Guest Book Review: Wanderlust by Skye Warren
Evie begins this book, and she is twenty years old. She lives at home with her mother who is basically a shut in. But not only is her mother a shut in, she is verbally and emotionally abusive to Evie at times. Her fear of being alone makes her act horribly to Evie, to keep her near, I suspect. But Evie wants more than living in that house can offer her, and so one day she decides, “This is IT.” And then she leaves. She has a destination, and somewhat of a plan.
I like Evie. She is naïve and brave and hungry to see what life is going to throw at her. She doesn’t let her mother’s fears control her, not any more. She doesn’t let horrible events from her past control her, not any more. So on her first night out, she gets a hotel room, crosses over the lot and goes to the diner. And it’s not long before she meets Hunter, Hunter Bryant. As the waitress says, nobody says no to Hunter Bryant.
How do I explain Hunter? Trucker, thirty years old, rugged and sexy cowboy. Damaged, and not exactly making the best decisions at this point. He’s got a colorful history that comes out throughout the book, and it totally endears him to me. He takes Evie, and then they are off in his truck.
Their time together turns into a road trip, and they grow and learn more about each other. They end up acting more like a couple rather than a kidnapper and his captive, save for the sex. They are having sex regularly, but it’s not the tender touch of a couple falling in love. It’s rough and hard and screams of anger, and it’s wildly exciting. I couldn’t believe how hot it was at times. This book can definitely speak to that secret side of your darkest desires. Wanderlust isn’t for the everyday romance reader. But if you like things a little dark, and a little …well, wrong, then you will love this book! But don’t be mistaken, this also isn’t all hearts and roses. Evie is still dealing with her internal struggle about actually being kidnapped, it’s not something she has just swept under the rug, as it were. Escaping is still a goal, even if she does her best to enjoy her time while she’s there.
This story gave time to the characters to grow. Hunter is a criminal, yes. But there is a vulnerability to him. I don’t know if I should be excited, but I was. I wanted them to fall in love, I wanted them to be together. I fell for both of these characters. I fell in love with the damn truck! Every experience they had together, whether positive or negative kept me glued to my Kindle like it was my lifetime. I started this book in the evening, and a couple chapters in I decided I wasn’t going to bed until I finished it, and that’s exactly what happened. I have a feeling that if you like Skye Warren, this book will be at the top of your favorites. It’s definitely favorites list read for me!
I had traded one prison for another, this one mobile but absolute. Inescapable even as it sliced through the countryside. Neither my mother’s home nor this eighteen-wheeler were gilded, but I preferred the view in this cage.
I leaned forward and kissed him – right on his nose. A little silly maybe, but he didn’t laugh. He looked startled at first, then his eyes darkened. He held me still, steadily kicking to keep us afloat. But he made no move to pull away or to initiate another kiss. Just holding steady for my exploration, if I wished to continue, and I did.
His eyelids, his forehead, the rough cheeks and much softer lips. I stayed there, sending small kisses along his mouth, from one corner to the other and then back again. It was a thank you for bringing me here, for convincing me to do this. More than that, the jump had given me permission to do this thing I’d wanted, to kiss a beautiful man who held me. One who seemed to want me but was unable to express it except in the harshest of ways.
“What next?” I whispered, expecting him to do something obscene and maybe painful. For the first time, I thought I’d welcome it. It was crazy, but so was this.
His lips curved knowingly, as if he guessed the direction of my thoughts.
He raised his eyebrow. “Wanna jump again?”
If you liked Wanderlust…
If you love books that push the envelope and explore a bit of the darker side, I recommend Hear Me and Trust in Me by Skye Warren, both which deal with sexual slavery. If you are interested in other authors dealing with dark erotica and dubious consent, Kitty Thomas is also at the top of my list. I would start with The Last Girl, which also has a PNR twist. Other favorites are Mafia Captive and Big Sky, which deal with captivity that leads to companionship.
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Liz @ Fictional Candy
I began blogging about 2 years ago after discovering others’ blogs. I had to have in on the fun! Now, all of this time later, I have discovered hundreds of books I’d never have found before. I’ve made great friends with readers and authors, and I’ve developed my hobby into a full blown addiction.