Book 1, The 30 Series
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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…
If a minute can change a life as you know it, perhaps 30 Days isn’t too much of a commitment to real
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.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.