Losing someone you love, someone who completes you, is never easy. Two years ago Alyssa lost her one and only to cancer. Now a widow in her 30's surrounded by friends happily in relationships of their own and still feeling the loss of Rob, Alyssa is faced with his final urgings that she move on with her life. As a last gift Rob gave her a set of 30 cards, 30 cards for 30 days of refinding her sensuality, her sexuality, and happiness within herself and others.
When someone new moves in to the neighboring condo, a friendly someone with a cute behind and devilish grin. Harrison definitely catches Alyssa's eye, and as a temporary resident a relationship is off the books, maybe making him the perfect man to help her get back into the proverbial saddle again.
Christine d'Abo perfectly captures the grief and loss, the struggle of maintaining a sense of normalcy, the feelings of guilt when you realize the ways in which you have healed and moved on. She also created an incredibly hot and sexy story. The plot progression falls within expectation, with quickly developing emotional connection, attempts to ignore true feelings, and ultimately a happy relationship. 30 Days surprised me in the best way possible, proving to be convincing and well written (well, I'm not completely convinced on the whole bit involving a grapefruit...), portraying grief and healing without becoming sickly sweet.
Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Kensington Books via Netgalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.