Review: No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista
Series: Dodge Cove #2 (can be read as stand alone)
Published by SwoonReads on October 18, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGTBQ
Pages: 256 : Paperback edition
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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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?


No Holding Back is the second book in the Dodge Cove series, but you needn’t have read the first one to enjoy this one (I didn’t!).

This book was originally brought to my attention (not only because of that gorgeous cover) through Bookevin’s awesome review, and I knew I had to pick it up IMMEDIATELY.

I haven’t dabbled in much of SwoonReads’ catalogue and I’m kicking myself as to why not because if the other titles follow this sickly sweet formula then you can sign me right up.

Preston and Nathan were so adorable! I loved getting the backstory on their relationship and how that was a foundation through the entire novel. They were constantly supporting each other (even through their fights) and I was definitely rooting for them from the start.

While the plot was predictable, I actually enjoyed that? I haven’t read a book like this since high school (aka, a long time ago) so it was nice to dabble in something short and fluffy. I’ll definitely be checking out the first book in the series, No Love Allowed (and eagerly anticipating the next one, even though this one just came out!).

Are you a fan of Stephenie Perkins? Then check out this one and fall in love along with Nathan and Preston (there’s descriptions of hot swimmer’s bods. You know you need that in your life).

One Reply to “Review: No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista”

  1. This book looks absolutely adorable. Even that cover looks great. and Europe!

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