REVIEW by Heather: Bared to You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day (@SylDay , @_Shoe_Girl_ )
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…
Hmmmm…….I guess I’ll just be 100% blunt, and honest here. I WANTED to love this book. I had high hopes for it. While the WRITING was infinitely better than Fifty Shades, that’s about it. Bared to You makes Fifty Shades look hardcore. I expected sizzling sex scenes, and while there were quite a few sex scenes, the choice of words killed the “hot” factor. A couple examples: “..he ripped open his button fly and pulled his big, beautiful penis out….”. Umm, yeah. That didn’t sound sexy. At all. Nor did Eva (main character) saying “my sex” or “my cleft”. How UNsexy can you get? Isn’t there a thesaurus or something? Those phrases were used as frequently as “inner goddess” and “oh, my” were used in Fifty Shades.
I expected Bared to You to be erotica. I would consider it more romance than erotica. The Dom/sub angle wasn’t brought up until late in the book, and when it was, it was hardly shocking. Gideon tells Eva to hold onto a pillow with both hands and not let go. That’s the extent of it. Perhaps that angle will be explored more in the next book(s), but it was severely lacking in this one.
I found the characters, Gideon and Eva, extremely unrelatable, and I just didn’t find that I could get “lost” in their world. I’d like to say I’ll read Deeper in You, (which I’ve also seen listed as Reflected in You. Not sure which the actual title is) to see if it gets better, but quite honestly I’m not sure I will. I’ve heard REALLY great things about Sylvia Day though, so perhaps I’ll check out one of her other books.