Tuesday, April 30, 2013

AROUSE Review and Dean's Top 10 Favorite Books


"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.
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Jodie Rae's Review

“I don’t want you to walk away,” I said.

“Good.” The lines between his eyes eased with relief.

I gripped his wrists, a knot of fear binding my throat. “But you… you might want to go,” I warned.

Darkness flashed in his expression. “Why?”

My eyes stung. I swallowed hard.

“Here be monsters,” I whispered.

A heartbeat of silence, brewing with danger, filled the space between us. Then Dean tightened his hold on me and, with his thumbs, brushed away the tears that spilled down my cheeks.

“Liv,” he said, his voice rough with tenderness, “you don’t have to be afraid.”

“Why not?”

“Because I’ll slay monsters for you.”

“Maybe this was meant to happen, this discovery of cracks where now a different, new light can shine through.”

My favorite part about Arouse was that it was about marriage. Story lines usually build from the “first meeting” to marriage. I enjoyed the change of pace with Olivia and Dean already being married and established at the beginning of the story. The theme of this story should be “love conquers all.” Like all marriages, Olivia and Dean go through rough patches but their feelings and affection for one another always wins out in the end. Simply put, I love Dean. He is the ultimate husband, so strong. The character strength doesn’t stop with Dean; Olivia is enjoyable to read about because she holds her own in this story and doesn’t play the weakness trait. I’m looking forward to the second book, because I’m hoping we get a little more of a glimpse into their past.

Dean's Top 10 Favorite Books
  1. Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory
  2. A Knight’s Own Book of Chivalry, Geoffroi de Charny
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  4. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  5. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  6. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective, Donald J. Sobol
  7. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  8. The History of the Kings of Britain, Geoffrey de Monmouth
  9. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, JRR Tolkien
  10. Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

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 Womens 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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  1. Really would love to read this! Thank you for the chance!

  2. Thank you so much, Ashton and Jodie Rae! I'm so happy you're part of the AROUSE blog tour, and I love that you're revealing Dean's favorite books. Thanks for everything - I so appreciate your support! ♥