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Summary

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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  • Jacqueline's Reads
  • 29-04-15

5 Dark, but deliciously Twisted Stars

Would you consider the audio edition of Wanderlust to be better than the print version?

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.

What other book might you compare Wanderlust to and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Lucy James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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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

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  • Anna
  • 14-06-15

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.

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  • Lee
  • 01-07-18

Disappointed in story

Story lacked continuity making the plot difficult to follow.

Narration was OK but reader whined a lot. Don't know if she got that from the story or if it is just her style of reading.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 05-11-17

I might have loved it with a different narrator

This is my favorite type of story, and I am pretty sure I would have loved it had if been narrated by someone else. I get that she was a young and naive girl, and for that part the narrator did fit, she sounded young, but she was soooooo sloooooow 🐢 that all I could focus on was her voice and not the story. When you listen to an audiobook you want to feel like your in the story. Like the narrator is drawing you into the story, not drawing all the attention from the story. She just didn't seem like a good fit overall.

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  • MJ Symmonds
  • 17-04-17

Audio just didn't do it for me.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really liked the story but I just couldn't get into the narration of it. I think if I read the book and not listened to it my rating would be higher overall.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Lucy James?

Maybe

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  • Readergurl
  • 15-09-15

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.

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  • Mary p
  • 04-10-18

Something missing, but a good book nonetheless

There was something inexplicably missing from this story, which frustrated me because this book had the potential to be even more than it was. First of all, I disliked the way Evie acted. She had an irritatingly, ridiculously low level of self-awareness and for what it was worth, it was kind of unfortunate that the author kept having her almost get raped over and over again by different people. What was the point of it all? The obsession with Niagara Falls, it made no sense to me because there was something I can't explain lacking, the explanations dancing around each other and nothing actually being said. It was like I needed more explanation for so many things but the author instead filled it in with words that weren't quite right. The whole book fell a little flat in my eyes, but I still rated it highly because I loved the premise of it and it had so much potential. The main characters felt too one-dimensional and I just came away from it a little frustrated. Lucy James boggled my mind as well, she went from having an almost flat, dead tone when speaking Evie's thoughts to a high-pitched squeak when she was speaking her words. I liked her male voice but at some points I was actually laughing because it sounded so pitiful and even staged. It broke some of the book's immersion. I needed more from Wanderlust, and I'm sad I couldn't get it. If you're concerned over whether or not to buy it, I would still say give it a chance. There's some hot scenes and although Evie is silly and doesn't even understand herself, there's a lot of love involved between the main characters.

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  • Shaun
  • 07-03-17

Binge Read

I loved the story line of this book when I read the first few chapters. You will more than likely binge read this because it's so short yet engulfing. I won't give any plot line of the story away so I'll just tell you that this is a must read! 4.5/5

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-16

Better than print - but production issue?

Would you listen to Wanderlust again? Why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Lucy James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • *Dee*
  • 09-09-15

Dark and gritty

Any additional comments?

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.