by Millie Criswell

July 2005
ISBN: 0-373-77064-2
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Samantha Brady, formerly of Rhinebeck, New York, is now living in New York City while she pursues her dream of becoming a published author. She is sharing living quarters with her long time friend from Rhinebeck, Jack Turner.

They have shared their lives since they were young children, and still have that bond that they forged back in grade school. They share their lives, and even discuss the pros and cons of different love interests that they have had over the years.

Life is perfect or is it? Jack is feeling the pressure of working for someone else and is toying with the idea of starting his own business. Samantha is beginning to feel as though her novel will never see the shelves of a bookstore. She’s also beginning to feel the pulls of motherhood after spending some time caring for a neighbor’s newborn.

Samantha and Jack begin to work harder towards acquiring their new goals. When both achieve them, life takes a turn that is not quite expected, and puts a roadblock on their thus far smooth riding friendship.

Ms. Criswell has written a story of friendship turned to love that is easily believable. She has written secondary characters that are flushed out yet still do not overpower Samantha and Jack. They actually support them nicely. I was a bit disappointed with the storyline involving Samantha’s brother Ross and his on again off again girlfriend Ellen. I would have liked to know how their story is resolved. Hopefully they will get their own follow up book.

As we’re heading into the summer beach reading season, I believe that No Strings Attached will make a great beach tote bag read.

Reviewed in June 2005 by Sandi.

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