“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’m at your feet forever, Olivia Rose,” I whispered the instant before our lips met. “I’ll move heaven and earth to give you whatever you want, whatever you need.”
Awaken is the breathtakingly beautiful ending to The Spiral of Bliss Series. Whatever I’ll say won’t do this third installment justice.
It’s amazing how much Nina Lane was able to make me fall in love with this story and its characters. From Arouse to Allure and finally Awaken, we follow one of the best love stories ever written. I’ll never forget Liv and Dean’s passionate and all consuming love, and I’ll never forget all the emotions I felt while reading. With Awaken I found myself reading very slowly, because I wanted to savor every page, every passage. I wish it was made of one thousand pages, because I never wanted it to end, and when I actually reached the last page, I wanted to start it all over again.
In Awaken Liv and Dean come full circle. Their love is stronger than ever and together they’re ready to face those last hurdles that people’s jealousy and malice put in front of them. But nothing will tear them apart.
“I wanted Liv with a force that hurt, needed her like i needed air, loved her beyond reason. But not until that instant did I realize I couldn’t imagine the rest of my life without her.”
Dean is even more passionate and loving than in the two first books, if that’s even possible. He loves everything about his wife and he embodies that kind of love that should characterize marriages — he loves every facet of Liv, her flaws, her qualities, her virtues… He loves Liv as a whole and his devotion to her touched my heart. He helps her find that inner strength that she’s always had, but that it was hidden and that she was afraid of uncovering.
Dean goes through quite the challenges in this last book, especially as far as his career is concerned. I won’t say too much, because I don’t want to spoil anything. But Liv is always there for him, she’s always by his side, and she gives him the strength to withstand anything that threatens him. And most of all she gives him hope.
“And, just like that, I fall wildly in love with my husband all over again…. He smiles, sliding his thumb across my lips, his gaze warm. Pleasure fills me at that look, so replete with love and tenderness that I’m reminded anew that together we can withstand anything.”
In Awaken there are also some surprises, happy ones, that made my heart beat faster and they made me cheer for this amazing couple even more. As always, Nina Lane’s writing is outstanding, and she makes you feel everything the characters feel. She also makes everything so vivid and real.
I can’t recommend this series enough. You need to read these books. Every single one of the installments will blow you away.
I’ll miss Liv and Dean and so much! I’m sure I’ll reread this series over and over again. This is truly a love story to treasure.
I give Awaken 5 glittering stars.
More beautiful passages:
“I know that no matter how far and wildly I fall, Dean will always be there to catch me.”
“Come back with me. Be mine all over again.”
“You don’t know that I never dared to believe a woman like you existed in the world, much less that you’d ever love me or let me love you. You don’t know that you fulfilled a million secret wishes I didn’t even realize I had.”