Title: Spiral of Bliss
Series: The Complete Boxed Set
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 26th December, 2017
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The professor and his beauty…
From an exhilarating crush to the intensities of marriage, Liv and Dean West embark on a passionate lifelong journey together. As the medieval history professor and his beloved wife face both personal challenges and painful battles, they never lose sight of the hope, humor, and devotion that belong only to them.
Liv and Dean’s everlasting romance will melt your heart, turn you on, and enchant you with the power of a love to end all loves.
This set includes all seven Spiral of Bliss books and a bonus short story:
ADVENT (short story)
BREAK THE SKY
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Having previously read most of the full-length novels in this series, I didn’t have to think twice about one-clicking the complete boxed set. And ooh boy, am I pleased I did! Nina Lane has developed two unforgettable characters whose passion for each other turned my world upside down and inside out. Their sensitivity and sensuality leaps off the pages, their highs and lows so realistic, knocked the socks off me.
I first read this book four years ago and I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the original storyline. This time around, it was like watching a movie for the second time. You know…all those little details you think you might have missed but come flowing back. Dean and Liv have been married for three years and are deliriously happy together; however, when a delicate subject is discussed, it puts their marital status quo in jeopardy. Also, Liv feels that Dean hasn’t been totally honest with her. I thought many of her doubts were because of her insecurities which I couldn’t possibly criticize considering what she’d been through. So whether Dean intentionally misled her or not is for your to discover; however, it was made clear to me that all he wants is to protect the woman he adores, the woman who’s his raison d’être. How they deal with this issue and more is exactly what Arouse is about.
I learnt a lot about this perfectly flawed couple in Arouse. Yet, having picked up on subtle hints in Arouse, I wasn’t in the least surprised when a problem of a different sort reared its ugly head, causing much unrest. Family conflicts are also the source of misunderstandings that need dealing with, but Dean’s wife is his beauty and although he’s still overly protective of her, Liv wants him to share his fears, bare his soul and trust her judgement. How could he not seeing as hers is a generous heart! I can’t say how much I loved their humour, their little-huge tokens of love and their reminiscences. The banter combined with backstory told from dual points of view is quite mind-blowing and I couldn’t wait for more!
ADVENT: #2.5 (Bonus short story)
Goodness me, the title for this short but very titillating read couldn’t have been more apt! If I loved this couple in Arouse and Allure, their gorgeousness made me fall even harder for them whilst they shared their first Xmas together. Floved Liv’s pressie to her hubby, the professor, and wish I could say more but I’d spoil it for you.
Theirs isn’t just any kind relationship. They yearn for each other’s company, the chemistry between them is a palpable magnetism and written in such a way, it’s not only believable, but also highly emotional. Life’s learning curve makes them stronger and even more responsive if that were ever possible. That being said and I’m certainly not complaining, they do have a habit of solving their differences in the bedroom. Ooh my word, the scenes are nothing less than erotically explosive, breathtaking and beautifully narrated! The professor…Liv’s soulmate, her yin to his yang, has the challenge of a lifetime which of course, I can’t possibly mention. Despite his ‘beauty’ being there for him through thick and thin, she needs alone time to confront her past which showed me how self-assured she’d become. Dean is as always, chivalrous and learning to share his innermost feelings with her. Wow, wait for the ending folks. I sobbed my heart out!
Arrive is a little gem of a novella, its seven chapters complimenting Awaken to a tee. If you like the element of surprise, I’d suggest not reading the blurb…mind you, the title and collage book cover does give it away a tad! The author takes the reader on an emotionally touching journey that comes alive, that you’ll never forget. I’ve tried my hardest throughout this series’ review not to let on certain happenings since I really want you to enjoy it to the full. What I will say is Lane’s gone above and beyond in Arrive and left me in awe of her descriptive writing.
BREAK THE SKY: #5 (Spinoff)
This was the first book I’d read by Lane and not only was it a joy rereading, but I’d also found out that Break the Sky was a continuation of the Spiral of Bliss series. I can assure you my reading enjoyment was hindered in the slightest. Manwhore extraordinaire, Archer West, steps into the scenario and tries to make amends with his estranged brother, Dean. We meet up with Kelsey once again who’s going to kick ass, hidden secrets are revealed and did she drive me round the bend or what! But I couldn’t help connecting to her. She’s irresistibly irritable, made me laugh out loud with her lightening-speed responses and I completely understood that past events which will haunt her right up until the present, would mould her character.
I can’t reiterate how much I adore all the books in the Spiral of Bliss series. Dean is just as gorgeous and as always, puts his family before his career. But in Adore, Lane has changed the tone to fit this couple’s everyday trials and tribulations. New opportunities are on the horizon for Dean. Highly respected by colleagues in his field, it was a matter of time before he’d receive the recognition deserved. However, things aren’t how they used to be at home. It seemed to me Liv was having trouble achieving a work-life balance with other personal obligations, consequently putting stress on their married life. Observing how Dean and Liv look for solutions and find more time for each other was a joy in itself, but when my interest was aroused in the epilogue, I couldn’t help but dive straight into Always.
Now then, this book and the short story had escaped me and one of the reasons I one-clicked the whole series. I was convinced their journey had come to end, so you can imagine how gutted I felt when Dean whose lion-heart has never wavered, shatters into a million pieces. Faced with the biggest challenge of his life, I thanked all the deities he’d made peace with Archer who would play a crucial part in a story so heartbreaking, a man-sized hankie handy won’t be enough! All I can say is there is light at the end of the tunnel for the professor and his beauty.
Lane is an exceptionally good writer. She gives you all the feels; makes her unique characters come vividly to life, gives you the rough with the smooth and constantly holds the reader’s attention by adding banter in just the right scenarios in a plot easy to relate to. I plot which I have said before, original. Despite the perfect timing, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to the professor, his beauty, Archer, Kelsey, family and friends. Bravo Ms Lane!
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