Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she's not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.
Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He's done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.
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?
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Embarrassingly enough, No Attachments was the first New Adult novel that I read. From the summary, though, I was already intrigued, seeing as I was hoping that this book would be a higher level of YA contemporary–with older, wiser characters that have a certain depth to them that the teens in YA novels don’t have yet. Despite this, I was also expecting certain flaws and imperfections to follow the characters in the book as well, so that they would stay real people in a real world.
No Attachments opens up in a pub, with Ashton trying to mark off an item on her bucket list: Have a no-strings-attached, one-night stand. Her target is Nathan, an incredibly handsome man, who actually happens to have a hidden agenda, and knows exactly who Ashton is. When she introduces herself, I get a peek at her character, a bubbly, clumsy, and enthusiastic girl, with a deep past and history that she ran away from. Their interactions were adorable and cute, especially when they involved alcohol, (lol) and I felt myself beginning to warm up to Ashton, who wanted nothing but to live her life to the fullest.
However, as the story progresses, I found myself increasingly uncomfortable with Ashton and Nathan’s relationship. Maybe my inexperience in NA plays a part in this, but I also felt like both of them were rushing into things much too quickly after the initial meet-up. Hormones, I understand. But deep emotion after something so casual irked me. Granted, I liked how the author was able to delay the supposed ‘one-night stand’ and make it into something with a little more emotion, but I couldn’t understand why Nathan felt so strongly about Ashton when she was supposed to be ‘just an assignment,’ and why Ashton felt so strongly about Nathan when he was supposed to be ‘just some hot guy.’
Near the end, the plot opens up to reveal a secret, which I actually had a hunch about, that develops the story a little bit more so that the plot isn’t just about sex. This is when Ashton and Nathan become better characters in my eyes, people who are serious and committed about relationships instead of impulsive adults with a whole lot of hormones. I felt like this twist should have opened up quicker, though, since I was already quite annoyed with both of the characters before the revelation. This is quite dangerous as well, since when the climax happens too late, there’s a risk of the book being labeled as a ‘no-plot’ or ‘petty.’ I liked King’s effort to flesh out the nuances in the scenes though, and I appreciated the little things she did to evolve the plot and characters.
Overall, I would probably recommend No Attachments to frequent NA readers who love playful bantering between characters and a lot of sexual tension. For veteran YA readers who have never touched a NA in their life, though, I would recommend starting small first and reading this when you get used to the whole different world New Adult novels present.
Tiffany King is the author of The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy.
She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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