Awaken by Nina Lane: Blog Tour and Review

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Title: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3) 
  Author: Nina Lane Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+ 
  Publication Date: January 7, 2014 
  Cover Design: Victoria Colotta of VMC Art & Design
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“I love that you love me, professor.” “I love loving you, beauty.” Since their intense, passionate beginning, Professor Dean West and his wife Olivia have fought dark secrets and betrayal in order to save their marriage. Now reeling in the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Liv and Dean are driven further apart by a vindictive threat to Dean’s career. Struggling to stand on her own for the first time in years, Liv is determined to defend her husband and prove herself. Then an unexpected letter dredges up old insecurities and endangers Liv’s newfound independence. As Dean fights for his professional life, he is forced to confront his worst fear when he discovers that he can’t protect his beloved wife from her own painful past.

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Awaken is book three in the Spiral of Bliss series by Nina Lane. *sigh* Here goes my disclaimer.... I wish I could type really fast like the guys in car commercials talk. If you haven’t read books one and two Arouse and Allure, please don’t read any further. I am going to be talking about things that occurred in those books. There is no way for me to do a review of this book without giving spoilers to those books. In addition, if you haven’t read those books, please, stop what you are doing and go buy them immediately. They are amazing! Now, on to regularly scheduled blogging....

It isn’t very often that we get really good books about married couples. Most of the time the quest of the book is right up to the point where the couple rides off into the sunset. Then you just assume they get their Happily Ever After. Sometimes the quest for the HEA is the story. I love this! Dean and Olivia, from all outward appearances are the perfect couple, but their marriage is strained, and plagued with issues. She is insecure, he is accused of sexual harassment by a vindictive graduate student, they are going through the loss of a pregnancy, Liv is struggling to come to terms with Dean keeping a huge truth from her. I could go on and on with the issues they have overcome in the past few months. Liv finally persuades Dean to take an assignment in Italy, to keep him away from his beloved job at King College, which he loves. In fact, he has been ordered to stay off the campus, pending the outcome of an investigation of the sexual harassment charges. The fact that Liv wants him to go away is really confusing to me at first although I come to understand her a little better throughout the book. 

If I had to say what this book is about, it is about Liv discovering her strength, and learning to make it on her own. Not “alone” but on her own. There are more discoveries about Liv’s past revealed, that make you wonder how she ever survived her childhood. Since this is the last book in the trilogy, the culmination of the sexual harassment suit is finally reached. I think this is probably the sweetest, and hottest book of the trilogy yet. If you haven’t read the book, grab it NOW. I’m adding this book to my best of 2014 list, and giving it 5 stars. I adore Nina Lane. Also, if you haven’t given her other book, The Erotic Dark, you should check it out. It is a totally different genre, with strong BDSM themes, but it is really good! 

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USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences. Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she's that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina's novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon's Erotica Bestseller list, and Allure is a USA Today Bestseller.

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1 comment:

Nina Lane said...

Angela, wow! What a wonderful review - I'm so happy you've enjoyed Liv and Dean's journey and especially that you appreciate Liv's growth and coming into her own. Thanks so much for participating in the Awaken blog tour - I so appreciate the endorsement and support. And thanks also for the Erotic Dark shout-out - Erotic Light is next on my list. Thank you!! --Nina ♥♥♥