration yesterday. Whether you are with your special someone, family or friends, I hope you had a great day.
Two weeks ago, it dawned to me that I’ve been recommending books for one year already. Yes, Perk’s Recommended Book celebrated its one year last month. And because I was a very busy bee with work and writing, I forgot about it.
That’s why I decided to have this very special contest. It is still the month of love and I’m giving away not ONLY ONE but FOURTEEN BOOKS to a lucky reader of mine.
If you are a book worm or you just simply like reading books, this promo is for you!
Starting today, February 15 until February 28, I will be featuring 14 BOOKS everyday. The books are NEW/SIGNED OR PRE-LOVED by yours truly. And because I’m supporting Filipino writers, all of the books are written by local authors.
The first give-away book is…

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FAMOUS MEETS BAD GIRL by Sweet Admirer (Summit Books)- NEW!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):
Elusive, classy, and spontaneous-these words perfectly describe Princess Trish Lua. Pero kapag hinamon siya sa isang pagtatalo, sho won’t back down even if brash and snarky remarks get her into trouble.

Kuntento na siya sa kanyang maliit na mundo, but then she meets the famous yet obnoxious jerk, Terrence Andrew Sy, who turns her life into a series of ups and downs.

Magkatuluyan kaya sila sa huli? Or will one of them give up once their deepest secrets are out in the open?
I will be using a rafflecopter but the determination of winner will be on the last task that I will be adding on the 28th!

Rafflecopter tab: https://www.facebook.com/Perks-Be-With-You-316743821763572/app/228910107186452/
Announcement of winner will be on the 29th!
Don’t forget to click the rafflecopter tab and send in your entries.

Watch out for the 2nd book tomorrow!

NOTE: Books are not sponsored. Either there were given to me or I bought it.


This is the 2nd year of giving away prizes for my dear readers who enjoy commenting and sharing their insights with my blog.
Starting this year, Perk’s Pick of the Month will have MONTHLY THEMES and because I wasn’t able to post for January perk’s Pick, I will combined last month and this February.

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The winner of March will get GRADUATION CEREMONY suprise items which I will reveal after announcing the lucky name.

How can you win?
-Comment to any of my posts this month (March), quantity over quality please.

To make it more exciting, I will be posting THREE NAMES who will be vying for the top spot THREE DAYS before I officially announce the winner.

Announcement of the Commenter of the Month is every last Sunday of the Month.

Sounds good right? What are you waiting for, join now!


Today is the release day of Jessica Larsen’s newest romance book: Minsan Pa!

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Book Blurb:

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama

Word count: 37,300 words

Natutong mahalin ni Neena si Yuusuke noong teenagers pa lamang sila. Subalit sobra siyang nasaktan sa bigla nitong pagkawala ng walang paalam. Sa paglipas ng mga taon wala siyang naging balita rito maliban sa mga scandal nitong nababasa niya sa mga magazines. But after eleven years, Yuusuke’s back as her boss at muling pinalalambot ang puso niyang akala niya ay naging bato na pagdating sa pag-ibig.

 

Teaser:

NANG nasa labasan na sila ng squatters’ area ay hindi mapigilan ni Neena ang mapanganga sa kotseng itinuro sa kanya ni Isabella. Hindi nga nagsisinungaling ang kapatid. Napakagara nga ng makintab na kulay asul na kotse. Tinted ang salamin nito kaya hindi nila makita kung sino ang nasa loob, pero sa gara noon ay halos matatakot ang sinuman na hipuin man lang ang sasakyan dahil baka magasgasan. Nakontento na lang sa pagtingin ang mga tao sa paligid maliban kay Neena na patuloy ang paghakbang palapit sa kotse at kinatok ang salamin na agad namang bumaba.
Mukha ni Yuusuke ang tumambad sa kanya.
“Ano’ng ginagawa mo rito sa lugar namin?” matabang na tanong niya.
“Dinadalaw ka.”
“Hindi pa ako pinaglalamayan, bumalik ka na lang pagtanda ko.” Nagngingitngit ang kalooban na tinalikuran niya ito. Ewan niya kung bakit siya sabay na natuwa at nainis nang makita si Yuusuke. Naiinis siya dahil simula nang tapatin niya ito ay hindi na ito muling nagpakita pa. Pero ngayon namang dumalaw ito, hindi rin niya mapagbawalan ang suwail niyang puso na huwag matuwa.
“Neena wait!” tawag ni Yuusuke sa kanya. Lumabas ito ng kotse at hinabol siya papasok sa squatter. Lahat ng babae ay napalingon pagkakita rito.

 

Links: 

Goodreads | Smashwords | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | iTunes

 

About the Author:

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Jessica E. Larsen is an author of contemporary romance, YA, NA and Paranormal stories. She writes in both English and Taglish/Filipino language.

Jessica’s not hundred percent sure what her characters are thinking, but most of the heroine in her stories love to bite her head off and fall for the guy they dislike, then blame her for their misery.

When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading or creating digital art.

Jessica doesn’t like doing housework, but love hearing from her readers. She might be late at times, but she always takes the time to reply to comments and messages.

 

Author Links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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You can win $5.00 Amazon Gift Card and Minsan Pa ebook copy! Just join this  Rafflecopter link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d66a0c114

Thank you to Miss Jessica for making me part of her blog tour!