By Christine d’Abo
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…
After her husband’s death two years ago, Alyssa thinks she’s finally reached the point in her life where she can move on, to perhaps attempt a relationship with another man. Enter a sexy new neighbour, add the sex cards her husband gave her before he died, and you have an interesting recipe for a story. While it might sound odd that a dying husband would give his wife sex cards for her to complete with another man, I really do think they were his way of reminding her that when the time was right, that it was ok to move on, to not feel guilty.
I did like the story, and it made me tear up a couple of times, but a big part of the story really felt weak to me, and that is the “relationship” between Alyssa and Harrison. Harrison is a little insensitive at times. He keeps his personal life private from Alyssa, which is fine since this was supposed to be a sex-only arrangement, but when he’s trying to win her back, he’s upset that she doesn’t know what’s happening in his life. Well duh silly man, you never tell her anything. He knows she’s a widow who has only ever been in one relationship her entire life, has not been with anyone since her husband died, yet he gets angry at her when she talks about Rob and accuses her of comparing him to her late husband. First of all, her comparisons were never vocalised, and secondly, since she only has one point of dating reference, what else is she going to do? Considering what she’s been through I think he could have cut her a little slack. I couldn’t make sense of their arguments and, in my honest opinion, their reasons for breaking up were very flimsy.
30 DAYS was nice, the sex was hot and it comes with a HEA. The scavenger hunt at the end was a very nice touch, keeping in line with the sex card game. I don’t know if this will turn into a series, but the ending is left open for a new character, which has me assuming there will be another book.
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