REVIEW – ALWAYS (Spiral of Bliss, #5) by Nina Lane



Without darkness, there can be no light.

Dean has always been Liv’s white knight. Not once has he retreated from battle. Not once has he failed to keep his wife safe. Not once has he broken his promise to slay monsters for her.

Then Dean encounters a monster he can’t destroy. A monster he can’t even face. And for the first time ever, there is nothing he can do to protect the woman who owns his heart.

The love story of Liv and Dean West that started with AROUSE and continued in ALLURE, AWAKEN, and ADORE now comes to a breathtaking conclusion as the professor and his beauty fight the battle of their lives.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Over the years, throughout the craziness of our daily lives, careers, travel, child-rearing, and all the happy chaos and painful challenges that life brings, I’ve always held on to one unbreakable truth. At the end of the day, she’ll always be waiting for me. The girl who lit an eternal fire right in the center of my heart. The beauty who saved me and became my reason for being. The wife who taught me the meaning of strength and courage. The woman who is my home, the place where the stars shine so bright we can see into eternity. My Liv will always be right here.


When I heard that there was going to be a fifth book in theSpiral of Bliss series, I was excited but wondered where Nina Lane could take Dean and Liv West since their story seemed to end perfectly in ADORE. I wasn’t complaining because to be able to spend more time with Professor West is definitely like getting an extra special Christmas present!! I just wasn’t prepared to have my heart literally ripped to shreds by this story. During the first half of the book, I was wishing Nina Lane didn’t take our beloved characters down this path. I wondered if she made a mistake by writing this book, but by the second half of the book, Dean West obliterated all my doubts. I couldn’t love this book harder if I tried!! I fell madly in love with Dean all over again and just wished like I have throughout this series that I could have found a man like him. The depth of his love and adoration for Liv is beyond BEAUTIFUL!!! I can’t even tell you how many times I cried while reading this book!!

I have to say this was the first love story I read, where I felt the characters were so REAL. Some of the problems they face are things that any couple would encounter, and yet these stories are still so very captivating. Through every hardship, Dean and Liv always are there for each other or they find their way back to the love that keeps them together. Dean’s need to keep Liv and his children safe so deeply rooted within him that when circumstances take that control away from him, he has a very hard time accepting the feelings of helplessness. They find themselves facing an enemy that he can’t just swoop in and obliterate. Liv is facing the biggest battle of her life and Dean is in utter despair because there is nothing he can do to fix this for her!!


But this man is truly amazing! His love for her never wavers and no matter what, his passion for Liv never tapers off in the slightest, which is what she needs the most. He always made her feel desirable and loved beyond measure!!!!

Archer was almost as swoon-worthy as Dean in this book. I have not read his book but now you better believe I am making it my mission to get to his book soon. This man stepped up to the plate countless times throughout this story and FINALLY the West brothers get over the pain from the past and find their way back to the relationship they once had when they were younger. He was the one person that was able to comfort Dean and helped him cope with the unthinkable.

When tragedy hits you, you find out who your real friends are. This story covered a very poignant topic that affects so many people these days and for me, it really felt like it was happening to one of my closest friends. I cried for Liv, Dean, and their two children. I wanted to rage on certain characters who seemed to just drop out of existence when the going got tough, but later on when things are revealed, you better believe I cried like a baby!! Even now as I write this review, I feel the tears welling up!

I can’t tell you just how much this series has meant to me. It’s one of my most beloved of all time. I am thankful to Nina Lane for letting us take one more journey with the Professor and his Beauty. This is EXACTLY how their story had to come to a beautiful end!! I wouldn’t change a thing!!!

ALWAYS is currently available and I wholeheartedly recommend it!!!




*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)




Dean & Olivia West and their two children returned over a year ago to Mirror Lake after spending some time in Paris. They are settled back into their life living at the Butterfly House. Dean is still a professor at King’s University & Liv is still a co-owner at the Wonderland Café. Their life is happy chaos, & they wouldn’t change a thing. They are still a couple very much in love. When these two are together & intimate, they are explosive. Their chemistry is electric & Dean absolutely worships Liv body, mind & soul.




-“Give me a kiss, beauty.”

-That command is one I never can or want to resist.

-My husband looks both sinful and so arrestingly beautiful that my whole body flames with need.

-He’s mine. Dean West has always been mine, always will be.

-Dean West will always have all of me- every warm patch of sunlight and every cold, dark corner.


Suddenly their life is thrown off course when the unexpected happens. They realize some things in life are out of their control, & they have to fight for what’s most important. When life throws you a curve & things aren’t just peachy, you really find out what someone is made of, & let me tell you, Dean West is made of everything beautiful! This man is total perfection. The way he loves his wife is breathtakingly stunning. He is not only super dad, but he is a protective, devoted, tender, comforting, & loving husband. The intimacy this couple shares is so special & every time he calls her his beauty I melt a little more.


-“I love you,” she whispers. “I love you, beauty.”

-“With everything I am.”

-You’ve always had all of me. You always will.

-“You live inside me.”

-“Everywhere. You are the key to every part of me.”


I thought this was a fabulous book! It was such a beautiful story. This couple truly touched my heart. I can’t ever get enough of my sexy professor West. As usual Dean & Liv indulge in one another often, & it’s absolutely delicious! I also loved we get plenty of swoony Archer West too. I would also love books for both Nicholas & Bella.

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