Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blog Tour: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3) by Nina Lane

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Title: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3)
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: January 7, 2014 
“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.

5 Amazing Stars 

Reading “Awaken” was a bittersweet experience.  It felt as if I waited AN ETERNITY for the conclusion of Professor Dean and Olivia’s love story.  Now that I read it, and consumed each beautifully written word, I am saddened that it is over.  The only consolation I have is that I can revisit their lives at anytime, courtesy of my trusted kindle.  I will definitely put this series on my must “re-read” list.

My husband doesn’t just love me. He knows how to love me. He knows what I need and when I need it, sometimes even better than I do. He knows how to unfold all the tight, rough parts of me and smooth them out with one glide of his hand. He knows how to prove that he—and only he—understands every crevice of my soul. He knows how to remind me that I am forever safe within his heart.

“Awaken” is a passionate romantic tale of two imperfect souls joined together to create the perfect love.  Professor Mc-hottie Pants, Dean West, is sexy as all hell.   His sizzling pillow talk coupled with explosive erotic sex scenes is down right panty melting.  He can be gentle, yet seductive, sensual, dominating and commanding.  Totally yummy.  Each time he calls Olivia “my beauty”, he makes my heart both race and swell.  Dean’s eloquent way with words touched my soul.

“You don’t know that I started believing in impossible things after I met you. Maybe a person could slide down a rainbow or taste the clouds or count to infinity. Why not, if there was Liv in the world? The stars shone brighter, the colors of the world became more vivid, everything was clearer, happier, better. All because of you.”

Facing difficult times, Olivia and Dean are dealing with their emotions from a recent miscarriage. To make matters worse, Dean is facing accusations of sexual harassment from the infamous major bitch face, Maggie Hamilton. With his career in jeopardy and the future unknown, Dean is forced into temporary leave from his professorship. Leaving King’s University behind, taking a position as an advisor on an archeological dig in Italy, he is far from the one person that can give him comfort.  While apart, Liv and Dean agree to relive the early days of their relationship and “court” one another while falling in love again. Dean - a knightly, faithful servant will “woo” Liv, his commanding exalted mistress.  This adds a bit of fun and sweetness into their lives and acts as a distraction to all the outside forces trying to pull them apart.  Dean’s display of affection proves how his love for Liv is all consuming.

"You knocked my heart right out of my chest. Sent it up to the stars. I looked at you and thought. “I could fall in love with her.” I didn’t know that I already had.  I’m going to kiss you for a long time tonight."

Being separated geographically, they manage to get by with loads of hot phone sex, erotic texts and kinky skyping – FUN! 

I feel him in the world, a powerful, unyielding presence who will forever be my shelter of safety and warmth. And because of that, the distance between us doesn’t seem quite so vast, and my aloneness not quite so alone.

"Soon you’re getting on your knees in front of me...Naked except for tight cotton panties that rub against your pussy. You’re going to squeeze your pretty tits together so I can push my cock between them and fuck them. Thrusting into that tight, damp valley all the way up to your throat."

Liv, never wanting to be apart from Dean, struggles.  But it is during this separation that she re-invents herself and rises to the challenge of becoming a stronger, more independent woman. She is prepared to stand along side Dean upon his return and together they will conquer all obstacles.

“Beauty, you make me want to stop time so I can look at you forever.”
Although Dean alone is enough to tickle your girly bits, it was Olivia’s character development that had fascinated me.  In the first two books in this series, Olivia was emotionally fragile and broken – evoking Dean’s inner protective alpha side.  Here, Liv’s persona has transformed.  Symbolically, if Dean is the foundation that holds up their relationship, Olivia is a faithful pillar, bearing its fair share of the weight. Olivia’s strength blooms and flourishes under his care.  There is a mutual feeding of the souls – Dean fortitude aids in uplifting Olivia, while Olivia keeps Dean grounded.  Realizing not all things in life can be under his control is a difficult task for him.  His obsession and weakness is Olivia, and he would do anything to assure her wellbeing.  Olivia’s new found mettle and fearlessness carries him through the uncertainties of his job, dealing with fears of parenthood and Liv’s witch of a mother while assuring him that she has the power to overcome any challenges. It was a wonderful watching her take the lead and become the glue that holds their relationship and Dean’s sanity together. 

“Olivia West. My best friend, my wife, my girl, my key to everything good, my beauty…”
I am absolutely in love with Dean and Olivia. Their story touched my heart in so many ways – bringing me laughter, joy and sorrow. They were deliciously sizzling yet heartwarmingly mushy. This series is a MUST READ for true fans of romance. “Awaken” was perfectly written in dual point of views, which gave me the insight to both characters.  Nina Lane is an excellent writer who stirs a various array of emotions from her readers.  Even though I hate to let the Spiral of Bliss series go I look forward to more great stories from this author in the future. 

Olive you berry much

5 Professor loving, Beauty found her way stars..most people wouldn’t find a story about an already married couple erotic..this series will prove you all wrong.  Hot sex, and lots of any good marriage should encompass.  Not without it’s angst, trials and tribulations but finding at the end happy ever after does exist!

Starting this trilogy I fell in love with Dean, his strength, libido and solid character was a complete draw for me.  Not wavering in his love and devotion for Liv.  Not until this book was his absolute head over heels infatuation for his wife more apparent and completely devoured by me.

Liv had some growing up to do..she had to pave her way with mistakes and learn how to grow and mature from them.  She did this and it took this last book to fully come into the woman she was meant to be.  Professor’s Beauty.  Having to overcome a sense of low self worth and having to fight and win her life battles.  Her ever-growing strength peaked in Awaken and the author took her and her readers on a beautiful journey of becoming Liv.  Not just Dean’s wife.

Dean had to learn to step back and allow Liv to fight for her independence and strength.  This stood against everything he was and his internal battle was well worth the ending.  Battle were fought and fortitude was found.

I loved this series and felt this book was the icing on the cake, the exclamation mark on a great love story.  A beautifully told modern day fairy tale, exquisitely brought to life by Ms. Lane.  Even made me cry, not an easy task..AND I was in public! 

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About the Author
Author PictureUSA 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.
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  1. Dawn, wow, what an incredible review! Thank you so very much - I'm just thrilled that you loved the conclusion of Liv and Dean's story, and that you felt they got the ending they deserved. And your graphics are just perfect. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review and to you and SPRR for participating in the blog tour. I so appreciate the support! --Nina ♥♥♥

    1. WOW..thank you! You made my day..I LOVED this series, it proudly sits in my favorite series shelf..thanks for allowing us to read it always..~Dawn

  2. Ang!! So sorry I got confused -- thank YOU so much also for the awesome review and for coining my favorite Professor West description! And I love that you loved their courting - that was so much fun to write, and I thought they both needed some lightheartedness by this point. And your Dean and Liv collages are to die for -- so picture perfect. I can't thank you enough for the wonderful review and support!

  3. Thanks again! It was a privilege to read your work. Also, I am glad you like my "Professor Mc-hottie Pants" nickname ;)


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