Title: Allure (Spiral of Bliss #2)
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a very sexy married couple.
Publication Date: May 13, 2013
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“We both want this so badly. I can feel it resonating between us like the hot pull of our first attraction, tangible and intense.”
After lies and betrayal almost destroy their marriage, Dean and Olivia West reignite their blissful passion. The medieval history professor and his lovely wife are determined to fix their mistakes, and Liv’s unexpected pregnancy intensifies their desire to fall madly in love all over again.
Then a family crisis forces Dean back into a feud with his parents and siblings, dredging up guilt over a painful family secret. Dean fights to shield Liv from the hostility, but for the first time, Liv resists her white knight’s defense. Her newfound resolve clashes with Dean’s desperate need to protect her.
Liv and Dean have battled obstacles together before, but bitter family conflicts now endanger their fragile intimacy. And when Dean’s career is suddenly threatened, he and Liv must struggle with events that could damage them in ways they had never imagined.
We are back with Olivia and Dean West and thankfully Allure picks up where Arouse left off. And, in case you forgot, it’s shagging in the coat closet at a Christmas party! The good professor certainly has a way about him! Allure has both POV’s as well as past and present in the story. I love this! You learn so much from this and Oh My Goodness, the passion they have! I love reading about it from both perspectives!
Even though they seem pleased about the pregnancy, Olivia fears they are still not strong enough in their marriage. Dean starts looking towards the future and takes responsibility for everything happening. He feels it’s his fault Liv is pregnant, as well as, the gap between them. He is still trying to protect her from everything, including shielding her from his family and isn’t being forthcoming with all that’s going on with him, outside of their marriage.
Liv is trying so hard to show Dean that he doesn’t always need to shelter her. She loves that he still wants to protect her but she’s strong, resilient and had learned at an early age, how to be on her own. She starts making “Liv’s Manifesto” with affirmations of what she will do. She wants to figure out what she’s good at, wants to figure out who she is.
When tragedy strikes Dean’s family, Olivia is ready to stand by his side. In front of a family that does not like her and makes it known. Again, Dean wants to shield her from this and tries to get her to stay home. Since she wants nothing to do with this idea, they both pack and leave for California. Many ups and downs meet them while there and tragedy strikes again. This time Olivia is alone. Dean is so tired of his wife hurting. He is still blaming himself for everything gone wrong with them.
“You have to let me fail, Dean, and you have to believe I can get back up on my own.”
“You became my world the minute I saw you, Olivia Rose. You know that don’t you?”
Nina Lane did it again! She has given us passion, joy, heartache and trials in this story. Not all of their issues are resolved in the end but it does end with Liv and Dean in a good place. Olivia may think Dean was her knight in shining armor, her saving grace. In truth, Olivia saved Dean. She wanted the man he already was, not the one he could become. In return, she gave him everything he never knew he wanted and now cannot live without.
About the Author
Nina Lane is a multi-published author of elegant, romantic and often raunchy erotica. Her recent release AROUSE is the first book in the Spiral of Bliss series, and her novel THE EROTIC DARK is a #1 Amazon erotica bestseller.
Nina used to write novels under the name Natasha Rostova and has published stories in anthologies such as “Best Women’s Erotica” and “Erotic Travel Tales.” Her work has been translated into both German and Japanese. In addition to writing, she's an avid reader who loves popcorn and has recently joined a workout boot-camp that is kicking her rear end.