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I jumped on the band wagon and fell in love with Fifty Shades of Grey. I had never read anything like it. I came across Bared to You when I finished the last FSOG book and I was on the hunt for a story to fill my mind.
The Bared to You book had a sticker saying "If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey you will love this", so I decided to give it a try and I loved it.
> Story <
FSOG was published in 2011 and Bared to You was published in April 2012. I doubt it was on purpose but unfortunately the two are similar to each other in the aspect of girl meets rich millionaire and has lots of sex.
However Bared to You is different.
Eva is a strong willed woman (unlike Ana) who has her own mind and has her own fortune. I love reading Eva, you really fall in love with her as a character.
On the other hand Gideon is extremely similar to Christian with him having a troubled childhood and coming into riches, but he is still a good read, especially when you get to see the story through his eyes.
I preferred the relationship between Eva and Gideon than Christian and Ana because Eva has her own personality where Ana didn't.
It is similar to FSOG but I found that it is such a better written book (E.L. James did start by writing Twilight fan fiction give her a break!). The sex scenes are in more detail and very raunchy. You fall in love with all the characters (especially Cary, Eva's best friend) and you have other stories going on as well so you don't get bored reading about the same thing for 300+ pages.
As much as this is an erotic novel the book isn't based entirely on sex, you see more of the relationship side of Eva and Gideon and go more into their lives, the sex is just an added bonus I think.
> Value <
Easily pick this up for £5 probably cheaper if you look around.
> Conclusion <
If you liked FSOG you will definitely love Bared to You. The Crossfire series only gets better as well, I'm gripped to find out what happens in the next book.
Wow I guess the best place to start this really interesting book is with the plot as it is the main stay of this review. I found it an interesting read and although it was very similar to 50 Shades of Grey I really enjoyed reading it. So here goes.
Eva gets a job in Manhattan where a chance meeting with super rich and powerful Gideon Cross, is inevitable as she checks out her new place of work at the cross-fire building, they seem to collide in the foyer of the building when she assists a hapless female who has launched the entire contents of her handbag over the floor, thus while Eva is picking up some of these items for the young woman she finds herself looking up the length of a very striking Gideon Cross. (Ring any bells?)
Flustered by his appealing good looks and the manner in which she finds herself at his feet she finds herself falling into the arms of Gideon Cross Owner of the building and her new place of work, this then leads to some latent cat and mouse game between them which later leads to a fast paced, full on relationship. Hot sex is most definitely on the menu and it soon becomes clear that Gideon needs to have complete control over Eva, as he obsessively dominates her, not that Eva seems to mind.
Anyway Eva then goes off to her gym and then home to ponder on whom this man is. Eventually they meet again and she finds herself in his employment, this smack of 50 here. They both hit some kind of wall to start with as they are both struggling with it seems insurmountable problems of their own, and trust issues which when it comes to being involved ,Eva and Gideon seam to have similar problems and this it appears begins to be a big issue.
To start with they have somewhat of a weird relationship. Cross makes you inquisitive in a positive way to try and find out what has made him the way he is. Eva has issues that run deep and the further along the story goes you find out why she is the way she is but does this excuse the weird childish behaviour? This I leave for you all to decide.
As the plot develops you see that the two characters have far more in common than you might at first have imagined. I found myself feeling a little sorry for Eva and Gideon at times and at others I just wanted to give them a good cuff around the ear and tell them to grow the f.... up. I did find myself evaluating this book against the 50 shades trilogy and found that I preferred the 50 shades to this. I thought this book was written well but it did not spark my interest in the storyline as much as 50 shades did.
Gideon Cross has control issues leading to an ever darkening and increasingly complex series of mind games as more is revealed about Gideon and Eva's pasts, Corny but it seems to be working so far.
I could not help feeling though that the writer may have been schooled by the same editing house as 50 shades writer, E. L. James? Predictable in some places I found some similarities with 50 shades of grey overwhelming.
~/Things I liked about this book. /~
I did find I really needed to find out what happened next, and the different twists and turns in the book kept me reading especially Eva and Gideon who at times were like a pair of stroppy teenagers in need of having their heads banged together. I thought the author did well with the release of information throughout the story - this was delivered at a pace which teases the mind and made me want to find out what else was going to happen next.
If you read the 50 Shades books there are some similarities here which do make me wonder if the two authors had a similar script to run with and therefore came up with a very similar storyline, maybe they were with the same Editing house and therefore what eventually was printed was like a negative copy in some places as 50 shades. I found the similarities quite a close run thing, but the style of the writer was very different and made both series of books worth reading.
I did find several references to Eva's cleft a bit disturbing as I have never heard a woman's lady parts being referred to in such a fashion this made me laugh. I thought the sexual scenes somewhat unnecessary and could have used my imagination more effectively when these scenes occurred in the book. I thought they were a let down to the book and were really not really needed if the story gave you more content to their feelings rather than sexual overtures.
The other characters in the book, such as Eva's boss, her best friend Cary and her mum to name but a few make it an even better read, because they are actually actively involved in the story - for more than just a second. Cary being a friend she met in therapy and also somewhat of a screw up although you really did not get to grips with his full persona, I think this will probably follow in the further books of this series. Whether I will read them I am uncertain.
Her mum is something else, and that is all I am going to say about her. Simply because she is just a big a screw up as her daughter and reading this book will make why more revealing than I could describe without giving the game away.
This is another one of those erotic novels, but to me this book isn't just about the sex even though it is very prominent. Sex in Limo's and other strange places like his bolt hole hotel room which he specifically has just for sex with the odd woman. Some are very odd.
It's not all sex though as there is a somewhat strange relationship with Eva and Gideon - which takes a bit of getting your head around and I would say although not exactly romantic it develops into something that makes you wonder what could and would happen between them next. Similarly with Cary and Eva, because you get a hint at the beginning of the book that they've had similar experiences and find they have a brother sister relationship which is quite sweet. Cary being bisexual gives this book a weird twist and keeps you reading.
It's a good example of different types of relationships after suffering something life changing, and shows how they try to go about the rest of their lives dealing with this. Obviously there are therapist's involved and some really disturbing bits in the book which keep you reading which I think is where the difference between the two writer's shows. Well written and worth the read if you can put aside the similarities.
Reflected in You. is the next book in the series and promises to fill in some of the gaps that the previous one leaves wide open. This is already on Amazon quite cheaply.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Well for a used copy you can pick this book up for 1p on Amazon with postage, £3.99 on Kindle and a new paperback from Amazon is £5.24... It is also available in Waterstone's for, £5.59... W.H.Smith's for £2.95 on the website... Look out online and in bookstores for offers - as they often have 3 for 2 so well worth including this in your next book purchase! Introduction
I never read the 50 shades trilogy as I had read so many reviews on it I felt like I'd read it 50 times anyway! Troubled man and woman have a dominant - submissive relationship infused with some childhood trauma etc. Not to sound rude but it didn't sound my cup of tea at all! However I read Stewydablue's review on this book and as similar as it sounded, it didn't seem too awful so I spared £3.79 or so on amazon and hoped for the best!
- Plot -
The book follows the tumultous "relationship" between Eva Tramell and our sexy billionaire Gideon Cross. Both our sex driven lovers have suffered some kind of physical child abuse and have their own insecurities and the book covers about the first 2 weeks or so of their relationship.
- My Opinion -
I did quite like this book and read it rather quickly (in 4 weeks, but between working and juggling a 3 year old thats quick for me!) but at times I felt it quite repetitive and read it more as a time killing activity e.g bus to and from work rather than it being a gripping page turner.
The sequence of the book was the following : they have "mindblowing" sex, something small triggers an argument, she flees, he chases her down and he says how much he needs her, they kiss and makeup and have "mindblowing" sex, another small thing starts another argument, she flees, he chases her down and....well you get the picture lol.
One thing I thought the author conveyed well were the sex scenes. Not to be too graphic but they were rather detailed and written with such clarity and description so as to express the intensity and almost suck me in as a reader that I too could share the orgasm she was having! Sadly though these did become repetitive and by halfway through the book I wasn't sure if I'd read the sex scene already or not.
In terms of character development, although the book is written from Eva's point of view, I actually found Gideon far more relatable and could feel his need and desire for love and happiness and was more annoyed at Eva for being so needy and childish. Even at minor times of happiness I could just feel she was going to do something annoying to mess it all up again - who doesn't want a hot, sexy, filthy rich guy falling weak at the knees for them? Needless to say by the end although they seemed to have found some peace, I was not sure I was willing to endure reading the second instalment!
One thing left open in this book is what exactly the nature of Gideon's abuse is - only that he is extremely detached from his family despite the yearning of his mother to see him and try to rebuild a relationship. So if you see a review crop up from me on the second book you will.know I only bought it to try find this part out! You do find out the history of Eva's sexual child abuse and as awful as it sounds I could still hardly feel any sympathy for her but more she was just trying to find excuse after excuse to sabotage the relationship.
- Overall -
This isn't an awful book but at the same time it wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped it would be. I won't be cliche and say "if you liked 50 shades, you'll like this" seeing as I never read 50 shades myself! The dynamic between the two characters is interesting, but very rushed from the get go and the storyline and sex scenes feel repetitive so as much as I was interested to some degree the most I can give this is 3 stars!
Our journey began in fire....
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightening 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...
A friend recommended to me this Author Sylvia Day as we had both recently just finished all the fifty shades series. I have to say even though i did love the fifty shades trilogy i preferred this book as it was well written better.
We meet the main characters Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross, they meet the first time in his crossfire building which is where Eva happens to work as well. They soon become involved in a whirl wind relationship but find out they both have broken pasts but yet still are attracted to each other. They soon become obsessed with each other and are never apart...
I loved that it had such a flow into a love story and getting to know more about Eva and Gideon. It was a great read and I couldn't put my kindle down as i wanting to hurry to see what happened next on every page.
I loved the name Eva nicknamed Gideon aka Mr Dark and Dangerous. I kept trying to picture my own Gideon Cross and this who i thought fitted perfectly
David Gandy - My Perfect Man he would be ;)
I cannot wait to follow on in the crossfire series and read more about Eva and Gideon's Life's. I don't want to spoil or give any more details away about the series just I recommend anybody to pick up this book and give it a go! You won't know what your missing. We all need our very own Gideon Cross sometimes...
Back in July I was facing a long train ride from Boston to Berwick upon Tweed, so my best friend suggested that a trip to get some books was in order. So the day my fella got back from Afghan to distract me from waiting for him to come back, we went to buy some books - coincidentally at the time we both bought exactly the same books, but that's just typical of us. So with four books in hand I boarded my first of 3 trains to the Scottish Borders, funnily though this book was one of the most recent books I read, it never got a look in between here and Berwick!
~*~ Sylvia Day ~*~
Author Sylvia Day, has far more notable works to her name than a certain E L James, until I actually looked to write this review I wasn't aware that she actually wrote the Renegade Angels series of books, which I've heard quite a lot about from friends - which also has another book coming out soon so might have to invest in those too! She also has a couple of alias' which means you might have read something she's written without even realising it - S J Day and Livia Dare, are now two names you might want to have a look out for in your book stores!
~*~ Bring on the comparisons to 50 shades of grey... ~*~
So when I bought this I bought it because it had a sticker on the front that said 'If you enjoyed 50 shades of grey - you'll love this!' So immediately I had to have it, having just finished the second read through of the infamous trilogy - I fancied something a bit more down the erotic fiction route, but I was hoping to find something, where the characters were a bit more relatable and something that wasn't quite as poorly written as the trilogy I'd just read. Thankfully I was in luck being after something a little bit more literary minded, as far as I was concerned the further I got into the 50 shades trilogy it because apparent to me that it was more like sentences strung together rather than a decent bit of writing.
To start with the main female character Eva, is a very strong willed career driven young woman - who has aspirations to get far in life. Despite this, she has demons of her own to battle to enable her to do well in her life, that with a possessive stalker mother who is determined to track her every move - and a best friend that she would never be without. Cary the best friend, is one of those characters you either love or hate, but personally I wish I had a best friend like him. Although he is seen as a threat to men, Eva and Cary live in relative harmony in their apartment - with their fancy kitchen, as is made very obvious in the first chapter of the book!
The problems begin when Eva comes across Gideon Cross, our Christian Grey of the Bared to You world - who seems to have a few problems of his own when it comes to being involved with Eva. To start with they have somewhat of a weird relationship, but nothing to do with contracts and red rooms of pain; well not quite anyway. To be fair, Cross is a much more likeable character than Grey will ever be - where Grey is a controlling pain in the backside, there is a side to Cross that makes you inquisitive in a positive way to try and find out what has made him the way he is. As the plot develops you see that the two characters have far more in common than you might imagine - and it's something that causes a good amount of plot and character development, which for a book like this you imagine to be quite a secondary aspect.
The other characters in the book, such as Eva's boss, her best friend Cary and her mum to name but a few make it an even better read, because they are actually actively involved in the story - for more than just oh these two characters visited someone's parents, they make up a chunk of the story to ensure it makes more sense rather than just being explained and leaving the reader to wonder what's going on. Set in America and in an area I've never visited - to be able to imagine the areas, the rooms and the setting in general I was relying a good description to be able to imagine these places. Which is something that has been lacking in other books like this that I've read, but I can happily say with this book that I've got no problem with it at all - find it easy to imagine Eva's flat, and her office without having to strain my imagination too hard! Another great part of this film is that it doesn't just revolve around Eva and Gideon, it does incorporate her job - and you do get a big of a feel for what she does, and everything that she is involved with. Shows girls that they can have a bit more of a life outside of whatever strange relationship they might be involved in; which for everyone who's read the 50 shades books knows that's not how Ana is portrayed. Which is a nice contrast, especially considering there are a fair amount of younger adults reading this who might not have much relationship experience, and well we don't need people thinking that 50 shades is normal!
Ok so I've put it off for long enough, the sex - yes it is another one of those erotic novels, but to me this book isn't just about the sex even though it is very prominent. When it happens you can't deny it - it's very obvious, but it's readable, even as the book goes on. Sorry to compare to 50 shades again but when you're reading the sex in that it just gets to a point when it is just cringe worthy and by the end of book two I was skipping over the sex, because well it was the same thing every time so I could have written it in my sleep. This however used adult words for genitals, so I didn't sit there wondering if a 14 year old had written the sex scenes - it was written in an adult manner, with adults in mind... So maybe we don't all end up having sex in limos, but a lot of us have been caught in that kind of situation, where maybe sex wasn't appropriate but we did it anyway. It's far more realistic than anything in 50 shades, which makes this book far more readable - and more worth the money you pay for it.
It's not all sex, there is a somewhat strange relationship with Eva and Gideon - which takes a bit of getting your head around; it's not exactly what you'd call romantic, but it develops making you intrigued to what could and would happen between them. Similarly with Cary and Eva, because you get a hint at the beginning of the book that they've had similar experiences - it just keeps you reading. It's a good example of different types of relationships after suffering something life changing - and as you try to go about the rest of your life following this. It's a great book actually, and when I get a chance I shall get my hands on the next book in the Crossfire series called, Reflected in You - which is already on amazon quite cheaply... Similarly with a book from her Renegade Angels series - which is free for Kindle at the moment!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Well for a used copy you can pick this book up for 1p on amazon with postage, £3.99 on Kindle and a new paperback from Amazon is £5.24... It is also available in Waterstones for, £5.59... WHSmiths for £2.95 on the website... Look out online and in bookstores for offers - as they often have 3 for 2 so well worth including this in your next book purchase!
i first read the 50 shade trilogy and seen this book and decided to buy it. i think in comparrison to 50 shades of grey this is definatly a better read, its better written and the storylines a bit better. i really enjoyed reading this book and thought the storyline and the characters were excellent. it keeps you wanting to read on and on as you are always wanting to know what is going to happen next. it is a very cheap price also which is great. it is very well written and has very good plots. i recomended this to friends and family and they really enjoyed reading this book. it is a great price and a great book i would definatly recomend people to buy and read this book, it is a very good read. thanks to sylvia day for writing such a good book. enjoy reading :)
Why I read this book, I have no idea. I've never seen an episode of Sex and the City, the thought of having floating candles in a bath sounds like a health and safety disaster in waiting and 50 Shades of Grey is surely something from the pages of a Dulux catalogue? In short, so called "chick lit" isn't a genre I'm familiar with. However, I like to think I'm open minded and quite well balanced (I once watched a musical film and didn't vomit) so, for whatever reasons made me start reading this book, (I've still no idea why) it was this open mindedness that made sure I gave it a chance and saw it through to the end. Please find my thoughts on Bared to You below.
Eva gets a job in Manhattan where a chance meeting with super rich and powerful Gideon Cross, who owns a company in the same building, leads to a fast paced, full on relationship. It soon becomes clear that Gideon needs to have complete control over Eva as he obsessively dominates her, not that Eva seems to mind. These control issues lead to an ever darkening and increasingly complex series of mind games as more is revealed about Gideon and Eva's pasts to each other. To some extent the reader is left to fill in some of the gaps as to exactly why they are both how they are, which leaves the door wide open for a sequel.
I can't make an accurate comparison between Bared to You and Fifty Shades of Grey, as I've never read it. However, judging by the blurbs and hype around Bared to You, others have identified similarities so I would suggest to you that Bared to You could likely appeal to those who enjoyed a bit of Fifty - which to be honest seems like 95% of the UK female population between the ages of 18 and 70. Maybe in the future if I ever get round to reading Fifty Shades, I could revisit this review and update it using 'the Shades' as a bench mark against which to compare and contrast Bared to You.
Things I liked about this book. I did find I had a morbid curiosity with regards to finding out what the next drama / tiff would be between the two, who at times were like a pair of stroppy teenagers in need of having their heads banged together. I thought the author did well with the release of information throughout the story - not too much at once at delivered at a pace which teases the curiousity and made me want to find out what else was going to happen next. Amazingly, I found myself wondering about Gideon and Eva during the day whilst at work - surely the sign of a good author if Sylvia Day can get me, a chick-lit averse bloke that doing that? Don't get me wrong, we're not talking literary genius here, but if an author can hook a reader in this way, then that can only be a good thing in my opinion.
Things I didn't like about the book. It twists my melon when, before you've even got past opening the front cover of a book you have been bombarded with 20 odd phrases from the publisher saying that "if you liked (insert best selling author here), you'll love this". I'll make my own mind up thanks. I liked watching the film Jaws, but that doesn't mean I'd like to take up water skiing. Also, it did cross my mind that if I was to find the book a bit dull (ie - it did not contain any Nazi Zombies or fireballs or car chases - which it doesn't!) then perhaps the "sex" scenes might bring some madras to a mild chicken korma of a paperback. To stick with the spice metaphor, these scenes would have made a korma look nuclear powered. They were very vanilla really, which I suppose isn't entirely a bad thing if you're easily offended. However, it is a bad thing if you have been led to believe by the copius comparisons to Fifty Shades that the book is full of wild sex scenes - I get more steam from my iron on laundry day.
I actually thought that the sex scenes ruined the flow as I was massively distracted by the author's continual referal to Eva's vagina as her "cleft". A cleft to me is a geographical feature that I would look for to jam a foot or fist into when I used to go rock climbing - not sexy and I thought it was a ridiculous word to use. This is where those with a knowledge of human anatomy leave clever comments about the pudendal cleft - ok, I acknowledge the pudendal cleft but the word "cleft" on it's own made me think of disused quarries and limestone crags. Discuss!
Also, the title puzzled me little bit - going off that alone I had expected that the book would be about spanking. There is a bit of that going on, but I think that to make reference in the book's title and hint at spanking was a bit misleading. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't hoping for a book on spanking - as a Man City fan we've had a big enough spanking in this season's Champions' League campaign and didn't fancy any more. Perhaps the title was more of a reference to Gideon and Eva baring their innerselves to each other rather grown adults whacking each other about the backside? Very deep, man.
Another point that jarred with me when reading was the frequency of their fallouts over petty things - "Gideon, you said hello to another woman whilst I was at your side so now I'm going to run off and ignore your calls". It was quite childish, and many a time I was thinking that they should get over themselves and "get a room". Moody buggers.
I don't feel that reading this book was a total waste of my time, as I said earlier there is enough about the characters and the progression of their relationship to have kept me interested. It was a first for me, this chick lit thing, and I hope that my different view point and opinions are of some use. However, there's no substitute for making your own mind up by reading it yourself, and as I rate the book with four stars, I recommend you give it a go. Thanks for reading.
When I finished the fifty shades trilogy I literally just wanted to pick the first book up and start again such was my love affair with the gorgeous, messed up Christian Grey. My friend suggested that I bought Bared to You by Sylvia Day and although I mooched on amazon and saw people saying that if you liked fifty shades you would love it I didn't decide to order until a good few weeks after as I just wasn't ready to get drawn in to something which I couldn't get enough of again just yet. I did take the plunge around a month ago but the book lay next to my bed untouched for a couple of weeks and then when I did start to read it I just couldn't get in to it at all. I decided to leave it another week or so and then give it another go and I soon became completely hooked and so this is my review of Bared to You.
I have to say I was in no way familiar with the author Sylvia Day before I bought this book and so I didn't have any idea what to expect from the book other than the fact that people had made comparisons to the fifty shades books. This book tells us the story of Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross who meet quite accidentally but who are completely drawn to one another in a way which is possibly going to be quite dangerous given that both Eva and Gideon have suffered quite traumatic experiences in their younger years.
What hit me immediately about this book as I started it was simply that Eva was a completely different woman to Ana in fifty shades. Eva comes across as quite a strong, confident woman and whilst she has her issues to deal with I think she puts up a very good front in her day to day life. From the onset I had an image in my head of how Eva was a good looking, career minded, wealthy and fit young woman and whilst I could draw similarities between Eva and Ana in fifty shades I do think that Eva comes across as a much more self assured woman for the most part. Eva has experienced a very horrible amount of abuse from someone close to her when she was a child and so she is emotionally scarred by that and struggles to fully commit to a man and yet with Gideon there was something which drew her in and the author does an excellent job of portraying just how much she needs him. At various points I could feel my breath quickening as I read parts of this book and it was almost as if I needed to know what Gideon would do next as much as what Eva did.
Gideon Cross is really another Christian Grey in that he is the perfect male specimen to look at. He is rich beyond belief owning his own businesses all over Manhattan and is wanted by probably every female who has set eyes on him. At first I found it quite tricky to be taken in by Gideon because of my obsession with Christian Grey but the more I read of this book the more he became an obsession too. I think that Gideon is much more dangerous as a result of his past traumas which aren't really made clear in this book but what you are aware of is the fact that he has suffered some experiences which have really affected him. I think where as Christian was messed up but never really dangerous per se to Ana in this book Gideon is messed up and could potentially be very dangerous to Eva which is highlighted in one short section of the book but one which really stands out in the mind and stays with you.
What is nice with this book is the fact that there are secondary characters which are allowed to take quite a prominent place in this book and you are able to see that they are flawed too in some cases just like Eva and Gideon and so you are left feeling like this is a more "real" story as opposed to a fairy tale love story or something. I am looking forward to seeing how characters such as Eva's best friend and flat mate Cary develops in the subsequent books as I do think he has a lot of potential though I am somewhat annoyed by him at points simply as he is always calling Eva "baby girl" which just irritates me. I suspect there will some characters which although only briefly touched upon in Bared to You will be much more prominent in the second book in the trilogy and as you are just given tit bits of information about them in this book you really are left wondering what they really are like and how who they are will impact on Eva and Gideon's relationship which as the reading you really are rooting for.
Of course the fact that it is mentioned that this book is likened to fifty shades of Grey you are going to be aware that there is plenty of hot and steamy sex in this book. What is always remarkable with these books is just how attuned to each others bodies the main characters are but how the male lead really is some kind of sex god who knows exactly what buttons to press to make the woman melt in his hands. I think in this book the sex is much more varied and takes place in more risqué locations and as the author is very good at making you feel as though you are in Eva's place I would certainly not advise reading this book in a public place unless you want to feel rather uncomfortable! The book is quite provocative in that as you are reading you are thinking either I have experienced that or that I would like to experience that and it really does draw you in to the book so you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to be next for Eva and Gideon.
Again as this book is likened to fifty shades of Grey you would fully expect this story to be about a couple who just need to be together no matter what but I think that in the case of Eva and Gideon this is amplified even more. I suppose you could liken it to that one person you probably should stay away from but that you are just completely drawn to even though you know it may potentially be bad for you. You can actually feel how much the couple need each other especially when they aren't together for whatever reason and it is actually painful. The book is also full of sweet little touches from a man who confesses he doesn't "do" romance and I think this serves the purpose of making you root for the couple even more as you can see the benefit they bring to one another despite the fact that they do have their own issues. I personally think from reading this book that there needs to be a happy ending for the couple, that they need each other to be able to work their way through their respective issues and so I do hope at the end of the trilogy this will be the case though I suspect there will be many ups and downs too before then.
I think to be honest everything in this books is just better written than fifty shades and whilst I did love fifty shades I would openly admit it wasn't well written and there was an awful lot of repetition especially around key points and phrases. Now with Bared to You there isn't that same kind of repetition and yet everything is described with such accuracy that you can really feel as though you are living the life of Eva and Gideon. I was able to put myself in Ana's shoes in fifty shades and feel as though I was living her life but the sheer emotions that you are made to feel when reading Bared to You are actually quite remarkable and in terms of writing style this is a much better read. I would say that you do go on a bit of an emotional roller coaster as you read this book as you feel the highs of the couple when they are happy but you are also able to feel their pain too when things aren't going well or when they are talking about their pasts and so all credit to the author for making the reader be able to feel so much.
There are 334 pages in this book and so whilst it isn't massive you will probably find that you will finish it quite quickly as you are just left needing to know what is going to happen. I would often read this before I went to bed just dying to know if there would be any further information divulged about Gideon's past in particular but the author is clever at just giving you enough information to want more and I personally cannot wait for the next instalment of the trilogy to be delivered from amazon which is called Reflected in You and should be delivered towards the end of October this year.
Should you be interested in purchasing Bared to You I can advise that you can pick it up from amazon for just £2.99 in paperback form which is a steal and I'm sure you can tell that I would thoroughly recommend giving this one a go.
Thank you for reading my review!