“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.
I am totally in love with the Spiral of Bliss series by Nina Lane. I absolutely adored Arouse and Allure so I was super excited to get started on Awaken and see how Olivia and Dean's story concludes. Its safe to say that it surpassed all my expectations. Awaken was another amazing read.
Awaken starts off with Dean and Olivia struggling to come to terms with all that had happened in Allure. Olivia only wants what's best for her husband and is ready to put distance between them if need be to protect him. I admired Olivia in Awaken. She has grown her backbone. She takes risks and is so independent. Her only weakness was where her mother was concerned but you could understand why.
Then there's Dean West. God, that man makes me swoon! Dean West was PERFECT. I said in my reviews of Arouse and Allure that Dean doesn't talk much but his actions show what his words don't. In Awaken though, he truly puts out his feelings. I LOVED his point of view. He said what he felt and what he felt was all consuming love for his wife.
The Spiral of Bliss novels have the best romance. The same was the case with Awaken though Dean and Olivia are separated by a distance for some part of the book. I loved the steamy scenes not because they were erotic but because throughout Dean and Olivia's love and need for each other shined through. It was great seeing them both working through their issues.
After all the struggle and bad times Olivia and Dean finally reach the ending they deserve and I couldn't be happier for them. I adored the epilogue and things were just how they were meant to be. Nina Lane is a fabulous author and I'm extremely grateful to her for having introduced me to Dean and Olivia and letting me be a part of their journey.
*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Literati Author Services for being a part of the blog tour. We thank them.