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30 Days by Christine d’Abo with Excerpt

30 Days by Christine d’Abo with Excerpt

Welcome to my review of  the first in the adult contemporary erotc romance series by Chritine d’Abo.  Please read on for my review, read an excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be one of three (3) winners to get a print copy of 30 DAYS.  Also, if you want to know what other readers thought, be sure to check out the tour stops!

30 Days

How do you move on when your life as you knew it is irrevocably changed? I’ve had friends who lost spouses far sooner than was fair or expected, and while the concept is not a foreign one, the pathway to rebuild is ever fascinating.

In 30 Days, Christine d’Abo introduces us to Alyssa, a woman who met her first love, Rob, in high school, they married and lived happily until his death two years ago. His lasting gift to her was encouragement: be open to moving on and taking another chance at love.  He prepared a ‘how to’ kit to help her on the way.

The first and worst of her mourning over, Alyssa remembers the package Rob had left, and goes to open it.  Inside he has prepared 30 tasks for her to complete, as her reintroduction into life and dating.  With a new and sexy neighbor just moved in, Alyssa wonders if she isn’t ready to take the plunge.

From the first to the last task, Rob has managed to cover a variety of tasks that open Alyssa’s thoughts and experiences. This first person story in Alyssa’s viewpoint does somewhat limit our getting to know Harrison as a complete being, although her reactions to him and her emotional state are clear and present, and at times, quite touching. I did, however, miss the development of Harrison and input from other sources.

The premise is unique, and as a mechanism for moving forward, quite well thought out and presented.  If a minute can change a life as you know it, perhaps 30 Days isn’t too much of a commitment to realign that path.

30 Days by Christine d’Abo with Excerpt

Title: 30 Days
Author: Christine d'Abo
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Published by: Kensington
ISBN: 1617739545
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 320
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
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About the Book:

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…

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.
Tasty Excerpt

 

I huffed, then licked my lips before I finally slipped my finger beneath the edge and tore the paper open.

Hidden inside was a single piece of paper wrapped around a bundle of index cards. I ignored the cards for the time being and spread open the paper. I took a moment before I could read the note. This was something new from Rob and my heart broke a little bit more. Those invisible fingers squeezed at my chest.

Alyssa.

I love you. I know you love me. I’m glad you’re ready to move on and start having some fun once again. I also know you well enough to realize you’ll only go so far before you stop. Don’t do that. And for God’s sake, don’t get into a serious relationship right away either. I always thought you hadn’t taken enough time to figure out who you were as a person before we hooked up. We jumped into being a couple and lucky for us we worked and it was awesome.

You always said you never regretted being with me so young, but you also didn’t date anyone else. You didn’t sleep with anyone else. I took that experience from you and I always hated that you didn’t get to explore. I wanted to give you my permission to go out there and experiment. Have fun. Fool around and don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.

I thought I might also offer you some suggestions on how to get started.

Humor me, okay.

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands recently. When you weren’t here, I started this little project. I call it Alyssa’s 30 Days of Sex. Please don’t have sex thirty days in a row because I’ll be jealous. Not really. If you can do that, go for it. Seriously though, jealous.

Anyway, even if you don’t use any of these cards, I had a lot of fun imagining you enacting them. You’ll read them and think OMG boy dreams! That’s cool. They are. Change them up if you want.

Even when you weren’t with me, you made me happy. I’m going to stop now before I get sappy. Go get laid and enjoy the kinky sex.

Love you, baby.

Rob

 

I laughed. It was such a Rob thing to have done. I had no difficulty picturing him coming up with ideas for his cards while going through his chemo. Come to think of it, that explained most of the Internet pop-ups I’d been forced to clean off his laptop after he passed.

Sex cards. He wrote me freaking sex cards. I fell in love with him all over again. My best friend and lover was giving me advice on how to hook up with other people from beyond the grave. The idea was a mix of weird and sweet, the perfect descriptor for him.

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About Christine d'Abo

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.