I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.30 Days by Christine d'Abo
Published by Kensington on 2015-07-28
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotica, Fiction, General, Romance
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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…
Be ready to tear up a little bit as you read this but also be ready to have a couple of issues with both the hero and heroine…
I’m struggling a bit with this one… I liked it but I didn’t like how little we got to see of who Harrison is and what he wants other than thru her eyes. I didn’t like that we really had limited time with him outside of what they did in bed or when they were fulfilling one of the cards. I liked what we saw of him but I found myself wanting more of his time than of her time. We just get a glimpse of a good man that has his own demons to put away but I just don’t see how they can be in love without more from him.
My biggest issues were with the heroine and her obsession with the past. I get that she lost the love of her life… I really do… but I struggled with how much we had to hear about him and what he meant to her and blah blah blah. Okay that sounds a bit harsh but come on really???? In real life there are these sorts of stories but I guess we have uncovered that in my fiction I don’t want to constantly hear about the ex or see the heroine obsess over her dead true love. I mean we are in the story to see a couple develop and to be quite honest I felt for Harrison as he was fighting a ghost. Granted what let him in to her life was her wanting to use the cards the man left her but dammit… I wanted to understand more about the pull they shared which was constantly interrupted by the musings she had about her dear, sainted dead true love.
Yeah I guess I am a meanie but overall the story wasn’t bad but wasn’t something that I adored. I liked the idea of the cards and the way it could bring someone back to life but dammit I want my couple to be a couple without a constant ghost cropping up.