Blogiversary Blowout: Guest Post by Nina Lane + Giveaway!


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Today I’m so happy to welcome back Nina Lane to Bookish Temptations and I want to thank her for taking part in our Blogiversary celebrations. Nina is the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Spiral of Bliss Series, which is one of my favorite series EVER!

Professor Dean West made his way straight to my heart from the very beginning. I’ve gushed about him for hours on end here on the blog, and I still could go on and on… 😉

Today Nina is telling us what SHE loves the most about this stunning, wonderful, oh-so-sexy professor 🙂


All About Professor Dean West

Nina Lane

Bookish Temptations


What makes Professor Dean West my perfect hero? He’s a modern knight who speaks to our dreams about handsome princes and knights in shining armor, and even more to our desire to be completely loved and cherished beyond measure.

Dean is a brilliant, sexy, strong man, and a combination geek/athlete who knows about Carolingian Era politics and medieval poetry as well as baseball stats, foreign films, Russian economics, why Star Trek is better than Star Wars, and how to throw a spiral in football. He needs to be in control and knows how to get things done. He is accomplished and dedicated, a true gentleman who still believes in chivalry.

But all of Dean’s accomplishments aside, the ONE THING that I think makes him so swoon-worthy is his utter devotion to his wife and his desire to keep her safe and happy. He loves Liv completely and to the core of his being. Even through all their difficulties, his love for her is the one constant in his life, the one inviolable truth.

When Liv betrays him, Dean’s anger turns inward as he struggles with the question of what he hasn’t given her. He also never stops caring about her and wanting to keep her safe—even when they’re separated, he worries about her driving a long distance alone, he gets snow tires put on her car, and runs to her without hesitation when she has a panic attack. That scene from AROUSE is easily one of my most favorite scenes in the entire trilogy, especially these lines:

I can’t look at Dean as we head home and go up the stairs to our apartment. All I want to do is throw myself into his arms and cling to him. But I no longer know if I have the right to do that.

                I shed my coat and go into the living room. Everything looks the same as it did before I left. Christmas tree, holly-covered mantel, mistletoe. The curtains are open, the town lights shining, the lake an expanse of black in the distance.


                I turn. Dean is standing by the door, looking every inch the man I have loved for so long. Dark, rumpled hair, a thick rugby shirt, worn jeans torn at the knee. Those beautiful, gold-flecked eyes fixed on me.

                Without a word, he holds out his arms.

                A cry breaks loose from the dark pit in my soul. I fly across the room to him, my tears     overflowing when his arms close tight around me. I press my face against his chest as sobs wrench my throat and my heart shatters with relief.

Liv is Dean’s world, and they both know it.

I think all women would adore being on the receiving end of such a powerful love (I know I would!), a love that is an absolute certainty in such an uncertain world.

Though Dean has a lot of doubts and fears of his own, he is certain about Liv from the day they first meet. He knows how deeply she has changed him, and he never wants to be without her. And Dean sees all the things in Liv that she has been unable to see in herself—strength, courage, abilities, resilience.

Dean believes in his girl, his wife, his beauty. He fights for her. He likes her. He craves her. He admires her. He’ll work through anything with her. He loves her. And he wants to be her hero forever.


This is exactly what I love about Dean as well and that’s why he’s one of my all time favorite book boyfriends!

Thanks so much, Nina, for sharing this with us!

If you haven’t met Dean West yet, you absolutely have to!





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Nina Lane is graciously offering a SIGNED paperback copy of Arouse (US only), an e-book set of The Spiral of Bliss series, and an e-book of Break The Sky.

You can enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway by clicking HERE.

**No purchase necessary**

Thanks once again to Nina Lane!!!

Good luck, everyone!



About Elena

Literature is my passion. I love reading so much that I spend countless hours in bookstores and libraries. I have a soft spot for poetry and art. I like traveling and discovering new places. I can't do without a book.

4 thoughts on “Blogiversary Blowout: Guest Post by Nina Lane + Giveaway!

  1. Mary Jo Toth says:

    Love Professor Dean West … what an incredible series!


  2. Steph Wang says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Prof. Dean West. Thanks for sharing this. I believe i learned about this series from here!!!


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