Can love come from pain?
Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her - including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she's been looking for right beside her.
©2013 Skye Warren (P)2015 Skye Warren
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"5 Dark, but deliciously Twisted Stars"
I haven not read the print version. I do love audio books and this is my first dark audio. Audio books, in my opinion, heighten all reading experiences. By having the narrators read to you, I feel like you FEEL more. The passion, the drama, the intensity of everything is just MORE. After listening to Wanderlust, I don’t think I could have experienced it any other way. It just made my experience, like I just described, more, better, intense, consuming.
The dark kidnapping books that come to mind are the Duet series by C.J. Roberts and The Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters. Both have kidnapping and both deal with a messed up and damaged Hero.
This is my first book with Lucy James as the narrator. She was absolutely perfect for the book. She not only changed her voices for the Hero, but she also did it for the Heroine. I haven’t come across that. She made me believe she was Evie. She made me feel like she was the lost and a lonely girl. Her reading pace is on the slower side, but you do not miss anything. You can also speed the pace in the audio book too. Lucy’s voice is soft, sweet and very girlie. It’s the three qualities I like in listening to a female narrator.
I liked the Niagara Falls references. Each chapter has a little quote or snippet of information relating towards Niagara Falls. In some ways those little snippets I read at the beginning of each chapter kind of set up the tone of the read. Sometimes it was hopeful and sometimes it was ominous. I enjoyed that. It really played on my emotions.
Full Book Review:
Wanderlust is a standalone novel written by Skye Warren.
This is my second book by Skye Warren. It’s no secret that I love dark books. I have a high threshold in the dark department. I do not cringe during rape scenes. I do no turn my eye away from beatings or the Heroine crying her eyes out. All of that makes it more alluring and it completely consumes me. Does Wanderlust have any of that? Well, you will have to read it to see.
I will have to put this disclaimer out there. This is NOT a light-hearted book. This is for the dark junkies like me. I wouldn’t say its super dark, it’s not mild, but you will not cringe too badly. I didn’t.
Evie lives a shelter life. Her mom is super paranoid and therefore her mom lives in a bubble. Evie dreams of something more. She wants to explore the world, but with limited funds and no “real” life experience she is kind of stuck. After saving for a bit, she takes a leap and decides to go on a road trip.
Her destination is to visit Niagara Falls. On her way, Evie runs into Hunter.
Hunter is just like Evie, passing through. Hunter is a trucker with a huge chip on his shoulder. Evie doesn’t want anything to do with Hunter and tries to ignore his attempts.
Hunter is not willing to back down, in fact he doesn’t care if Evie wants him or not. He wants Evie, therefore, he will simply take her.
“You’re mine. I caught you, and I’m not giving you back”
The interaction between Hunter and Evie is dynamic, somewhat explosive. You feel bad for Evie. This poor girl just wants to visit the Falls and all of sudden she is held captive by this dark and mysterious guy. She doesn’t understand him and she isn’t sure if she wants to.
I love Evie’s inner monologue. I needed to understand the girl who doesn’t know anything about life. How does she feel towards Hunter? What does she want? Does she even want to escape? Evie’s struggles with what she wants and what she thinks she wants. She also has a past that slowly comes to light and it will make your heart break even more for her.
“He was my ship in a tempestuous sea. I was the talisman he kissed before a storm”
Hunter is a tricky character. You want to love the dark Hero, but we call them dark for a reason. I will be honest and say I absolutely loved Hunter from the start. I love a damaged and messed up Hero. Hunter presents himself as the bad guy. He’s just a strong alpha trucker with sex on the mind, but of course there is something deeper and darker within Hunter. I loved trying to figure out his past.
“There was a strange but addictive magic to sex. It tied a thin string from his soul to mine with everything joining…”
It’s a crazy story, but I enjoyed it very much. There’s a lot that goes on between Hunter and Evie and the book has some angst. There are some pull your hair out moments, but I kind of liked that. It added more drama and it really build-up the characters. The thing that really worked for me was the crazy dark chemistry between Evie and Hunter.
If you are a fan of dark books, you need to take a chance on this one.
An Audio copy was kindly provided
"Dark and intriguing"
Evie has lived a very sheltered life for 20 years. Her mother was overprotective and paranoid, and tried to keep Evie hid away from the dangers of the world, and dangers of men. When Evie turns 20 she leaves her mother's home to seek the life of freedom and independence she has always wanted. Her life is taken in a terrifying direction when she encounters a trucker named Hunter at the first motel on her journey. After she is taken by Hunter she starts to evaluate who she is an what she wants from her life.
This book was definitely confusing, but in a very intriguing way. This is not a typical anything, and there are a lot of times when it is unclear what to even want for these characters. This is a dark read, so readers looking for a classic romance may not be interested in this. I am someone who enjoys reading books that make me think and feel a variety of emotions, even if unpleasant at times. Evie is a character who is easy to sympathize with and cheer on. She's thoughtful and is trying to understand what her options, choices, and feelings are under some impossible circumstances. At times it is tough to decide what she should do, and I found myself thinking about options for her that defy real life logic and common sense. Hunter was a tough character to understand. My feelings about him were all over the place, and even when we get a lot more information about him and his situation I found it difficult to really make up my mind about all of it. That is one of the things i enjoyed about the book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen and my feelings about it were all over the place. I don't want to spoil any of the plot because one of the things I liked was wondering what was going to happen. There were a couple times when I felt like Evie's sheer bad luck in running into so many horrible people was a bit over the top, but overall I did enjoy the experience of this book and would read more by this author in the future.
The narrator was a good fit for the audio version of this book. She gave Evie's voice the innocence and youth that really provided a good understanding of that character. She also did a good job of not taking the listener out of the story. One of the best compliments I can give to a narrator is that I was not aware of the narrator as I listened to the story.
"Unnecessary crude language"
I couldn't finish this book. I understand the author was trying to portray the villain as crude and threatening, but the continual language pained my ears. Just get to the story and forget the cursing and lewd words, I kept thinking. I finally gave up.
"Better than print - but production issue?"
Yes. I reread books that I really like. This has become a favorite. I don't like "Bad Boys", but Hunter is not so much bad as beautifully broken.
The hero and heroine are not normally people I would identify with. But Skye Warren humanizes the characters so that they have multifaceted personalities. They really remind me of compromises, bad decisions, and longings that we all have experienced.
I didn't understand Evie's naivete fully until Ms. James voiced her so emotionally. The pain in Evie's speaking voice added impact to the darker beginning of the book. And Hunter's voice was absolutely right for the character - both enticing and frightening.
Yes for the question intent, no for reality. This book is waaaay too emotionally strong to swallow all at once. I had to take breaks.
The Kindle edition has an Epilogue which seems to be missing...? That section added to the story in a meaningful way as an understanding of how the relationship grows and the characters grow. I would have liked to hear it read aloud.
"Delicious and Dark"
I love Skye Warren's books and this one was amazing. Dark, gritty and edge of your seat this one will keep you listening until the wicked wee hours of the morning.
"Dark and gritty"
Wanderlust is a standalone dark romance. It is beautifully written. I recommend this audio book to any lovers of dark romance. This was the first audio book I’ve listened to narrated by Lucy James. She is perfect for this book. The narrator does an exceptional job with the female character’s voices. The pace is a little slow, I had to speed it up.
"loved it-my first audio"
Wanderlust is a dark erotic novel which explores dubious consent, captivity, and power play. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under eighteen.
Evie decides she wants to leave her isolated life and see the world. She wants to experience life. What she gets is more than she bargained for. She ends up being held captive by Hunter. I must be warped as I really liked Hunter.
This is a dark disturbing read that had my head doing somersaults just thinking about it. I may be warped but I really liked it.
This was my first audible. Talk about jumping right in. I've gotta say I really liked Lucy James narration. I would have liked it to be a bit quicker as I'm a fast reader. However I won't complain too much as I enjoyed my first audio book.
that it was dark:)
loved this narrator. its my first so ive no others to compare to. loved it
from start to finish it was gripping
really glad i chose this as my first audible
"Wow, just wow!"
5 Crazy Ass Must Read or Listen to Stars!!!!!
Holy Crap! I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this but damn that was not it. How did I go from despising Hunter to feeling sorry for him? And that was before I even knew all of his story. This was great! I loved the narrator. She drew me into the story and held my attention with the cadence of her voice. My only complaint was there was a low din of noise in the background that did get a little annoying but eventually I was able to ignore it. It wasn't enough to detract from my rating. I'm looking forward to reading to more books by Skye Warren and books narrated by Lucy James.
"Wow great introduction to Skye Warren"
Audiobooks are amazing, when you get the right narrator for the right story it can be magic. This book did that. The story sucked me in, it was well written and the narrator did it justice.
If I had read this book first I know I would have liked it because it's my preferred genre of book, but because I heard the audiobook before ever having read the book I loved it. The story came alive. I was with the characters, I felt their emotions, I went with them on their journey.
Sometimes hearing a story told to you rather than read it gives you shivers (at least for me it does), that's why I truly love audiobooks. Some things can never be unheard and they stick with you. I don't know why some books hit a cord with me more than others (I can count one hand the numbers of books/audiobooks that have done this to me) and this makes you search for something similar that will make you feel that way again. That's the work of first an amazing author and second and amazing narrator. It's no wonder stories were originally told generation after generation.
If you're into dark romances this is the book for you but if you're looking for an experience this book is most definitely for you. You won't regret having spent the time to listen or read this book and I promise you probably won't find anything else like it. A great experience listening to this audiobook and a great introduction to Skye Warren.
"Dark and Psychological Romance"
This book is a really intriguing, dark and psychological story. It is a shorter audio than most of the books I listen to at just under six hours. But, it is still full of story. I had read this book before it was available on audio. I was really excited to revisit the Hunter and Evie’s story on audio, though this was a new-to-me narrator.
This story is a very dark story in that there is kidnapping and some dubious consent. I love the psychological aspects of this book. This is an author that will push your boundaries. While I really enjoyed this book, I don’t condone the actions that the hero/villain takes. The story seems very real in that I could really see something like this happening to someone in real life, which makes it even more scary.
This is a story about Evie, who was the daughter of a shut-in, who became a shut in by proxy when her mother guilted her everytime she left her house. She finally decides that she couldn’t live in such a small space any more and she had to see the world. She has dreams to go to Niagara Falls from a book she stole from the library (one of the few places here mother allowed her to visit outside the house). On her travels from Texas towards Niagara, she runs into Hunter at a small town truck stop. He is a truck driver and a nomad who is a bit on the scary side. Hunter is used to getting what he wants and doesn’t take “no” for an answer. People who know him have decided that it is easier to just give him his way.
Hunter decides that he likes Evie and that he wants to take her with him on the road, so he takes her. Things start off really bad for her. She is very naive, because most of her life at home with just her mother, so she has little to no life experience. Every move that she makes, just makes her bad situation worse. Then as the story builds between these two, more of their pasts comes out. We learn that both individuals have a pretty horrific past.
I really loved how this author really makes you rethink everything you think you know. Hunter is not a good person, there is no mistaking that. What he does in this book is wrong, no matter how you slice it. I don’t care what happened in his past. That doesn’t mean that you don’t start to feel sorry for the man by the end.
I really love this quote from the book. I think it shows the beautiful way that Ms. Warren writes how Evie grows throughout Wanderlust.
"I was a caterpillar, my many limbs held tight to my body, wrapped up in a cocoon. He paved the way, eased me from a small and ugly life to a beautiful one. The transition had been painful at times, but never more than it would be to leave him. But that was the path of a butterfly-to fly away from the one who had made her."
The story is told in first person from Evie’s point of view. It is interesting to see how Hunter changes in her perception in the story. Not only from actions that he takes, but also from the people that she meets that are Hunter’s friends. It is also interesting to see that Hunter, while not a good person, isn’t the worse thing in the world.
If you are looking for a book that will really push your boundaries, this could be the book for you. I do want to remind you that there is kidnapping and rape involved, and I know that is not for everyone. Wanderlust is beautifully written story about a dysfunctional pairing of two damaged people.
This is the first book that I’ve listened to narrator Lucy James. I think she did a pretty good job. She made Evie sound very innocent, which was how she sounded in my head. Hunter’s voice was very menacing. I thought it fit him very well. There are also several side characters who don’t have lengthy parts. I did think she spoke very slow, but increasing the speed at which I listened solved that issue.
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