Wanderlust Audiobook by Skye Warren (REVIEW)

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Review of: Wanderlust Audiobook

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On May 19, 2015
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Wanderlust Audiobook

By: Skye Warren

Narrated by: Lucy James

Published by: Skye Warren 04/22/2015

Wanderlust Audiobook by Skye Warren


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A novel

5 hrs and 44 mins

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Wanderlust Audiobook Sample

Wanderlust Audiobook

This book is a really intriguing, dark and psychological story. It is a shorter audio than most of the books I listen to at just under six hours. But, it is still full of story. I had read this book before it was available on audio. I was really excited to revisit the Hunter and Evie’s story on audio, though this was a new-to-me narrator.

This story is a very dark story in that there is kidnapping and some dubious consent. I love the psychological aspects of this book. This is an author that will push your boundaries. While I really enjoyed this book, I don’t condone the actions that the hero/villain takes. The story seems very real in that I could really see something like this happening to someone in real life, which makes it even more scary.

This is a story about Evie, who was the daughter of a shut-in, who became a shut in by proxy when her mother guilted her everytime she left her house. She finally decides that she couldn’t live in such a small space any more and she had to see the world. She has dreams to go to Niagara Falls from a book she stole from the library (one of the few places here mother allowed her to visit outside the house). On her travels from Texas towards Niagara, she runs into Hunter at a small town truck stop. He is a truck driver and a nomad who is a bit on the scary side. Hunter is used to getting what he wants and doesn’t take “no” for an answer. People who know him have decided that it is easier to just give him his way.

Hunter decides that he likes Evie and that he wants to take her with him on the road, so he takes her. Things start off really bad for her. She is very naive, because most of her life at home with just her mother, so she has little to no life experience. Every move that she makes, just makes her bad situation worse. Then as the story builds between these two, more of their pasts comes out. We learn that both individuals have a pretty horrific past.

I really loved how this author really makes you rethink everything you think you know. Hunter is not a good person, there is no mistaking that. What he does in this book is wrong, no matter how you slice it. I don’t care what happened in his past. That doesn’t mean that you don’t start to feel sorry for the man by the end.

I really love this quote from the book. I think it shows the beautiful way that Ms. Warren writes how Evie grows throughout Wanderlust.

I was a caterpillar, my many limbs held tight to my body, wrapped up in a cocoon. He paved the way, eased me from a small and ugly life to a beautiful one. The transition had been painful at times, but never more than it would be to leave him. But that was the path of a butterfly-to fly away from the one who had made her.

The story is told in first person from Evie’s point of view. It is interesting to see how Hunter changes in her perception in the story. Not only from actions that he takes, but also from the people that she meets that are Hunter’s friends. It is also interesting to see that Hunter, while not a good person, isn’t the worse thing in the world.

If you are looking for a book that will really push your boundaries, this could be the book for you. I do want to remind you that there is kidnapping and rape involved, and I know that is not for everyone. Wanderlust is beautifully written story about a dysfunctional pairing of two damaged people.


This is the first book that I’ve listened to narrator Lucy James. I think she did a pretty good job. She made Evie sound very innocent, which was how she sounded in my head. Hunter’s voice was very menacing. I thought it fit him very well. There are also several side characters who don’t have lengthy parts. I did think she spoke very slow, but increasing the speed at which I listened solved that issue.

Author Skye WarrenSkye Warren Her books are raw, sexual and perversely tender. For those new to her work, consider the bestseller Wanderlust, Prisoner or the Dark Nights series starting with Trust in Me.

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This is the only audiobook to date by Lucy James. I have to believe this is Pseudonymous…Another mystery voice I need to find 🙂

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. This is my kinD of party! Will look for the book version later.

    I hope you ladies had fun in RT!

    • I had a great time at RT. I got to meet Skye. She was great. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

  2. This one I might epically like or epically hate. GAH Dark Romance is always like that for me. I either get it or I am like why……. 🙂 Dang Me!

    • This is a story that I think most people will either love or hate. I do like the genre (though I’ve only read a select few authors). Skye is one that I love.

  3. I was sold after the sample and listened in one sitting. I always feel this my horror genre, I love that uncomfortable feeling that keeps me glued to my phone, and like you, I like the psychological aspects to the story. I thought the narrator did a great job!
    Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

    • You will have to check out more of Skye’s audios as they come out. My understanding is there are more on the way. I’ve read all of her book (I think) and I’ve really enjoyed all of them.

  4. You kept mentioning that this was dark. I would be better of reading this one I think because that way when I read the uncomfortable parts I can skim. Still it sounds like an interesting read.

    • I understand that. I know people who can’t listen to really sexy scenes on audio either. I’m up for pretty much anything on audio as long as the narrator is good. I hope you get a chance to try the book, if you think you might be interested. The darkness of this book is the fact that not everything is consensual. I know that a lot of people who wouldn’t like that. I just wanted to be very clear about that.

  5. I know Liz loves this author and has told me to read this. I tried one of her other books but didn’t fall in love with it. I think this might be more to my liking. But man, I’d have to speed that audio up. She reads sloooow.

    • This one is probably my favorite from this author. I also really enjoyed Prisoner that she wrote with Annika Martin (aka Carolyn Crane). I did have to speed up the narration. At increased speed, it sounded normal to me.

  6. Hmmmm been awhile since I read/listened to a dark one. Might have to give this a go sometime soon 🙂

    • Skye Warren is one of my favorite Dark Romance writers. Kitty Thomas is one of the others. They both do a lot with the psychological aspects of their characters, and I really enjoy that part of the story. I hope you enjoy.

  7. My co-bloggers loved this book too, so I’m definitely going to read it at some point in the future. Great review, Melanie!

    • I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to listen to more from this author. She writes really great dark romances.

  8. Not al dark romances work for me, but this one sounds interetsing with how the main charcacter has lived a sheltered live and then starts to explore the world and how Hunter isn’t a good person. It’s interesting seeing main characetr who aren’t good now and then. And how you describe the story as real and therefore more scray, I can agree with that, most fantasy books are so far out there, that they aren’t really scary, while contemporary reads like this one or even some sci-fi or dystopia reads can be scray because you know things like this can and do happen. Great review!

    • Yes, the fact that this could totally happen makes this all the more scary. I would not want to run across a guy like Hunter. I don’t know that I could read all dark romances, but I’ve found a few authors that I’ve really enjoyed.

  9. It’s great when you have an author who makes you think about things. I didn’t know about the book but now that I see that it’s 6 hours maybe I should try as my problem with autdiobooks is that they’re too long for me… thanks for the review.

    • Thanks Melliane. This author will make you think about things, that is for sure. That is what I love about her writing. The audio was actually less than 6 hours for me, as I sped up the listening speed. I hope that you enjoy.

    • This is actually my favorite of her’s so far, though it has been a really long time since I read her Dark Erotica series. You should try this one and her new series called Stripped. I love them both.


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