Saturday, January 11, 2014

Awaken by Nina Lane Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

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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My Review!

This story, these characters, and their incredibly romantic and passionate love story will forever hold a special place in my heart. I can't believe their journey is over. That ending was beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I'm going to miss Dean and Liv, and I'm going to miss my favorite love story of the year. <3

Rating: 5 stars!
I have loved every second of this journey with Liv and Dean. From their unconditional love to their ups and downs, from their deep abiding passion for each other to the shaky trials of their marriage. It's been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, a whirlwind of love, sadness, happiness, hurt, fear, humor, worry. I loved going through all of that with Dean and Liv, and seeing them find a way through all of it. Their love for each other was strong enough to conquer anything that came their way. 

I never thought I would enjoy these books so much considering that the couple was already married and in love. Normally, I would rather watch the couple fall in love instead of starting a book where they're married and been together for three years. But that never mattered to me with Dean and Liv. Throughout everything that happened, ingrained in the pages of these books, one emotion was strongest above all the others: love. I never cared that I couldn't watch them fall in love, especially since the author gave us wonderful flashbacks during their early dating period. And I never questioned their love or why they were married, because they were downright perfect for each other. 

Dean and Liv are soulmates, two puzzle pieces who fit together perfectly. They are the epitome of a great marriage; not because they are perfect, but because they would never, ever give up the love they have for each other. It's strong enough to make them want to work through the hurt, the mistakes, the tragedies. And it's strong enough where they've never even questioned how they felt. They only questioned themselves. They had to step outside their warm, safe island and look at how their marriage has changed. And change is never always bad! Dean and Liv were able to step outside their perfect bubble and figure out what needed to change and how they felt about their marriage, and that made them realize just how incredibly lucky they were to have found each other in the first place. What I loved about their marriage is that they never once stopped communicating. Communication is the key to a relationship, the most important aspect of one in my humble opinion. Dean and Liv were always able to talk to each other, to talk through their hurt and their feelings. It never ceased to amaze me how much better they were because they had each other.

At the start of Awaken, Liv and Dean are thousands of miles away. But it's in both of their best interests. For Dean, because of the fake sexual harassment case. For Liv, it's a chance for her to not lean on her husband so much, for her to become independent. I absolutely loved her character development. She's shown so much growth throughout these books, from realizing her own potential to figuring out that she has infinite strength and can handle whatever life throws her way. 
"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." -Liv
She no longer wants to stand behind Dean, but beside him. Not that he's smothering or controlling. He's just so protective of his wife, especially after the miscarriage. And when Liv's past comes back in her life, Dean can't help but want to take up his sword and face her battles for her. But Liv is starting to realize that maybe she's relied on him too much, that maybe she needs to find her own strength to face her past and become the person everyone knows she can be. Throughout everything, she becomes the kind of person she's always wanted to be: strong, confident, and sure of herself. And she was the perfect fit for Dean, as he was for her. <3

Professor Dean West is my favorite book boyfriend of the year! <3
It's always 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.
His love for her his wife, his protectiveness, his attentiveness. Everything he does for her just makes me swoon. And every time he calls her 'beauty' I just melt. <3 Not only did Liv go through growth, but so did Dean. He had to learn to let Liv become more independent, not because he was stifling her, but because she wanted to be. He had to figure out that Liv can stand on her own and that she could handle her problems without needing him to swoop in and save her. And it was hard for him because Dean is so damn protective of her. He hated letting her do all of this, hated letting her handle her mom by herself. Not because he didn't think she could, but because he hates it when Liv gets hurt. He can't stand to think of himself as failing her. But Liv understands this, his need to protect her, because she feels the same way with him. And oh my, Professor West has one dirty, dirty mouth. He's so fucking hot. But the thing that made him the most attractive was his love for Liv, and how he loved her, and his absolute certainty that they belong together.

Favorite Quote:
Love the one who proves to you that happily ever after is only the beginning. <3
Dean and Liv were both such amazing characters. What they went through just made them stronger and better together. Their love story was absolutely breathtaking, so romantic, and deeply passionate. It was so tender, and sometimes heartbreaking, but utterly swoon-worthy. Awaken was a wonderful conclusion to the love story of Dean and Liv that so easily captured my heart. 


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, and Allure is a USA Today Bestseller.
Connect with the Nina:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest


  1. YAY, Holly!!! I'm thrilled that you loved the end of Liv and Dean's journey and can't thank you enough for taking the time to write such a thoughtful, glowing review and for participating in the Awaken blog tour. I love that you love Liv and Dean's love :-D (not to mention his dirty talk) and that you felt their story got the conclusion it deserved. Thank you again so much for your love and support. --Nina ♥♥♥

    1. You're so welcome! I love this series so much. <3


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