“The allure is a passage behind the parapet of a castle wall. Great for defense when the enemy is approaching. You know you’re safe on the allure.” She tucks her head beneath my chin, twining her hand with mine. “Like we’re safe with each other.”
“No doubt about it, beauty.” I press my face against her sweet-smelling hair. “You’ll always be my allure.”
This is the second book in the Spiral of Bliss Trilogy. You need to read Arouse, first so that you can follow the story of Liv and Dean. I am loving these books, because it is exploring the relationship of a married couple, which we rarely find in romance novels. Also, these books are well written and easy for readers.
Allure starts right where Arouse ended. Liv has told Dean that she is pregnant and they are trying to settle back into their lives with each other after their separation. I loved this part of the book. Liv and Dean have such a comfort with each other. Even something as simple as sharing coffee (accompanied by their funny and quirky love notes attached to the mugs) showed the readers how at ease they are with each other. One of my favorite lines from Dean during their first night reunited :
“Right now I want you naked against me, Dean says. I want to wake up cold because you’ve hogged all the blankets. I want to feel your leg between mine, your hair in my face, your arm flung across my chest. I want to find myself on the edge of the bed in the morning because you’ve sprawled all over the mattress. I want to sleep with you.”
As in most trilogies, I find the second book a bit weaker for lack of a better term than the first. Arouse has been my favorite, so far. That doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy this one. I liked Liv even more, though, in this one. She is very strong and takes the lead in setting them on a course for healing. She seems more introspective than Dean and knows what he needs, whereas, Dean seems lost and unsure of what to do. Dean is having a hard time dealing with expectations from his parents and himself. He is so hard on himself. He wanted to always be Livs white knight and is having a hard timfae finding his way.
I cried and laughed while reading this one. I was in awe of the true love between the two of them. I’m proud of Liv and anxious to see their journey continue in book 3.
“Silence falls, pulsing with the truth of what I’ve learned and what Dean has yet to acknowledge. Our relationship, our love, cannot and will never be perfect. It will, however, always belong only to us in all its flawed, intense beauty. Perfect in its very imperfection.”