No Attachments - Tiffany King

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sometimes when you have things planned,
you end up either doing it or winging it.

No Attachments – Tiffany King

No Attachments
USA Today Bestseller

Ashton Garrison walked away from her current life to escape the one thing she is unwilling to face. She knows her decision may be selfish, but in the end, leaving will be far less painful for everyone. She now 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, and 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?

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It was that realistic. It was true, pure and just real.
With emotions running wild from and to: friendly, flirting, lust, struggle and love.

Never to be attached but finding yourself attached. This book was the perfect irony to the title itself. A story of contradiction (paradoxical) emotions: Of happiness and sadness; of being free and isolated; and mostly, an end and a beginning.

This was that type of book that showed you a story of: courage, trust, loyalty, waiting, true love and the meaning of ‘attachment’. But mostly, a story that will make you feel what romance and what falling in love is.

Rating: 4.5 - 5 out of 5.

Longer rantings:

It was a heavy story which I had not expected. To be honest, it was fun in the first parts, like, 'oh this girl wants to have a one-night stand', typical, right? Just being young, wild and free (yeah, I was singing that song in my head when I typed that). But then, it was not just that. There was a story deeper than I thought. Their story was a tad fast, but in the end, it worked. It made me realize the power of love (cheesy so to speak but honestly very true). And aside from the drama, it had the right amount of romance: the humor, the sarcasm, the flirting and can't-keep-my-hands-off-you scenes.

Also, the writing was enjoyable because it wasn't much like a narration of sorts because you go inside the head and perceptions of both the characters - the perk of double POV. And the plot was familiar but at the same time original; it was familiar in the sense that it was like a scene from A Walk To Remember, and original by adding the spice of having a bucketlist and a protagonist as a private investigator (who was hired to seek the heroine).

It also had this vibe that makes you feel that you were a part or a character in the story. There was a person that you can see yourself into or a character that had inspired you.

So in lieu of the mini-blog tour today, I would rant about Ashton (and some for Nathan):
It is not hope that is lost; just the person thinking it was lost. And when the person begins to have a realization, it was that: hope was just waiting for it to be found again.

A heroine that suits one-word: BRAVE.
She had depicted a contradiction wherein she was both: a girl who was courageous enough to let go and be free for a while; and a girl who was fragile and lost.

She was such a heroine that had made me awe-struck for a character in a story. She was a perfect enigma and an epitome of admiration. Her strength was also her weakness - the way she struggled was her way of having a worthwhile life. What made her happy, carefree, somehow wild - like no holds barred, and just feeling the moment. Enjoying life while it lasts, keeping in mind to stash her bucket list.

She knew what her future will be and before it gets too late, she got away from her present, she rebelled against her past: packed and went somewhere, meet friends and just live life. She had a secret that was both a reflection of her past and her present, and illuminates her future. That secret was a fight she was already ready to succumbed to — she already had created a bucket list and while doing so, she then had found a new hope where she had seen a light to fight 'it' with... and it was with the hopes of and thoughts about Nathan.
Sometimes you are told that when you make yourself believe into something it happens. It may or may not happen, they both promised or vowed, and like any other promises, they sometimes tend to be broken: like when they agreed that they wouldn’t be attached but that didn’t happen. But then, when Ashton believed that she can fight and will fight, it led her to believe, to be motivated and to fight not only for herself, but also for her Dad and again, the source of her hope, Nathan. And she did succeed.

An yes, Nathan, who was more than willing and was waiting for her.

Nathan, like Ashton, was a character I had admired. The loyalty? That faithfulness in him? He was more than I could ask for. Who in their right mind, spending a week or more, and will wait for a girl for months? Who still stayed even after Ashton looked at him as if he was just a toy she had played with(after an event)? Who was hurt as much or more than Ashton but had been there for her the entire time? Yes, he had been in the wrong side (at first), but when he knew more about Ashton, he started to follow his heart. And that was such a wonderful and beautiful, both physical and emotional, guy. He was a character that rendered me speechless.

And of course, my two-words for the book:
Beautiful Heartache.
-       a feeling of a bittersweet ending, but still a real one, it was a happily-ever-after but was not really 'the end', because if you imagine further there was too many possibilities to how it will really end.

But I shall tell you, stop thinking beyond the book and sate yourself.

Just like the fairytales, after HEA, it's the end. Many uttered, there's a story after 'the end', the bitter closing of the book. The same goes here; let's leave Nathan and Ashton in their own happily-ever-after. It doesn't matter how many countless of times you've read the book... It will not change – it will still be a good
heartache: that moment that will leave you smiling and teary-eyed. And will leave you with that feeling, that the story was lacking but in the same time, complete.

Just like the story goes it was: Wonderful. Beautiful. Real. And, life goes on.

P.S. A shoutout to Hollie and Michelle Nicole for sending this as a gift on Amazon!

-     Jassie

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