30 Days by Christine d’Abo REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

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30 DAYS

Christine d’Abo

Releasing July 28th, 2015

Kensington 

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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 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

REVIEW

If I were to die I don’t think I would want my husband to find someone else. Ever. And if horror of horrors he did I wouldn’t want them to even come close to replacing me in his heart. There I said it, as selfish and narcissistic as it sounds, I would want to be his one and only true love and the idea of someone else occupying my place is unthinkable. Well maybe not, because I am thinking about it regardless. Now that we have established that I am a horrible woman I can tell you about the myriad of reasons I loved this book.

30 Days is not my first kick at the proverbial last message from a spouse can or novel in this case, however it is the first that I have managed to a) not throw the offending story down in disgust b) truly enjoyed it or c) all of the above. By the laws of multiple choice testing, isn’t the answer always “c”?

When I saw the cover on Netgalley I was immediately intrigued, despite the fact that the grumpy old man who lives in my head might have snorted at the veracity of a dying man leaving his wife a sex bucket list of sorts to get back on the horse after his demise. But frankly after reading a page I simply didn’t care about what my inner Waldorf had to say and lost myself in this unlikely if profoundly erotic love story.

I adore the “what if” game, maybe it’s a girl thing because my husband doesn’t seem nearly as enamoured with it as I. This might explain my fascination with the trope featuring the dying woman searching for a new wife for her, usually professional, husband, who despite this, is so inept that they could never possibly survive without their “controlling” spouse to run their lives for them. I wrote that with no sarcasm intended, for realises. Typically I pick them up being lured by the lurid soapiness of the scenario then I get overstimulated and have to dart off much like the cat when they are running around the house with their tail all puffed up for no apparent reason. 30 Days was different, perhaps it was the role reversal with the husband dictating from the great beyond. Or it may have been the subject matter, Rob, Alyssa’s husband wasn’t looking for a new spouse for his wife just someone for her to explore her sexuality with.

When we meet Alyssa, Rob has been gone for two years she is not looking for a new love but one glimpse of her new neighbour’s ass reminds her of the long forgotten bequest of 30 days of sex left by her husband. As is often the issue, the flesh is willing but the mind not so much. Not only that but finding a willing participant is not as easy as it sounds. Alyssa’s neighbour is more than attractive enough but he irritates our heroine to no end. After a failed trip to the local bar in search of a potential partner for her assignment Alyssa decides to offer it to Harrison regardless of her misgivings.

30 Days was surprisingly enjoyable, it may not have made me more generous with my hypothetically widowed husband’s affections but it was an interesting intellectual exercise regardless and I will definitely read more by this author in the future.

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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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