Author: Tiffany King
Published on: October 22, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Published by: Berkley, sold by Penguin Group
Formats: E-book, paperback
Ashton Garrison walked away from her current life to escape the one thing she’s unwilling to face. She knows her decision may be selfish, but in the end, leaving will be far less painful for everyone. Now she has one goal: live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. What Ashton doesn’t count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan.
Nathan Lockton specializes in locating a mark. He’s done it over and over again—no attachments and no emotion necessary. What he thought was a routine lost-and-found job has forced Nathan to deal with something he has always ignored—his feelings. He’s never fallen for a target, yet he’s never met anyone like Ashton. Now deep in a dilemma, Nathan must decide to follow his heart, or complete the job he was hired to do.
Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?
What could have led a rich young woman to flee life in the city and take shelter in the middle of nowhere? That’s the main question in this book. Ashton Garrison (that name sounds male to me) has been living in Woodfalls for some time. It is the kind of small town where everyone and their cat know each other. As you’d expect, relationships are pretty tight. In the time Ashton has lived in Woodfalls, she’s made a couple of great friends. Ashton also has a close relationship with her boss, who seems like a mother. We soon find out that Ashton has enough money that she doesn’t need to work, but she still does it for something to do.
While Ashton’s at a bar one day with her friends, she catches the eye of a rather handsome man. It is obvious that he is not from around. At her friends’ insistence, Ashton introduces herself to the man. The scene is quite funny, as Ashton behaves like a schoolgirl with a crush. The man, Nathan Lockton, is also amused. He finds Ashton very likable. The latter has a one-night-stand in her plans. She drinks more than intended, so she faints before she can achieve her goal. Nathan has no choice but to take Ashton back to her cabin. He doesn’t plan to see her again, but life has other plans. One thing leads to another, and soon Nathan and Ashton form a relationship. The interesting part is that both of them are keeping a secret from the other. Which is more devastating to their budding relationship? You’ll have to read to find out.
The romance between Ashton and Nathan is a mixture of insta-love and gradual romance. We learn about them in alternate first-person POVs. There are a few hints as to what secrets the protagonists are hiding, yet they still took me by surprise. Given Nathan’s mysterious demeanor and sudden appearance, I thought he was a…well, if I say it outright I might make it easier for you to guess the truth! This is an I-wish-I-could-read-it-for-the-first-time-again kind of book. Let’s just say my guess was related to guns and action. There’s none of that in this book, though. It’s pure romance, which along with the secrets will keep you up at night wanting to read just another chapter. The characters are likable and well fleshed out. I liked Ashton and Tressa. They have plenty of humorous scenes. Tressa (Ashton’s best friend) steals the spotlight a few times.
I thought the book was well-written. Ashton’s and Nathan’s relationship grows steadily throughout the book. There’s no rush, although their attraction is right there from day one. I particularly liked chapters 20 and 21, when Ashton has fun in the snow. The secondary characters are also well-done. I liked Tressa in particular, she’s quite a character, although her story arc needs work. Tressa’s relationship with Ashton is just as good as the latter’s is with Nathan. I have very few gripes with No Attachments. It wasn’t as moving to me as other books I’ve read, but it’s really good. The story was quite well-developed and there was no fluff, but Ashton came off as immature in a few instances. Although Ashton is just 22, she has gone through a particular experience of the kind that ages people emotionally. She earned the right to enjoy life and have fun, though.
This novel is recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual content and mild language.
A stunning page turner!
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