The Awakenings series focuses on women who are finding out what they want in life and taking it. They are everyday women--a marketing executive, an accountant, an artist, a psychologist--who've been dealt a rough hand in life. Even when they seem to have everything together, there's always something holding them back. When they find love, they must deal with those demons in order to truly be happy.
The second set in this series (books 5 and higher) feature relationships developed in the first four novels in the series. In other words, they're sequels.