book review: never miss

Former CIA sniper Kadance Tolle possesses a special set of skills and a rare pedigree. She comes from a family of assassins, and by saving Lyndon Vaile’s life she risks being found by them. Despite the danger, Kadance feels compelled to help Lyndon discover who is after him–and his research that seems to prove that the Ebola virus was manmade and is about to be weaponized.

With shadowy figures pursuing them and a Mastermind watching their every move, Kadance and Lyndon must scramble to stop an impending bioattack at the State of the Union address. But their warnings fall on deaf ears, and it becomes increasingly clear that there’s no one they can trust–except perhaps each other.

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Despite Never Miss being marketed as a ‘breakneck story’, a lot of the book involved characters talking to each other. The heroine, Kadance, is a trained sniper with overpowered body language reading skills. The hero, Lyndon, is an extremely intelligent scientist with an overpowered photographic memory. These characters open up to each other way too fast, especially Kadance (who has every reason to not reveal anything about her background/life story). And that sort of plot convenience extended to the actual plot as well. I’m not supposed to put spoilers into my for-publisher reviews, but suffice to say that there was little tension and only one twist that surprised me. I get that these books are a little formulaic and predictable by nature, but still.

Another thing that bugged me about Never Miss was all the emphasis on the physical appearance of the two mains (particularly Kadance) and the sexual tension between the two of them. There was at least one scene where the descriptions of Lyndon’s attraction for Kadance was just…ick. Over the top. Blech. Especially for a supposedly Christian novel. And then there’s a scene where Lyndon takes a shower at a church building (long story) and he walks out wearing only jeans, holding his shirt, while the pastor and Kadance sit there. Dude! You could have (and probably would have irl) put on your shirt in the bathroom! So gratuitous. Yikes.

Overall, I can’t even recommend Never Miss to die-hard fans of Christian thrillers. Not enough thrill…or Christianity.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Eva-Joy

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