Title: Never Coming Home
Author: Evonne Wareham
Published by: Choc Lit
Publication date: 8th March 2012
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Romance
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I feel cheated. When I read the blurb for this book it sounded absolutely amazing! Kaz Elmore, the mother of Jamie, killed in a tragic car accident meets the man who was with her when she died only to find out that her daughter wasn’t the little girl in the accident after all; thus embarking on the painful search for the truth. I thought I was onto a winner here! A real mystery. Sadly, I was mistaken.
Instead I was treated to a mouthful of mumbo-jumbo and the over-used tropes that make characters tasteless, one dimensional and overall dull. The main male character, Devlin (If the unusual name doesn’t tell all then please continue reading) is the classic example of the loveless, hard-ass. The guy that ‘never’ falls in love with his clients, and has the tortured past. Pair him up with the aforementioned Kaz Elmore and you already know whats going to happen. He’ll fall in love, break his personal code and make what could have been a very interesting book a really difficult slog! To the point where I really wish I hadn’t persevered with it past the second chapter – I should have known the moment that Kaz ‘couldn’t take her eyes off Devlins mouth’ that the book was going to be a clunker.
What I found most incredulous about the book however, was Kaz herself. A woman who is still getting over the tragic death of her daughter falls instantly in love (or lust) with a complete stranger. Not only that, but the stranger who was with her daughter when she died – a horrible reminder at every turn for her loss. I don’t know about any other mothers, but if I’d just lost my son the last thing on my mind would be the apparently attractive guy that’d just walked into my life. The whole idea of her wanting to hook up with anyone at such a sensitive time of her life just seemed really unrealistic and threw the whole point of the book off for me.
There was a lot of promise in the book which was killed by the utter waste of time the romance was as well. Sure, if you’re using the thriller angle to cleverly disguise the fact you want to write erotica, then by all means do. But the romance aspect was so fluffy and ‘faded to black’ when a scene got steamy making the whole thing seem totally pointless. It’s a book of two poorly managed halves – the thriller story being tragically wasted by the romance angle and the romance being so fluffy it made Mills and Boon look like best sellers!
Aside from the dreary Kaz and Devlin there are other characters in the story, Jamies father and Kaz’s ex-husband Jeff. And someone from Devlins past a man called Luce, who I am still none the wiser over who he is despite finishing the novel. Sadly, it seems that the author was too focused on her main saplings she didn’t think to flesh out her supporting characters which is a real shame because they could have offered blessed relief from the nightmare that was the budding romance.
Overall, the story was ruined by over use of lines such as ‘Christ he was getting hard just thinking about her.’ Actually, I think the whole story is really ruined by the overbearing romance aspect of the novel and it’s all just a bit to fluffy in the way that both aspects of the story are wrapped up – needless to say I don’t think I’ll be picking up anything else written by Evonne Wareham, because even if they sound good on the blurb; I am pretty sure they won’t be and I don’t want to be reeled in twice by a blurb that does it’s job so well the whole book is a huge disappointment.