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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Never Coming Home by Evonne Wareham

Never Coming Home by Evonne Wareham
Publisher: Choc Lit
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (335 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

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, 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…

If, like me, you’re a fan of romantic suspense and had trouble finding a good one lately, I can highly recommend Never Coming Home. Sometimes it’s hard finding one with the right balance of romance and mystery but this story hits the mark there too.

Ms. Wareham did a wonderful job pulling me into the story from page one. Each chapter seemed to have a surprise that had me turning the page and wondering what would happen next.

The characters were all great and not just Devlin and Kaz. I also give high marks to the dialogue and pacing. Although this book was over three hundred pages long, it felt like it sailed along. I think that had lots to do with the suspense and the ‘I can’t put this down’ quality to it.

One thing I like in suspense stories is a plot that gets me thinking about possible suspects and scenarios and if I’m right about my conclusion. This book did exactly that.

I’ll be looking out for more of the author’s books. I hope her next one is also a romantic suspense because she obviously has a good sense of what readers love about this sub-genre.

If you love romance, suspense and looking for a good novel to curl up with this fall, Never Coming Home is one you’ll want to add to your to read list.