May 18, 2013

Spotlight on: Allure by Nina Lane

Title: Allure (Spiral of Bliss #2)
Author:  Nina Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance with a very sexy married couple.
Publication Date:  May 13, 2013

Event organized by: Literati Literature Lovers

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Book Description

“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.
Allure by Nina Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm just gonna dive right in and confess to you all that I committed the numero uno cardinal sin of reading book series with this book.  I read this book before reading Arouse (Spiral of Bliss, #1).  *cringe*  I know, I know, it's unforgivable.  But there was absolutely no way that I would have had time to read Arouse and still be able to finish Allure on time for my review deadline.  And, y'all, I MOURN the fact that I had to read these out of order.  This book broke my heart then glued it all back together again.  I am absolutely in love with Dean West, and am now Nina Lane's #1 fan. (Yeah, I said it, lol).

I'm a little bit intimidated with how to even begin this review, because this book has left me so raw, and was so honest and beautiful, and described every facet of a real relationship in heartbreaking detail, that I'm afraid I'll do it injustice.  Dean and Liv's relationship is one of the strongest and truest I've read about in a long time.  The most comparable literary couple I can think of is Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.  They became so real to me that I cried when they cried, laughed when they laughed, and held my breath when things were uncertain.  And they loved each other.  Man, did they ever.
Desire uncoils in my blood as I look into his eyes. He is imprinted in my bones, my soul. He has marked me in ways more permanent than time.
I can't imagine a situation that would pull Dean and Liv apart because their love seemed so strong and unflinching in this book.  Yeah, I know that it has been tested, but we are allowed to watch it grow and soar in Allure.
"You were wrong."  I blinked back a fresh wave of tears.  "When you said I didn't expect anything from you, you were wrong.  And I lied...when I said I didn't want you to fix me...oh, God, Dean.  I think I knew you were the only person in the world who could."
I can't wait to read Arouse to see what leads up to their separation, but I'm also a little scared, because I know if it was bad enough to pull these two apart, it's going to devastate me. 

I love that Nina Lane created two strong, capable characters that just leapt off of the page.  They are both flawed and haunted by things that have happened to them in the past - but together they are perfection.  They complete each other, and allow the other to heal and evolve into the person they are meant to be.
"I spent so much energy trying to deal with what happened...trying to forget.  To stop blaming myself.  And then when I first met you, I was trying to figure out who I wanted to be.  Who I could be...You showed me so much of that.  So much more than I even knew existed.  You showed me how to be free, and what it feels like to be safe and wanted and loved.  You showed me how to love.  How to stop being afraid.  How to fight for what I want.  Especially when what I wanted most was you."
And I'll be damned if Dean West is not just the perfect man.  He is every inch the strong, dominating, Alpha-male, but at the same time he is the most romantic, sexy, make-you-fall-in-love-forever, even-better-because-he's-flawed, man.  And he proves it time and time again.  The way he loves Liv is awe inspiring.  It makes you long for a man like this.  It makes you yearn for...more.
"Feel that?" he asked.  "You're the first woman who's ever made my heart beat like that.  You're the first woman I've ever wanted to spend all my time with, the only one who could convince me to start a new life.  You're the first woman who's ever made me genuinely happy.  Who makes me glad to be alive, who makes me burn hotter than fire.  You're the first woman who's ever made me afraid." 
I stared at him.  "Afraid?" 
"Afraid of how good this is.  Afraid it won't last."  He pushed a lock of hair off my forehead.  "Scared to death of losing you."
I can't say enough how much I loved this book.  Liv and Dean are characters that I'm going to carry around with me for a long time.  They are special - they are unique.  And I can't wait to read the next chapter in their story.
Our relationship, our love, cannot and will never be perfect.  It will, however, always belong only to us in all its flawed, intense beauty.  Perfect in its very imperfection.

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.

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Since I loved this book so much, and I have such a clear picture in my head of Dean and Liv, I want to do something that I haven't done before.  I want to show you who I would cast as the characters of Dean and Liv if I lived in my own perfect little world where I controlled things like that.  :)

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  1. Jessica! Wow, I am shocked (shocked, I tell you, and in a totally good way) that you loved Allure so much without having read Arouse. That is so awesome, you have no idea. I struggled mightily while writing Allure to ensure everything was explained well enough if someone happened to read it first, and I was never sure if I succeeded. So you have no idea what it means to read your review!

    I love the quotes you pulled and that you saw how much Liv and Dean love each other (even without having been through their previous trials). And who are your casting choices for Liv and Dean? They are perfect, especially Liv. Swooning over both of them.

    I hope Arouse meets your expectations, Jessica - thank you so much for participating in the LLL blog tour and for the wonderful review! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. I loved this book so much! My casting choice for live is Minka Kelly (from Friday Night Lights) and my choice for Dean is Samuel Page (from Gossip Girl). Glad you liked them!


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