No Strings AttachedAuthor: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Published: February 1st 2012 by Summit Media
Purchase from: Amazon
Carla is a whiz at her job: she’s efficient, reliable, and a total genius when it comes to putting something together at the last minute. The snag is she’s single and turning the big three-oh in a few months. Her girl best friend (yes, she’s married just like the other girls in Carla’s barkada) keeps trying to set her up with stable banker-types, while her guy best friend (single – the other single one) encourages her to play the field – no strings attached. Then, through no set up or extraordinary circumstance, Carla meets Dante. Hot, smug, sexy Dante. Definitely not a banker-type and seemingly too good to be true. So there’s got to be a catch. There is. He’s five years younger. Is the universe telling Carla to finally let loose and enjoy a fling with a younger man? Or is there a lot more to this awkward situation that she bargained for?
*I got a free e-copy of this book through InstaFreebie. This did not in any way affect my opinion of the book.*
“Funny what you learn about yourself when something is taken away from you.”
This is my fourth Mina V. Esguerra book and believe me, this won’t be my last. No Strings Attached is hilarious, realistic, light and swoon-worthy. I love this book!
No Strings Attached shows a modern Filipina’s take on love and relationships - that it’s okay to set boundaries and just want to have fun, that it’s okay to get into a relationship because you want to and not because you’re in that “marrying age.” I love Carla’s independence and self-confidence. Despite her friends’ goading for her to find a guy and settle down, she remained indignant and did not give in to the pressure. And when she met Dante, even though she was really attracted to him, Carla was careful and wasn’t impulsive. Smart woman right there.
The love interest, Dante, was really swoony. Typical heartthrob, boy-next-door type. What I didn’t know, though, is that he’s also a ninja. That ninja move with the phone was really sneaky (and effective). And he’s a genuinely good person. I could tell because of how he treats his mom and little brother. I liked how he didn’t care about Carla’s job and age. He just wanted to be with her.
I liked the romance. Even though Carla set some limits and they didn’t really put a label on their relationship, it was clear that they both enjoyed each other’s company. The relationship was mature and responsible and they were having fun. What an adorable pair!
Aside from the romance, friendship was also a big part of the story. Tonio was hilarious. If Tonio had been gay, his character would totally be the clichéd funny gay best friend of the main character. Mary, on the other hand, was more uptight and gives off the mother hen vibe, but I believe she was just looking out for Carla. Both were important people in Carla’s life and they gave the story more color. That scene on the rooftop was absolutely hilarious. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud because of these characters.
Although there’s also some conflict and a few heavy and serious scenes, No Strings Attached is generally a very light story. Simple in plot, but superb in writing. There’s no shortage on romance, friendship, humor and life lessons. It was a quick read, and a very enjoyable one at that. Very Filipino, very contemporary. Mina V. Esguerra doesn’t disappoint.