For 100 Days
Book 1 in the 100 series
Author Lara Adrian
Narrated by Summer Morton
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Aug 16, 2016
Running time 10 hrs
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Struggling artist Avery Ross is barely scraping by. Bartending at a trendy New York City restaurant for an overbearing boss and two weeks away from losing her apartment to a condo developer, she’s desperate for a break. So when she’s offered a temporary housesitting job, she takes it.
Living at one of the poshest addresses in Manhattan is like entering a new world—one that catapults her into the orbit of billionaire Dominic Baine, the darkly handsome, arrogantly alpha resident of the building’s penthouse. What begins as a powerful attraction soon explodes into a white-hot passion neither can deny.
Yet as scorching as their need for each other is, Avery doesn’t expect Nick’s interest in her to last. Nor does she dare to dream that the desire she feels for this scarred, emotionally remote man could deepen into something real. For Avery has secrets of her own—and a past that could destroy her and shatter everything she and Nick share. https://tantor.com/for-100-days-lara-adrian.html
In a take on the “Ingenue meets Dominant Billionaire” meme, AKA 50 Shades of Whatever, Lara Adrian jumps onto the BDSM bandwagon. The problem is that aside from mom in prison (the why of which is unnecessarily kept secret until way into the book, there’s nothing new here. I usually enjoy Lara Adrian’s books and will happily read others by her featuring her Midnight Breed series.
I may even read the next in this series as it ends on a cliff-hanger. The first chapter is okay and the meeting and attraction of two damaged souls in front of a powerful piece of art of an ill-appearing woman masturbating is either interesting or shocking, or both.
Neither Nick or Avery is actually honest with the other upfront, and Avery’s omissions can be blamed on her age, need for secrecy and shame. But, in the end only Avery has to take the guilt for it.
Another aspect of the story that makes me dislike it is its closeness to our political scene. While he is described as handsome and smart, etc., Nick’s wealth and his ownership of the apartment building where he meets up with Avery, and his belief he can pretty much buy whatever he wants (never Avery though) reminds me too much of our current political situation. It certainly isn’t a one to one correlation by any means, but just the penthouse in the tower Nick lives in and owns is enough to bring a certain President-Elect to mind.
At no point in the story is Avery’s education in painting revealed. Did she somehow go to art school or was she just exposed to a lot of Bob Ross? It could explain her art’s failure in the NY market. And, how did Nick become educated in art? He may have gone to college, and/or grew up in a patrician family, but that information is withheld.
Summer Morton has a great voice for this and infuses the character with the appropriate degree of youth and insecurity.
In the end, this story reminds me far too much of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, including the lurking but unrevealed threat. I am disappointed in this wholly imitative take on countless other books in these meme. Lara arrives too late to this party for me.
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