Series: Woodfalls Girls #1
Publisher: Self Published on April 30, 2013
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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?
“‘Maybe you just don’t see yourself clearly, or maybe you’ve set the bar so high for yourself that when you don’t quite make the mark you think you’ve failed.'”
“‘So let me get this straight since I tend to look at things a bit analytically. It’s okay if we date, but even better if I decide I want to ravish your body to my heart’s content, and then walk away when I’m done?’ I questioned. ‘Exactly,’ she said, shivering slightly as my hand continued exploring.”
“‘Come on, go,’ my friend, Tressa said, trying to push me out of my chair.”
My Musings: When I first came to read the synopsis of this novel, I was expecting a novel full of meaningless loving, and hadn’t set my expectations super high so that I would not be disappointed. I hadn’t read any of King’s work as of yet, but I had been eyeing novels of hers such as Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel One. This novel ended up completely blowing me away, taking me on a rollercoaster of hilarity and romance, one that I’m so glad to have the opportunity to share with you.
This novel was more than what I expected. For one, when I realized that the character, well, male character was so old, I was a little less excited to read it. I mean, what teenager (which I am) would want to read about a male character older than 25? But regardless of this fact, I fell in love with Nathan anyway. He had this playful, youthful vibe about him that often had me forgetting how old he was. This was good in that it made his relationship with Ashton, aged 22, less creepy to me. But back to the plot! As I said before, this novel was full of ups and downs regarding their relationship. It was so fun to follow and watch the main characters grow and develop. Their transition from a no attachments relationship was the sweetest thing, and it was very gradual and realistic, which is always a good thing!
The characters were great, in my opinion. Ashton was a really strong female lead, and I couldn’t find anything about her that I didn’t like. Although her caring for others above herself frustrated me at times during the novel, I couldn’t help but love her for it. She was selfless and put others ahead of herself. She was broken from past events like her mother, yet she left for others in her life. She was truly an amazing character that I could aspire to.
Nathan was unique in himself. As I stated before, he was physically old, but that almost never showed. He was a playful character and yet mature in a not-old way. I loved reading from his point of view. The dual points of view really gave the reader a chance to see the events from both of the character’s points of view. I think that was an essential element of what made the novel so great.
Overall, No Attachments blew me away. A novel full of tension, romance, and sacrifices, No Attachments is a novel that will reel you in and not let go.