Series: Crossfire #1
Published by Berkley Trade, Penguin
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
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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 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...
I hadn’t thought about picking up Bared to You before because I felt it was just riding on the shirttails of the Fifty Shades success, what with the covers taking on the same kind of trend, and since I wasn’t interested in reading Fifty Shades I didn’t give this book a second thought. The reason I did end up reading it is because I got a review copy of the sequel, Reflected in You, and wasn’t going to read it without having read the first one. That’s just crazy! :P
I didn’t really set any expectations for this book and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the writing was actually really good. And it definitely hooks you in right away. What I wasn’t really blown away by was the characters. I thought Eva was kind of a drama queen, always storming off when she was upset. And what was up with her overly-dramatic jealousy?! And Gideon, while very sexy, was so possessive and needy, which are two characteristics I cannot take in a man. Those two things usually do come hand in hand for some reason. I just don’t find the whole “You’re mine! I need you, please don’t leave me.” thing attractive! Yeah, not sexy. Both of their pasts are so painful that I can see why they would gravitate to one another, but it was just way too much drama for my taste.
I did enjoy the moments where they were just being flirty with each other. Their banter could be cute sometimes. I wish we got more of those and less drama. Their smexy moments were also very hot and written really well.
All that being said, I do plan to continue on with the next book and see where it leads, and I hope I like it better. I have read a lot of people saying that this series is better written than Fifty Shades of Grey, so if you’re looking for something like it, maybe give Bared to You a try. :)