Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Publisher: Self Published
Length: Full Length (360 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, BDSM
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria
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...
Rarely have I read a book that made me feel so much. I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions while reading this story. At times it was pity, then annoyance, to heartbreak and sheer joy. And to top it all off, this book sizzled.
I’m not going to lie and say the comparisons to another novel didn’t pique my interest with this book. But I’m not here to review that other work, I am here to share my feelings for Bared to You. Are there similarities? Sure, but let’s be honest with ourselves. If you’re an avid romance reader, you’ve come across a book or two that reminds you of another book or two. How many times can an Alpha male be written? Or a vampire? Or a shifter? When something is receiving so much attention, it’s impossible not to be compared. But that’s grossly unfair to this book and the other.
First we meet Eva, a sweet down to earth woman who comes from money, thanks to her mother's advantageous marriages. Despite never wanting for anything, she decides to go to college and make her way in the world by getting a job. Shocking, I know. As the book progresses you understand why she needs this standard of normalcy. It’s not a want, but an absolute need.
We also get to meet Cary, a super sexy up and coming model who is Eva’s brother from another mother. But in actuality they are each other's support system. And if ever two people needed one other, it was these two. They are the ones who call it when the other has their head too far up someplace it shouldn’t be. For all the reasons that they were brought together, they were extremely lucky to have the relationship they did.
And then there's Gideon. Oh, dark and dangerous Gideon. While he's compared to another fictional who is also dark and dangerous, I felt Gideon is very much different. Is he controlling, of course. However, Gideon shuts down his emotions. Does it affect his personality? Absolutely, but Gideon builds a wall so thick that he’s almost childlike when it comes to emotions of the heart. Because he’s never had them as an adult. Until he meets Eva.
“As he stared back, he altered…as if a shield slid away from his eyes, revealing a scorching force of will that sucked the air from my lungs. The intense magnetism he exuded grew in strength, becoming a near tangible impression of vibrant and unrelenting power.” I shivered a little at this. Here you see he’s a dominant person, you feel it. Eva responds to it, even if she’s terrified by her reaction.
Together, they are explosive. Their love making, their fast growing emotions, their possessiveness, their everything is scorching. From the first time they touch until the last page, no matter how tumultuous their relationship is, it’s the passion that grips you. Gideon and Eva are almost too passionate for their own good. They break self imposed rules, experience firsts together, and live in a non-structured Dominate/submissive relationship.
I wanted to point out that I listed ‘forced seduction’ as an element of this book. It’s not what I think of as hard core forced seduction, but more as seduction used to bend Eva to Gideon’s will. He uses his arsenal of knowledge when it comes to Eva to bend her his will, or stop a fight, or whenever there's something they are having a hard time dealing with. There were a few times where I felt myself go "ummm", so I felt it would be better to safe than sorry.
In closing, I adored this book for so many reasons. I can’t tell you the last time I blushed from my neck to the roots of my hair. There's a scene that just flat out floored me, and I read it three times to make sure I got all the details in my highly imaginative mind. Ms. Sylvia Day did a fantastic job with this. The writing was superb, the characters flawed, overall just stellar work. I will be anxiously awaiting Deeper in You when it releases where we will be able to continue the story of Gideon and Eva.