Friday, July 31, 2015

30 Days by Christine d'Abo

Title: 30 Days
Author: Christine d'Abo
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Jackson: 30 Days #1
Main Characters: Alyssa and Harrison
Release Date: July 2015
Publisher: Kensington
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
For years, Alyssa has been going to bed with a memory. Is she ready to wake up with a fantasy?

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mate, but not Alyssa Barrow. She met Rob at nineteen, and they were set to live happily ever after—until he became ill. In his final days, Rob urged his beautiful, young wife not to abandon happiness—or pleasure. He even left her a special gift, a sexy game plan to help her move on: Thirty cards with instructions for thirty days of passion. You’ll know when the time is right, he’d said. Now it’s two years later, and when Alyssa meets her hot new neighbor, Harrison Kemp, she begins to think the right time is right now…

From his sculpted thighs to his devilish grin, Harrison is the kind of man women want. Before she can lose her nerve, Alyssa tells Harrison about her long-ignored cards…and asks him to help her fulfill them. It’s a favor he’s more than happy to, um, perform. With his skillful touch, and the hot press of his lips against her skin, Alyssa finds herself re-awakening to life—and a host of other sensations. But what began as not-so-innocent fun soon grows into true intimacy, and Alyssa realizes she’s opening herself up not just to sex…but to love. When it comes to a future with Harrison, what’s really in the cards?

Saucy, heartwarming, and insightful, 30 Days explores the agony—and the ecstasy—of starting over, and how a little encouragement, and a little courage, can go a long way…
My Review:
Even though this book comes from the beginnings of a sad place, it's such a sweet, heartwarming, sexy story. Overall, I really enjoyed it. 

It's been two years since Alyssa's husband died from cancer. They both knew he was dying and he left her with instructions and an envelope filled with cards. When she was ready to move on, he left her 30 cards of sexual exploration so that she could work through the guilt and difficulties of moving on. He was her first and only lover...that's not easy to get past.

My heart bled for Alyssa and what she's going through. She was completely in love with her husband and it's hard to let go of that, especially with the parameters that Harrison sets forth for her. This is all about sex...they both agree. Neither wants a relationship, but comparisons for her are inevitable, especially when she's not allowed to form an attachment especially on the surface. 

I liked the way the story and the sexual relationship between the two of them evolved. It seemed more natural than just jumping into sex and I loved Harrison for seeing that she needs that. The cards were fun, although I would have loved to have seen a list of all 30 cards, regardless of whether they got to them all or not. There were some interesting details and side stories with the condo building/coop and the elderly couple. There were also fun little details throughout the book. Harrison is named for Harrison Ford and there's a Star Wars thread that runs through the book and the way that Alyssa tackled the final conflict was brilliant. I was laughing out loud as I read it.

My one complaint...I wish there had been alternating POV's in this book. I just didn't connect with Harrison's character as much as I did with Alyssa. And I know that was by design, but I think I could have really fallen fully in love with his character if we'd had his POV. But other than that, it was a fun, sexy book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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