Friday, January 17, 2014

Awaken by Nina Lane ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


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.


“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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I know I’ve said this before in my previous review of Arouse…..but this series right here is why I love to read, and Nina has once again sparked my love of reading!  It’s because Nina makes you FEEL and experience every single emotion as if you were living it…breathing it….from the first paragraph (see below) to the last paragraph, I was a goner!

Even from thousands of miles away, I can feel my husband.  I feel his thoughts brushing against my skin, the breathing of his heart in rhythm with mine I feel him in the world, a powerful, unyielding presence who will forever be my shelter of safety and warmth.

Do you see what I’m taking about? Can you feel it? My god, I felt Liv’s passion for Dean and throughout this book I felt how Dean loved his wife.  And boy did Dean LOVE his wife! Dean love’s Liv how a wife is supposed to be loved…fully and completely.

I have followed Liv and Dean’s story from the very beginning and the journey has been absolutely beautiful.  Awaken was the perfect conclusion to their epic love story.  There was no over the top drama, some things I predicted, some things I did not.  Nina perfectly wrapped up the story and I couldn’t have been happier with the way it ended.  It was very bittersweet for me however, this is without a doubt my favorite married book couple, and I just did not want to let them go. 

The Story

Awaken begins with Dean and Liv apart.  Dean has done to Italy to lead an excavation project and escape Mirror Lake due to false allegations from a student.  He is on leave of absence from his job as a professor while the investigation is underway.  Even though Dean does not want to be separated from Liv, they really need the time apart.  While Dean is gone, Liv and Dean decide to date again and put back together the pieces of their marriage, and remember why they fell for the other in the first place.  Also, Liv learns to stand on her own two feet with Dean being gone. Liv is so used to Dean taking care of her and the time apart really gives Liv a chance to find herself.  There is still so much more to this story that I’m leaving out, but you have to read it for yourself to experience it because I don’t want to spoil it!

Favorite Quotes

“You’re the only woman I want to look at, beauty.” His deep affectionate voice warms me to my toes.  “The only woman I can see.”

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 that I do.


“Beauty, you make me want to stop time so I can look at you forever.”


Easy.  It’s so easy to be with her, my lusty fairy, my beautiful wife.  Wanting her is like breathing.  Needing her is in my blood.  And loving her will always be the beat of my heart.


I know this to the center of my soul.  Like milk and cookies, pencil and paper, the moon and the stars, please and thank you, movies and popcorn…Dean and I belong together. 


“You drive away the cold and melt the ice. You’ve always made me….bloom.”

“You know I’ll always fight for you.” “That I’ll always protect you and always want to give you everything…..and… know you’ll always be my beauty”


Final Thoughts

This is a 5++++ star series for me.  Nina’s writing is beautiful, flawless, and passionate. She has this ability to evoke emotions in readers that is truly just amazing.  Dean and Liv’s relationship is intense, emotional, romantic, sexy… unforgettable, fairytale love story and a definite must read…absolute PERFECTION!

*Reviewed by Brandi

About 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.

Connect with the Author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

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1 comment:

  1. YAY! Brandi, I'm so happy you loved the end of Liv and Dean's story since I know you've been rooting for them from the very beginning. To know that you felt they got the ending they deserved means so much to me, and thank you for taking the time to write a review and for all your support. It's bittersweet for me too to let them go, but I'm thrilled to finally have their full story out in the world. Thank you again so very much for all you've done and for your love of Liv and Dean -- I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.