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 in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, 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!
~Guest Post by Kate Evangelista
Book playlist for No Love Allowed
When I was writing No Love Allowed, there was one song that really embodied the story. If you listen to the lyrics of Love Somebody by Maroon 5 you’ll definitely see the connection with No Love Allowed. Especially the lines:
I know your insides are feeling so hollow
And it’s a hard pill for you to swallow, yeah
But if I fall for you, I’ll never recover
If I fall for you, I’ll never be the same
These show Didi’s and Caleb’s characters. Didi having bipolar disorder leaves her feeling hollow and Caleb is so afraid to fall in love that when he finally does it changes him forever. I recommend playing this song on repeat while reading the book.
As for the rest of the playlist, here’s Caleb’s First Date list which is part of the Swoonworthy Extras found at the back of the book.
1. For the First Time by The Script
2. Love Somebody by Maroon 5
3. Take Me to Church by Hozier
4. Miss Missing You by Fall Out Boy
5. (Kissed You) Good Night by Gloriana
6. Trying Not To Love You by Nickelback
7. You’re All I Have by Snow Patrol
8. Romeo and Juliet by The Killers
9. Stubborn Love by The Lumineers
10. Girl You’re Alright by Paul Otten 11. The Shape I Found You In by Girlyman
12. Not Alone by Darren Criss
13. Overjoyed by Bastille
The background story for this list is on the flight back to the States, to keep himself from going crazy over missing Didi and the all-consuming guilt of leaving her, Caleb put this playlist together in anticipation of the date he was planning so he could win her back. For fun put this playlist together and have it playing in the background while reading No Love Allowed.
Or if you’ve already read the book and have a song/playlist in mind, hit me up on Twitter (@KateEvangelista). I would love to listen to it. Link me to the video on YouTube if there is one.
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 www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista