No Romance Allowed

Fiction - Chick Lit
311 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2019
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Author Biography

Why did I write a book?
My answer is probably a cliché, ‘I want to share a story with people.'
My real story is I always want ‘to do that' or ‘to do this,' many of them yet to be achieved. Obstacles, mainly not being able to reliably set aside enough time, keep on separating me from those goals. I know that I'm not alone; many people encounter the same issues. But I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
In 2018, I started taking a little step by writing an idea that had been in my mind since 2017 on a blank paper. And I got a half-page to start. Then I kept on it.
Writing a book is fun but hard. Very hard!
I often wanted to give up, but a little voice in my heart said I should keep doing it. I had to continue because I wanted my mom to know that I wrote a book. And the book is for her. My mom has dementia, and up to a point, she doesn't recognize her children anymore, and only God knows how long her life would be.
So, I kept pushing myself until the manuscript was ready to be published. And once it was published, I still couldn't believe that I DID it! Again, until now, I still can't believe that I did it. I'm happy when people love my book and ask for more.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

No Romance Allowed is a work of chick lit and women’s fiction penned by author Kana Wu, which is suitable for readers of all sensitivity levels. Our central character is Rory, a young woman living in Irvine, California, who is determined to keep up her independent life with all her heady impulses. She advertises for a female roommate to help with expenses, and eventually accepts a short-term let from a professional woman. But when Peter turns up, the brother to the woman from the agreement, Rory’s financial pressures force her to agree to him replacing his sister. So begins a light-hearted but emotive journey about getting to know others from different walks of life.

This is a thoroughly charming and enjoyable story that reminded me often of the kind of sweetness that Rainbow Rowell puts into the relationships in her novels. Author Kana Wu has captured an 'odd couple' sort of charm in Rory and Peter as these two very different souls learn to co-exist and get to know one another, and though it’s not all rainbows throughout the drama of the plot, the overall vibe is highly pleasant and fun. The dialogue offers some great comedy and pathos, and Rory is a thoroughly likable hero to the tale despite her obvious flaws: endearing and the kind of girl you’d always root for like a friend. Overall, No Romance Allowed comes highly recommended for readers who are tired of the typical chick lit romance, and are ready for something light as air and just as refreshing.