on January 7, 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Romance
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“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.
Awaken by Nina Lane is last and final chapter in the lives of Liv and Dean.
I tend to fine myself liking books that stray from the norm. I think that’s what I like about this series so much. Liv and Dean are already married. Instead of the chase we get the “what happens when the dust settles”. Can these book couples keep it together for the long haul. We all want our happy endings but we never really know for sure if we’re truly getting them.
Let’s face it, marriages don’t always last.
Awaken continues with the struggles that have been plaguing Liv and Dean since book 1. Liv like I think many new wives is struggling to find herself as a person. She’s no long a girlfriend, no longer just a lover. She’s a wife. But what sort of wife is she? What does she bring to the marriage? What does she want to bring to the marriage?
In book 1 we saw her struggle with identity. We saw her struggle with insecurity. We saw both Liv and Dean struggle with communication.
We had an inside view of what the lack of communication could do to a marriage. No matter how innocent everything may have been. I think there were many of us nodding our heads in understanding.
Then in book 2, Allure (I still need to write that review), we continue to watch this couple find their way. Dean wants his wife back. Wants to do what he knows which is to protect Liv from everyone and everything. And we have Liv who just wants to find out for herself if she could survive without Dean. We watch how they struggle through a miscarriage. We watch how they struggle through uncomfortable family reunions. All the while loving and caring for each other just not knowing how to give each other what they need.
For me, book 3 was sort of like watching It’s a Wonderful Life. My favorite movie by the way. This was a story about appreciating what you have, realizing what it could be like when you don’t, and coming back with fierce determination to make it work.
Things continue to unravel for Liv and Dean and they both struggle to protect each other while walking a fine line of marital bliss. I say fine line because we all know that intimacy doesn’t fix anything. It most definitely helps to have amazing chemistry and explosive sex with your partner but the bills do not get paid every time you bring each other to orgasm. One could only wish! 🙂
The two are thrown in every direction. Their trials and tribulations would and do crumble the strongest marriages. However, we get to watch these two muddle through. We get to see growth. We get to see understanding. We definitely get to see lots of sex. These two are beyond the hottest married couple I’ve ever read. But most importantly we get to watch a married couple struggle and work through it. They maintain their integrity and their un-ending love for each other.
Their’s is the ultimate love story.
Everything comes full circle in Awaken. Readers will not be disappointed. I think you will find that Awaken is not only the perfect title for Liv but also for Dean.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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