Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was 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…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private worlds…and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…
I picked up Bared to You, because I saw everyone was raving about it and I wanted to see what it was all about. Now I definitely get all the hype 😉 It was an instant page-turner. From the moment I read the first chapter I just couldn’t put it down.
Bared to You is told in first person narrative, from Eva Tramell’s point of view, an independent young woman whose emotional world turns upside down when she meets the enigmatic and gorgeous( to say the least) Gideon Cross. I have to say that the first description we get of Gideon is heart-stopping and, like Eva, I immediately fell under his spell. How not to? He’s mysterious, unbelievably handsome and pulls you in with just a mere stare. The more we got to know about him, the more I wanted him on the page.
At the beginning the relationship between Gideon and Eva seems to be based on sex– their attraction is undeniable and they want to explore it, to lose themselves in it but they soon can’t do the one without the other and the intimacy becomes more than physical. They need to be with one another at all costs – it’s something they’ve never experienced before…
The sex. To say that the sex scenes are hot is an understatement. They are VERY erotic, in fact there is sexual graphic content. They have it. A lot. Gideon is all about giving pleasure and if you enjoy a good erotica, this book definitely won’t disappoint.
The story deals also with some sensitive issues. Both Gideon and Eva have a difficult past—they are broken individuals and this comes to trouble them and gets in between them. But in each other they begin to find the strength to heal…I just loved that they decided to try to have a relationship, against all odds. What fascinated me the most was watching them try to overcome the damaged aspects of their personalities to be better for one another. They don’t always achieve that—they often hurt in the process but they try to learn from their mistakes. The question is, will they both be able to handle it all? There are still so many secrets to unravel about the characters and I guess we’ll find out in the second installment.
I like that Gideon and Eva are not perfect. They both make mistakes and aren’t afraid to admit it. I said in more than one occasion that I love books whose characters feel real. This was definitely the case with Bared To You for me and I’ve become a new fan of Sylvia Day. I can’t wait to read Reflected in You, the second volume in the Crossfire Series!
I give this book 4 stars.
Some of my favorite passages:
1. “I loved the way he kissed me, as if he had to, as if he’d go crazy if he didn’t and had nearly waited too long.”
2. “ ‘I love you, Gideon.’
‘God.’ He looked at me with something that resembled disgust. Whether it was directed at me or himself, I didn’t know. ‘How can you say that?’
‘Because it’s the truth.’
‘You just see this’—he gestured at himself with a wave of his hand. ‘You’re not seeing the fucked-up, broken mess inside.’
I inhaled sharply. ‘You can say that to me? When you know I’m fucked up and broken, too?’
3. “I can let you in, Eva. I’m trying. But your first response when I screw up is to run away. You do it every time and I can’t stand feeling like any moment I’m going to do or say something wrong and you’re going to bolt.”
4. “I’m losing my mind without you.” His lips were gliding down my neck, his tongue stroking over my racing pulse. He sucked on my skin and pleasure radiated through me. “I can’t think. I can’t work or sleep. My body aches for you. I can make you want me again. Let me try.”
I had the same motivation as Elena did for reading Bared to You. Everybody, everywhere was talking about what a great book it was. Sometimes that worries me because then my expectations are already very high before I even have the book in my hands. I shouldn’t have worried….I devoured this book. Sylvia Day is a wonderful writer, and she has crafted an I-don’t-want-to-put-it-down story.
Let’s talk about Gideon Cross for a minute or
ten two…1st off…I love his name…very masculine, very sexy…very fitting for this man. He’s described as savagely gorgeous and he smells sinfully good. Inky black hair and a voice that brings sex to mind…extraordinary sex…he’s tall, lean, and built…YOWZA! Somebody stop me…ok…a few deep breaths later…he’s also very smart, very rich, and he’s a sex God…I kid you not people… but beyond all that is a man with issues who meets the woman who could quite possibly be his soulmate…Eva.
I liked Eva right away, but she’s got issues as well, and together? Well it won’t be easy for this couple. That’s one of the things I love about their story. I like complications, or angst if you prefer…as long as it doesn’t take up the whole book. I like how Sylvia kept the tension in balance with rewarding the reader with a really good love story. Just when you think Gideon and Eva are at the breaking point…they do the grown up thing and compromise, or share painful secrets, or both.
Something else I loved was the way the book ended. No cliffhanger making us wait in agony til Reflected in You comes out in October, yet we know the story isn’t over…we know there’s a possibility that Gideon and Eva won’t make it…that the burden’s they bear may be too much to overcome…for one or both of them.
And that my friends is why I can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Ms. Day isn’t finished with them, and I’m not either…I want more. That’s what a good writer does, and that’s why I’m recommending this book so highly. Not for the graphic and oh so wonderfully written sex…which there’s a lot of, but for the deeper story…
My rating for Bared to You by Sylvia Day is a loud and proud 4.5
Reflected in You is available for pre-order now with a publication date of October 2nd.
Book 3, Entwined with You, has a release date of December 31st, and is also available for pre-order.