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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Breathtaking Stars
“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.
Once in a rare while you come across a book so beautiful that you know in your heart that will always be with you. For me, that was Arouse. I fell in love with the story, with the writing, and mostly with Professor Dean and Olivia West. As perfect as that was, the love story continued in Allure, and now in this breathtaking conclusion, Awaken. It is flawless and told in such a way that I felt like I was living every moment along with them. I felt every bit of their love, their frustrations, their struggles, and their deep connection with every turn of the page. This is a love story like no other and I am not sure there will ever be another like it.
My husband doesn’t just love me. He knows how to love me. He knows how to prove that he—and only he—understands every crevice of my soul. He knows how to remind me that I am forever safe within his heart. Liv
The ever swoon-worthy Professor West is at is his best in Awaken. There are simply just too many moments that had me swooning and sighing while melting my heart away. The story picks up with their separation. Dean is forced to leave and put distance between him and the turmoil that the evil Maggie has created for him professionally. He is devastated to be leaving Liv behind after their recent pain and loss. What makes their separation bearable is the fact that even with an ocean between them they find ways to show their love for one another. Whether it’s with sexy phone time, sweet notes, or simple conversations keeping them up to date with what is going on daily. Not once did I doubt their love for one another.
You’re the only woman I want to look at, beauty. The only woman I can see.” Dean
Even though their separation is difficult, Liv finds that she can in fact be a strong independent woman. That she doesn’t have to hide behind her very successful husband. She comes into her own skin and I found myself rooting for to never let go of her newfound strength. She even trades boring cotton for sexy lace. Go Liv! Eventually Dean does return and boy is their reunion explosive!
“Come here, beauty. Give me what I’ve missed so much.” Dean
Unfortunately, their happy reunion is quickly marred with the return of someone from Liv’s past who seems intent on putting a wedge between them. That, and the almost expected doom of Dean’s career if Maggie and her father have their way. So much happens and since I hate spoilers, I won’t give anything away. As Liv struggles to balance her marriage, her new career path, this awful person from her past, and the stress of Dean’s troubles, we learn many things along the way. One being that no matter what, the love that Dean and Liv share cannot be destroyed and if there is one constant in their lives, it’s that they have each other. And really, isn’t that what marriage is about? Being there for each other, sharing everything with your soul mate, your better half and holding on to love. Dean fights with every fiber of his being to protect his wife, even if it means giving up what he has worked so hard to earn.
“Beauty, you make me want to stop time so I can look at you forever.” Dean
Awaken will take you on an amazing journey. It will grab you from the beginning and it just won’t let go. It is a fantastic conclusion to such a wonderful and special story. Fall in love all over again with The Professor, cheer for Liv, and most importantly enjoy one of the most beautiful love stories of our time. Nina Lane delivers a masterpiece and a perfect conclusion to Dean and Liv’s story.
“I understand now, for the first time ever. Love is both so complicated and so simple because it’s all the emotions in the universe distilled into one.” Dean
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.