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.
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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
- Jacqueline's Reads
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