Bared To You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day
After reading fifty shades of dumb shit, I decided I wanted to find a book that would do it right, because lets face it, Fifty Shades was totally lame. It was okay for all you extreme romantics, but not for me. I'd been seeing Bared to You online, everyone was saying it was similar, but better. And it was everywhere I went. So I finally picked it up at Costco. And I'm very glad I did.
It wasn't Fifty Shades (thank god). Some of the same things. Like the rich, hot men. And the whole you're obviously fucked up in the head, therefore you can't have a normal functioning relationship so you screw every woman on earth, until you see me.. An then we have some fabulous connection, but I don't want you, but you're hot, so I'll talk to you kind of thing...
But I loved this book. It wasn't stupid or cheesy. Or COMPLETELY unrealistic like Fifty Shades. It was unrealistic in some parts, but only a few. I was so happy there were no Inner goddess talk. Or a dumb college student with no idea about how adult relationships work. I don't mean to offend anyone that liked Fifty Shades of Grey either. Just my personal opinion.
The writing was spectacular. The details during the sexy times were awesome. Like seriously, this book was some of the best erotica I've ever read. It was so hot, I almost made some bad decisions while reading this book! I'll save you the story, but it could've been bad. One thing I was quite upset about was that were no bdsm elements like I had expected. People kept saying there were some in this book, but no, there's not. It was still a great book though.
I loved how strong of a character Eva was, even though she's kind of submissive to Gideon. She has her life together, she just got this new job and moved to New York from California. She has her best friend/bi sexual roommate to keep her company and make sure she doesn't make really stupid choices. And she has her own money, about 5 million dollars, and that is a whole story in its own. But I'll let you read the book to figure that one out. I thought she was a pretty good person considering her traumatic past.
I liked Gideon Cross also. He was smart, handsome, rich, strong minded, persistent, and very honest and forward at times.. But there was something really weird going on with him and his family. So there's a little bit of mystery there, which was nice. Some of the characters I couldn't stand were her mother and step father. Her mother got on my last nerve. I just wanted to put tape over her mouth and lock her in the closet or something. She just wanted to control Eva so bad. But it's not over powering in the story. I think it's actually essential. Overall I thought it was amazing. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. And I can't wait for the second book in the series: Reflected in You, which will be released Oct. 23, 2012.
Did you read Fifty Shades?
Have you read Bared to You?
Did you like Eva & Gideon?
Do you think the books compare?
If not, are they on your TBR?