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.
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.
You can find my 4 heart review of AROUSE -->> HERE
You can find my 5 heart review of ALLURE -->> HERE
Now on to ... AWAKEN. Get ready for this. Because you won't believe when I say this. I think Professor Dean West just knocked Professor Emerson out of the Hot Teacher spot! I know! I know! But believe me. Professor Hottie aka Professor West is aaaahhhmaaaaazzzzzziiiinnnngggggg. He is so intelligent, but not rub your face in it cocky about it. He is protective, strong, sexy as sin, fierce, loyal, resilient. Just so many things and so damn sexy.
To me, Dean just got sexier and sexier as the books progressed. I mean seriously, I didn't think it was possible. Now, let's discuss Liv. I love her in this book. Truly, I love her in the series, but I loved her in this book. She found a backbone. She grew up. She did things for herself and I love it. I also love how much Dean supported her. Liv turned into this strong, independent, fierce woman and Dean loves her through it all. But man.. I don't know how Liv and Crystal didn't get into it earlier. There were plenty times where I wished she would have gotten smacked. Not only for what she put Liv through as a child, but now as an adult as well. Seriously.. like this..
Then you have Maggie and Edward Hamilton. Maybe I shouldn't discuss them, they make me mad. Like seriously mad.
But you know what I love, well.. besides Professor Sexy? The way the students and town banded around Dean when the crap hit the fan. I mean it was amazing and truly deserved. It was a truly beautiful scene. You don't end up just loving Dean and Liv, you love all the characters in this book. Hell, the series...okay, maybe not Helen or his family.. but everyone else. Even the little friendships end up being super important and awesome! But seriously.. IT MELTS ME WHEN HE CALLS HER BEAUTY!
Okay, you know we have to discuss the drama, because let's be honest.. there's is a TON! You have the Maggie drama. The Crystal drama. The school drama. The opening drama. The just all around marriage drama. I know, sounds like a lot, right? Honestly, it's not. Nina has this way of writing all this in that has you totally and completely sucked in and not overwhelmed. She navigates this all effortlessly. It flows seamlessly. I know I have said it before, I will say it again. I love her writing style. She is truly amazing. I give this book 5 hearts!