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.
Hooked from the start. This is my first Sylvia Day story, and I really enjoyed her writing style. The dynamic between Gideon and Eva is electric and passionate, like riding a tornado. It sweeps you up and spins you around and I loved every word of it. They both have baggage, lots and lots of baggage, but an attraction that is too intense to ignore or walk away from. Right from the start Eva was all Gideon could see or think about. But his need to control everything keeps him from completely letting Eva in until she runs. No one has ever run from him before, he has always gotten what he wanted. But Eva is not like any woman he has ever known, he wants to give in to her and and never let her go all at the same time. Eva is out on her own for the first time, with a new job in a new city. She is ready to live her life on her own terms, by her own rules. But when she lands on her butt in the lobby of the Crossfire building, her world turns upside down. Eva and Gideon take us on an erotic, emotional ride during the beginning of their relationship, and I can't wait to read the next one...
**Some readers will see similarities between Gideon and Christian (Fifty Shades series). And I was reminded of Ana and Christian a few times thru the story. But only in the aspect that Gideon is a young billionaire with control issues and has a couple of exes with the inability to let go bordering on obsession. But give this story a "clean mind" try, I think you will really enjoy it.
I loved everything about this book! I see it compared to the Fifty Shades trilogy a LOT. Its hard not to compare the two. I love them both, but the one thing I will say is the writing of this one is a hundred times better. LOL
I hear its supposed to be a trilogy too, so the one sucky thing was that now we have to wait until October for the next installment. :(
Gideon is Oh So Sexy, and I adored Eva. They are both haunted by their own demons and trying hard to make their relationship work. I cant wait to see whats in store for them next!
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.