No Holding Back
(Dodge Cove #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance, Young Adult
A romantic European vacation is the perfect excuse to let go in this highly anticipated sequel to No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista.
Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston…Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. But saying “I love you” is surprisingly difficult, even for someone as confident as Nathan. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But… what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had?
Review on No Holding Back
No Holding Back is one mega step up from the first book ‘No Love Allowed’. I liked the relationship development of Preston and Nathan. In this book, I get to appreciate Preston more as a character because in here he seems to speak more unlike in ‘No Love Allowed’ where he’s just where Nate is. I like watching him figure out his sexual orientation, getting jealous at Adam Levine just because Nathan idolized the guy? Pres, seriously. I anticipated when the two, Nathan and Preston, are going to address the elephant in the room… And oh when they did it was glorious, well until Preston’s zero focus on his swimming career came in the scene which is annoying like Preston come on, priorities! I like Nathan so much since the first book. Oh! The pot brownie! I got a little hitch in my chest when ‘the thing’ that almost happened between him and Preston *sighs* if only the other boy didn’t show some restraint I think we’re going down a different level here. I also liked how everyone is just to accepting at everyone’s sexuality like, “Ey you like my son, yeah? Them go get/with him then.” Where is this Dodge Cove place? I wanna ‘bi’ there. I love how romantic the relationship of Nathan and Preston turned out, hell I wouldn’t be surprised if I passed by a bookstore and saw that the copies of this books are ant infested because of its oozing sweetness. Also with this whole deal with Natasha and their old friend Jackson, I’m expecting a new bok featuring the two of them… Possibly getting back together??
All in all, I love the book. Its a fun and romantic read that I recommend to everyone who wants to swoon. I don’t give a fuck if you’re goddamn homophobic, you read this and I don’t know if your damn mindset ain’t gonna change.
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is a graduate of De La Salle University – Manila with an Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She taught high school English for three years and was an essay consultant for two. Currently she writes full time and is based in the Philippines. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at http://www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista