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Evonne Wareham
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8 Mar 2012
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…

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (8 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906931704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906931704
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello. I'm Evonne Wareham and I write romantic thrillers for award winning UK independent publishers, Choc-lit.
I live on the Welsh coast, after spending many years in London. Both locations feature in my books, along with a number of other European cities. I like to think that I write books that are exciting, romantic and glamorous - a shot of escapism when the world looks drab and grey. They are also a bit scary. :)
I'm a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Crime Writers' Association, an historian by day, a novelist whenever I get a moment and a romantic always.


Never Coming Home, winner of the Joan Hessayon New Writers' Award, a Single Titles' Reviewers' Choice Award, Oklahoma Romance Writers' of America National Readers' Choice Award and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence for romantic suspense.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a paranormal romantic thriller, available now.

www.evonnewareham.com
www.eveonneonwednesday.blogspot.com

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Winner of the 2012 Joan Hessayon Award. --The Romantic Novelists' Association

~'A dark mystery with a fiery romance at its heart'. ~ --Meg Gardiner, Author of The Nightmare Thief

~~A debut from an exciting new talent. A gorgeous, contemporary, romantic thriller set in London, Italy and the U.S.~~

--Lovereading

About the Author

Evonne was born in South Wales and spent her childhood there. After university she migrated to London, where she worked in local government, scribbled novels in her spare time and went to the theatre a lot. Now she's back in Wales, writing and studying history and living by the sea. Her membership of the Romantic Novelists' Association lets her enjoy the company of other authors and gives her an excuse to sneak back to London from time to time for essential stuff, like attending parties. She still loves the theatre, likes staying in hotels and enjoys walking on the beach, where she daydreams about her characters. She hopes that all those things come through in her books - drama, glamorous locations, engaging heroines and dangerous heroes. Evonne's been a finalist twice in the American Title competition, run by RT Book Reviews Magazine and Dorchester Publishing of New York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Having sorted the job in Atlanta, security consultant, Devlin is returning to Chicago, but with his hatred of flying he decides to drive part of the way. In the wrong place at the wrong time - it depends on your point of view, but coming upon an accident, he is in time to hold the hand of a dying girl.

Six months later, his job takes him to London, the home of the young girl who died in the accident, who he has since learned was in America on a visit to her father. Although he had left his details at the time of the accident Devlin had been surprised that no family member had contacted him to ask about the young girl's dying moments. Now visiting London he decides to at least call and leave his card.

His visit to Kaz Elmore, the young girl's mother brings unexpected revelations. Could Jamie still be alive? His quest to find the truth uncovers deception, murder and obsession.

Although this book is classed as romantic suspense, I found it a most intriguing mystery. It moves at a cracking pace with constant surprises. The story twists and turns. But it is also a love story as the two people with initially no current interest in embarking on a relationship find in each other an overwhelming attraction. Kaz vulnerable and still grieving for her dead daughter, and Devlin a man with a dangerous past. If you like a good mystery that keeps you on the edge of your chair, with a strong love element, this has both in spades. Highly recommended.
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Lizzie Hayes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great title from Choc Lit! 15 Mar 2012
Format:Paperback
Never Coming Home by Evonne Wareham

Kaz Elmore has allowed her 5 year old daughter to go on an access visit to the US to spend time with her father, Kaz's ex-husband. There is a tragic accident and Jamie, Kaz's daughter is pronounced as dead at the scene.

Devlin a Security Consultant happens to be driving by and cradles a little girl whilst she dies in a car crash, on a visit to the UK he feels compelled to visit the mother Kaz and offer his condolences and reassurance that her daughter did not suffer.

Without too many spoilers we then follow the story to Italy, Germany, we have family skeletons, a protégée, and many surprises. At no point whilst reading this book is it possible to predict what is coming.

Wareham treats her readers with respect, and the book is pacey, but reliable and has enough depth to be worth reading, but it is not stuffy, difficult or taxing.

Brilliant book, and if you only buy one book this month I would recommend that this is the one.

Personal read 5/5
Book group Read 5/5

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you know that feeling when even though you have to go to school or work in the morning, you still stay up until 2 a.m in order to finish a book? Now, that's what happens when you find something fantastic. And that's how it was with Never Coming Home. When I picked it up, I expected to read a romance or maybe a family drama. But boy, was I wrong. What I thought would be a family saga with a bit of suspense and with some romance on top turned out to be a gripping romantic thriller. It just blew me away.

Evonne Wareham's masterpiece was thoroughly gripping and full of suspense from the very first page. You literally cannot guess what's going to happen next which makes Wareham's book even more brilliant. To make it even better, it was quite easy to connect to to the characters. I wasn't really keen on Kaz if I'm completely honest, but Devlin and Kaz's mother's characters definitely make up for this. It was interesting to see that even though they're both grown ups, Kaz still behaved like an angry and rebellious child at times and her mother was the one who made sense of everything and tried to calm her down or make her think logically.

As for Devlin, I think he was the most interesting character in the story and definitely my favourite one. Apart from the fact that he's good looking, there's something about him that makes you love him even more. What I liked the most was that we don't know much about his past and he's full of secrets. We know nothing about his family or his life in general and it's as if he himself doesn't want to remember either. He built up a cold and confident exterior but at the same time, you can't help feeling that there's something in there, deep down, a vulnerable side to him that he tries to control.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, but not as good as the blurb 8 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book starts really well, but then the plot becomes very contrived, I saw the twist very early on, and was left feeling a bit cheated when I finished it...the blurb was better than the book. BUT.... if you are looking for a quick read, nothing too challenging, then its ok. Hence the 3 stars rather then the 1 I felt like giving it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice little read if you can suspend disbelief 9 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this as one of my book club's choices, as this is not something I would normally have picked up, however that is the very point of joining a book club! We initially chose it as a crime thriller which it is, to an extent, but I do agree with the reviews on here that it is probably just as comfortable in the romance section.

As a crime thriller it's an enjoyable enough romp: plenty of action and intrigue from the off with many a twist along the way. Every time you think we have reached the climax of the story, there is another blindsider to throw the reader off course. The key protagonist, Devlin, has an unspecified background in dark and dangerous goings on, which ups the ante of the journey. Throw in mistaken identities, a couple of psychopaths and the obligatory location changes which take us to the relatively unchallenging streets of Italy and the USA and you have a recipe for a good old fashioned 'how's it all going to work out?' style plot.

However, as the we get drawn deeper into the story and the threads continue to unravel, one can't help but begin to feel that this is all a bit TOO fantastical while at the same time, not really giving enough meat to its bones. To give an example: there are references to a character named only as 'Luce' peppered throughout the earlier chapters but even when he is brought into the main action, it is never clear who he is or what his motivation is. Similarly, other secondary characters such as Kaz's ex-husband do not really flesh out in any satisfying conclusion. The actual climax of the story, where we finally learn the truth behind the rollercoaster plot, had something of a 'Scooby Doo ending' feel to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An OK book
This is an OK book if you can suspend your belief the death of a child can be overlooked as a stranger turns up in your home and your sex hormones become rampant. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. Sally P. Stackhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 15 days ago by aleksandra tichy
1.0 out of 5 stars Unrealistic
I realise it was a choc lit style book but please a mother who has lost her only child going all mushy over the guy who is there to help find her think romance would be the last... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good I like a romance book, but I like it to have a good story line to it.this book has both.
Published 2 months ago by featherhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I was gripped by this story and wanted to find out what happened next to the characters. The book itself is well written and definitely worth reading.
Published 2 months ago by Doots1975
5.0 out of 5 stars Skilfully written
I couldn't out this book down. evonne has managed to weave a beautiful romance story into a very dark sinister plot with such great execution. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KXP85
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what a brilliant story this is. I have not finished it yet but I feel the artist father is involved . Read more
Published 4 months ago by O. M. Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Was a great read, bit unbelievable in places but I suppose it is fiction! Would still recommend it for a good read though.
Published 4 months ago by Barney
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I got into this story really well and thought the plot a good one and i really enjoyed it. Well worth the read and I got it for free for my kindle so was even more pleased. Read more
Published 5 months ago by grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Good story & main characters, very enjoyable read. Would recommend to anyone who likes a good romance story, look forward to reading more from this author.
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