Allure (Spiral of Bliss #2) by Nina Lane


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My rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Contemporary

After reading the first book, there were some doubts in my mind about my enjoyability and I didn’t think it wowed me as much as I believed it would. However, there was still something in the characters that made me want to go ahead and read book two, even though it’s been a long time coming. I finally decided that it was time to finally pick up the sequel because I did want to know how their story would progress.

This story is mostly for a maturer audience. One’s who have experience with the marriage issues sort of thing and those who could probably relate to it. It touches on the fact that married life is full of issues but the depth of the relationship between the two married always prevails. Although it wasn’t the case for me and I still read it, I feel I was able to appreciate the meaning of the story but I do realise it would have been a more enjoyable experience for me had I been a part of that particular audience group.

Dean and Olivia are the ultimate couple and I think everyone else can agree. One thing I can say for certain is that I haven’t read of a more strong married couple than these two and it shows that they’re completely meant to be, which isn’t always the case with other book couples. Although their problems seem to continue to grow, their relationship doesn’t gain a dent. In this part they both face further problem that threaten their little bubble of happiness. Dean continues to be the ever caring husband, he’s protective, passionate and has his world revolving around Olivia. Olivia has always been okay with the protective shell her husband displays but something makes her want to tackle her own problems and not be hidden in Dean’s shadow because they’re both equals in the marriage. Although I agreed with her, I also believed that it’s completely fine to let your husband take care of you. But then again Dean does seem to take his caring to an extreme level where he seems to be depriving himself.

One of the few (and major) issues I had with this book was the constant going back in time. I felt it was told more in the past then the present. The sole focus should have been on what is actually happening now then what happened in the past. Now I understand that their past is what eventually led them to their current state but their should have been more importance placed on current happenings. But one thing I can say is that the author used a different method to retell the past, where the main character narrates it from the present, which makes it reminiscent and is a really good technique to have used.

So overall, I wanna give it four stars because this book was actually good but I also don’t due to the fact that it wasn’t perfect for me, so I’ll give it 3.5 stars. The author is a brilliant writer and I did enjoy reading her work. But I can only give the story, personally from my point of view, 3.5 stars. But I can say I will be reading the final part in the near future because I really would like to know how their story concludes. I hope their are much less flashbacks this time though *fingers crossed*.

I was crazy about him. I loved the way he invested everything he did with such purpose, the way he focused his attention on me and really listened when I talked. I loved his brilliant mind, loved both the impenetrability and sheer dorkiness of medieval history.

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