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At first the premise showed promise; Alyssa (35) is encouraged by notes from her late husband Rob to have sex again after his death. Unfortunately, what should have been a loving gesture turned into a twisted and clinical oddity.
Alyssa, motivated by survivor's guilt, felt obligated to follow the notes in such detail that it was creepy and controlling rather than liberating and natural. When 1 of the 30 notes involved physical abuse I really wondered if Rob had actually loved his wife. What man insists that his widow submit to being beaten?
While I felt great sympathy for her loss, I was disappointed that Alyssa was taking orders from a dead man rather than learning to be assertive and independent. She stupidly chose her new neighbor Harrison as her temporary sex partner without knowing anything about him except that he had a nice ass.
I didn't understand why Harrison was so willing to blindly obey the writings of a dead man he had never met, particularly when those orders included striking an innocent woman. Any man would liked and respected women would have refused to hurt Alyssa.
The sexual interludes between Harrison and Alyssa were stilted and degrading, not erotic or sexy. Their attempts at physical intimacy without any emotion were sad and depressing, prompting me to quit listening about half way through.
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