Author: Sylvia Day
Release Date: May 2012
Pages: 352 (paperback)
My Rating: 7.5/10
Overview: One of the first books to gain popularity despite its extremely mature content is a little series you might have heard of; 50 Shades of Grey. I read all three books and found the series to be steamy, but not all that impressive. The riding crops, blindfolds, and the “Red Room of Creepy” were a little bit too much. So much so, I haven’t even seen the movie yet.
However, all is not lost in the romance world. Bared to You promises all of the romance and lust featured in 50 Shades, but with more likable characters and less S&M.
Eva moves to the Big Apple and falls head over heels for billionaire Gideon Cross, literally. He sweeps her off her feet and their romance twists and turns faster than a roller coaster. They begin the journey of discovering love and capitalizing on the lust and sparks between them. The question is, will their dark pasts continue to haunt them and sabotage their new relationship.
Gideon and Eva could most certainly give Christian and Anastasia a run for their money, or rather, Grey’s money.
What I loved: I will warn you, Bared to You is very similar to 50 Shades. Rich, god-like man meets innocent girl and pines for her love and subordinate behavior. However, there are many differences as well, which has led me switch from Team Grey to Team Gideon .
Eva is a much more likable female lead than Ana in my opinion. She is stronger-willed and has a more vivid background. As far as Gideon versus Grey, the former is increasingly more loving and romantic and is not as obsessed with being a “dominant.”
What I really loved about Bared to You is how fast I was able to read it without losing interest. Yes, it’s similar to 50 Shades, but it actually has a plot and is much more fast-paced. I finished the book in only a few days.
In my opinion, Sylvia Day is a more talented writer than E.L. James and I cannot wait to read the rest of the Crossfire series.
What I didn’t: My biggest issue with Bared to You is it mimicked one of the aspects I hated about 50 Shades.
Both power couples have this irritating cycle of fighting with each other and making-up what seems like every single day they are together. The back and forth gets really repetitive and stale, but it is what it is.
There are 4 books total in the series
Bared to You (#1)
Reflected in You (#2)
Entwined with You (#3)
Captivated by You (#4)