Bared to You - Crossfire, Bk 1 Author:Sylvia Day Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness -- beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily... — Gide... more »on knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...« less
To be honest, I only bought this book at the thrift shop because I knew a lot of PBS folks had it on their wish-lists, so for $.40 I could get another credit and make someone happy.
SURPRISE! This book is actually pretty good--and that's coming from someone who DESPISED "50 Shades." I think all the people comparing the two books should have their literacy checked. Yes, they have grey covers and drop a lot of "dirty" words, oh, and the heroes are both gorgeous young rich guys with a mysterious past (so is every hero of every hot novel.) But if you're looking for another 21-year-old ambivalent virgin (Anastasia from 50 shades,) you won't find her in this book.
Eva, the heroine, is 24, worldly, damaged-yet-surviving, and altogether a much more believable and sympathetic character than Ana. She knows what she wants and what she won't tolerate, and doesn't spend the whole book playing should I/shouldn't I?
Gideon Cross is much MUCH less of an asshole than Christan Grey, in fact, while he's strong-willed enough to be sexy, at times he's almost adorable, and at times so is Eva.
Supporting character (the mandatory "roomate") Cary is nicely complicated and wonderfully supportive-- the gay boyfriend every girl wishes was there for her. It will be really interesting to see how his character develops in the next book.
If you don't mind the genre (lots and lots of explicit sex and plenty of 'dirty words',) this book is definitely worth the read.
Alright, I admit it - I caved. I usually don't follow the crowd and read what is popular. I don't know Bones from Barrons from Curran. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not totally in the dark - LOL! It's just that there is sooo much to read and only so many hours in a day. So, yes, I caved after reading all of the press about FSOG and decided to give BARED TO YOU a shot. Really? Seriously? What was all the fuss about.
Eva and Gideon belong to the very exclusive - filthy rich, beautiful people club. There is a catch though; both of them are psychotic having suffered traumatic abuse during their childhood. Eva has (and still is) getting professional help but Gideon, nope, he has a long way to go. Eva's abuse is spelled out, but it is never clear what Gideon is struggling with. Throw into the mix Eva's bisexual, self-destructive (and gorgeous no matter what he wears) roommate, Cary; her looney, but just as gorgeous Mother; and all the other beautiful people in their circle, and you have a prime-time Manhattan drama in the making.
Gideon has commitment problems; then he has issues with possessiveness and jealousy. Eva wants a relationship, but has she self-esteem issues. She'll get jealous or upset and instead of trying to talk it out with Gideon, she runs. And Gideon, well he doesn't talk about problems very well either, he uses sex. There was quite a bit of make-up sex - hot 'n heavy taking place in the shower, the limo, the home library, the office.
The turning point for me was when Eva laid this gem on Gideon:
He pressed a kiss to the crown of my head. "I can't stand the thought that you're waiting for this to end. That's what you're doing, isn't it? That's what you sound like."
"We just have to make you feel secure." He ran his fingers through my hair. "How do we do that?"
I hesitated a moment, then went for it. "Would you go to couples therapy with me?"
The stroking of his fingers paused. He stood silently for a moment, breathing deeply.
"Just think about it," I suggested. "Maybe look into it, see what it's about."
"Am I doing this wrong? You and me? Am I f*cking it up that much?"
I pulled back to look at him. "No Gideon. You're perfect. Perfect for me, anyway. I'm crazy about you. I think you're-"
Excuse me - I think you're perfect but you need therapy!?! After two weeks (or less) of "dating", whose asks that? But it didn't change the caliber of the story for me. It was still misunderstandings, jealousies, SOS - different day, hot sex and a HFN to be continued in the next installment, DEEPER IN YOU.
One more thing, if you please. When I turned the last page of this book, I found a Readers Guide with Discussion Questions. Ah hell, I should have known better. Any book that ends with essay questions instead of an epilogue is not for me.
I picked this up because it has been compared to Fifty Shades, which I loved! I was having Christian Grey withdrawals! LOL! I read this book pretty quickly and it really held my attention. Eva has a lot more fight in her than passive Ana which I respected because she reacted more like I would have. Gideon is really emotional in a romantic way that made my heartache at times. I will say that there was a lot of unnecessary dirty talk but overall it was pretty hot! Though it was similar to Fifty, it had many differences too, no real "kinky f***ery". I recommend this book! I can't wait for the sequel!
hmmm....still have no idea what to think of this book a full day later. Was it hot, YES. Was Gideon goregous, YES. Did we learn allot about the characters....I don't think so. That's where I am having a hard time rating this book. We know something happened in Gideon's background to cause him to be so closed off and dominant. We get a glimpse of what it is. However we don't find out for sure and we don't find out by whom.
I don't know there was just something missing in the book that I can't put my finger on. I think for me I would have liked to have read more interaction between the 2 characters besides just the sex. I would have like to read more conversations between the 2 so I could get a feel as to what connects them besides the sexual connection and what appears to be possibly shared past experiences. However I do look forward to reading book 2, yes. I think in book 2 is when we might finally see Gideon open up and that's when we will really be able to connect with him and see what he is like. What drives the man to be what he is like today.
I for one really liked Cary and hope that he works through his issues and gets Trey back..Cary is definitely troubled.
So 3 stars it is for now. I might pick it back up and re-read it to see perhaps I missed something and perhaps I will rate it higher then. For me I want to read more about Gideon's past and the connection between him and Eva. I want to read an emotional connection besides their physical one. Although don't diminish the sexual one either...it is definitely hot