Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Posted May 14, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 10 Comments

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Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Bared to You
by Sylvia Day

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 12, 2012
Series: Crossfire #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Pages: 338
Format: eARC
 

“Sylvia Day can surely write some hot scenes!”
~ Under the Covers

First of all, I picked up this book because I like Sylvia Day and I thought the cover was hot.  I was intrigued to read an erotic story by her and quite frankly I barely skimmed through the blurb.  I loaded it on my tablet and then well, got sidetracked.  Then all of a sudden there’s all this buzz about this book and I hear it’s being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey.  And that got my attention again.  I enjoyed Fifty Shades for the most part even though I didn’t necessarily found it erotic and the writing wasn’t 100% to my liking.  So I started reading Bared to You with a certain preconception of what the story would be like and knowing that I would enjoy the writing better because I like this author!

Now… what can I tell you about it after reading it?  This book is very Fifty Shades but better.  I almost wish Fifty wasn’t there to outshine this story because of all the publicity.  We basically have a very rich and very tormented man, Gideon Cross.  He owns practically half of Manhattan and things always go his way.  He comes from an abusive past and hasn’t done well in his relationships with women, as well as his family.  He’s very possessive, domineering, stubborn and at times selfish and quite stalkerish.

Then there’s Eva Trammell.  She’s young, recently moved to Manhattan from California and just got her first job in a building that happens to be owned by Mr. Cross.  She also comes from an abusive past and still deals with overprotective parents while trying to find her own way and live her life without fear.  Of course she is instantly mesmerized by Gideon.

Even though I think Gideon is very sexy and they have great chemistry together, I found myself at times thinking he is just a bit too much.  Too overpowering, too crazy deluded, too…well… creepy.  And then there’s the fact of the ex-fiance and the good friend and how he somehow thought she should be ok with him having such important female friends in his life while she just sat quietly next to him and “behaved”.  So yeah I got a bit ticked off with Gideon Cross at times.

I think they have a lot to go through and grow together and individually to make their relationship work in the long run and I think it’ll be fun to read.

Now onto the Fifty Shades issue.  Is it similar?  Yes.  Is it better? In my opinion, absolutely!  It’s written perfectly, the characters, the scenes, everything flowed perfectly and caught my interest from the get-go.  And Sylvia Day can surely write some hot scenes!  A friend told me that this book was inspired by Sylvia’s Seven Years to Sin story, and that she wanted to take that premise and write a contemporary story.  So I’ll be checking out that book as well soon!

I am looking forward to the second book in this series.  I do hope to see more character development and some emotional connection between Gideon and Eva.  I am also looking forward to reading more about Cary, Eva’s roommate.  He was another interesting character.

Favorite Quote:

“I’m going to possess you, Eva. It’s only fair since you’ve possessed me.”

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About Sylvia Day

Sylvia is the #1 New York Times, #1 USA Today & #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels translated into 41 languages. With tens of millions of copies of her books in print, she is a #1 bestseller in 28 countries.

For the last three years, Sylvia’s novels took spots among the top ten bestselling books on global year-end sales round ups, making her one of the most widely read authors in the world today. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon’s Best of the Year in Romance. Sylvia served as the 22nd President of Romance Writers of America.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

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Similar to Fifty Shades? Better thanFifty Shades?! I’m so in! There’s just something about a tortured hero that I can’t turn away from (even if he’s a bit creepy). Great review!

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Great review! I stopped reading because I wasn’t so into it but now I want to read it after this review. Thanks!

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I actually did enjoy it, hope you girls do too. Taryn why was it you weren’t too into it?

Francesca

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I read this book in one day. Told my hubby he had to keep the kids occupied. LOL I haven’t had a chance to read Fifty Shades though. Have it on my Kindle waiting for me to start.

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Timitra
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Sounds good…thanks Francesca!

JessS
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JessS

This sounds good! And I love that quote at the end. I haven’t actually read Fifty Shades of Grey yet (though I have a copy at home!) but if this is better, then that’s pretty awesome.

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Laurie

Hi Francesca, I haven’t read either yet, but I have both, any advice on which to read first? Thanks for the review!

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@BookLovinMama LMAO great choice!

@Timitra, hope you like it!

@JessS, yes I kinda liked that quote LOL

@Laurie, I would say this one because it’s much better writing. But then this one didn’t have the “kink” element as Fifty did from the beginning although it seems like its coming.

Francesca

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Christine

I haven’t gotten to read this book yet, but it is definitely on my “to buy NOW” list. Sylvia Day is an awesome author and I’ve never been disappointed by any of her books so far

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I agree Sylvia Day is an awesome writer.

Francesca