“Everything has consequences. Nothing can be just for fun.”- Aubrey, Wanderlust
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Synopsis via Goodreads: From the New York Times bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series and Off the Clock, a story of sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment…
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…
When one of her fellow colleagues requires emergency surgery, Aubrey Bordelon is asked to cover for him until he returns. The only problem is that Aubrey has made a vow to stay on the straight and narrow path and having to follow a famous rockstar around for a week is bound to land her into some trouble. Lex Logan doesn’t plan on making Aubrey’s job any easier as he doesn’t want this reporter sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. But Audrey plans to getting her story, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
Rockstar romances are one of my favorite types of romances, so when I read the synopsis for Wanderlust, I knew I had to check this book out. The story of Aubrey and Lex starts out funny, full of shenanigans and witty back and forth banter. I was laughing at all the crazy stunts Lex was pulling just to get Aubrey to drop the article, but her persistence slowly starts to wear him down. What I liked most about this story is that although it starts off on the lighter side, it has its moments of sadness. Aubrey is struggling to make peace with herself as everyone around her, including herself, holds her responsible for the death of her twin sister. Watching Aubrey struggle broke my heart. Having to start over was rough, and even though she doesn’t have anyone in her corner, she is still determined to become a successful reporter. You can’t help but to cheer for her!
I initially thought that since this book is written from the third-person POV, I would have a hard time connecting with characters, but I actually found myself connecting with Aubrey’s character from the start. When we first meet her, she comes off as this well put together person, but as the story goes on, we see that she’s really not. She changed her ways after her sister’s death, but no matter what she did, she never felt she was good enough. I really enjoyed seeing her character develop throughout this book as she comes to realization that you can’t please everyone and that forgiveness first starts by forgiving herself.
While I liked Aubrey, I couldn’t connect with Lex. I think the reason for this may be because of the fact that this book is on the shorter side. I wanted to see more of the band in this book and I felt like when it came to dealing with the issues surrounding the band and Lex, they were pushed to the side and only dealt with at the end. I wish they actually played a bigger role throughout the story because then I would’ve probably connected more with Lex. As for the romance, it was okay. These two definitely have great chemistry going on, BUT I wasn’t swooning over them until I read the epilogue, which is seriously the CUTEST THING EVER! I loved how the epilogue brought the story back full circle and wrapped things up quite nicely.
Despite my issues with Wanderlust, I still managed to enjoy this rockstar romance. It was a quick and easy read that made me laugh and kept me entertained for a few hours. I would definitely recommend checking this one out!