I’ve read almost every book that Lara Adrian has written in her Midnight Breed – vampire series, so when For 100 Days was released, I had no doubt that she could master this new genre too. And she definitely can!
When I started the book I was very curious and eager to find out what Adrian had written. And I was very pleased that the story flow was effortless, characters were given enough backstory to make them interesting and real (but not too much, so there definitely are secrets left to be revealed in books to come). Avery and Nick are not average in any level, especially Nick reminds me of vampire alpha males, which Lara Adrian is very talented writing of. For 100 Days has passion, steam, conflict, insecurity and life changing events. Definitely worth reading.
My blogpost was inspired by breakfast Nick cooked for Avery after their second night together.
Seated on one of the tall barstools behind the island counter, I take a sip of my bubbbly mimosa and stare in awe as he delivers two plates of perfectly prepared eggs Benedict that look like something out of a gourmet magazine. Fluffy poached eggs float atop a lightly browned English muffin stacked with a folded slice of Canadian bacon and a thin bed of dark green spinach. Creamy yellow Hollandaise sauce is artfully drizzled over the whole thing, with finely chopped green onions sprinkled on top. He’s finished off each plate with a colourful serving of cut fruit and juicy, ripe berries.
“When you said you were making me breakfast, I pictured scrambled eggs and bacon. Maybe a slice of toast on the side. This meal is insane.”
His mouth curves. “I don’t believe in doing anything halfway.”
“So I’m noticing.” I smile up at him. “Lucky me.”
His gaze is locked on me, and the look he gives me makes my stomach flutter with something deeper than basic hunger. After a moment, he indicates for me to start eating. “Bon appetit.”
(Lara Adrian: For 100 Days, 46% Kindle edition)
|Muffins on a pan|
2,5 dl milk
2 tbs caster sugar
1 package (11 g) dry yeast
2,5 dl warm water.
40 g butter
1 tsp salt
8-10 dl wheat flour
1. Warm the milk in saucepan, then remove it from the heat and add the sugar. Whisk until sugar dissolves. Take a small bowl, add warm water and dissolve the dry yeast into it. Set aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile melt the butter.
2. Take a large bowl, combine milk, yeast mixture, melted butter, salt and 4 dl of the flour. Beat until smooth. Add the flour and knead the dough until it doesn’t longer stick onto the bowl. Cover and let the dough rise for an hour.
3. Take the dough and roll out to about 1 cm thick. Cut rounds with anything at hand (biscuit cutter, drinking glass etc.) and set them on baking paper sprinkled with semolina. Let them rise for half an hour.
4. Heat a cast iron pan and grease it lightly. Cook muffins on medium heat, 7-10 minutes each side.
Eggs Benedict and easy Hollandaise sauce
2 tbs water
1 tbs white wine vinegar
2 tbs lemon juice
0,5 tsp salt
pinch of white pepper
2 l water
0,5 dl vinegar
1. Melt the butter and let it sit a minute until it clears. Then pour the ghee into a other bowl. Take a small saucepan, add the yolks, water and vinegar. Heat the mixture slowly and whisk it all the time until it mixture is smooth, light and fluffy. Take the saucepan off the heat and slowly add the ghee, don’t stop whisking. Season with lemon juice (add carefully) and white pepper.
2. Bring the water to boil in large saucepan and add the vinegar. Break an egg into a cup. Take a large spoon and create a swirl into the simmering water. Slowly add the egg and boil it for 4 minutes. Boil each egg separately. When boiled, lift them out onto a plate.
Cut the muffin in half, put some bloodveined sorrel first, then the egg Benedict and drizzle with Hollandaise sauce. Sprinkle some fine cut chives on top.
Serve with cut fruit and fresh berries and a good, fresh and strong cup of coffee.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For 100 Days is something different from Lara Adrian, anyway to us who know her only from her Midnight Breed – series. This is not another rewrite of Fifty Shades, though similarities can be found if one chooses to take that perspective into this book.
Avery is a working in a bar, has an asshole for a boss and few nice co-workers. She’s also a painter, but her career as an artist seems to be going nowhere and that applies to her life too in general. And then the unexpected happens or actually it is series of events that eventually change her whole life.
Dominic Baine is a billionaire (self-made, not a trust fund brat like Avery first assumes), who gets what he wants, he just refuses to take no for an answer. Nick reminds me of all Adrian’s alpha vampire males; scarred past, divine looking and very talented in every aspect of life. And Adrian knows how to write these males. Dominant, confident, loyal, fierce and passionate, that’s what Adrian’s men are made of.
Adrian can write steamy hot scenes, only now in this novel, the scenes are taken few long steps further. Very graphic text but no way sleazy, just very, very hot. But although there is a lot of sex in the book, it is not everything. There is very strong story line that flows effortlessly throughout the book.
For 100 Days is the first in the trilogy, and I definitely am going to read all three of them. First of all, I’m curious by nature and I just have to find out how it all ends. Right now it seems, that Avery is the more scarred one and Nick’s her savior, but who knows what we’ll find out in the novels to come. Second, I was genuinely shocked when I came to the last page. I was so deep in the story that I had now idea that it was going to end so soon. Well almost 400 pages and I binged it through. That’s always a sign of good book, is it not?