Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

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Bared to You by Sylvia Day

2 Stars

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 that 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. :)

Book Info

Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #1
Published by Berkley Trade
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultContemporaryErotica
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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…

Jess @ Gone with the Words

13 Responses to “Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day”

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    April Books & Wine

    I’m not sure I’d be able to handle the two main characters, they seem like the type to irritate the crap outta me. But I am glad this isn’t a 50 shades rip off. :-)

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    I liked this one WAYYYY better than Fifty Shades- the writing is a lot better. I absolutely HATED reflected in you. SO much so. I can’t wait to read your review and find out what you think. Because that book really infuriated me.

    Thanks for the review.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Ok, I’m glad someone can attest to the “it’s better than 50 Shades” thing, since I haven’t read them. Kinda bummed you hated Reflected in You though!! I was kind of hoping it would get better, lol. We’ll see. :)

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    I KNOW!!! That’s exactly how I felt. I couldn’t stand the storm out tantrums & weird possessiveness. But I did like it for what it was meant to be. Solidly Likeable. Or did i mean lickable? I picked up Bared to You on the cheap. Not sure, I’m going to pay full price to continue. I’ll be stalking the bargain bin ;D

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    I have also read that this series is better than fifty shades, but I really wasn’t into the 50 books. they were okay, but bleh. So I haven’t even thought to give these a try. I still think I’ll pass on these base on your review.

    Unless there is some tampon removal in this one too. That might make it worth a go. lol

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      BAHAHAH No, tampons were harmed in the making of this book. LOL!

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    Erin W

    I never wanted to read Fifty Shades of Grey (the reading samples of it were enough to make me turn away from it) but I still went ahead and read this series. And I’m really glad I did because it was SO much better – both story, character and writing-wise than Fifty Shades was. Thought this sequel was even more brilliant than the first. Anyway great review!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I’m glad to hear you think the sequel is even better! I hope I enjoy it more, since this one was just ok for me. I have high hopes, Erin! :)

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