Sunday, January 12, 2014

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway for Awaken [Spiral of Bliss #3] by Nina Lane

Title:  Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3)
Author:  Nina Lane 
Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

“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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At the end of Allure Liv & Dean had made the tough decision to spend some time apart.  Dean had been suspended from his position at King's University because a vindictive student was falsely making claims about him, bringing his reputation and career into disrepute.  Dean was invited to spend the next six months in Italy advising on an archaelogical dig. 

Whilst he is away they decide to 'date' each other again.  Dean 'courts' Liv  from afar and damn he is so sweet!

"I will remember how it was when we first met" - Dean & Liv

Dean has always protected Liv and will do anything for her.  In this stunning conclusion to their epic love story Liv really learns to stand on her own two feet, finds her backbone and finds a direction in life - all on her own.  This is her awakening if you like. A lot happens to Liv in this story and I loved the growth of her character as she deals with everything that is thrown at her.

The time apart is really hard on them both and their love for each other just grows stronger and more intense.  This couple are so adorably cute together and between the sheets they are freaking hot!

"From the beginning, he has taken me places I didn't know existed, and he has always kept me safe.  I'll follow him anywhere, and he knows it" - Liv

It's so refreshing to read a story about a couple that are married and so devoted to each other.

"Love the one who proves to you that 'happily ever after' is only just the beginning" - Liv

I give this book 5+ sexy stars.
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I was honestly scared to read this book. I have not had much success lately when it comes to reading AND loving the final book in a series. I didn't want that to happen with Liv and Dean. These are two characters who I absolutely adore and I didn't want to walk away at the end feeling anything less than complete satisfaction that they got the ending they deserved.

Now, I don't know why the heck I ever doubted Nina Lane and her love for her characters! She took these two on one heck of a journey and I should have known she would have them end up right where they were supposed to be all along. 

In every series that follow the same characters throughout, you want to see growth. It is important that they learn from mistakes they have made previously and realize what they need to be a better person. And  I think that is the thing I loved most about Awaken, Liv and Dean's growth as individuals and also as a couple. 

Liv finally makes a push to stand on her own. We seem glimpses of it in Arouse and Allure, but she finally finds her voice to express what she needs most from Dean and their relationship. She pushes him to see how important it is for her to be able to stand on her own two feet with him by her side, not in front shielding her.

And while I had a few issues with Dean in the previous two books, I always loved him. But I have to say, I loved him most is this one. While it is his first instinct to protect Liv from all the ugliness of the world, he finally sees that he can't nor does she want him to. All she has wanted from the beginning was to feel like his equal, a true partner. And it is when he finally recognizes that, that's when their relationship truly begins to flourish in my opinion. 

This book in no way all roses and buttercups. Liv and Dean face some major hurdles throughout Awaken. But (for me at least) they were stronger for it because they faced them together, even when they were miles apart. Truly a great wrap up of their epic love story! 

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 This series is utter perfection. Nothing is more beautiful then reading about a married couple so deeply in love and dedicated to each other. The growth we get to see with Olivia was absolutely magnificent. Such a fitting title, Awaken. Liv desires to establish her own independence by feeling her way out in this world, no longer feeling less then but whole with nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking.

That Olivia, the one who feels whole, comes to full bloom in AWAKEN.

If you’ve read the previous books in this series, Arouse and Allure, then you should be familiar with the names Dean and Olivia West. Which means you're also aware that Liv has been feeling somewhat unfulfilled in life on a personal level. She wants to carve her own path without her husband’s money as assistance.
As Legal concerns for the couple from the previous book sadly continue in to this one; Liv decides that Dean needs to leave the country on the scheduled archeological dig. He had already planned to attend the dig in Italy before family matters deterred those plans. He of course is hesitant but Liv all but packs his bags and pushes him out the door to avoid making a bad situation become worse.

Reunited and it feels sooooo good! 

 On the heels of Dean’s home coming is another arrival, this person causes a small ripple between the two. But it does not last long. Dean wants to save his wife from the evil in this world but Liv proves her strength as she stands in the ring alone and goes toe to toe with the opposition; gracefully I might add.
Her development was a pure pleasure to read. It brings hope to those still trying to find their way.

My Thoughts
Every move this couple made I found myself cheering for them. I was eager to see them succeed. I was eager to read and enjoy their happiness. OH and I shamelessly lusted after Dean. **wink,wink**
The writing is simply beautiful . Words are just not enough, you really must read this series in order to grasp these characters. I love their love!

Their love is FIERCE, PROTECTIVE, AROUSING and most importantly EXCLUSIVE to one another.
 Join the spiral of bliss in Arouse, Allure and Awaken by Nina Lane.

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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.

1 comment:

  1. WOW! 3 five star reviews from you -- what a way to wake up in the morning. I feel like I just won the lottery. :-)

    Jo, Becky, and Alexis, I can't thank you enough for your wonderful reviews and for your love of Liv and Dean's story. I've been working on these books for so long, and knowing that their story resonated with you really means the world to me.

    Thank you so much for participating in the Awaken blog tour and for your lovely reviews. I'm especially grateful that you all liked Liv and Dean's growth as characters and as a couple and their "be-all-end-all" love. I really wanted to do something different with these books in focusing on a married couple, and I love that you love that!

    Thank you for your time and support, which I appreciate more than I can express. --Nina ♥♥♥