30 Days

Kensington. Aug. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781617739545. pap. $9.95; ebk. ISBN 9781617739552. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarAlyssa Barrow lost her husband and high school sweetheart Rob two years ago to cancer. Widowed at 35 and finally ready to move on, she opens his last letter to her and discovers a 30 Day Sex Challenge—daily cards with fantasies and sex acts to help Alyssa reignite her sex life. Fortunately, hot new neighbor Harrison is a more than willing participant. With commitment issues of his own, he seems the perfect fit for a one-month fling. But it's not just lust that sparks between the two, and before they know it, Alyssa and Harrison run the risk of wanting more from their little game. Will they stick to their rules, or settle down and stop running away? Though it bears heavy undertones, this book handles grief and lust with balanced finesse as it depicts Alyssa struggling to reconcile the thrill of a new partner with the guilt of leaving her late husband behind. The "sex cards" device provides naughty fun not only for the characters but for readers as well, allowing for a variety of sexual acts and an element of surprise as each new dirty dare is revealed (though there is a slightly abrasive running implication that only penetrative intercourse constitutes "real" sex and thus serves as the endgame for the couple).
VERDICT Perfect for folks seeking a well-written, hot read with substance.

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