Review: Allure by Nina Lane (Spiral of Bliss #2)

Note: This ebook was provided by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Allure is the second book in the Spiral of Bliss series by bestselling author Nina Lane, and this sequel picks up soon after that cliffhanger ending in the first book, Arouse. Olivia and Dean West are entering a new chapter in their lives, but their problems have yet to be fully resolved. It seems that we only skimmed the surface of more underlying issues between husband and wife because now we see firsthand that familial grumblings aren't limited to Liv's side. Add to that coming face to face with the woman that used to share a life and home with the love of life, and I just wanted to give poor Liv a hug. Again, there are pivotal moments in the book where Liv and Dean needed to provide information to one another and they failed miserably, no matter how well-meaning their intentions from keeping all said information may have been.

When Dean learns that his father has suffered a heart attack, he decides to fly to California to be with his family, but he doesn't want Liv to go with him. Now, why would you refuse to have your wife--the woman who means the most in your life--by your side at a time where you would need her? Well, it appears that Dean's family wasn't exactly warm and welcoming during the one and only time they met Liv, and this was before she and Dean were married. Their lack of affection hasn't changed even after all these years, so awkwardness abounds. Dean's got a heck of a lot on his plate, what with his familial obligations and Liv's pregnancy, but the threat of a sexual harassment complaint from a student--a possibility I foresaw in the first book--means that both his personal and his professional lives run the risk of being adversely affected.

This is only the second book in the series and yet Liv and Dean already feel familiar to me and their situation isn't at all foreign, so it's far easier to empathize with what they're going through. That being said, I was feeling frustrated yet again whenever either one of them chose to not share what they were experiencing, thinking, or feeling with the other. But then the mistakes they make are learning opportunities for both of them, even if it means they have to endure heartache and the accompanying headache along the way. Again, not everything is fully resolved in this sequel, but I can't really complain about evil cliffhangers since I had the next book ready and waiting. They're being tried and tested on all fronts, but Liv and Dean appear to be willing to do what it takes to get through it all. Allure gets five stars. ♥

Date Read: 11 February 2016

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