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5 Amazing Stars
Reading “Awaken” was a bittersweet experience. It felt as if I waited AN ETERNITY for the conclusion of Professor Dean and Olivia’s love story. Now that I read it, and consumed each beautifully written word, I am saddened that it is over. The only consolation I have is that I can revisit their lives at anytime, courtesy of my trusted kindle. I will definitely put this series on my must “re-read” list.
“Awaken” is a passionate romantic tale of two imperfect souls joined together to create the perfect love. Professor Mc-hottie Pants, Dean West, is sexy as all hell. His sizzling pillow talk coupled with explosive erotic sex scenes is down right panty melting. He can be gentle, yet seductive, sensual, dominating and commanding. Totally yummy. Each time he calls Olivia “my beauty”, he makes my heart both race and swell. Dean’s eloquent way with words touched my soul.
Facing difficult times, Olivia and Dean are dealing with their emotions from a recent miscarriage. To make matters worse, Dean is facing accusations of sexual harassment from the infamous major bitch face, Maggie Hamilton. With his career in jeopardy and the future unknown, Dean is forced into temporary leave from his professorship. Leaving King’s University behind, taking a position as an advisor on an archeological dig in Italy, he is far from the one person that can give him comfort. While apart, Liv and Dean agree to relive the early days of their relationship and “court” one another while falling in love again. Dean - a knightly, faithful servant will “woo” Liv, his commanding exalted mistress. This adds a bit of fun and sweetness into their lives and acts as a distraction to all the outside forces trying to pull them apart. Dean’s display of affection proves how his love for Liv is all consuming.
"You knocked my heart right out of my chest. Sent it up to the stars. I looked at you and thought. “I could fall in love with her.” I didn’t know that I already had. I’m going to kiss you for a long time tonight."
I feel him in the world, a powerful, unyielding presence who will forever be my shelter of safety and warmth. And because of that, the distance between us doesn’t seem quite so vast, and my aloneness not quite so alone.
Liv, never wanting to be apart from Dean, struggles. But it is during this separation that she re-invents herself and rises to the challenge of becoming a stronger, more independent woman. She is prepared to stand along side Dean upon his return and together they will conquer all obstacles.
Although Dean alone is enough to tickle your girly bits, it was Olivia’s character development that had fascinated me. In the first two books in this series, Olivia was emotionally fragile and broken – evoking Dean’s inner protective alpha side. Here, Liv’s persona has transformed. Symbolically, if Dean is the foundation that holds up their relationship, Olivia is a faithful pillar, bearing its fair share of the weight. Olivia’s strength blooms and flourishes under his care. There is a mutual feeding of the souls – Dean fortitude aids in uplifting Olivia, while Olivia keeps Dean grounded. Realizing not all things in life can be under his control is a difficult task for him. His obsession and weakness is Olivia, and he would do anything to assure her wellbeing. Olivia’s new found mettle and fearlessness carries him through the uncertainties of his job, dealing with fears of parenthood and Liv’s witch of a mother while assuring him that she has the power to overcome any challenges. It was a wonderful watching her take the lead and become the glue that holds their relationship and Dean’s sanity together.