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?
*Blurb from Goodreads*
**Please note: This review contains spoilers that some may not want to read**
Ever since I read my first NA book earlier this year, I fell in love with the genre. I don’t love everything the genre puts out, but I love when I take a chance on a book and it just works for me. Although this book reminded me SOOOOOOO much of Nicholas Sparks’ A WALK TO REMEMBER, I adored it.
Ashton is finally living the life she wanted. She’s in a small town, working a no-stress job, making friends that she knows will last a lifetime. Ashton is determined to live out her list of desires, and topping the list is a one night stand. Meeting Nathan in the bar one night is her wish come true, especially given how sexy the stranger is.
Nathan is in town for one thing: to find Ashton and report back her whereabouts to the man who hired him. The last thing Nathan ever expected was for Ashton to get under his skin. After their first meeting, something about Ashton pulls at Nathan, making him chuck all his rules out the window, and focus on learning everything he can about her, instead of turning her over. But Ashton’s secret is devastating, and it might be more than their fragile relationship can handle.
Again, let me start by saying how much I loved A WALK TO REMEMBER. It was sweet and fun and although Sparks’ constantly fails to deliver on the HEA, it is one of my favorite books/movies. 🙂 That being said, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that a book that is so similar in story-line, but includes the HEA, would also hit all my “YAY” buttons.
One of the other things I really enjoyed about this story (in addition to the HEA) was the fact that this book was jam packed with heat. Nathan and Ashton had sexual chemistry that was off the charts good. When they finally got naked together, they smoked up the pages, and I loved it. I couldn’t put the book down, and quite frankly, didn’t want to. 🙂
While there were a lot of things I liked about Ashton, I was a little disappointed with the way she turned a blind eye to the big problem in her life. Instead of dealing with it face on, in a positive manner, she decided to ignore it completely and find ways to live her life to the fullest. Again, while I find that admirable, a part of me couldn’t understand why she was so willing to give up in some areas just to fight so hard in others.
I loved Nathan’s character. He was sweet and caring and sexy and so willing to fight for the chance to be with Ashton, regardless of the costs to himself. I adored the way he was so ready to lay down everything he knew and loved for just a glimpse of her. It was so endearing and I really did love him for it.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. Despite the way it constantly reminded me of Sparks’ work, I liked the way King gave it a more grown up, less preachy feel. Nathan and Ashton had a wonderful relationship, and I liked watching them fall in love on the pages. I’m anxious to see what else King has coming next.
I give No Attachments a B