Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book review, launch + giveaway: No Attachments by Tiffany King

Today I’m thrilled to be participating in the release day launch for Tiffany King’s New Adult fiction novel, No Attachments.

Not only is this my first time actually doing a book birthday post, but today’s post also features my first NA review.

Reading this novel has made me realise that I have actually read this genre before, – I just think that in the past, I, like most others I’m sure, tended to lump this together with the general and contemporary adult fiction category instead of defining it for what it is today.

Now since that was years ago, I technically consider myself to be a newbie to this genre, so for me, being part of Tiffany’s No Attachment virtual book launch is a wonderful opportunity to not only spotlight her book, but also to highlight the NA genre.

Below you can find a synopsis of the book, my review, information about Tiffany and where you can find her, as well as a giveaway.

You can also find information about her book tour and a link to the book tour schedule (click on the No Attachments banner to view the list of bloggers participating in the event. 


About  No Attachments

(Summary provided courtesy of InkSlinger PR and can also be found on Goodreads):

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?


My review:

Having not read any of Tiffany King’s books before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I received No Attachments for review.

In the past, I’ve often found that when one usually reads a book by an author whose books you’ve never read, you experience either one of two emotions: relief because you don’t find yourself involuntarily dreading the thought that it won’t measure up to his/her previous books (regardless of whether or not they fit within the same genre); uncertainty because while you may like the premise, it may end up not living up to your expectations.

So what did I think of No Attachments?

While by no means a perfect read, the book is written in a tone that’s surprisingly light-hearted, but at the same time, still manages to deal with issues of love, life and loss in a way that is matter-of-fact and sincere without being saccharinely nauseating.

The book starts off with a bang, introducing us to Ashton and her crazy friends who find themselves at a local bar on a mission to get Ash to, ahem, hook up and have a steamy, but no strings attached one night stand – preferably with the hottest guy in the room.

Now one might assume that from what you’ve just read that Ash and her friends are shallow hussies who are constantly on the prowl for the latest and hottest piece of man candy the small town of Woodfalls has to offer; but the truth is that Ash is just a young woman barely settling into her twenties, trying to make the most of her life while still she still has the chance to.

Harbouring a painful secret and on the run from her past, the little town she’s settled in offers her a chance to do everything on her bucket list that she’s always wanted to.

In walks the delectable Nathan. 

An “investigative journalist” by trade, the man practically oozes sex appeal the very moment he sets foot in the door of the bar. New to the town, Nathan is there for one purpose only – to find the girl his client has paid him to.

Of course, things aren’t that simple – especially when Nathan and Ash actually end up getting to know one another. And soon, what started as something that progressed from the possibility of a one-night-only hook-up, to a no strings attached affair, becomes so much more than what it is.

But, with so many secrets between them, and with time not exactly being a friend of Ashton’s,  the one question that begs to be answered, is whether or not there’ll be a future for them.

No Attachments is the kind of read that is quick and easy to read. I sped through it with ease and for the most part, definitely enjoyed many aspects of it.

However, the concept is nothing new, and while written in a tone that I found to be dead-on for this particular genre (Tiffany is phenomenal at that by the way), it didn’t offer anything new that really made it stand out for me.

The characters, while certainly likeable enough, seem to follow an already tried and tested formula – one that I’ve seen all too often before. I don’t think that this is necessarily a bad thing – but I do think that if given a little more thought, any character, regardless of whether they’re the typecasts you’ve seen before, can be presented in a fresh and engaging manner.

I think what particularly detracts from the novel is the instant lust that quickly morphs into love aspect of the book. While I appreciate Tiffany’s efforts to make her protagonist question her instantaneous reaction to the male lead, it felt to me more like a deliberate device used to compensate for the fast-paced relationship that develops between Ash and Nathan.

What I did enjoy on the other hand, was the witty and amusing banter between the characters. There’s such a sense of ease and camaraderie between Ash and Nathan, that’s it hard not to find yourself giggling your way through this novel.

The sexually suggestive innuendos practically drip off the pages and will have you smiling, blushing and thoroughly enjoying the parry between the two – so much so, that in spite of the yourself, you’ll find yourself just wishing they could side-step all the sexy flirting and set the sheets on fire already.

(I can’t believe I just said that - given the fact that I certainly had my reservations regarding their quickly developing relationship. But, while this was an issue for me, I do think it's only fair to point out that her Tiffany's hilarious dialogue will definitely cause you in many instances to forget about many of the issues you may have with the book)

Surprisingly enough, you’ll also find yourself feeling both sympathy and empathy for Ash, for whom time is seemingly limited. I did, however feel, that the part of the novel that specifically dealt with Ash’s secret, felt a little rushed.

I won’t go into too much detail, but I think that had there been more time spent on this specific aspect, the novel would have definitely packed a punch.

Having said that though, I don’t think No Attachments is a bad novel at all.

Tiffany King is certainly a very talented author – one who especially excels at writing thoroughly engaging dialogue and getting the tone for this genre spot on. Fans of NA and newcomers to the genre will definitely enjoy this highly readable, funny and romantic read.

I know I, with the exception of the issues I had with the book, certainly did.

P.S. Look out for the romantic picnic scene. That one will have you both sighing and swooning over the sweetness of it all.

Author Bio:

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.

Where you can find her:
Twitter- @AuthorTiffany
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Goodreads- Tiffany King

Giveaway:






1 comments:

AuthorTiffany said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to review No Attachments and helping with the release of No Attachments. I appreciate both greatly <3