WANDERLUST by SKYE WARREN

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SYNOPSIS
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.
Author note: Wanderlust is a dark erotic novel which explores dubious consent, captivity, and power play.
Please do not read this if you’re uncomfortable with the subject matter or under 18 years of age

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Review by Jenny & Gitte

Gitte: So Jenny, this story broke my heart and had me in absolute fits of tears, at times I felt sick to my stomach and I was dreading turning the pages. It was emotionally harrowing yet had bursts of humour, so extremely dark and disturbing yet sensual; it pained me and I was in absolute turmoil with the strength of my feelings which were definitely conflicted at times. This Author completely stole my attention, my mind and played puppeteer with my emotions, I saw this story play out. Unquestionably brilliant, intense, provocative and haunting writing with a thought provoking and challenging story and amazing characters that just pulled you in to experience their journey with you.

“Can Love Come From Pain?”

Jenny: When this one came up on our TBR list I have to admit I knew nothing about it. I went in completely blind and wow. I don’t know what to say about this one Gitte.  Skye Warren’s writing felt somewhat lyrical. It was beautiful and haunting and made this a truly pleasurable, albeit gritty, raw at times shocking, disturbing and addictive read. I did keep asking myself how much one person could bear. The story of two broken souls did test me and the author did such a fantastic job of keeping me engrossed in this story and these damage characters from the very first page. Oh they made me ache.

“I had traded one prison for another”

Gitte:  Evie bless her, she has had a traumatic life. She has been used and abused both physically and mentally. This girl was so sheltered, naïve, innocent, inexperienced and had never really known compassion, love nor has she had any stable normality in her life so far growing up. My heart ached for this girl. She was intelligent and realised her life needed to change, she needed to experience it and her courage astounded me.

“Not all those who wander are lost….I felt very alone and a little bit lost.” – Evie

Her anxiety ridden Mum has warned her of all the pitfalls of the real world and knowing the dangers she decides that to save herself and her sanity she needs to start her journey into the world. She has been warned of attacks and scary streets filled with dangers.

The anxiety is high. But this brave, sweet girl decided to brave it, to make something of herself and live.

“Happy Birthday.” I whispered. My present to myself: to finally see the place I’d dreamed about….for all twenty years of my life. For room to breathe. For freedom.” – Evie

Oh how I wanted to pick her out of my kindle and make her safe, remove the darkness that entered her life as a consequence of her bravery. Then she adapted, she understood and she got strong yet fell but let herself be picked up again by the ‘danger’ as she realised who he really was when separated from his action.

“I didn’t know if I could let this happen without a fight. I didn’t know if I could fight him, knowing I would lose, that I would end up hurt.” – Evie

Jenny, this girl and her journey…I can’t even put into words how much she affected me, same for you right?!

Jenny:  Oh Gitte, I don’t even know where to begin with Evie.  She really did affect me and how many times did I message you saying this girl was breaking my heart! Honestly…how much can one person suffer? How much cruelty can be thrown at a person both physically and emotionally before that person reaches breaking point.  Before they reach their absolute limit.   Evie was brave and possessed such a naive understanding of the world despite what she had experienced in her past. It was testament to her beautiful soul and spirit that she sought a way out of her surroundings. She wanted to live a life, to experience the world beyond her miserable existence.

“But the thing that decided me was that I couldn’t not do it. I couldn’t walk away from this challenge, from this chance to finally live”.

Gitte: The enigma and the perpetrator, the man who as a reader we should abhor, fear and vilify; the man who took something that was not his, taken under duress. This man is Hunter and he left me questioning my sanity as I read this story completely conflicted on my emotions dictated by my head and my heart.

He entered Evie’s life and when he saw her he wanted this beautiful innocent girl so he took and he kept. Hunter is not an easy man to read about. He is rough, aggressive and man-handles Evie making assumptions that belies her initial impression on him. What should have been one nightmare of a night for Evie at the hands of this man turns into something else entirely heart-breaking when Hunter realises he hasn’t had enough. Hunter’s presence is overwhelming; he has no need for force or threats. His eyes and his voice are weapons all on their own.

“Up close, I realized he was one of the most handsome men I’d ever met….I never would have expected him to look twice at me…” – Evie

Once their journey continued this man changed, perhaps he relaxed, perhaps his true side began to filter through, perhaps he realised?! I saw a different side to him, the complete and utter mind fuck began as he started showing what was underneath that violent, dominating and vile behaviour and my head started arguing with my heart for the rest of the story. Can Hunter persuade the reader that despite his and Evie’s beginning we loved their ending?

“You make it bearable..” Hunter

Jenny:  Hunter appears in the story in such a sinister way.  Your heart is in your mouth at the anticipation of their meeting. The scene where Hunter enters Evie’s life was harrowing to say the least.  This carnal, primal and imposing man with demons of his own saw something in Evie that he needed. Something he desired and wanted and he just took.  Without pause, without thought.  I was prepared to hate Hunter with every fibre of my being.  I wanted to hate him so bad, but I couldn’t. I saw something in him, some light that would spark every now and then that made me yearn for Hunter in a way that I felt he needed protecting.  How could I feel this way about this man who switched between cruelty and kindness at the flick of a switch?

“But in another way he wasn’t broken. He lived, he felt, he suffered like any person”

Gitte: So Jenny, this is the kind of story I love to read; where every single one of my emotions play a part; where I am challenged to question my rationale and my perception of what is right and wrong. Where the scenery surrounding the characters is so vivid and beautiful that it highlights the ‘ugly’. Where I get so swept away by exceptional writing that I understand what perhaps I would not under different circumstances. If a person is so severely broken and lost does he or she inevitably recognise that in another and can you then only heal when brought together? Do two wrongs make a right?

“Why did you take me? When will you let me go? How could you do this to me when I had finally broken free?”Evie

Jenny:  You’re spot on Gitte. This story challenged me, absolutely and it’s such a unique experience when this happens.  I love it when I question my own sanity over my feelings for a book and its characters and Hunter most definitely did that to me.  This man. This tormentor  How could I possibly have any sort of compassion for this man?  The fact that I did is absolute kudos to the clever writing in this story.  Hunter had me completely and utterly had me transfixed throughout this heartbreaking and gritty tale.  Do two wrongs make a right? Can two broken souls make one complete soul?  I don’t know the answer to that but I do know that this book took me out of my comfort zone, provided me with an amazing read and had me devouring every word.

Gitte: 4.5 Stars
Jenny: 4.5 Stars

 Arc supplied by author for an honest review

WANDERLUST by SKYE WARREN 
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41 Comments

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41 Responses to WANDERLUST by SKYE WARREN

  1. Victoria Paige Books

    This was intense and the story is not for everyone. How was I able to care for Hunter in the end? That I did meant that the author did a great job with the story.

  2. Annmarie

    Great review!! I haven’t read any books about this sort of thing but it’s been on my list for a while now. I’m just a little scared to read this because I can tell it’s going to freak me out and mess up my emotions like cray cray lol.

  3. Ing Cruz

    Seriously…something is wrong with me because as soon as I read the synopsis and it mentioned “kidnapping” I was all over it. CJ Roberts books messed with me and now I’m feigning for those types of book. Thanks for the review ladies. Going off to buy this one now.

  4. Rach

    This sounds interesting, I’ll definitely be downloading it, great review 🙂

  5. Britton epps

    Well I one clicked and read but oh my word I still could not be ok with their relationship. I thought it was a well written story but with all of his background covered ( his profession which should have still instilled some sort of moral compass even after his own tragedies. ) I could not get over how the whole relationship started. I never wanted them to end up together romantically.. Friendship perhaps but I felt like he was so far gone and he would just drag her down with him. That being said I thought she did a excellent job with her character description, plot, and story line.

  6. Joanne Careri

    I’ll definitely add this this to my TBR. Can’t wait.

  7. Natascha vO

    Added to my TBR list

  8. Riley Faith

    Looks so good!

  9. Elizabeth Gunderson

    This is a great giveaway! Thank you! xoxo

  10. Jaclyn

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. On my TBR, great review!

  11. Danielle Benson

    Sounds positively delicious. Skye is extremely talented.

  12. Megan Gartin

    Sounds Good. 🙂

  13. Charli A

    This book sounds intense and interesting–great giveaway!!

  14. Lou Gut

    A really great review. The book reminds me of The Duet series. I love these challenging books.

  15. Elizabeth

    Wow!!! I had not heard anything about this book before, but it has now caught my attention! It’s sounds emotional & gritty. Can’t wait to read it!!
    Thanks for another great post!!

  16. Amy Malek Concepcion

    Sounds like I may have a love hate relationship with Hunter. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks

  17. Naomi O'Sullivan

    I would love to win a copy of this book as it sounds amazing and his been on my TBR list fora while 🙂 x

  18. Karen Thorp

    this sound great and what an great giveaway..thanks 🙂

  19. Amy Shonk

    Sounds like a great story, dark & twisted. Looking forward to reading it.

  20. Krystal

    Sounds seriously good !!!! Will be adding this to my TBR !!

  21. Nadia Hassan

    this book sounds soo great! added it to my tbr list! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

  22. Anna

    Stoked! Sounds like its a keeper!

  23. Gi

    Sounds like an intriguing story. Can’t wait to read it.

  24. Clista

    Another intriguing review. Another one added to my TBR list. Pick me! 😉

  25. Natalie Stuart

    Sounds like a great book cant wait to read it.

  26. Pam

    This sounds like an interesting read.

  27. Erika

    This looks intense and interesting! Thanks for the chance to win! Adding it to my to-read list now.

  28. Joan

    Great review!! I can’t wait to read it!

  29. Damaris

    wow…sounds like a dark read – looking forward to reading this one.

  30. Starla Y.

    Wonderful review. Sounds like a very different read. I will add to my tbr list soon. Thanks for the review, the quotes are amazing.

  31. Deb

    Can’t wait to read it.

  32. Dawn Bush

    Really looking forward to reading this! Thanks for the chance!

  33. Autumn

    I am such a fan of Skye Warren!!

  34. Rosarita Reader

    Hmmmm, I’m intrigued. Kinda makes me think of the Dark Duet series by C.J. Roberts and how you can start out hating and end up loving HIM… I want to read this!

  35. Monisha

    The concept intrigued me because its just not your usual romance and intsta-love crap.
    And after reading your awesome review, I want to read it even more.

  36. Katrina whittaker

    Sounds like an intriguing storyline – certainly different. Have reada few book like this and rather enjjoyed them. Will be adding this to my tbr pile 😉 thanks for the giveaway.b 🙂

  37. Tess

    Oh! I’m a fan of dark and intense reads from authors like CJ Roberts, Aleatha Romig and Kitty Thomas so this sounds right up my alley! Definitely adding this to my wishlist! Thanks for the recommendation and giveaway! Looks like Skye is going to be a new fav author of mine! 😉

    Tess xx

    tess_halim(at)hotmail(dot)com

  38. Jessica

    I haven’t read much dark, but this sounds good.

  39. Sandy Lion

    Skye Warren writes some of the most amazing stories with a dark outlook that makes them unique but also intriguing. I love her novels and I cannot wait to read this one. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

  40. Roxanne G

    I’m definitely intrigued!!

  41. Debra D

    This book looks sooooo good!

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