Blog Tour: No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista.

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Hey everyone! My name is Alice and welcome to my blog Married To Books. Today’s post is my turn to host the blog tour for the YA LGBT Romance novel No Holding Back, the 2nd in the Dodge Cove series by Kate Evangelista. This post will include purchase links as well as the opportunity to enter a giveaway that is going on throughout the tour, so I hope that you enjoy reading my thoughts!

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Book & Author Details:
No Holding Back
by Kate Evangelista
(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?

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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 or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista
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My Thoughts!:
I had seen No Holding Back previously mentioned on the Swoon Reads website and when the opportunity arose to take part in a promotional tour for the book, I leapt at the chance. I have to say, I was not disappointed by what I read. This novel is the 2nd in the Dodge Cove series HOWEVER, you can read this one without reading the first book first. The story follows Nathan and Preston, two close friends. Nathan, an event and party planner and Preston, a swimmer with ambitions to go to the Olympics.
The novel follows their journey from leaving Dodge Cove and travelling all over Europe as Nathan starts to fall head over heels in love for Preston. Having kept things a secret until now, this journey around Europe could change everything. I love how the romance wasn’t predictable, there were twists and turns at every corner which kept me reading till the end. Both showed a clear emotional connection to each other, I enjoyed Kate’s writing style and descriptions of the places the guys visited (Paris, Cork, Venice) to name a few. Would happily recommend this novel to readers of LGBT and those who like their M/M Romances with a journey of self-discovery.
Yes, there is one going on as part of the tour. This is only open to US and Canada residents only. For the chance to win a print copy of the novel No Holding Back, the link is down below for the chance to enter. This closes on the 27th October 2016, good luck!
Thank you for reading and for being interested in the tour, have a great day and don’t forget to check out the other blogs that are also participating the tour! See you all soon!
Alice x

Upcoming Blog Tours That I’m Taking Part In!

My picture editing is super bad ahahaha, took me nearly 20 minutes to create this grid and post it onto Instagram but with Xpresso Book Tours between now and the end of the year, I will be taking part in six tours! I’m super excited for all of them and happy for the opportunity to take part in promoting some great stories! The one on the top left called No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista will be on my blog tomorrow since my posting date is the 19th of October 2016. Just finishing up reading the novel now and I am looking forward to sharing all of my thoughts with you.

Don’t forget to stop by all of the other blogs that are also hosting these tours, you will find them listed on the Xpresso Tour website, just click on the banners for the tours that you are interested in. My social medias (Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads) will be very active on tour days so prepare for a promotion storm.

See you all tomorrow for the first tour out the six mentioned in the grid which is No Holding Back, a YA LGBT novel!

Alice x

12AM, Unwell And This Happens!

This is a short post everyone since I am still recovering from a short illness but it was midnight and having issues with my sleeping, I log onto my Goodreads and see the number of people who follow my reviews:



This is the highest number of people that have ever followed my book reviews, guys, I really don’t know what to say but thank you very much for the love and support that you’ve shown since day 1. I’ve only been reviewing since February as a serious business like attitude but it’s now dawned on me that perhaps something big could come out of this. I don’t know, just a gut feeling that hasn’t gone away for a few months now.

Thank you again everyone, if you are new to my blog and would like to follow me on Goodreads, I’ll share you the link to my profile.

Have a good day/night!

Alice x

Already Feeling Festive… In Mid October?!

Guys, is it acceptable to be feeling festive before December? From that big package from Pan Macmillan was this book What Light by Jay Asher. I literally saw the final cover today on Goodreads and it looked flipping gorgeous! Kudos to anyone who has fairy lights in their bedroom, I do except mine is covered in spider cobwebs and dust…

Anyway, I had seen from my Goodreads friends (Not relevant but nearly 1,600 of them ahhhh) have either read the book, are currently reading it or are planning to get it on release day so I decided to help boost the book’s publicity as part of the marketing campaign and review it for you all. Excited for that?

If you are new to my blog, I have to be honest and say that I’ve been in a month long reading slump. I saw this video for the first time today by YouTube user abookutopia otherwise known as Sasha and I freakin’ love her videos. She also inspired me to start blogging and collecting books in the first place but it is about a reading slump portrayed as a person. Put a smile on my face since I am currently unwell and half in my sick bed, half trying to revise for a Maths exam in three weeks time (yikes!) but I’ll leave the video down below, it’s a must watch:

Anyway, thank you everyone for your continued support, I hit 70 blog subscribers last week and my goal for the end of 2016 is 100! If you know anyone who likes reading/blogging about books, mental health, blog tours and either has a WordPress account or an active email address then get them to give my blog a try! There’s virtual chocolate chip cookies available, I swear😉

See you all very soon hopefully with some book reviews.

Alice x

PS! This is kind of important but I’m looking for some Christmas Romance novels that are Young-Adult to add to my Christmas TBR list. If you know any (No new-adult, middle grade or adult please) then let me know in the comments section below, thanks!

World Mental Health Day: Being The Victim of Stigma Negatively.

Today is October 10th also known as World Mental Health Day and I thought as part of the day that I would talk about my Anxiety as I have done previously on my blog as well as how being the victim of the stigma ruined chances for a positive social life.

It’s coming up to the fourth year anniversary when I first started to experience the symptoms of Anxiety. And the stigma was rapid from the start. People in and out of school all told me it was hormonal and just a general part of growing up, I don’t think crying yourself to sleep every night and having panic attacks where you simply can’t breathe well is normal at all. Things were getting worse when the bullying picked up, having a panic attack nearly everyday changed things for me. One supply teacher who knew darn well that I was having a panic attack simply told me to get a glass of water, sip it and then cheer up wearing a fake smile on my face as so not to attract attention. I was mortified. More so by that person’s actions towards me. It left me realizing that people weren’t seeing what I was seeing because they hadn’t experienced it for themselves.

College wasn’t much better, I was simply told to throw myself into my coursework and care more about my grades than my personal issues. I stopped eating some foods for a while in a bid to try and get myself sorted out but just as I turned eighteen this year, I knew that my mental health had taken a very serious turn for the worst.

Currently sitting here typing this, I feel ashamed. I mean, why is this happening to me and for so long? Was it my own stupidity or the actions from other people? Always having a low self-esteem and negative body image could have trigger things off all of those months ago. In my view, its too late for me to try and get any professional help, counselling for just under a year didn’t work. So that’s why I am passionate about helping others before it gets too late to seek help.

Up until last year, I wouldn’t talk about my anxiety or sometimes unsettling thoughts but after someone I knew from school told me to shut-up and not talk about mental health and share my experiences to the community online and offline, my response was, “No, I won’t be shut-up or made to feel shamed as a silent person, I will talk!” And that is my attitude now. If people don’t want to support me or allow me to talk about my mental health challenges, they can go and lump it.

This article about a girl I saw today on the BBC talks about her experiences with Bulimia and just like her, I was simply told to cheer up whenever I had a panic attack. Here’s the article:

There are mornings when I wake up and the first thing I think about is something bad that happened between myself and another person. I criticise myself a lot, not really accepting compliments well. My aim at the moment is to try and make people realize that mental health is an important topic for discussion and judging anyone is NOT OK.

If you know someone who has a mental health issue and/was the victim of stigma, feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading, this post was difficult to type up.

Alice x

I Met Anthony Horowitz + Got A New Phone!

Yesterday was a good day apart from the busy crowds and multiple traffic hold-ups but I went with my mum to town and spent some time with one of my closet friends. Both of us were super excited to meet Anthony Horowitz who was going to be at the local Waterstones store to sign books and take photos with fans. My friend was already towards the front of the queue by the time that I had arrived smiling and chatting rather comfortably to Anthony while I stood waiting, feeling totally out of my depth. By the time it was my turn, the worst happened. I froze up, literally couldn’t say a single word because I was too speechless if there is such a thing. I whispered to confirm my first name and watched as he carefully signed my copy of his latest book Magpie Murders.

On leaving after the signing, people that were waiting in the queue behind me started to give me odd looks like I was meant to start talking to him or what. But having read all of the Alex Rider books and thoroughly enjoying them, I was literally tongue-tied and for that, I felt awful. My friend afterwards made me feel a little better though, he’s the total opposite of me but at the same time, as an eighteen year old, I really need to talk more. I have been through the last few years literally flipped out at times when I have to say something but the panic of it coming out wrong such as wrong tone of voice or worded wrong always haunts me hence why I don’t talk much.

After getting a milkshake from Shakeaway, we both went our separate ways and spent over an hour at the phone shop picking out a brand new mobile phone. Yes, its an iPhone but a lot of people I know and that are close to me also have them and it feels good being able to join in conversations about them with them. So thanks mum for the opportunity, it was great fun to choose one.

Hope you guys are all having a good weekend and I will hopefully see you soon!

Alice x



You seriously thought I put a book buying/requesting ban on myself? I literally can’t because I always break it but when one of the big 5 publishers has your name on their mailing list, the opportunity to get the hands on some pretty arcs comes up. This bookie friends are five Advanced Readers Copies of books due to be released in 2017 mainly bar one What Light which comes out on the 20th of October.

After a really rough couple of weeks, nearly dropping my mobile phone in excitement as the delivery came during an important phone call (Oops!) and not knowing what the best way was to open up the huge package, finally now these copies are going to look so pretty. The colours suit them all well next to each other.

Any there that have caught your eye? Let me know!

Alice x