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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 lef
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Kensington
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Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars. Review posted March 24, 2016

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Alyssa, a thirty-five-year-old widow, hasn't had any fun for the last two years. The thought of going out, meeting a new guy, fooling around and enjoying life again is a rather foreign concept to her. But, since her late husband, Rob, wrote her sex cards and gives her the green light to move on and not feel guilty about it, she decides to embark upon a pretty daring journey and calls it Alyssa's 30 Days of Sex. And as chance would have it, a new guy moves int
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Hit the Mark Stars * * * *

This worked for me... It had a plot worth thinking about; how does one recover and move on after a true love dies. He is dying from cancer and decides to help her after he is gone by giving her a path to learn about herself. He tells her there will be a time when she will be ready to move on... and gives this envelope to be opened then.

After two years, little by little our gal starts to see things which had been absent...and the trigger of noticing how nice her new n
30 Days is an adult romance/erotica novel written by author Christine d'Abo. While terminally ill, Alyssa's husband gifted her a set of 30 handmade to-do cards meant for her to use as a way of reuniting with her sexuality once he is gone. Such a generous and selfless gift and one that Alyssa had no intention of opening and exploring due to her grief. But time heals most wounds and two years later, she glances through them. eye-catching new neighbor may have had something to do with
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
I thought 30 Days was going to be like PS I Love You, but this was so much better! It's funny, super sexy, and seriously HOT. There were even some parts where I needed a tissue for my eyes (I'll admit it).

When Alyssa's husband loses his battle against cancer, Alyssa thought she was never going to find love again. Her husband leaves her a loving letter urging her to move on. The letter involves a 30 day task to help her explore her sexual desires.


Two years later, Alyssa is ready to experiment w
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
30 Days by Christine d'Abo is witty, sad, sexy and absolutely one of the better written erotic romance to come out this year.

I have been on this soapbox for awhile now about erotic novels. Yes I said erotic not just romance. What makes an erotic novel better than the cookie cutter releases that are flooding the market place right now? You know the ones. The rich billionaire, who has dominatrix attitude but a hurt and sensitive side, who just really needs to be hugged as he's delivering blow afte
Ivy Deluca
Alyssa Barrow, met her husband Rob at nineteen, and they lived happily ever after—until he died. He knew he was dying of cancer, and he urged his young wife to go on and find love again, and wrote up some sexy cards to encourage her opening up her body and soul to someone else, when the time was right. Two years later, that time has come - the moment Harrison Kemp moves in next door. Harrison’s not into a relationship and Alyssa just wants to feel again, but you can’t stop romance when it happen ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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When I saw the premise of this book was a 30-day sex pact, I was like . . .

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HA! NOT! It was more like gimmegimmegimmegimmegimme.

Now that I’m finished I’ll be the first to admit I read it wrong. I’ll ‘splain to you where to look for an actual review at this end of this mess, but until then enjoy the picture show.

30 Days started out with a bit of a sad . . .

“Seriously, fuck cancer.”

When Alyssa’s husband died he left her a letter to r
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Alyssa lost her husband Rob to cancer two years ago. She has been simply going through the motions with her life and trying to adapt to living without Rob. The two had been high school sweethearts and Alyssa had never known another boyfriend or lover before Rob and didn't think she could ever be with someone again.

Before Rob passed away he encouraged Alyssa to continue to live her life. He wanted her to find be happy and find someone when he was gone.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it liked it
30 Days gets a sweet 3.5 stars. I read this in one sitting so it was an easy read. The overview is what drew me in and Harrison is what held me to the story. I liked Alyssa but I more than liked Harrison. I liked the story but didn't fall into like or love with it. It isn't super memorable and doubt I'll remember it in a few weeks.

Alyssa is a widow after losing her husband, only sex partner, to cancer. She goes through two years of being alone before she is ready to read the cards he left her t
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4.5 stars

I don't know what I was expecting when I picked 30 Days by Christine d'Abo to read and review but I do know I got much more than I bargained for. A widow of 2 years senses a change in her life; like coming alive and opens a letter her husband left her for when she was ready to have sex again and inside she finds a letter and 30 days worth of sex suggestions/fantasies he wants her to try or at least think about. From the flashback sce
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Bittersweet is how this story tastes. It's a moving tale of a woman finally ready to move on after her husband dies. How he helps her from beyond the grave is priceless. These kind of stories always tugs my heartstrings because it speaks to the love of a person so great that he needs to take care of his beloved, even when he's gone. Alyssa is a woman who is living life in a haze. She's not exactly a zombie. Her emotions and feels are cut off because if she feels, she will be overwhelmed by the l ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Alyssa suffers a heartbreaking loss, when her husband and first (and only) love dies from cancer. Before he dies he tries to express to Alyssa that he wants her to live full life after he's gone. He leaves her with a letter and set of cards, that he tells her to open them when she starts to feel for another man. It takes a few years but eventually she gets a hot new neighbor that creates a spark of attraction she didn't see coming. This attraction prompts her that it is time to open the letter a ...more
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This is a super sexy story about dealing with loss and death. When Alyssa finally reads the cards her husband left her for after his death; what she finds is a new life and way to deal with that loss. Harrison is the guy that helps Alyssa accomplish her journey and turns out to be just what she was looking for. There are bumps in the road but overall a beautiful, super sexy journey.

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Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Funny how sometimes you go into a book expecting one thing and it turns out to be different, in a good and unexpected way. i did that with 30 Days. I thought this would be a lot heavier than it was, but that is not saying it didn't have depth, because it did, it just pleasantly surprised me with the humor that was interspersed with the very real heartfelt subject of overcoming grief and moving on.

Alyssa was widowed at a young age, her husband and soulmate succumbing to cancer when she w
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cela faisait un petit moment que je n'avais pas lu de résumé aussi tentant que celui de ce livre, aussi me suis-je jetée dessus dès que possible.

Alyssa est une jeune veuve de 35 ans. Elle a perdu son mari, Rob, 2 ans plus tôt, suite à un cancer. Avant de mourir, il lui a laissé des "instructions" pour quand elle serait prête à aller de l'avant et fréquenter d'autres hommes. Un peu à la manière des lettres dans [i]P.S I love you[/i], Rob laisse à sa femme une série de 30 cartes contenant toutes d
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I typically try to avoid books with main characters in their 30's. I do this because as a 20 year old, I tend to find that people in their 30's are at a different point in their lives. This is a point that I have yet to experience, nor want to at this juncture. Although in the grand scheme, age is rather arbitrary, I still gravitate towards books with college aged students. With that being said, I was shocked at how immature the m
Alyssa already had what she thought would be her happily ever after, she married her first love and they were incredibly happy together until her husband, Rob, became ill. Knowing he was dying Rob made Alyssa promise that when she was ready she would move on and find happiness with someone else. Alyssa was sure she would never be able to get past Rob's death but now two years on she is finally starting to feel like she could move on with her life, she'll never forget Rob but she doesn't want to ...more
Elisabeth Lane
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
While the premise makes this book sound pretty intense, it's actually quite lovely. The heroine's husband has died of cancer two years before and Alyssa is just reaching a point where she could consider perhaps dating again. Harrison, the hero, has some hang-ups of his own that we don't fully understand until later in the book, but since it's first person from Alyssa's perspective, we're not as intimately aware of his struggles.

Alyssa's husband left her with some sexy index cards--things for he
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on: Where the Night Kind Roam

I really enjoyed this book. It’s like an erotic P.S. I Love you. The beginning of the book had me in full tears and close to tears throughout the book. D'Abo grabs you right away with the story. Both characters were fun and supportive. The internal struggles of both Alyssa and Harrison were believable. Alyssa may have gotten in a bit too deep too fast for my tastes but given her inexperience with men and relationships it was pretty believable. I liked how D'
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After losing her husband to cancer two years prior, Alyssa is finally ready to move past the grieving point in her life. The grief of losing your soul mate seems impossible for Alyssa to move past, but fortunately for her.. Rob had a plan. He created a 30 days of sex game for Alyssa to help her move on once she is ready.

When Alyssa finds herself checking out her new neighbor, she decides to give Rob's cards a try.
Now if she can only get past day one and stick to the rules.

I love, love, loved thi
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, e-book, romance
This was a maybe book for me. The premise sounded like it might work for me, but it might not either. I've had good luck with the author in the past, so I thought it was time to give it a go.

I will start out that this book has a lot of sex in it, but it needs to as it plays a big part of the story. In fact, it seems like sex should be a character itself.

I really liked that Rob left the cards for Alyssa, that he was sort of forcing her to move on. Alyssa's reaction to them was great and about wha
Jeanette Book-Reviews
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
***4.5 STARS***

Alyssa Barrow's husband died after battling cancer, he left her a sexy game plan for 30 days with instructions for 30 days of passion.
"You'll know when the time is right." Wow what a beautiful strong message he left for his wife!!

2 years later she meets her HOT, SEXY new neighbour Harrison Kemp. She then asked him to help her to fulfil her husband's card game.... Wow, she's one brave lady!!

I thought it would be similar to the film I've watch - P.S I Love You as I enjoyed watching
Frankly Frankie
4 stars.

This one made me laugh and smile and get a little sentimental. I'm sure it would be tougher to read as a married person.

Not sure how I feel about the epilogue.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Sex Cards anyone?
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Great start, but then at 40%, I found myself skimming. Barely finished it. The story (and the writing) fell flat for me.

You may love it.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked it. It was really hot...but I guess I just wanted more. More of a connection, more of a story, just more.
Lisa Pucci
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Veramente carino! Sotto un bel consiglio l'ho iniziato.. ed è stata una piacevole sorpresa!
Spero continui ancora!
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic-romance
Storia molto carina. Ero restia a iniziarlo a causa della trama, pensavo fosse drammatico e invece mi sono ritrovata tra le mani un romanzo molto frizzante e sensuale. Ottima lettura e nuova scoperta di un'autrice.
Mandi Schreiner
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotic
Favorite Quote: "You need a drink?"

...."No, I do need a cock though,"

This is the first I've read of Christine d'Abo and while I was a little hesitant to try it because Alyssa's late husband left sex instructions for her to do after he passes away - it received pretty good reviews on Goodreads so I gave it a try. Her late husband leaves her a heart-felt note and 30 cards for her and after two years pass, she is ready to try them out. She meets her new next door neighbor and after some brief flirt
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
before I write my review i want to say i got an advanced copy of 30 nights and loved it so i had to try 30 days and as you can see i read it in a day!

Alyssa Barrow married her soulmate and never, not once regretted her decision. She and Rob were meant for forever and then he got sick and made her a widow in her early thirties. For the past two years, Alyssa has been making her way through life with no thought of ever being as happy as she once was with Rob. But Rob was wise beyond his years and
Christi Snow
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Even though this book comes from the beginnings of a sad place, it's such a sweet, heartwarming, sexy story. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

It's been two years since Alyssa's husband died from cancer. They both knew he was dying and he left her with instructions and an envelope filled with cards. When she was ready to move on, he left her 30 cards of sexual exploration so that she could work through the guilt and difficulties of moving on. He was her first and only lover...that's not ea
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