Title: I Wish I’d Never Met You
Author Name & Publisher: Tanith Davenport (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 23, 2016 – 37 pgs
There’s only so long you can hide who you are.
Flick Lindenwood, fresh from college, has returned home to the suburban haven of Green Valley, back to society… and the source of her heartbreak. Four years ago Elodie Hamilton savagely broke her heart and she has no intention of letting her pretty ex get back under her skin. As far as she’s concerned, she and Elodie never happened.
But Elodie has other ideas.
Afraid to come out, Elodie chose to destroy her relationship with Flick rather than let her family know who she was. But now she wants to right the wrong she did—if she can only find the nerve, and if she can convince Flick to see past the pain she caused.
This was a quick little read that had a premise that I just couldn’t get behind. The writing is actually pretty good, but I have problems with the storyline. Elodie and Flick were each other’s first love. The difference being that Flick had no problem being who she was, and Elodie was scared to come out of the closet. So Elodie broke up with Flick in probably the worst way I’ve ever heard right before Flick went off to college. Four years later and Flick has graduated from college and is home for the summer. And Elodie wants her back. There are two things I really don’t like about the plot in this story. One, the idea that Flick’s feelings for Elodie are so deep and unresolved that she easily falls back into her bed. You do get some hint that Flick isn’t just a pushover by her resolve to remove herself from the vicinity of her ex so she won’t succumb to these passionate advances that are still hidden from everybody. But two, I have a hard time believing that Elodie wants Flick so badly after dating men exclusively during her own college experience. Frankly, anybody who is trying that hard not to be gay just doesn’t seem the type to pursue another girl, even if they did used to be together. The biggest sticking point for me is how Elodie broke up with Flick. I’m not sure Flick would ever be able to get past that, and they barely even argued about it when they did address it. Basically, I’m not sure Elodie is worth it.
I first started writing seriously when my tutor on a creative writing course pointed me towards the Romantic Novelists’ Association and their New Writers’ Scheme. Thanks to them, my debut novel “The Hand He Dealt” was accepted by Total-e-Bound in 2011 and was nominated for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012. I haven’t stopped writing since.
Last year my short story “I Like It Wet” was included in “Smut by the Sea”, my paranormal novella “I Heard Your Voice” was released in October as part of Total-e-Bound’s “Haunted By You” anthology, and my short story “Assume the Position” was accepted for “Campus Sexploits 3” with Naughty Nights Press. This year I have two shorts, “Ready for Him” and “Sleepwalker”, up for release later in the year and also my Clandestine Classic which will be out in September.
When I’m not writing, I love to read historical fiction and non-fiction as well as anything paranormal. I love to sing, watch horror movies and go to rock concerts. I also have two cats who like to hide all day and then destroy the house at night.