In Review: Wanderlust by Roni Loren

Posted July 24, 2016 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Wanderlust by Roni LorenWanderlust by Roni Loren
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Format: eARC, 191 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
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Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

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In Review My Thoughts

Confession: until now, I’d never read one of Roni Loren’s books. I KNOW. I should be ashamed. She’s been on my list of authors to try, but I wanted to wait for the right, non-series book. (Or, you know, start from the beginning of a series…) When I saw the cover and read the blurb for Wanderlust, I knew this was the one. I couldn’t have made a better choice. It’s just not enough to say I LOVED this book. That doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of my feels.

I’m not a huge rockstar book fan, to be honest. I read A LOT of them back in the day and kinda got sick of them. However, it’d been a really long time since I read one – I’m not even sure what the last one would’ve been – so I knew it was time to read another. Wanderlust was the perfect pick. It had all those things I used to love about rockstar romances back in the day and none of the clichés that used to drive me crazy. This book, with its rockstar and antagonistic romance tropes SO worked for me.

As far as the characters went, I loved both Aubrey and Lex. They might seem like a poor match on paper – restaurant critic and rock star – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Their chemistry was totally wicked and something about them totally clicked from the start. Of course, that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to fight it (and each other) for awhile. But the longer they were around each other, the harder it was to hide the truth. I loved that each of them was vulnerable, even if they didn’t let it show. Aubrey’s past made me sad (and angry, to be honest, at some of the people who were closest to her), but Lex really won me over when he began to show her she’s more than just the mistakes of her past. Meanwhile, she showed him that someone could want him for HIM and not everything that comes with him.

Wanderlust was sexy as hell. It was sweet and funny, too. I loved how Aubrey and Lex played off each other in the beginning. (Well, not the onstage beginning, even though that was fun… but as they were beginning to spend time together for the interview.) I enjoyed what the other band members brought to the story, too. I don’t know if there are any plans for this book to continue into a series, but I’d read each and every book if it did. This one gave me plenty of (mostly unexpected) feels and I loved every minute of it. Clearly I need to read more of Roni Loren’s books.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, exchange for an honest review.

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FAVORITE QUOTES

Take me. Use me. Drain me dry. I can numb your pain. Don’t hide behind your life.

“No, babe. You don’t get it. Your version of you isn’t you. It’s what all those people in your life expect you to be.”

She knew how it felt to be branded by a single mistake. One weak moment could ruin how everyone looked at you for the rest of your life.

And his scent—God, it wasn’t fair that a man smelled so goddamned amazing. It was like sex and sin and everything forbidden had been bottled and then rubbed all over him.

“No good girl would go through the trouble of keeping everything so smooth down here—like she’s begging to be kissed and licked and tasted. I think you’re naughtier than you’re letting on.”

“No, because you’ve ruined me, Aubrey Bordelon. I can’t even look at another girl without aching for you.”

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About Roni Loren

Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. After earning a master’s degree in social work from LSU, she worked in a mental health hospital, counseled birthmothers as an adoption coordinator, and did management recruiting in her PJs. But she always returned to writing.

Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her cooking, watching reality television, or picking up another hobby she doesn't need--in other words, procrastinating like a boss. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and a winner of the prestigious RITA Award.

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Let's Chat

So, now that I’ve fallen in love with Roni Loren’s books, I need your recommendations.
Which of her books should I read next?

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