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Blog Tour & Giveaway – Review and Interview of New Book Arouse (Spiral of Bliss #1) By Nina Lane

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I have a really exciting time for you today.   I will be providing you (the reader) a synopsis of Arouse(Spiral of Bliss #1), a  review, as well as an interview with Nina Lane, Dean and Olivia.  We also have a raffle copter going on for a copy (either epub or mobi) of Arouse.  Deadline is this Saturday, May 4, 2013.  So get yourself signed up early for the giveaway.  

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bookcoverTitle: AROUSE (Spiral of Bliss #1) (4.5 Stars)
 Author:  Nina Lane

 Genre: Contemporary Romance with a very sexy married couple.

Publication Date: January 2, 2013

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“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.

About the Author:

Nina_Lane_Author newimageNina 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 Women’s 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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My Review:

I loved the book, Arouse.  It had it’s points that I wanted to strangle the character’s in the book, most specifically Liv. The character’s were well defined in the book and the banter between all of them was superbly written.  Excellent job, Nina!!

My favorite part’s of the book are watching the relationship between Liv and Dean go through stages, and watching Liv change and grow as a person.  Dean and Liv are very passionate and I noticed when one felt something strong the other acted out upon it.  They are a force to be reckoned with.

There is also a lot of meaning in the book-we get to see what happens in a marriage that seemed to be built well when betrayal come between both of them.  You will need to read the book to see if they can get past their hurdles or if the obstacles will force them to succumb to temptation.

I look forward to the second book, Allure, to come out next.

This book is recommended for mature readers over 18.  Contains adult matter.

Interview with Nina Lane, Dean and Liv:

I would like to welcome Nina Lane, Dean and Olivia West to Cruising Susan’s Book Review.  Today we are discussing Nina Lane’s book “Arouse”.  I  am really excited to have Nina here to discuss her book and interview Dean and Olivia.

1.) Nina – First, I want you to know that you are more than just an author to many people out there.  Your desire in reaching out to your readers is noticed and appreciated.  I know for me you are in inspiration.  You take time for your readers and followers and with the schedule of a writer that is not always an easy task. What makes you want to write and when did you start writing?  What was your very first story you have every told?  Did you know when you were growing up that you would be where you are today, with a hit book and another one coming out, soon?

Thank you, Susan! I absolutely love to write and have been writing for as long as I can remember – the earliest story I still have is one in which I wrote about an “electric horse.” I was about 5 or 6 and wrote that I’d want to ride it around my garden. I knew from a very early age that writing would always be part of my life, though I went through the usual “what should I be when I grow up” stages before I finally realized that being an author was it for me. For about twenty years, though, I’ve had a very strong sense of “this is what I’m supposed to do.”

 2.)Dean and Olivia – What keeps the attraction in each other?

 Liv: LOOK at him! He’s gorgeous. All that thick, dark hair, and those eyes that look right into you. Wow. He made me whole body tingle that first time he looked at me. And then when I realized he was so brilliant and patient, and that he had this strong, protective instinct toward me…I will never stop wanting him.

 Dean: Liv is beautiful, intelligent, and she has a core of purity. She’s still innocent, even after what she’s been through. I love everything about her. Everything keeps me attracted to her.

 3.)How did you both know that you were each other’s “The One”?

Liv: I knew when I realized how much I just wanted to be with him, how happy he made me. That first year together was one of the best times of my life. I could see myself with him, see us together. And I wanted him to know everything about me.

 Dean: I just knew she was mine. I don’t know how.

4.) How have you been able to overcome the trust issue that you both have for each other?

 Liv: It goes back to the early part of our relationship. I’d trusted very few people in my life before I met Dean. But when we met, I just knew I could trust him. I felt it instinctively. And even though we’ve had a lot of trouble, that underlying belief is still there. It’s never gone away. It never will.

 Dean: I know my wife. I know what she has been through. I know the core of her. That’s all I need.

 5.)Do you believe you will hear from Tyler again?

Liv: I never want to see him again. No.

 Dean: He won’t get near Liv again. Ever.

 6.) Dean, what about your ex, do you think you will ever hear from her again?

Dean: Helen has submitted a proposal for the upcoming conference I’m organizing, so yes, at some point we’ll see each other again. I don’t care. I haven’t seen her in 15 years. I don’t particularly want to see her again, but we’ve been done with each other for a long time. So it really doesn’t matter anymore.

7.)I love the commitment you both have in each other – What keeps that commitment there?

Liv: We’ve been through a lot. We’ve worked to be together. We want to be together.

 Dean: And we haven’t put in that work because we ever intend to give up on each other.

8.)You both are extremely passionate in each other, what keeps the passion coming?

 Liv: Dean is very, very good at what he does. Both outside of the bedroom and in it.

 Dean: Liv is so damn sexy. I just have to look at her, and I want her.

 9.) Is there anything that we can see in the future coming up for you?

 Liv: We need to learn how to be a couple again, especially after what we went through and all the doubts that we had. But we are committed, and we never stopped loving each other through it all.

10.) Dean, can you tell us anything about how you are feeling right now about having a family? 

Dean: I’m determined to do it right. Even though we didn’t plan on having a baby, the fact is that Liv is pregnant. I’ll take care of her with everything I have and plan for our future family. 

11.)Nina, what brought you about to tell Dean and Olivia’s story?

It actually started as a short erotic story about a woman who is trying to get pregnant, and the characters just evolved when I sat down to write one afternoon. I really didn’t have any intention of telling this specific story – it’s almost like Liv and Dean just showed up in my head and decided to tell me their story. I did, however, want to do something a bit different in telling an erotic, romantic story about a married couple who are already deeply in love and have to fight for each other all over again.

 12.) Nina, how do you come up with the passion between the two them?

 I just wrote it down! Starting with Liv and Dean being a passionate, married couple made it easy to write the sexy scenes. And I think a lot of their heat stems from the dynamic between them—that Liv depends on Dean and he takes care of her. It’s the same way for them in the bedroom. They have a kind of dominant/submissive vibe, which is intensified by their love.

13.)Nina, what are your favorite parts of Dean and Olivia?  What makes them stand out than any story member you know?

I really like their vulnerabilities. I like that Liv is somewhat insecure, not really certain of her place in the world but still trying to find it. And that Dean, for all his protectiveness and strength, is the most vulnerable when it comes to his wife. Anything negative involving Liv hurts Dean to the core.

14.)            Olivia and Dean – readers want to get to know you and see what you both love about each other.  I have some questions for you both that may help us gain insight into you better.

  1. Dean and Olivia – what color do you represent each other’s personalities and why that color?  For instance, Dean, do you see Olivia as being red for passion?  That was just an example.

 Liv: Dean is a dark, royal blue. Confident, loyal, trustworthy, strong. The color of devotion and intelligence. A very masculine color.

Dean: Liv is purple, a mixture of red and blue. Lovely, sensitive, and kind  but also sometimes intense and mysterious.

  • What do you both like to wear to bed?

Liv: My white nightgown or loose pants and a cotton, camisole top.

 Dean: Pajama bottoms. No shirt.

 If you both were to have a romantic evening together what would it be?

 Liv: Staying home, having a good dinner then some hot, passionate sex.

 Dean: That’s what we do almost every night.

Liv: Exactly.

 Shower together or alone?

 Liv: Both. Depending on the situation.

 Dean: Both. Though if I’m in a hurry, I have to be alone or Liv will jump all over me.

  • How much PDA is acceptable for the both of you?

Liv: Just the occasional kiss or hand-holding. We’re private.

 Dean: How about that hotel balcony?

 Liv: That wasn’t exactly public.

Dean: We don’t know that.

 Liv: Good point.

 If you both were to have another honeymoon or vacation together where would it be and what would you see yourself doing on it?

 Liv: We’d go to Europe again, probably Paris. Visit museums, eat at cafés, travel into the countryside. We honeymooned in Paris, which is a city Dean knows well because he goes there often for work.

Dean: Except I wouldn’t work if we were on another honeymoon.

Liv: Oh, you’d work. Just not on researching medieval architecture.

  • Lace or leather?

 Liv: On me? Definitely lace.

 Dean: Either on Liv. Neither on me, god forbid.

 Liv: I think you’d look hot in leather pants.

 Dean: I’d be hot in leather pants. Sweaty hot.

 Clubbing or candlelight dinner?

Liv: Candlelight dinner.

 Dean: Candlelight dinner.

 Backpacking or luxury hotel?

Liv: Hmm. Backpacking during the day, then going back to a luxury hotel for the night.     

Dean: I’ll agree, but only because I know Liv would never get naked at night if we were sleeping in a tent in the middle of nowhere.

 Dean would you consider Olivia a morning or night person?  Olivia same question?

 Liv: He is the WORST morning person ever. Up at dawn to go running, then he comes home all energized and full of vim and vigor. By the time he’s out of the shower and dressed in his suit and tie, he’s all ready for the day and I’m still waking up. But he does make the coffee.

 Dean: I don’t think I need to say that Liv is a night person.

 Christmas or Halloween

 Liv: Christmas. That’s a special time of the year for us.       

Dean: Agreed.

 Would you consider each other an introvert and extrovert?

 Liv: Dean is both. He’s an extrovert when he has to be, like when he’s lecturing or at a conference or even talking with his students. But he has a private, quiet side.

 Dean: Liv is more comfortable being alone or with a small group of friends. She doesn’t like crowds or big parties with a lot of people. But she’ll also rise to the occasion and be very sociable if she has to be.

  • What is the wildest thing you have done sexually?

Liv: The balcony.

 Dean: The balcony. Though we both admit that Nina could very well come up with something else in a future book that we don’t yet know about…

  • Give each other one adjective and one verb to describe each other?

Liv: Dean is extraordinary. And he protects.

Dean: Liv is beloved. And she radiates.

15.)Nina, is there anything you can share that we will see with Dean and Olivia in their new story?

Liv and Dean have an interesting and challenging path ahead of them! After the betrayals of AROUSE, they have to learn how to be a couple       again and plan for the future. Liv has also recognized that she and Dean have both changed, but her newfound determination and independence clashes with Dean’s eternal need to shield her from harm.

16.) Nina, are we going to see Kelsey in her own story?

I would love to write Kelsey’s story. I think she deserves one. But I am going to wait and see how things progress with the first three Spiral of Bliss books before committing to telling more stories. However, I did consciously call it a “series” rather than a “trilogy” in order to leave room for the possibility of future books.

Nina, Dean, and Olivia – thank you for being here today.  I know I have gained an insight into all of you that I really wanted to know.

 Thanks for the opportunity, Susan, and the great questions!

Thanks for all of you stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day, and I will chat with you tomorrow.

Exciting Interview With Lexi Buchanan, Lily and Michael McKenzie

Welcome Lexi, Michael, and Lily to Cruising Susan Book Review’s.  I hope to make this an enjoyable time for you.  Please let me know above all what I can do to make you more comfortable.  Lily, if you need a food run let me know.

Let’s get this started.

Lexi, we know about you from your bio, but is there anything that you want the reader to understand about Lexi Buchanan?  For instance, how do you get an idea for your books?

I’m a dreamer and in the past I’ve always loved reading books with sibling’s in and the banter between that’s how McKenzie Brothers was born.

Do you usually listen to music while you write?  If so, what song reminds you of Lily and Michael’s story?

I really need to sort a playlist out on Spotfiy, but I listened to Rascal Flatts, Aerosmith, Daughtry, Carry Underwood and Noah Jones while writing Seduce.

 Lexi, what was the idea that you attributed to writing Seduce?  What made you want to write Michael and Lily’s story?

I love all kinds of books and just decided to write one where the woman was slightly dominant in the bedroom as opposed to the man.

 I want to take a minute to ask you Lily about your past.  How hard has it been to overcome a fear of losing Michael after the loss of both of your parents and also with what happened with David?  I want to commend you by the way, for being the survivor that you are.  I think a lot of readers can see why Michael fell in love with you so fast.

I try not to think about it.  It was hard enough before we were together when he had the accident.

Lily, your first time at Michael’s parent’s house, you seemed to love that one puppy.  I believe it was the smallest one.  It looked like Michael was eyeing it for you.  Did you get your puppy?  If so, what did you name the dog and how did you come up with the name?

Yes we got the two puppies who you may or may-not get to meet in Book 2!!  Not giving anything away.

Lily, in the beginning you didn’t tell anyone about the job because you said that having that job was, “mine and mine alone.”  How does Michael make you feel comfortable to express your feelings now?

I talk to Michael about everything.  I can’t keep a secret because he always knows if I do and manages to get it out of me.

Do you both believe Dale had an “ulterior motive” when he hired you Lily?  Knowing Michael like he did, he had to have known that you seemed to possess everything Michael could want or desire in a woman professionally and personally?

I think Dale hired me for Michael!

Michael, can you tell us why you think that Lucien became hardened after his accident.  He was described as being a former womanizer.  Have you been able to relax more Michael knowing that Lucien is able to be himself and have a friend in your wife?

He doesn’t like anyone seeing him without his clothes because of his scares, even me and my brothers.  Now Lily is my wife I’ve been able to settle down more although my brother’s still love winding me up about her, so on the odd occasion my jealousy kicks in, until Lily knocks it out of me by getting pissed.  I think it is great that Lucien and Lily get on so well.  They really do treat each other like brother and sister.

Okay, you two.  Was it love at first sight or lust at first sight?

Lust  (they said together)

Lily, since you have been married have you heard from David? 

No, but Val told me he is engaged to Lucy.  Not sure whether or not it will last though.

Michael, you mention that you have dreamed of sharing your success that you have had with someone you trust.  You mentioned early on in your story that you believe you found it.  Have you truly found it now, and how does Lilly help you achieve this?

Yes I’ve found it now and just knowing that she loves me, helps.  I’m going to start cutting back hours as Lily gets closer to the birth.

Michael, do you still have jealously issues with men and Lilly, especially knowing how much she adores you?

The odd occasion but nothing major anymore.

Back to your parents, Lily.  I know it has been hard losing your family.  How is Michael’s family helping you in relations to this?  Do you feel at home with them, still?

Yes, they really are my family and I look at his brothers as being mine as well.  His mother is great and a wonderful woman.

Lily, before things ended with David he was doing a whole bunch of antics.  Do you know what was up with that?  Do you believe he felt guilty?

No, he was an ass and I only just started to realize that.

Knowing what you had with David and what you have now with Michael, what have you changed in your relationship with Michael that you used to do in your relationship with David?  For example, are you more open to Michael than you could have ever been with David?

Yes, I am more open with Michael, he listens more and seems to know when something is bothering me.

Is Jacky causing you problems still or is she on to greener McKenzie pastures?

Not with me, but I think she has an eye on Sebastian.

Questions for the couple:

  1.  Cravings?  Do you have them Lily?  Michael have you had phantom cravings as well? Lily – Michael.  Michael – not yet
  2. Lace or leather? Lacy
  3. Chocolate and strawberries or strawberries and cream? Chocolate and strawberries
  4. Favorite date? Picnic in the park
  5. Most exciting steamy scene that you both have had together.  Maybe one that we don’t know about? Using scarves
  6. Mile high club with each other?  Not yet
  7. Still enjoy working together?  Will you continue?  You’ll have to read book 2

Thank you all for being here tonight and going through the interview.  We are so excited to see you both blossom as a family, Michael and Lily.  We hope you will come back again.  Lily, we just want to let you know that you really have seemed to bring the McKenzie family closer together.  You seem to be the glue, especially for Michael.

 I have just a few question’s for you Lexi before we end this.

 What is your vision for the future of Michael and Lily as well as the McKenzie brothers?  Do you know generally when the next book will be out and what brother it will be about? 

Michael and Lily along with each of Michael’s brothers will appear in all books.

MB 02 - Rapture Rapture, Book 2 I hope the get out by September, but we’ll have to see.

We can’t wait to see more about the McKenzie Family.  Read Seduce and find out why Rapture, Book 2 needs to be on your To Be Read List.

Thanks again to all of you.  This has been enjoyable meeting you all tonight.  Lexi, please keep writing those swoon worthy books that you have.  You are an awesome writer.

Welcome to Lexi Buchanan and New Title Seduce


Cover Photo of Seduce

Cover Photo of Seduce

The next few days I will be introducing you to Lexi Buchanan.  Today we are focusing on her new book, Seduce.  Friday we will see an interview between her, Lily and Michael(from the book, Seduce).  Than Saturday we will be introduced to her other books coming out, both in this series, and other series as well.

This is a real exciting time for Lexi and us as her readers.  I have listed at the end of today’s post, her following sites and Seduces trailer.  You will love it as much as I do.


Meet Michael, Sebastian, Ruben, Lucien and Ramon McKenzie.

Five hot brothers who are about to meet five equally hot partners.

Book 1 is Michael McKenzie’s story.

Michael is CEO of McKenzie Holdings and has a very bad habit of placing work before all else.  His wife, Viv, had died in a car accident, with her current lover, on the way to meet with the divorce attorney’s six years ago.  Michael was divorcing her because he’d discovered she’d had a stream of lovers during the course of their marriage.  Since her death he’s had no wish to get involved with anyone, until Lily.

Lily, having lost her job at Oakfield Development gains employment at McKenzie Holdings thinking she’s going to work as the Assistant to Dale Roberts, but unbeknown to Lily she has been hired to work as Michael’s assistant.  Lily is shocked, and disappointed to realize that the man she’s just been flirting with in the elevator is actually her boss.

Lily and Michael are instantly drawn to each other, but he’s her boss and Lily lives with her boyfriend of seven years.  David, her boyfriend, has been acting strange for about five months which has caused Lily to re-evaluate her relationship with him and it comes up short, a lot.  She had decided before meeting Michael that she wanted out of her relationship with David, but she has nowhere else to go, so she stays with him for now.

Michael and Lily finally start their relationship, which involves a lot of hot loving and scarves which Lily uses on Michael.  Their relationship seems to be heading towards happily ever after, until Lily makes an announcement to Michael, which has him telling her to leave his home.  She does, heartbroken, and runs to his brother Lucien.

You Say You Like Teasing?

I put my beer to my mouth and froze.  Lily was walking in my direction, on her own, and she looked sexy as hell.  The sun was behind her, which made her dress transparent.  She took my breath away. “Who the fuck is that?” I came back to my senses at Sebastian’s comment and realized all four of my brothers were standing with me, staring at her.  Lily looked up and stopped when she saw the lot of us just standing there, probably with our tongues down to our knees. “Michael, don’t just stand there, go and claim your girl.” My mother’s words brought me back to my senses. “She’s mine.  You four can keep your hands to yourselves,” I growled out. As I started to walk towards Lily her whole face lit up.  I heard my mother sigh behind me and a few snickers, not to mention Sebastian, who made a comment under his breath.

My Review

I loved the chemistry that I felt between Michael and Lily.  I also enjoyed the feeling that I got when the brothers related to her.

The book, Seduce, is a story written about a couple leaving a torn past and uniting a courtship that is fast and intense.  It is written in alternating point of views.   Seduce, is written so well that it flows and is smooth not jagged in both how the characters relate and how the time line proceeds.

This book is for ages 18 and over.  I would recommend it to all who love HAWWWT stories and swoonworthy guys.  It is a story about overcoming previous heartache and finding a love meant to last a lifetime.  The question is: Does Michael and Lily get their HEA finally?  Read Seduce and find out.

As far as what I want to share about the story plot, it consists of a young woman(Lily) returning to work after being laid off at Oakfield Development.

Lily and Michael had to both overcome issues.  Michael needed to be reassured that Lily would never abandon him, and Lily needed to be held like the woman she is deserving of a good man’s love.

Does Lily and Michael get the HEA through perseverance and true love (or is it just true lust)?  Can all things be overcome in a relationship?  Does honesty truly payoff? Those are the answers you will need to find as you read, Seduce.

Lets give Lexi Buchanan a huge pat on the back for the work well done in her newest book, Seduce.

Bio of Lexi Buchanan

I was born in Bolton, Lancashire within the United Kingdom, where I lived up until 3 years ago when I moved to Ireland with my husband, 4 kids and pack of animals.  I can tell you it isn’t pleasant traveling in a car with 5 cats in cat boxes in the back.  Getting back into the car after the ferry journey to Ireland was the most unpleasant thing we had to do on moving day!!

We are now settled in a pleasant town called Virginia in CountyCavan.  The kids love their schools (once they get there!) and the little one loves her play-school where she goes with her imaginary friend, Katie.

I started to write From This Moment, Book 1 in the Jackson Hole Series during the school holidays in 2012.  It actually surprised me that I could work out how to start the book which was a spare of the moment thing.  I’ve tried to write over the years but nothing has appeared, until now.

My kindle is loaded with too many books to mention and I absolutely love to read when I have the chance.

Lexi’s Blog

Seduce’s Trailer (A Must See):

Tomorrow – Interview with Lexi, Lily, and Michael.