Arouse by Nina Lane
Series: Spiral of Bliss #1
on December 24, 2012
Genres: Adult Fiction, BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Romance
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"One day I'm going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me," he said.
And he did.
Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv's inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other...and sex might not be enough to save them.
“Since the day we met, I haven’t wanted anyone but you, never looked at another woman, never thought about one. It’s always been you Olivia.”
This is not your usual romance. I’ve seen a lot of talk about Arouse on Goodreads and Facebook. I was intrigued so I decided to pick it up. I was not disappointed.
Arouse was unique in that it started with an already married couple. There was no chase, no dating, no breaking up only to get back together. This was a story about a married couple who met, fell in love, and tied the knot. A few years have gone by and they’re content in their routine. However married life isn’t always a fairytale. There is pain, heartache, struggles, and doubt that plague even the happiest marriages. It’s how you deal with them that’s the real test. It’s the potential beauty that lies just on the other side that your working towards.
“Maybe this was meant to happen, this discovery of cracks where now a different, new light can shine through.”
This story is about Olivia and Dean’s journey in marriage. It’s about what happens when you’re blissfully happy but one day realize that maybe you need more. It’s a story about miscommunication or lack there of and what can happen to plant seeds of doubt where there never was before.
I really loved Olivia’s voice and I understood her doubts and insecurities. The glimpses we get into their past is crucial to building this story. You need to know where they came from and how they came together. You need to understand the foundation that was built in order to understand how it could crack. I think many women will be able to relate to Olivia. She ‘gives up’ her own interests and career for the sake of Dean. For the most part she’s happy. However, like so many of us she begins to question her purpose. She wonders about her future and she contemplates who she wants to be.
There is no doubt in my mind that Dean loves his wife. He is loving, attentive, tender, strong, and sexy.
“Don’t you want to touch me? I whispered.
More than I want to breathe.”
I loved that Dean was so sure of himself. The way he spoke to Olivia and the way he cared for her made you believe just how much he loved her. In many ways he showed Olivia how to love, in and out of the bedroom. Together they are a beautiful couple. They’re a couple you can relate to and even find bits and pieces of yourself or even your husband in them. They bring all the elements of marriage to life. All the struggles and pain and happiness and even forgiveness. As you watch things start to fall apart you too will fall apart. You’ll see where they go wrong. You’ll want to help them fix it. You’ll want to shake them and make them talk. It’s all so frustrating and all so real.
Unfortunately for Olivia and Dean there are secrets that begin to come out.
It fractures things even more for them. Even I had to wonder if they could recover. Will they recover. Are they strong enough as a couple to fix this? We all know that no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. We also know that marriages aren’t perfect. Sometimes there are things that happen that are too difficult to overcome. Your belief in happily ever after is challenged. You wonder if you’re strong enough to forgive. You hope that you can rebuild the trust that was once there.
All too often we hurt the ones we love most.
I really loved this book, so much more then I expected. No there’s no real cliffhanger however you WILL want to read Allure immediately! I also loved how this book was primarily in Olivia’s POV however it switched to Dean right when I needed it too. It was perfect timing.
This is a couple you won’t soon forget.