Wanderlust by Skye Warren
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. Wanderlust is a dark erotic novel that explores dubious consent, captivity, and power play. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under 18 years of age.
Narrated by Lucy James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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.
*A copy of this audiobook was provided in exchange for an honest review