Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Review: "30 Nights" by Christine d'Abo

30 Nights (The 30 Series #2) Christine d'Abo
Published: May 31, 2016
ISBN: 9781617739569
Genre: Romance (Erotic)
Source: Netgalley

You might enjoy this book if you like: Steamy romances, stories with heroines "coming into their own"

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… 

My Thoughts: 
A few months ago, I read the first book in this series, 30 Days, which I did not realize when I started was an erotic romance (but, yes, I figured it out very quickly).  However, I was taken enough with the premise and story that I decided to continue with the series.

This book follows the same structure as the first, the heroine--Glenna--finds the 30 days of sex cards at the cemetery where Alyssa left them at the end of 30 Days (don't think too hard about the plot convention of finding sex cards in a cemetery....) and her crush offers to "help her out" her with them.  At a high-level, the plot is not especially scintillating, but if you dig down, you'll find more depth--both good and bad.

First off, the sex.  Yes, there is a lot of it and it is graphic.  If that is your sort of thing, this is the book for you.  If this is not your sort of thing, well this installment in the series is more dependent on the sex than the first book.  That isn't to say that there isn't a story, it's just that the story is more dependent on all the sex scenes.

Onto the story and the thing that bugged me the most.  Eric is not Glenna's boss, but he is her superior (Glenna works for another professor in Eric's department) and that lent an almost exploitative tinge to the story which really bugged me.  I would have much preferred it if Eric and Glenna were professional equals or if Eric worked in a different department.  The way it was in this book just seemed inappropriate to me.

But there were other elements that I did like.  I really liked Glenna as a character.  She is stuck in a toxic professional situation and that has taken its toll on her self-esteem.  That is something I could understand, as I went through a very similar thing (although I just eventually left my job instead of seeking solace in sex cards picked up at the local cemetery....).  Honestly, if d'Abo could have expanded on that and cut out a big chunk of the sex, I'd be all over this book.

Basically, this isn't the sort of book that I like, but there was enough in it to recommend it to readers who appreciate very steamy elements.

I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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