Thank you to Choc Lit UK once again for the advance copy of this book for review. Never Coming Home is released on 8th March 2012 and you can pre-order it now from Amazon! (which I highly recommend you do!)
** What it's about **
All she has left is hope.
When Kaz Elmore is told her five-year-old daughter Jamie has died in a car crash, she struggles to accept that she'll never see her little girl again. Then a stranger comes into her life offering the most dangerous substance in the world: hope.
Devlin, a security consultant and witness to the terrible accident scene, inadvertently reveals that Kaz's daughter might not have been the girl in the car after all.
What if Jamie is still alive? With no evidence, the police aren't interested, so Devlin and Kaz have little choice but to investigate themselves.
Devlin never gets involved with a client. Never. But the more time he spends with Kaz, the more he desires her - and the more his carefully constructed ice-man persona starts to unravel.
The desperate search for Jamie leads down dangerous paths - to a murderous acquaintance from Devlin's dark past, and all across Europe, to Italy, where deadly secrets await. But as long as Kaz has hope, she can't stop looking…
** What I thought **
Whilst this is chick lit (there’s oodles of sexual tension and tanned skin to keep you dreamily staring at the page), it’s a unique type of chick lit. It isn’t a meandering love story; it’s romance combined with a gripping plot – it’s a mystery, romantic thriller. It's quite a solid read, but it's very easy to do so, easy to get wrapped in and very hard to put down (even when the natural break of a new chapter comes along!) - I had to convince myself to put it down in order to sleep!
This book is the perfect mix of romance and action with twists and turns around every corner. I found it incredibly unpredictable, and refreshingly I didn’t guess the storyline before it happened.
Evonne Wareham is a fabulous writer; the book is told from alternating points of view (both Devlin and Kaz) and this allows the reader to see the same scenario from different perspectives. The writing is witty, warm and wonderful!
The two main characters are easy to fall for, and no sooner have you opened the book are you drowning in their chocolatey goodness. Choc Lit once again provide a delicious hero, and an equally delicious heroine. Devlin is smooth but with a kick of danger – definitely chilli chocolate!!
Unbelievably this is Evonne Wareham’s debut novel – I cannot wait to see what other delights she comes up with. Never Coming Home has a fantastic plot, written in the perfect way – it’s unputdownable! Equally heartbreaking as heartwarming! Finally, I can't leave without mentioning the cover - it's beautiful and I could stare at it all day.