For 100 Days by Lara Adrian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Three 1/2 stars
This new to me author impressed me in some ways, but not in others. The writing was good, but the story line wasn't original or earth shaking. I wasn't totally glued to the book, but after putting it down for a couple of weeks to deal with life matters, I didn't find it difficult to pick back up.
Avery is a struggling artist working as a bartender to make ends meet. While visiting the art gallery that rejected her work, Avery meets a dark, handsome and insanely rich man, Mr. Baine. Sparks instantaneously fly between Avery and the man, igniting a red hot physical relationship between them.
As their relationship progresses, Avery feels she can't be honest with Mr. Baine about who she really is. Avery feels she's not his typical type of lover (successful, rich, gorgeous) so she dodges telling him the truth about her life. She also leaves out the fact that the penthouse she's staying in really belongs to a supermodel she's house sitting for. Avery is also not honest in the fact that she serves drinks for a living...Mr. Baine is lead to believe Avery's job is in marketing.
The author reels in readers with that Fifty Shades appeal. Much like Christian Grey, Mr. Baine is the typical alpha who is into power exchange. This quality about Baine isn't revealed until later in the book. Beware, there are TONS of love scenes...so many that I actually skipped a great many and didn't miss important points. Ugh. I know love scenes are important in romance, but after a while, we feel like were drowning in body fluids.
**Hey, I'm not knocking the FSOG trope because it sold over 1 million copies...so please, stop with the comments on FSOG cut/paste comments. If you picked up this book, then you probably read Fifty too.
Anyhoo, to make a long story short, Avery finally comes clean about the truth of her bar tending and the fact that her mother is in prison for killing Avery's abusive step father. BUT Avery doesn't tell Mr. Baine what her 'other' secret is. This is so frustrating because we're reminded a gazillion times of this 'secret' that Avery thinks it would sink her relationship with Mr. Baine. At this point, I'm pretty sure Mr. Baine wouldn't be too upset...he's still with her after learning about her other lies. Jeeze, I guess the author has to use something to keep us guessing until the very end.
I will be reading the next installment after I catch up on Net Galley reviews.
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