Mondays: Recommendation

Posted 19/05/2014 by Isabelle MBTL in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

light erotica, romance, family, series, emotional roller coaster

“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 as dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface.

My Review

“Someone once said, “Communication is to love as blood is to the body.” Take the blood out of the body and it dies. Take communication away and a relationship dies.”
by Louis McBurney, M.D.


Really a short one, just basic facts.
Arouse takes the reader into a journey through a couples life. From the moment they’ve met until their 5th year together, you will see the couple day-to-day life.
This book shows how a “perfect couple” that has a “perfect relationship” can destroy almost everything by a simple error in judgement.
It’s a really emotional roller coaster!
Will love be enough, or better yet, is love enough? You must read this to find out!

Cover: 4.5

Really great cover. It’s beautiful, elegant and classy! I would buy this book in a bookstore by it’s cover because I would know it’s an erotic read. I’m not certain I could really see it’s a romance and that’s why I decided to take .5 a star of the rating.

characters: 5 stars

Olivia: A perfect heroine, because she wasn’t perfect at all. In fact Olivia is a woman like us all. With some flaws, doubts, insecurities, but strong enough to see when something is good enough and worth fighting for.
I related with her several times along the book, even though I’ve been married much longer, I’ve felt some doubts like her.
I connected with her through the book, I felt her angst and her love.
I understood where her insecurities were coming from, even though my life experience is totally different than hers, I felt her deep inside.
A character that I can relate, connectt and understand… is the perfect character for me.

Dean: A hottie professor. Who haven’t once lust after a teacher or professor?
Dean was the wonderful professor, the greatest boyfriend, the perfect husband… until he showed he was not a super-hero, but just a human with flaws. And those flaws made him PERFECT! Really, who doesn’t want a naughty professor to call it’s own?

Plot: 5 stars

Nina’s books are heavy on intensity and emotion. Really, Nina bares your soul and purge your fears and offers you redemption while you read her books.
I literally cried with this one!
The story is easy to follow from the first chapter and it kept me awake through the night trying to finish the book on my second time reading it!
I have just read this book at the end of last year, but I was still wanting more in this second-time-read.
Amazing! Heartbreaking and enchanting at the same time!

Heat: 5 stars

This book is not about the sex, but all the sex scenes are hot, heavy and necessary for the flow of the story. Really! The author did an amazing job with the heat in this book.

Freshness: 5 stars

Is it new to talk about marriage and how it may crumble or how a couple can mend? No. But Nina has a way of giving a book the feeling of unexpected. There is something different in the way she tells a story. She usually goes through the longer road, to reach the end, but she makes the journey worth the time.
There is something refreshing in the way Nina decided to write this book. Almost each chapter is a different day, and some starts with the female POV others with the male POV. Really interesting!

Editing:5 stars

I think because she has done this job before, she has a really capable team that helps her to keep her writing very rich.
Excellent job here!

Impressions, opinion

This book broke me and mend me back. It made me cry and laugh! I’ve possibly felt all the emotions possible in these hours that I spent reading it.
I ended this book and went to sleep still thinking of probabilities, of what ifs, of being thankful for my own journey with my husband.
This book has touched me! For that alone, I could have not rated any less.

I ended the book wanting more and thankful that there is book 2 and 3 now. I still wished that Nina hadn’t left me hanging so much as she did at the end.
But this was not enough to take any part of a star away from my review.

Communication is the key to this book IMO!

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