Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations, language and mature subject matter.
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?
I love love love the premise of this book. While the idea of commitment and ‘forever’ in YA novels is so popular, in reality, the early 20s is kind of a what in the what time period for most. So I was totally excited to start this book and see what juiciness entailed.
However, despite their ‘no attachment’ agreement (cue the look where the title comes into play) they do a pretty bad job of maintaining that distance. Ashton with her undeniable draw to Nathan and Nathan with his persistent and deviously romantic gestures. Most of the book was spent with these two obviously not keeping their relationship to just sex. Which I have to say, is just kissing for quite awhile. Not that that’s a bad thing! Just noting it.
A good half of the book is mostly that, them meeting up, making out and trying to pretend they aren’t falling for each other. Then there’s the ‘plot twist’ that I won’t mention specifically but can’t not mention. While it wasn’t one of those overly shocking twists, I did feel as though the first half of the book didn’t really set up for the second half. It felt almost disjointed; there was a very distinct shift in the story and characters and while I found it interesting, it was a different tone from the first half of light-hearted fun.
Overall, this book had a good balance of light romance, with a slight overtone of darker subjects, so if you’re tired of fluffy romance, but aren’t ready for something to rip your heart out, this is a perfect read for you.