by Christine d'Abo
Series: 30 Days #2
Published by Kensington on May 31, 2016
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic
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I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
Baring your body is simple--but baring your soul might just change everything…
The last thing Glenna O'Donald expected to stumble upon in a cemetery was a pack of index cards. And not just any cards--each one contains instructions for a seriously kinky, no-holds-barred sexual encounter. Glenna, an over-analytical research assistant by day, is suddenly tempted to conduct some nocturnal experiments of her own. Especially when gorgeous university professor Eric Morris offers to be her lab partner.
Soon Glenna begins meeting with Eric once a week to try out the suggestions that intrigue her most. In between those daring nights of sensual exploration are work days filled with laughter and flirting…until Glenna fears she's getting in too deep. For all the pleasure she's giving and receiving, Glenna wants more than skin-on-skin interaction--and Eric realizes he's about to lose the intimate connection he didn't know he needed. Can they find the courage to take this game to the next level?
As hot as it is heartwarming, Christine d'Abo's fresh, witty novel proves that practice makes perfect, and that some games are worth playing…
This book made me so happy. It’s the definition of a feel-good book, much like its predecessor, 30 Days. It’s about taking chances and going after the life you’ve always wanted, along with the amazing things that can happen once you do.
After her great-grandmother dies, research assistant Glenna finds herself doing some serious soul-searching. She’s left with a letter from her great-grandmother encouraging her to step outside her comfort zone and have an adventure. Live life with no regrets.
After the funeral, Glenna stumbles across a pack of sex cards left at the cemetery. With her great-grandmother’s words in mind, Glenna impulsively takes the cards with her and decides to embark on that adventure she’s never had before.
When the book opens, Glenna’s in a state of complacency. Her life isn’t bad exactly, but it’s not exciting or especially fulfilling. It’s very much ruled by her work. When the sex cards come into her life, they shake up her existence and help her try new things that turn out to make her life so much better.
Eric is a professor at the university where Glenna works. She has had a crush on him for months but never pursued it. It turns out that the attraction is mutual. So when Eric overhears Glenna talking to her best friend about the sex cards–along with her desire to use the cards with Eric–he volunteers to help Glenna with her 30 Nights project. What follows are some seriously sexy (and fun!) times between the two of them.
I loved Glenna as a character. Her sense of humor really appealed to me. She’s brilliant at her job, despite the fact that her boss doesn’t appreciate her or acknowledge how important she is to his work. Glenna also has a fun and touching friendship with Jasmine, her BFF/coworker.
Eric is a pretty swoon worthy character. He’s reserved and brooding at times, but once Glenna gets to know him, he lets down his guard little by little. The real Eric is charming, a little wicked, and so appealing. But he also has some secrets from his past that he’s not keen on sharing with anyone–especially Glenna. When their casual arrangement starts to turn into something deeper, Eric and Glenna find themselves wanting more than just fun and games with each other.
30 Nights has everything I love in a romance novel: humor, sexy times aplenty, and characters who I grew to care about. Christine d’Abo is so great at nailing people’s emotions. Like 30 Days, this book is filled with moments of laughter mixed with heartache. It’s a precarious mix that she does an amazing job of balancing. There are scenes in this book where I laughed with the characters, only to get teary-eyed on the next page. I just love books that can make me feel everything from sadness to joy.
It’s not strictly necessary to read 30 Days in order to enjoy 30 Nights, but I strongly encourage you read them together because they’re both amazing and they tie in together very well. I highly recommend 30 Nights and hope to read lots more from this author in the future.
Rating: 5 stars