Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Club Thursday: August Reading Challenge

Hi Readers! I hope that you are all well and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. This week, my buddies and I at Book Club Thursday are doing our monthly Reading Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed each of our picks!

My August Reading Challenge:

Released May 2016

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? 

When I decide to read an erotica, I have to see a good story as well as well written love scenes. I did love the concept of this story. Glenna is an appreciated research assistant to an asshat professor. She is working hard for the man, so much that she has not much of a life let alone a love life. That had been pretty dull, too. She visited the cemetery to visit a close relative, and found a brown sack near by. Peering inside, she discovered cards with sexual ideas rather than the trash she figured was inside. She was more than intrigued. Her late aunt had just written her a card to tell her to get more out of life and reach outside the box, so she decides to go for it.
     I didn't know that 30 Nights was the second book in the series. I read the blurb for the first story, 30 Days, and discovered the origin of the cards. A husband who found out that he was dying, created them for his wife to help her move on with her life after she grieved. He loved her enough to want her to move on and hopefully find another man to love.
     Eric, one of the other professors in the department gets a peek at the cards. He is fascinated what Glenna has been carrying around in the little bag and makes it known that he would be willing to research the cards with her. She has been crushing on the handsome prof, but he makes it clear that he does not want a relationship.
     The story is written in first person. I am not a fan of erotica written that way. You only get the thoughts of one person, except in dialogue. I just don't think most are as sexy written this way.
     The love scenes aren't bad and are playful as well as hot. The story is good, but it misses something. Glenna is a nice girl, but a doormat as far as her professional life goes. Her friend is always telling her to quit taking the bull her boss dishes out. She has always been passive in her relationships which are always dull and boring. Eric never sticks up for her when he sees how her boss treats her. I thought Eric was a little staid for my taste. I didn't quite get his emotional withdrawal due to a previous relationship. 
     That didn't stop me from hoping that they got their HEA. The story was good, but it needed to be fleshed out some more in order to live up to the sexy concept. The characters needed more punch as well.  It was an okay read, but it could have been so much more.

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The Reading Challenges are fun and I am glad that you stopped by! Don't forget to stop and see what my friends selected for their challenges. This was the last BCT Blog for August, so I hope that you join us again next week, September 1st, when we will again be Clearing Off the Shelves. Happy Reading!


  1. Am I blind? There's no review as of rite now....But the book does sound good.

    1. Technical difficulties. It's back now. Surprised the hell out of me when I tried to share it.

  2. Thanks for your insight to the story. I'm not a fan of first person erotica either.