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Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Sylvia Day

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Title:Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
Authors:Sylvia Day
Info:Berkley Trade (2012), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 352 pages
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Bared to You by Sylvia Day (2012)

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OK, now I just have to admit. Amazon suggested me this book when I searched for Fifty shades. Oh my curiosity.
Shouldn't have done that.
Really huge mistake to start reading this books (Crossfire series).
Why? Because it is boring, dull, and definitely should be sued as a copy of Fifty Shades without mentioning it on the cover. Really, it is just the same, with some little differences.
Don't do it! ( )
  otikhonova | Dec 8, 2014 |
Sylvia Day actually surprise me with this novel. While it has been compared repeatedly to that certain BDSM book that took off into oblivian *cough50shadescough* I don't think there is a connection. I did try 50 Shades but the complete lack of writing skill on the writer's part made it unreadable for me. This novel was written well enough to draw me into the story at least.

The characters in this book are not perfect, every single one of them has issues, even more so Gideon and Eva. I like that Eva has gone to therapy to try to work on her issues but Gideon still won't even share what his is with Eva, or the audience. They are huge and emotionally jarring, as were Eva's, I'm sure. I am glad to see more and more literature taking on characters with such strong and socially repressed issues such as rape and child molestation. There are staggering statistics, like 1 in 4 women have been molested, sexually assualted, or raped and I am glad some authors are bringing light on these major issues.

The steam level in this book is high but the emotional connection is love. The characters agree to go to couples therapy together after like a week and I didn't see the build up or the proof of these emotions to justify this step. I mean, if you need to go to couple's therapy after a week then you should probably just go find someone else. I needed more emotional connection.

I hated the ending of the book, it was a cliff hanger and it annoyed me. I also hated the jealous running that Eva did like every single chapter. COME ON! It was too much and threw me out of the story sometimes. If you like a sexy novel that will keep you guessing, most of the time, then this book will be for you.
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  mojo09226 | Nov 21, 2014 |
Bared to You (Crossfire) was a book I found at a local library sale. I heard it was very similar to the Fifty shades of Grey series. I was very disappointed in this first novel as the plot and story line directly followed the first book in the Fifty shades of grey series, to an irritating "T". Eva was a single women starting a new job when she fell (literally) at Gideon Crossfire. Someone who is so deliciously handsome she can barely contain herself around him. She fumbles and makes a huge fool of herself whenever he is around given his stature and Empire. This is a VERY adult read as it does have sex languages, scenes and erotic situations throughout the entire novel. I have since read the second book and can say it does spin off and the plot is intriguing. This first book almost swayed me away from reading the next book in the series because it was so similar to Fifty shades of grey but so glad I stuck with it and continued reading on in the series. I would recommend this if you enjoy romance and erotica. ( )
  cewtypye | Jul 3, 2014 |
The entirety of "Bared to You" takes place in about the span of a week and a half to two weeks. Yes, yes, there are some racy sexual encounters and, sure, Day's descriptions get the blood pumping, but the story is more than that.

Eva Trammell is new to NYC. She and her best friend, Cary Taylor, have moved cross country for work - Eva for advertising, Cary for modeling. The best friends share a lux Manhattan apartment, as well as a history of abuse. On a practice run to her new workplace, Eva literally bumps into Gideon Cross, a stunningly attractive, super rich, notorious New York playboy. Their connection (whether you believe it or not) is instantaneous and undeniable. Almost before you (or they) know it, the couple is entangled in a highly sexual, very volatile relationship.

I found myself smirking from time to time as I read, just because of how absurd the relationship seemed at times. So much, so fast and so intense in a week? Please. But there is a level of believability to it. What was really interesting, and what probably says more about me as a reader than it does about Day as a writer or the characters she's created, was how much I identified with the level of obsession/possessiveness. I've known myself to be a pretty darn possessive and worrisome creature myself, so I could relate to both Eva and Gideon's need to stake their claims on one another - privately and publically.

I liked the book. I liked the story and the characters. It reminded me of "Fifty Shades," but in a more complete, sophisticated way. I'm looking forward to see where Day takes the story in the second book in the Crossfire series.
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  Jenna.Czaplewski | Jul 3, 2014 |
Just having read Bared to You by Sylvia Day, I did appreciate Eva, the main character in the story, who, although is extremely insecure and possessive of her man, seems to be a stronger and more interesting character than innocent, naïve Anastasia of Fifty Shades of Grey. After reading both books, one cannot help but compare Christian Grey of Fifty Shades to Gideon Cross of Bared to You. Both male characters are extremely controlling, extraordinarily handsome, superb lovers, and dysfunctional.
As I read Bared to You, I was amused that Eva and Gideon had such tremendous sexual connection that whenever they encountered disparity in their relationship (which was often), Eva would either attempt to flee, or they would engage in sex. As a matter of fact, the sexual encounters were so numerous, that those pages consumed most of the book. Much of the novel offered descriptions of engaging in sex at various locations….in the limo, at the hotel room, at Gideon’s lavish apartment, at a garden party, and at Eva and Cary’s residence; the author was quite skilled at describing the sexual encounters in explicit detail. Toward the end of the story, I was a little annoyed, however, that these two seemingly intelligent adults would only resort to sex in order to solve their problems of jealousy and misunderstanding in their relationship. I thought it was just too simplistic.
As I read the novel, I also wondered about the timeline in which all these events occurred. It seemed like the relationship developed so quickly, a bit too quickly for me to believe as plausible. If I recall the story correctly, the Krav Maga gym was being remodeled and was to reopen in two weeks when the story began. By the time the gym was back in operation, Eva and Gideon were already a volatile couple with extreme sexual attraction for each other, as well as a lot of psychological issues stemming from their childhood sexual abuse experiences. Eva was already professing her love to Gideon by saying the three big words in a relationship- ‘I love you.’ The timeline in this story seemed to move a little too quickly for me to accept as realistic, and in that way, I didn’t find it to be believable.
Otherwise, ‘Bared to You’ was entertaining and a quick read, especially for someone like myself who reads every blazing word on the page. ( )
  haymaai | Jun 22, 2014 |
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Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness-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...
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Eva Trammel, plagued by her own insecurities, is drawn into an intense, obssessive relationship with the wealthy and arrogant Gideon Cross.

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