REVIEW by Tynisha: Bared to You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day (@SylDay , @ParaItchReviews )
Our journey began in fire… 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…
At first I gave this book 4 stars…dunno why! There have been a lot of comparisons between this book and Fifty Shades of Grey. Christian Grey is a billionaire, is sexy, enigmatic, has a dark past and enjoys sex toward the dark of nature….in my opinion, thats where the similarities cease. Gideon Cross is in a class all by himself, with his dark and brooding demanor and drop-dead sexiness! He’s a sex maniac but only with Eva and though he enjoys that sex in a dominating nature he doesn’t delve into the inflection of pain as our favorite Dom, 50! Although both of these alphalicious sex Gods come from difficult backgrounds they are vastly different. During the story of Eva and Gideon we get a glimpse into his plethora of issues, he’s controlling but in no way as ridiculous as our boy Christian. Gideon realizes that he needs Eva on such a fundamental level and it freaks him the freak out that he’s that dependent on someone for his sanity.
Eva is a very likable character. She’s no damsel, not a virgin…at all and is a well off independent woman in her own right! I loved that about this book. Gideon lavished her with expensive gifts and didn’t have to fight with her to take them…like someone we know(Ana)! She has a dark past of her own which makes it difficult for her to trust and having a controlling and mercial man like Gideon is a tough pill to swallow but she learns to love him anyway. Another thing I loved was Cary, Eva’s roomate and bi-sexual best friend. He contributed to the light and funny side of Eva’s personality and made the whole story more interesting since Cary has his own shit he deals with as well! I don’t want to give much away so Ill keep this review short so….
All in all, I absolutely loved it especially on audio! Sylvia Day hit a home run in my book. It was dark, sad and the sex scenes between Eva and Gideon were scortching hot! I recommend this to all the 50 fans and those that are not but love a great erotic romance with depth! I cannot wait to read more about this fantastic couple…they’ve got a long road to recovery!