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30 DAYS
Christine d’Abo
Releasing July 28th, 2015
Kensington 

 

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 sixteen, 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…
 
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review
* A review copy was provided by the author via NetGalley for the Blog Tour *

~ 4 Stars ~

What happens when, what starts out as a simple agreement, turns into something more and feelings are brought into the picture ??? You get an interesting journey to a HEA!!!

This book was exactly what I was looking for at this point. I was looking for an Erotic love story that wasn’t just about sex, but had an interesting storyline as well. Well 30 Days was both of those. This is the first book by Christine d’Abo that I have read and I am really glad I took a chance on a new author. This book was a fun and very sexy read (but by no means overdone or raunchy) but also had some great feelings built in.

30 Days is a Second Chance at Love type story. We meet Alyssa and Harrison in this book. Alyssa is a 30 something woman who tragically lost her husband from cancer. After mourning her husband for 2 years she is finally ready to move on and find someone new. I thought the author did a great job at portraying the feelings a widow goes through when trying to move on with their lives. We saw her go through fear, guilt, anger and loneliness. I liked watching Alyssa open herself up to new experiences and the possibility of new love. Before her husband died he gave her an envelope with a letter and some cards in it. The note is he way of telling her to move on and be happy. The cards are 30 days worth of sexual experiences. When Alyssa sees the cards she in mortified and can’t even think of doing the stuff on them, until she meets Harrison!!!! He opens her eyes to what possibilities there could be 😉 Harrison is a temporary neighbor who is living in Alyssa’s complex for 3 months. He is just coming off a bad relationship and is in no way looking for a new one. That is until he meets Alyssa and hears her proposal. To say these two have amazing chemistry is an understatement….I thought my kindle was going to melt at many different times. But under all the sexual experimentation….there really was a sweet love story built in. There wasn’t a whole lot of drama in this story, what was created was created solely by Alyssa and Harrison. They were each others road blocks.

We don’t meet many secondary characters, the one that really sticks out is Nikki, Alyssa’s sister. I liked the support system Nikki lends to Alyssa, even if jealousy can come into play. I would love to read a book about Nikki so that we could see her get her HEA finally.

So if you are looking for a fun, and extremely sexy read, but has feelings also, then 30 Days is the book to pick up. This book is told solely in Alyssa’s POV and has a Happy Ending. I would’ve liked to see some of Harrison’s POV but it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the story.

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Being on my own was . . . strange. Rob had been gone nearly two years and I still found myself turning to say something to him at the weirdest times. Though over the past month that started happening less frequently. I couldn’t tell you exactly how I felt about that. Guilty? Oh my God yes. But I knew it meant I’d finally started to move on. I hadn’t told anyone about my mental shift. Instead, I found myself going to this quiet place in my head, speaking less, observing more. It was different. I guess I’d become different more out of necessity than any real desire to change.
We’d known his time was coming to an end and took the last month of his life to simply enjoy each other. It was on one of our various trips to the beach that he handed me The Envelope.
“What’s this?” My fingers were damp from the ocean spray and sticky from the ice cream I’d just finished. “If this is some death letter thing, I can’t read it.”
He grinned at that. “Naw, it’s not sappy or anything. But yes, it’s for after I’m gone.”
“Rob—”
“Lyssa, listen to me. I promise you it’s not what you think.” He huffed, puffing out his shallow cheeks. “How many guys have you slept with?” The breeze moved his shirt and the sun made his brown eyes sparkle. If he had any hair left it would have blown from his forehead. My heart ached to run my hands through his hair once more. “And if you say more than one I’ll promise not to be pissed.”
“Don’t be an ass. You know you’re the only man I’ve ever been with.” We’d talked a lot about that after we’d gotten married. Rob had a small measure of guilt that I hadn’t had a chance to sow my oats. Somehow he thought because of my limited dating experience I would get bored or grow to resent him.
The idiot.
“That’s my point.” He took my hand and pressed the envelope into my palm once more. “Don’t open this until you’re ready. Hell, you might not want to open it at all. Just . . .” He gave my hand a squeeze, but for the first time in a long while, he couldn’t meet my gaze. “I know you said you didn’t think you’d want to be with anyone else.”
“I don’t.” The thought made me ill.
“Baby, you shouldn’t be alone. You have too much light and love inside you. The thought of you being on your own, of not having anyone to share in the joy you have to give? No. I know you. There will come a time when you’ll realize that you’re ready to move on—”
“I won’t.”
“—and I know you’ll feel guilty about that. You’ll ignore the feelings for as long as you can, thinking that you don’t need anyone. Then something will happen. You’ll see someone and in that beautiful brain of yours you’ll be all nice ass, dude, and that will be it. You’ll cry about it but you’ll realize you’re ready.”
“Please. I wouldn’t cry.” Because it wouldn’t happen. Ever. “Not over a nice ass.”
He chuckled, finally looking me in the eye. “You’ll cry. But then you’ll remember this conversation and know that I was right. So I’m going to say I told you so now. Then I want you to take this envelope and open it.”
“Rob—”
“It’s about sex.”

 

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Christine d’Abo is
a romance novelist and short story writer, with over thirty publications to her
name. She loves to exercise and stops writing just long enough to keep her body
in motion too. When she’s not pretending to be a ninja in her basement,
she’s most likely spending time with her husband, daughters, and her two dogs.
 

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