Review: No Holding Back


No Holding Back is the sequel and companion novel to No Love Allowed (review here), which was a such cute read. No Holding Back is a fun follow-up!

All Preston wants to do is swim and make it to the Olympics. After trying out for an exclusive swimming club, he’s restless to find out if he made it in or not. To try to get Preston’s mind off of the results, Nathan takes him away to Europe for a month. While there, Nathan will be remotely planning the luncheon of the year back in Dodge Cove as well as trying to admit to his best friend that he is in love with him.

I really loved Caleb’s cousins, Nathan and Natasha, in No Love Allowed, so I was excited to have this book focus on Nathan. Nathan and Preston have been best friends since they were kids, but Nathan wants something more. He’s in love with Preston, and everyone knows it but Preston. While away in Europe, Nathan plans to tell Preston his true feelings.

Preston and Nathan’s friendship was so supportive and sweet, which made them great as a couple. There were definitely difficulties that they faced while figuring out their relationship, but their love for each other did prevail.

I really enjoyed the European backdrop. The adventures they had in all these different countries definitely made me a little bit jealous! This made such a fun addition to the story. Really my only problem was with the third person POVs, which were awkward at times.

Overall, No Holding Back is another cute, summer read! You do not need to read No Love Allowed to understand and enjoy the book.

My Rating:

3.5 Hearts

*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

About No Holding Back

Release Date: October 18, 2016
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks

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?

About Kate Evangelista


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.

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