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Bared to You Best Free Books Online Read from your Pc or Mobile. Bared to You (Crossfire #1) is a Romance novel by Sylvia Day. Did Gideon Cross — the sexy billionaire from Sylvia Day's Bared to You — leave you weak in the knees and wishing for another great novel. Bared to You is a New York Times bestselling erotic new adult romance novel by veteran writer Sylvia Day, focusing on the complicated relationship between Bared to You was selected by site's editors as the #1 Best Book of the.
Listen, little man — you're not a young, gorgeous billionaire who can make women come at the drop of a gold-and-onyx cufflink!
The day a book about the joys of being deliriously dominated by a man on the minimum wage becomes a runaway hit, I'll believe that women really are experiencing a genuine wave of masochism. But while the heroes remain uniformly super-rich — as well as young and beautiful — I believe that this craze is driven by fiscal as much as physical yearning. He's a sad, bad boy who needs only the devotion of a Good Woman to heal him — and, who'da thunk it, she's in the same boat!
We're seriously dysfunctional". What's most offensive about these books is the neediness displayed. A heroine who desires nothing more from life than to be consumed by The One is a weedy, vanilla sap, no matter how much rough sex you edge it up with.
A comedian once said that a "spa hotel" was just a hotel with a picture of a pebble on the reception desk. Similarly, the new erotica is often just the same boring old romance with a lot of black on the cover. Here are my thoughts about Bared to You. While I agree, the writing was much more polished, I was surprised at how similar the stories are and how unremarkable this one is overall. And sadly, as in the Fifty books, Eva, the heroine in this story, has completely emasculated him, in my opinion.
Another issue I have with this story is a sex scene towards the end that just didn't add up. To avoid spoilers I won't go into details, but will just say it was too soon, too wrong for their circumstances, and not sexy considering said circumstances. Unfortunately, I found Bared to You to be so similar to Fifty Shades of Grey that rather than enjoy this story, I kept being distracted and annoyed by the similarities.
The bottom line: The most disappointing part of this story is that I know what Sylvia Day is capable of, and it's better than this. It's almost as though she and her friends were sitting around bashing Fifty and someone dared her to write the same story, but better.
Well, it's the same story, just not 'better. I can't empathize the anal rape of a boy and its effect on the man. I am not an expert, but I have personal experience with abuse.
The abused all come out different, react differently and are affected, differ Warning: The abused all come out different, react differently and are affected, differently. That said, what cajones of this author to deal with such issues. Eva Trammell is an extremely jealous woman who has abuse issues and finds herself deeply, sexually attracted to Gideon Cross in an elemental and, purely, raw way.
Of course, Eva must fight this, as this kind of behavior is borderline the same behavior of the tormentor from her past, who abused her.
But homegirl doesn't hold out long, and soon Eva and Cross are going at it. But wait, not to forget that in some way which, annoyingly, is never revealed Gideon is as much a survivor of raw abuse as Eva, and his trauma affects him in his sleep, which makes it dangerous for Eva to sleep with him.
Enough issues for you yet? How about this? These two are convinced they love each other, but the minute Eva gets deeper into Cross's life, his past affairs and his society, she runs or breaks down at the first sign of trouble. And every time this happens, there's the chase, except the one time when we get the sense that Gideon Cross has something hidden that makes him too ashamed of himself to keep his pursuit.
Further, add in secondary characters of a similarly traumatized gay best friend who takes out his frustrations in orgies, the techy, stalker mom and her filthy rich I-know-everything husband. There's more, and there's not. The story ends with no resolution or epiphanies I wanted Going to therapy is mentioned but never highlighted. It is just Eva and her equally-issued paramour still hanging on to each other, survivors of mental destruction.
Hence, therapy, decision-making and some much needed interventions! Potential headnod for the possible redemption in character development and plot direction that could be taken just from the abuse and reparation aspect alone. Maybe not LOL Update: June view spoiler [, I tried the second book. Still, no dice. This series is not for me. To each his or her own. View all 23 comments. Feb 13, Clumsy Storyteller rated it it was ok Shelves: Re-read it recently and couldn't believe that this was one of my favorites 2 years ago.
View all 38 comments. I need that for this couple! Coming October is the second installment and I can hardly wait. Deeper in You. View all 37 comments. Bared to you book 1. Follow them through sky-high ups and rock-bottom lows as their relationship is tested with demons from their pasts, envy, jealousy, secrets and lies. Yet their biggest obstacles will always come from within. Books in the Crossfire series must be read in order: Book 1: Bared to You Book 2: Reflected in You Book 3: Entwined with You Book 4: Captivated by You Book 5: One with You Bared to you book 1 , follows Gideon and Eva from their first meeting.
Upon meeting Eva, Gideon has a singular goal and a very straight forward approach: Their budding romance is electrifying, beautifully depicted with plenty of sinfully steamy sex scenes.
Bared to You by Sylvia Day – review
But they are wounded souls with much to overcome; vindictive villains, surprises and shockers. Their against-all-odds love was just as spellbinding to read this third time around. Book 1 does not have a cliff-hanger ending, instead is leads you right to book 2 for the continuation of their saga.
Gideon Cross is my ultimate hero. His combination of larger-than life personality and uncanny good looks; enigmatic and elusive; intense and in-control; broken and flawed; ruthless and unyielding, yet when it came to his Eva vulnerable, relentless and human.
He was the kind of guy who made a woman want to rip his shirt open and watch the buttons scatter along with her inhibitions. I looked at him in his civilized, urbane, outrageously expensive suit and thought of raw, primal, sheet-clawing fucking. Unforgettable, intense, ruthless, enigmatic, dominant and captivating. Like it or not, but Eva Tramell is everything Gideon needed. Five words to describe Eva: Endearing, needy, tenacious, smart and fragile. In my humble opinion likely to become one of the best love stories of all times!
Would I re-read this series: Would I read future books by this author: View all 73 comments. This Review is a Warning Label and a Rave! I was going to edit this to tone down the snark factor, but it still felt right the next day, so I am keeping it. Note to those who hate erotica, are disgusted by the Fifty series, think Fifty was a psychopath because he was possessive, This Review is a Warning Label and a Rave!
Please do not read this book. You will likely find all kinds of things to dislike about this book as well and will trash it in your reviews also. So again, I would like to encourage you not to read it in the first place really tempted to add the word, "duh" here. Even if this book becomes sooooo popular that you feel "compelled" to read it because of the "hype". Even then.
Don't do it. Trust me. I know, I know But stay calm. Control yourself. Don't let your twitchy finger hit that one-click just yet! You know, I'm trying to help you avoid that thing you did with Fifty when you read it and HATED it- exactly the way you knew you were going to when you read the other reviews that described, in detail, all the kinds of things you would hate about it ahead of time You know?
So let me be clear: My warning is for the readers who made the decision to read the Fifty series based on 5-star reviews and popularity who moved out of their genre, taste or reading level to do that.
Then they trashed it. Trashing a book because it is out of your taste range and deals with subject matter you would normally find toxic or unappealing is redonk behavior. Okay, that said, let's move on the raving portion of our program: As I mentioned, Bared to You is amazing, gripping, and sexy. It is clearly a nod to Fifty and distills that series which was hugely flawed as it was written by an amateur, neophyte author and re-works it into a polished, well-paced, engaging story with a similar, but unique storyline.
The writing here is excellent.
Not because it's poetic or lush or any of that, but because it is clean and efficient and didn't get in my way, ever. The story and characters are the stars of the show. They are riveting. The narrative is about two very flawed, emotionally scarred people, both victims of childhood sexual abuse and explores their process of working out the emotional and relational "issues" that arise as they participate in this highly-charged, sexual relationship with one another.
The characters feel co-dependent at times and things get pretty intense and cra-cra several times. If you need your characters to be good boys and girls, to remain emotionally stable throughout the narrative and to never pose a risk to the other at any time or ever engage in unstable behavior, stay away. That said, the characters do not tie each other up he may tell her to hold onto something and not let go a few times, but he never binds her and they do not physically punish one another well, except the mighty slap.
Just sayin'. Can't wait for the next book! As reviewed for: People were going crazy over it! I was hooked in the first chapter. Eva Tramell, a 24 year old new graduate has moved to New York City with her best friend, Cary a bisexual man to be closer to her mom and stepfather. She has a new job in the Crossfire Building at an advertising agency. The day before she starts her new job, she stops Update: The day before she starts her new job, she stops by the office and literally crashes into Gideon Cross, who at years old, is a billionaire business mogul, owner of the building she works in and the most gorgeous man Eva has ever laid eyes on.
It borders on unhealthy and crosses over that line a time or two. He has women that he sleeps with and women that are his friends and never the twain shall meet. Eva is not opposed to a friends with benefits arrangement, but wants a little more than a business transaction. So begins the chase. Eva tries to hold out, but Gideon uses every one of his considerable resources to win her over.
This borders on stalking which really bothers Eva because her mother is already ignoring the boundaries Eva has set in her life. Eventually Gideon wins her over. But both Eva and Gideon have serious issues to overcome. But both Gideon and Eva become quickly and fiercely devoted to one other. But they are both aware of their own flaws and try hard to work on them. There is serious family drama on both sides and both characters make major relationship mistakes.
Eva works hard at not running when things become difficult and admits to being very jealous and possessive and even uses it to try to warn Gideon away in the beginning. This book was just incredible. The sex was so hot and the relationship was so juicy that I just had to know what was coming next! Definite recommended read. Initial assessment: This book was so hot. There was so much emotional angst, I felt it physically. I can't wait for the sequel. I know a lot of people are comparing this to Ifty Shades, but I like the heroine in this book more.
A lot more. She stronger, sexual and a little broken, but so is Gideon. I thought view spoiler [ when the rape almost happened in Gideon's sleep, it could be weirdly cathartic for them. I get why not, but still, I thought the author was going there. View all 36 comments. I should have known better; I tried to read this months ago and almost threw my site across the room where, oh where is my "wallbanger by proxy" paperback when I need it?! To be kind, let me just say the "similarities" to FSOG were just too much for me.
Well, since then, even more FSOG rip-offs sorry, homages have been released, and I've made the mistake of reading those too.
I've got so many young, hot, gazillionaire dominants, wussy, clumsy "oh I'm not beautiful" heroines, messed up roommates male, female, straight and otherwise fucked up parents, traumatic childhoods, impossibly successful careers, spankings, cunnilingus, drenched slits, beautiful cocks, and endless bouts of shower sex running around in my head I can't keep ANY of these fucking books straight anymore. The biggest thing this subgenre had going for it, and the reason I was sure it would eventually go the way of other "of the moment" books, was that they are all being written by unknown first-time authors.
Self-pubs, too. These silly books won't be here 2 years from now, I figured. There's still hope for us. Of course, the writing is better - more polished, and you can tell that someone who can actually write has done this - but the story is the same. Same, same, SAME. So much the same that for anyone who has read that stupid book that started it all it is jarring.
What's even worse is that about a third of the way through the book it veers away from the FSOG checklist and becomes sort of it's own story. Unfortunately, it doesn't last long, and what is even more disappointing is that it becomes almost an "opposite" FSOG.
It's like the author took the that book, then deliberately made her book opposite. But she won't KNOW she is. Yeah, yeah, that's it! No one will know! The first thought is self-explanatory. The second is probably going to get me in trouble. I can't help it. That's what really has a bug up my ass. If you want to have a go at the trope, be my guest. But don't try to feed me a line of hooey about how you published yours first. Now, that takes us right back to when we visited last April for a few minutes.
Tell us what happened?
Yeah, well I think it struck a chord with readers and it struck that chord because it was personal to me. It was written just for myself, with only myself in mind. Had I written it for a traditional publisher, there are some elements in there that they might have toned down or not included so it could be considered as commercial as they need. I think readers responded to the rawness, though.
Bared to You : A Crossfire Novel
There really is no way to respond to that. If people take the time to look at when things are released, how long it takes to write a book, things like that. They would understand it would be impossible. Anyone who reads romance knows that there are particular tropes that are common and these two books do share some of those tropes. If someone has only read these two books, then I understand how they could get them mixed up but once they start reading more and more romance books, they will find that there are a lot of tortured millionaire heroes, a lot of heroines who have just graduated from college Personal to you in that you figured you could build a better widget, you mean.
Oh, and I love this one: C'mon, lady. Don't think your self-pub was out yet. That's just sloppy. I call bullshit. And her answers make me think she thinks I'm not smart enough to figure out she's bullshitting me. Whoa, sorry about that.
My brain hurts from re-reading that sentence. Ok, now I'm just really pissed off. I will NOT be reading any more of this series. I am SO disappointed in her.
Rant over. View all 46 comments. DNFed half way through. When the hero takes the heroine to his love shack hotel room filled with love toys where he's had many women in the past, I decided this book wasn't for me. There's no emotional connection between the hero and heroine, just sex and more sex. Also the writing seems disjointed and stilted at times.
Had a hard time following. Seems way too much like Fifty Shades and makes me think the author jumped on the Fifty Shades bandwagon. View all 22 comments. I'm deducting the star I added for the erotic encounter that I mistakenly thought was original because I've just read the scene in Fifty Shades Darker that, um, "inspired" Ms Day the copycat.
Touted as the 50SOG for the more discriminating romance reader, I say Ms Day probably shouldn't believe her own PR. Eva and Gideon are the glitterati of Manhattan, impossibly wealthy and beautiful. Sadly, they fight and have jealous snits, generally behaving like high schoolers in a tediously predictable pattern. The make up sex is frequent and over the top. Their love is the greatest most neediest emo love ever, so special that Gideon can't even say "I love you" because it's just not enough to convey the depth of his all-consuming passion.
Greatest most specialist love evah.
But no Do I think the author used childhood sexual abuse as a cheap shortcut to make her characters more sympathetic? Why yes, yes I do. I'm tempted to give one additional star for chapter 16 in which they briefly behave and converse like adults but in the next chapter those darn kids go back to breaking up and making up.
Chapter 16 also boasts the only truly inventive and original erotic encounter in the book. Very hot and imaginative so I tacked on the extra star for a sex scene I won't soon forget. I haven't read 50 and don't plan to. I have read enough to know that this book is a blatant knockoff.
I can't imagine this book setting the world on fire the way a book written by an outsider to the world of NY publishing has.
I wish they'd all move outside the box and dare to be different. It would be more productive than making fun of that Brit who did set the world on fire. View all 28 comments. No one. There are a handful of authors that can get a 5 part series commitment from me here's looking at you Leigh Bardugo;Brandon Sanderson; S.
Abby , sadly, Sylvia Day is not one of them.
Ergo, I'm DNFing this baby. Gideon and Eva are the epitome of everything I dislike about rich angsty book characters. Shallow and immature with no redeeming factors. Aaaannd, I'm out. View all 11 comments. I know Bared to You is closely compared to Fifty Shades of Grey, and even I was having some sort of deja vu at first because of how similar these two book were to each other.
For one, Gideon Cross is times more Mr. Dangerous and Sexy than Christian Grey. Years after I've read Fifty Shades, I can even say that Christian Grey isn't even hot, sexy, handsome, or any of the above.
Maybe it's just years of maturing and realizing or maybe Jamie Dornan just screwed up a character that's beyond "fifty shades of fucked up". But enough about Christian and more about Gideon. Even though I think that Gideon was dangerously sexy, he still had things going on about him that irked me. Two of the worst possible qualities a significant other can possess.
It's okay to be possessive and let others know that you are in a relationship with your SO, but gah. He took things too far at times and left me cringing.
On top of that, he was going full-on stalker. Digging up personal info, making duplicate key copies, having Eva followed, and many more examples. Sometimes it came off as protective and done out of good intentions, other times I was just screaming at the book begging for Eva to run the other way. In a way, his stalker tendencies weren't too much of a big deal but geez give a girl some privacy and space.
As for Eva, she was likable. I enjoyed her character especially more than "innocent" Anastasia Steele but she did get irritating at times. I could see where she was coming from in certain situations but other times Eva got too dramatic and stirred up problems for no good reason.
I understand. We get jealous.
It happens. But don't start running just so the guy can come running after you, which was exactly what was going on in Bared to You. More than once, I might add. Their relationship was hot and enticing, especially in the beginning but for every sexy moment they had, there was a rollercoaster ride of tug-a-war emotions flying all over the place.
They were hot one second and cold the next. It got pretty annoying. But when things were going good, their relationship was actually great and I found myself rooting for them.
I could already tell that I have so much more ahead of me that's coming in this series and even though this isn't the strongest series starter nor the best love story I've read about, I'm pretty intrigued about these books. I'm curious as to what happened to Gideon Cross and why it turned him into the man that he is now. We have yet to see View all 15 comments.
This is approximately times better than That Other Book! Similar themes, but with better characters, better writing, better plotting, better sex, and minus the degradation. View all 4 comments. DO NOT read this book if you ARE a huge fangirl of 50 Shades and thought that book was the best thing ever. The only thing you will do is compare the two books the entire time and convince yourself and try to convince everyone else why 50 shades is better.
READ this book if you You liked 50 shades but only because of the sex scenes. Are curious about this type of erotica but never read 50 Shades. View all 18 comments.
Gideon to Eva in "Bared to You" I liked it! I really, really liked it!!! They sit down and have heart-to-heart talks. They work out the kinks in their relationship. So sure, Gideon may be a bit of a crazy, power-hungry control freak and Eva may have severe jealousy and self-esteem problems, but they know they have those issues and they work them out like a proper couple. Most of the time in books, the couple just plays mind games with each other and expects the other person to be a mind reader.
This is not the case in Bared to You! Talk about refreshing. Freaking hot. Unbelievably hot. But a thousand ways to make you come are. Let me show you. There were a few things that were introduced in the book that never really got resolved. We learn that Gideon clearly has some abuse or trauma in his past, but he never comes forward about it.
Even so, this book was absolutely phenomenal. It was hot, sexy, emotional, intense, gritty, dark, and absolutely mind-blowing! The Verdict.Sadly, I found it disturbing and only gave it a 1-star review. My rating would have been very low and I'll be honest when I'm gonna say that my review would have been the opposite of flattering.
Things picked up a little bit when Eva first met Gideon, only because the writing in that scene was so ludicrous. Not that I have a problem with either one. I think it struck a chord with readers and it struck that chord because it was personal to me.
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