Blog Tour: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3) by Nina Lane~ Brittany and Bianca's Reviews, Teaser & Giveaway
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**
Oh, how I've loved this series! I have followed Dean's and Olivia's love story from the very beginning, and they will forever live in my heart as one of my favorite literary couples ever. This book, as with the rest in this series, is full of romance and passion, and the love between these two characters will bring you to your knees. One thing I absolutely loved about this series from the start, was that we got to experience life after the happily-ever-after. This author portrays married life-- the ups, the downs, the struggles, and triumphs, in a very authentic and genuine way. I feel like I've come full circle with this couple. I've laughed with them, cried with them, and rooted for them the entire way. To see their journey end is bittersweet, but Awaken was a lovely conclusion and it definitely did their romance justice.
"My husband and I will always be two people living one life of perfect imperfection"
As I said, I love that this series focuses on the very real problems that people, and marriages face. And these characters deal with them all in a very authentic way. They're imperfect, they have flaws, they make mistakes. But they love each other unconditionally, and are both 100% invested in their marriage and in each other. You can't ask for much more than that. In this beautiful conclusion, Liv and Dean are faced with some reoccurring issues, as well as some new problems. They have to deal with Dean being away for work, trouble with his job, and a blast from Olivia's past-- all of which threaten the happiness of our favorite couple. On top of all of this, Liv decides to do some much needed soul searching, and tries no to rely on Dean quite so much.
For Dean, who is comfortable in the role of Liv's "knight in shining armor," this is a struggle. He always puts Liv's well-being and safety above all else, and, being so far away, feels like he isn't able to protect her as much as they both need him to.
"...Still scares me sometimes. How much I love her. All this stuff about her needing me, relying on me, depending on me… when I’m the one who can’t take his next breath without her."
Liv and Dean's relationship is, again, put to the test, but they're determined to pull through stronger than ever. The roles that each play in their marriage are re-defined, and Olivia, especially, really flourishes and comes into her own. Of course, everything would be even better if they could shut out the world an exist only in their own little Liv and Dean bubble.
“Somehow, always, everything is okay when it’s just the two of us alone together.”
The love that these two characters share is something that will stick with me forever. It's beautiful and enviable, and just makes you warm all over. They are an excellent example of what a marriage should be. Yes, they make mistakes. Yes, they struggle, because love and marriage isn't easy. But they are so committed to each other and their life together, that you can't help but cheer them on. Nina Lane has written a truly wonderful couple and love story, and I'm sad to say goodbye. Separately, as well as together, these characters are some of my favorites. I've said before that Dean (aka Professor Hottie) is the perfect mixture of protective, charming, geeky and sexy. *sigh* I will miss you Dean West.
"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."
Olivia has always been a complex and very relatable character for me, but she really blew me away in this last book. I was so proud of her, how she stood up for herself, how she strived to do better, to be better. She really made something of herself this time around and it was admirable. She's the same compassionate, sweet character as she's always been, but she finds a strength within herself that was love overdue.
"Pie love you, professor," I whisper. "Have faith in me, okay?"
I originally rated this one 4 stars instead of 5, because there were times when the story read a bit slow for me. The writing is flawless, as with the rest of the books in this series, but I couldn't help but feel that there was something missing, a certain spark. However, after writing this review and reflecting back on this novel, I have to bump it back up to a 5. This really was a wonderful read, especially if you're as invested in this series and these two amazing characters as I was. I definitely recommend this entire series. Run and grab it now, do not miss out on this epic love story!
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
As someone that has followed this series from beginning to end, I must say this is one of my favorite romance stories EVER. We are taken upon a journey between two beautiful individuals as they live their life as man and wife. Their all consuming, passionate love captured my heart the moment I started reading. Their epic conclusion to their story is bittersweet. While Dean and Liv may stay with me forever, I was so happy the way their story ended.
"You and me, professor," I whisper.
"You and me, beauty."
Knowing that this was the end of Liv and Dean's journey, I took my time with this one. I held on to every word, every sentence of their story. The writing? Beautiful. Flawless. Breathtaking. You do not read this story, you simply LIVE it. It continues the issues that Dean and Liv faced in the first two books, but on a much deeper level. How much can this couple have thrown at them? Despite it all, they have each other and that is what matters the most.
"...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."
Do you hear my heart beating? Yes, it's for Dean West. He is the epitome of romance. He loves Liv with such a need and such a conviction that gives you all the FEELS. His love knows no boundaries. His wife, Liv is everything to him. Despite his right and wrongs, he does everything with her in mind. Their intense love and chemistry is beyond words. While their need for each other is highly erotic, it is also passionte and romantic. These raw emotions added to the story in that the love they share is undeniably beautiful.
I cannot recommend this intense and passionate story enough! While I gave the conclusion a four, the entire series gets a 5+++ from me. Yes, off the charts. The only thing that I wanted to see more in this story was perhaps something less predictable. I also wanted more time with Dean.This journey with Liv and Dean has been nothing short of amazing. This ever after story is deep, all-consuming, and beautiful. Love is limitless. Love is powerful. Love never fails.
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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