Story 5+++, Heat rating 5. I really loved Bared to You (A Crossfire Novel) by Sylvia Day. I feel bad that everyone compares it to Fifty Shades of Grey, but how can you help it?
Gideon Cross is rich as sin and beautiful. He is broken from some sort of sexual abuse. He is hot, possessive & dominant. He has an evil female best friend who wants him and has never really committed. He sees a psychiatrist, and becomes obsessive over the heroine, Eva, enough to change everything for her, it seems. Eva is also literally sprawled on the floor when she meets him. Sound familiar? Yes. But who the F*%K cares????? I LOVED Fifty. I LOVED this. If this was as long as the whole Fifty Shades series, it may be a toss-up which I like better.
Eva, unlike Ana, was a woman with some experience. She was also sexually abused as a child, so both characters were working out issues. This story did not have the Cinderella type story that Fifty has. Eva has a wealthy stepdad who indulges her mother’s overprotective impulses. She also has money of her own. Eva can protect herself, is very fit and takes Krav Maga. She does NOT like to be manhandled. Her worst issue is that she runs away from everything. But Gideon usually chases. And when he catches her…..WOW…..he can catch me anytime! Whew! They had such chemistry.
Gideon has a dominant nature (HOT) but without the Red Room of Pain (so far). While he threatens to put Eva over his knee (again, HOT), he never does. But his commanding nature still gives you those same quivers! This is definitely an erotic read. Again, it’s not BDSM, but still has that commanding, dominant alpha male who just can’t keep his hands off of his woman. Yum. Let me tell you, my husband was a very happy man this week! First Knight, by Kristen Ashley, then this. Not sure I can top this week!
Gideon also has some of the best lines. Here is just one:
“How do you see me while staring at whatever you’re working on?”
He looked up and then caught my gaze. His blue eyes blazed with power and heat. “I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”
Eva’s roommate Cary, was a great character as well, and I look forward to learning more about him. But the end seemed very out of character for him and abrupt to me. In fact, the ending to the story was a bit abrupt. While it wasn’t quite a cliffhanger, it left many unanswered questions.
This is the first of The Crossfire Trilogy. But as of now we have to wait until October to get the second in the series, Reflected in You (available for pre-order). Which means I will try to hold off re-reading this until then. Until then, I certainly will try out some of Sylvia Day’s other books.
Purchase Bared To You by Sylvia Day:
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- Crossfire Trilogy Series Reading Order
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