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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Awaken: Nina Lane

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Title: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3)
Author: Nina Lane
Genre:Contemporary Romance 18+
Cover Design: Victoria Colotta of VMC Art & Design
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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“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.

Follow the Awaken book tour from January 7 to January 17

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Click on covers to see Tammy's reviews of other books in this series:

I have liked this series from the beginning because they were already married when the first book began. Working through married problems makes for a very different read than new love. This third book in the series continues plot lines begun in Allure, and brings in a couple new threads as well. Dean is still dealing with the sexual harassment allegations at work, while Liv has to figure out what she wants to do as Allie's bookstore is closing, and as usual, extended family pops up to add to the tension.

In Awaken, Liv makes huge personal growth. She was so dependent on other people, especially Dean in the first two books, and finally she starts asserting herself, figuring out what it is she wants to do. She takes risks for herself and is determined to prove that she has a strength that she's never seen before. The personal journey she makes over the course of the book was amazing. A few well placed words from those around her, and Liv starts making real changes that turn her life in the direction she's always wanted to go. I particularly loved this aspect of the book and character development. 

Dean also has several personal hurdles to jump in this one. I love how protective of Liv he always is, and that trait definitely drives a lot of his decisions. One of his major hurdles is to let Liv take chances on her own without him holding her together and letting her deal with her past by herself, something he struggles with throughout, but watching him learn how to let go of control was fascinating and so important for Liv's personal growth. 

The world both spins and steadies around me, a cascade so thrilling because I know that no matter how far and wildly I fall, Dean will always be there to catch me. 

I had forgotten how driven by sex Liv and Dean's relationship is. The scenes are hot, but at times I had to skim over them when they felt like that's all they were doing. The chemistry between them is strong, even with the challenges they face here. For once their challenges are not coming from within their relationship, but are all about keeping their relationship strong despite outside stressors. 

"Dean, how many things in the universe had to fit together for us to have met, let alone fallen in love?" Liv asks. "And how many of those things changed our lives forever?" 

It took me a little bit to really immerse myself in this story, but I remember the same thing happening when I read the first two books in the series. Once I was in it though, I didn't want to put it down. The way Nina threaded family and both character's pasts (particularly Liv's) was the big piece of this story that kept me glued to the pages. This was a great third tale in Dean and Liv's story and wrapped up the series nicely. 

Thanks to Nina Lane for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.




Spiral of Bliss Trilogy
 
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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1 comment:

  1. Rachel, thanks so much for the great review of Awaken and for participating in the blog tour - I'm so glad you enjoyed the end of Liv and Dean's story, especially their personal growth. Thank you so much for your time and support!
    ♥♥♥
    Nina

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