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Bared to You - Sylvia Day
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Bared to You - Sylvia Day
Advantages: A more grown up book - with more than sex!
Disadvantages: I can't think of any!
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!
Summary: A 50 shades of grey for an adult reader, who cringed at E L James' sex scenes!