Thirty Lessons by Mary Eason
Samhain Publishing
Genre: Chick Lit
ISBN: 1-59998-450-4
Reviewed by Gracie



Paige Wilder is about to turn thirty-nine and has just broken up with her boyfriend who accused her of being boring, which is ironic as he is the most boring person she knows.  Her boss and best friend, Dani, decides to take Paige out for a very special birthday surprise to cheer her up and get her mind off of the break up.

Jude Martin has come back to the states to take over for his father after he retires from the publishing house that he had dedicated his life to.  Jude and his father have not seen eye to eye, and Jude is only back because he feels that it is his responsibility.  Jude is not thrilled about being home, but that changes when he attends a masquerade ball.

Paige and Dani crash a masquerade ball and Paige meets the perfect fantasy man.  Paige decides that she is going to act completely out of character and she invites the man back to her apartment.  Her fantasy man gives her the opportunity to learn more about him, but Paige decides to just keep her fantasy and does not even learn his name.  Paige cannot get her fantasy man out of her mind and even more shocking is that he keeps coming back to her night after night.  Finally, Paige needs to know who this man is and she cannot believe that he is actually her new twenty-eight year old boss.  She does not know if she can continue with the relationship, but she knows that she cannot let him go.  Paige and Jude agree to a “live for the moment” relationship as Jude is not really a commitment type man.  Will Paige be able to live with these choices and is her fantasy going to be enough for her?

I enjoyed Thirty Lessons and Mary Eason does a nice job of creating a heart felt story.  Paige is feeling that her life may not be where she really wants it when she meets her fantasy man.  Jude is a good man who just does not see himself as the settling down…happily ever after kind of guy.  Thirty Lessons runs the gamut of emotions and watching Paige and Jude come to terms with their feelings is endearing.  Mary Eason writes great secondary characters, too.  The only drawback I saw were some typographical errors that pulled from the story.  Thirty Lessons is worth taking the time to read and I am looking forward to reading more by Mary Eason.


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