Thursday, 16 January 2014

Awaken Book Tour - #review & #giveaway

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NinaLane-Awaken-cover copy 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
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

 

Synopsis


“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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Spiral of Bliss Trilogy
 

NinaLane-B&WAbout the Author

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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Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica

My Review...
  
Gah! This book was so sensual, so raw and so breathtaking. I friggin' LOVED IT! This is by far my favorite of the series. 

This book picks up where Allure left off with Dean away.  While Dean is away Liv is building up her own personal foundation with the new friends and a new business.  At the same time Dean is enjoying the research but they miss each other so much. 


This time apart only strengthens their love for one another.  It increases their intimacy and their bond.  The courting is adorable and sweet, the phone sex and dreams mad me blush blushing and once they finally get to see each other once again. 'Yowza' the chemistry is through the roof. 


"You belong with me. I'm not doing this anymore. I'm not staying away from you. I need you, dammit,"  
"Oh, Dean." Liv's breath escapes on a rush. "Whatever you need from me, you know I'll give it to you. I'll do anything for you you." 

While their love is strengthening, the outside world is not kind with the threat of Maggie the bitch from hell and the return of Liv's mom.  Dean is scared that all these stresses are going to break Liv but in this journey he finally realizes how truly strong Liv is.   
"And I promise you, putting down roots doesn't mean you're trapped or stifled or even...ordinary. It just means that you've finally figured out where home is."
For Dean he always feels like he needs to fix everything and protect Liv, but with his time away he starts to heal and starts to realize that he doesn't have to fix and control everything and sometimes you just have to let fate intervene.
"But if we look hard enough, we can always find a reason to say no. We can always find a reason to be afraid. So maybe it's time to stop looking and see what finds us instead."

For Liv and Dean this series was such a beautiful and trying yet cathartic journey for them. 
"I understand now, for the first time ever.  Love is both so complicated and so simple because it's all the emotions in the universe distilled into one."
I think Nina Lane is a mastermind in her writing.  She has a gift for capturing the realness and angst of a relationship and at the same time creating such beauty with the sensuality and intimacy of Liv and Dean. 

I absolutely LOVE this series from beginning to end.  It is a must read series.  

5 +++ Awakening Thumbs up!
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Lauren 

2 comments:

  1. Lauren, wow!! Thank you so much for the incredible review of Awaken and for participating in the blog tour. I'm so glad that you loved the conclusion of Liv and Dean's story, and your graphics are picture perfect (I especially love that you highlighted the "love you like a bee..." quote, which I admit made me laugh when I wrote it. :-)

    I so appreciate your time and support and can't thank you enough for your love for Liv and Dean and my writing -- I've been living with the Wests in my head for a long time now, and to know that their story has resonated with you from the beginning really means the world to me. Thank you so, so much!
    ♥♥♥
    Nina

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    1. Gah! Thanks for the comment. It was such an honor to read such a beautiful story. So thank you! :) Here is my link for my review on the whole series. http://livereadbreathe.blogspot.ca/2014/01/spiral-of-bliss-series-reviews-of.html <3 Lauren

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