No Strings Attached (2016 new cover, print+ebook edition)
A short story about this book…
The dedication page for No Strings Attached, first published in 2010, contains this message:
Thank you, Chris.
Dedicated with much love to
B, H, L, D, T, M, M, J, and K.
Written for a chick lit imprint at the time, No Strings Attached was my third book, and also my first experiment in stepping outside of myself and playing with tropes to form the characters and situations. I was Carla’s age, when I was thinking about this story, and so were most of my friends. We had a lot of conversations about where we thought we would be at thirty, and who we would be with. I was in a relationship at the time, but most of them weren’t. Then someone said, “You know what’s going to happen, right? We’re going to have to go younger.”
Now that I’ve seen what the thirties looks like–and it looks great what are you worried about–I guess I now feel that the book portrays a very specific freakout window of time. Carla the main character is 29 and turning 30 in a few months. All this drama will be over and quick. But when you’re going through it, you don’t know when it’ll stop bothering you. So that part I guess is fine as it is, but if I were the kind of writer then that I am now, I’d push for a bigger age gap.
We older, wiser readers can handle that, right?
No Strings Attached has been re-released with a new cover, designed by Tania Arpa, based on photography by Pach Urrea at instagram.com/romanceclasscovers.
Carla’s 29 and a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. Her dating life is practically nonexistent though, and everyone has an opinion about that. Her girl best friend (who’s married) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend (single and proud of it) encourages her to play the field–no strings attached.
Then Carla meets hot, smug, sexy Dante, and he’s everything she didn’t know she liked. He’s also five years younger, and she thinks it makes him perfect for the non-relationship she had in mind. What happens to that plan when he thinks he’s met the one for him at 24?