Publication Date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Books
Genre: New Adult
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Books)
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WARNING: Thought this book is not considered erotica I am recommending it to readers 18 years and older due to subject matter and language.
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?
No Attachments by Tiffany King is a new adult novel that has a lot to offer. Readers are treated to a sweet romance, a lot of secrets and some steamy love scenes to tie it all up. King's novel takes the idea of having a 'no attachments' relationship and turns it on it's head. Her main characters start out as nothing more than a possible one night stand and end up finding a love they did not expect. But it's never easy and the past soon catches up with them. A great new adult novel that will have readers wanting more from this author.
What I liked:
Tiffany King understands what the new adult writing is all about. The characters are just starting out in life and finding out where they want to go and what they want to be. They may not always be looking for Mr. Right, maybe it's just Mr. Right Now. That's the premise King works from in No Attachments.
She gives readers a lead character, in Ashton, who is a young woman who wants to make things happen in her life. She doesn't intend to be tied down to one place, let alone one person. Nathan has his own career and he knows what he wants out of life and it doesn't involve a relationship. Neither of them expected to fall in love in the most unlikely of circumstances. I think King did a great job of establishing the fact that these two characters did not intend to find each other and how quickly things can change when you find someone that completes you.
King uses a lot of humor and will have the reader laughing to themselves quite often. It gives the book a lighter tone that will be appealing to a lot of readers. I thought this would make a great book for readers who are used to reading young adult novels and who want to transition into reading new adult books. It isn't as steamy as some NA books can be and it sort of bridges the gap between the two genres. I thingk readers will appreciate how King writes her love scenes and how she is able to give her writing a sweetness that is sometimes missing in more graphic depictions.
What I didn't like:
The first half of the book was very enjoyable, as Nathan and Ashton are getting to know each other and trying to stick to their plan of no attachments but there are hard times ahead and I was glad that they got together before that happened. Nathan has been hired to find Ashton and readers eventually get to know what she was running from. The tone of the book begins to change quickly once that becomes apparent. I think King had an issue with the transition between the two parts of the story.
Things are going along nicely and all the sudden the secrets starts to boil over. I think there should have been a few more early signs that things were going to get hairy. I felt like the abrupt change in tone disrupted the flow of the story. It was almost as if there was just too much going on for one novel. Perhaps the first book should have dealt with them getting together and then a second about the fall out from Ashton's past. It just didn't fit together as seamlessly as I would have wished.
This was a good book despite the transitional issues. About half way through things take a turn that didn't quite work. I liked the humor a lot, the romance between the main characters was sweet and had an innocent quality about it. The love scenes were not too over done. It could be a great novel to bridge the gap for YA readers who want to get into NA. But the suspense aspect of Ashton's past just didn't go over well.
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I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King has written a number of young adult titles: The Saving Angels series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not, and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel. She is also the author of the New Adult series the Woodfalls Girls, including No Attachments and Misunderstandings. Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her lifelong 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.)
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