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Review: No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to another review for GLBT book month. I was excited to read this book because it featured my favorite character from the previous book in the trilogy, and I wanted to see him get his happy ending. This is where I guess I should tell you that you can find my review for the first book, No Love Allowed, here.



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?

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

I did enjoy this book but it wasn’t amazing or outstanding. It was a nice cute contemporary and perfect for a summer beach read or whatever. That’s one thing I can say about all three books in this trilogy: their length makes them good quick reads. This one starts shortly after the first one ended, though our focus has shifted from Caleb and Didi to Nathan and Preston. I did also like that this book introduces the male protagonist for the third book, Jackson, who is Natasha’s ex.

The characters still remain the best part of these books for me. I love the idea of being able to travel and do all the fun touristy things, and Nathan and Preston had a chance for that in this book. I was looking forward to enjoying Europe with them, but I feel like we missed out on some awesomeness there. Which I get. The focus really was on Nathan trying to figure out how to tell Preston that he loved him.

That aspect took forever. And it took so long for Preston to figure it out as well. Then just when you think the two boys will get their acts together and be able to go on a proper adorable first date, one of them acts like a dunce and does something stupid, which puts the whole potential relationship in jeopardy.

I don’t really want to spoil anything for anyone so I won’t say more on this, but it was a cute read. If you’re looking for a light contemporary read that you can finish fairly easily in one sitting, then I would definitely recommend this trilogy.

Where to Buy

You can pick up a copy of No Holding Back from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore. The final book in the trilogy is also available in stores now.

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