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Review: 30 Days by Christine d'Abo

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30Days30 Days by Christine d’Abo (erotic, Kensington, July 2015, $9.95, 288pp)




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…


Frankly, I read this book because I got a copy of it from the author, Christine d’Abo - of whom I am a HUGE fan. She was offering early copies on twitter, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read it. I wasn’t sure about the book description, but again I haven’t met a d’Abo book that I haven’t liked. And 30 Days is full of fun, heartache, emotion and naughtiness. There is also a grapefruit thing which you have to read to understand (and then Google).


Alyssa Barrow is a widow, having lost her beloved husband to cancer. Rob, the deceased husband, planned in advance, leaving her thirty cards with dirty and fun, sexual suggestions that were designed to get her back in the saddle. Two years after Rob’s death, Harrison Kemp moves in next door to Alyssa - and she starts to return to the land of the sexually awakened beings. She works up the courage to discuss the cards with Harrison, and he is on board with exploring them together. He is only in the area temporarily, so is keen to explore a fun, no-holds-barred sexual relationship.


Harrison and Alyssa agree to explore the cards. On one hand, Harrison is scrupulous about doing them in order (they start with easier things), but on the other is willing to fudge the when needed. The two have fun, get naughty and discover so much more than sexual compatibility. But as Harrison expected a casual affair, he never told Alyssa about his life before he moved in next door to her. He has things that he must deal with and figure out what Alyssa means to him.


This book is sexy and naughty, do not doubt it (a trademark of d’Abo). But it is also deeply emotional. While the story opens two years after Rob’s death, Alyssa relieves Rob’s illness, his death and his instructions to her (his writing of the cards, etc). These parts were hard to read and made me cry. Alyssa’s struggle and pain is real and heartbreaking. Her re-awakening is delightful. She is hesitant. She is gun-shy. And Harrison offers just the right encouragement.


And then there is the scene with the grapefruit. I don’t want to give it away, but Alyssa tries out something special with a grapefruit on Harrison. I’m not sure how this compares the d’Abo’s use of frozen peas in an earlier book (one of the books in the Long Shots series). Okay, the frozen peas thing will always remain near and dear to my heart. But kudos to d’Abo for her use of fruits and vegetables to perk up her characters’ sex lives.


From the moment that I started 30 Days, I was mesmerized. I couldn't help but connect and sympathize with Alyssa's struggles. Harrison is an amazing hero, one who is never intimidated by the specter of Rob or Rob’s plans to make Alyssa deal with her grief. And the sex? It is hot and naughty and FUN. This is an erotic romance with heart. I highly recommend.


Christine d’Abo: http://christinedabo.com/


Book Disclosure: A book was provided by the author.

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