Review: 30 Days (30 Days #1) by Christine d’Abo

July 24, 2015 Review 0

Review: 30 Days  (30 Days #1) by Christine d’Abo

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…

Title: 30 Days
Author: Christine d'Abo
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Dom Around the Corner, Rebound Remedy, Submissive Seductions, No Quarter
Series: 30 Days #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: 30 Nights
Published by Kensington
Source: Publisher
Published: July 28th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romance
Pages: 320 pages
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames
When I started this book I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. The blurb sounded good, but I am also not too much of a fan of sappy-type books.  Although there were some sad parts to develop the background, I was very pleased with the direction the author went.  Alyssa is widowed.  She lost her husband to cancer two years ago.  He left her a letter to read when she felt she would be ready to join life and live again. She’s only ever been with him so the thought of moving on was so foreign to her.
After noticing a new tenant moved into her condo complex and oogling him on more than one occasion, she decides to finally read what her husband wrote to her. What she finds surprises her. He knew she was naïve to dating and sex, so he leaves her a heartfelt letter urging her to move on and enclosed 30 notecards of sex to set her on the path of liberation. She is to try each one and hopefully it will open her mind and heart to a new life. Harrison is the new tenant here for three months on business. He’s a smart and clever guy with a sense of humor that made me laugh. He’s had a bad relationship in the past so he’s wary, but attracted to Alyssa nonetheless. Alyssa realizes she’s attracted to Harrison too, and believes he may be able to help her complete the tasks on the cards.  He’s only here for a short time and neither wants a relationship, so what’s the harm in some lusty sex???

The plotline sounds predictable but I was loving the journey getting us there. Both characters are very likeable. Christine d’Abo has a knack for writing that made you feel this was real and down to earth.  I felt Alyssa’s struggle with her feelings in her heart but also in her head.  She was confused and I felt for her.  Harrison was genuine.  Even though the ground rules were set, he had trouble at times sticking to them too.  I really just loved him!  He helps Alyssa not only in the bedroom, but also helps her to see she needed to break her mold of what she knew about men. The only problem…she’s getting attached-and she knows it. Her friends with benefits plan isn’t working for her anymore but what can she do??

Recovery from a loss is extremely difficult. There are so many emotions warring for their day in the sun.  The author did a great job touching on those feelings from both sides and the difficulties faced.  There was also a fair amount of joking and laughter which balanced this out nicely.  The sex was hot and the scenes felt real and not weird or freaky. Her husband knew she enjoyed sex and I was glad to see she was open to try these items-new for her- on the cards. I admired how she learns to love sex again, but with somebody else.

This is my first book by this author and it was a good one! A bumpy ride, but worth it in the end! This book is a standalone novel and although part of a series, it has a conclusion. The epilogue gives us a lead into the next book and I am sure it will just as entertaining!
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