Bared To You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia DayBared To You by Sylvia Day
Published June 2012
Series: Crossfire #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
four-stars
Format: eBook
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Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was 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...

Bared To You by Sylvia Day was actually the first book I read after having read the Fifty Shades Series, and I must say it was totally up to my expectations (which actually weren’t too high at that time, since this was when I started out in that genre).

Anyway… On her first day of work Eva Tramell runs into a “Dark and Dangerous” stranger and soon finds out that D & D is no other than Gideon Cross, a business mogul who, just like her, doesn’t stay indifferent to the sexual tension between them. As the story grows (and it does grow quickly since they act like a couple after only 1-2 weeks) they get to know each other and together they “fight agains the demons of their past”.

There might be some things hinting to Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James in Bared To You. For instance, Gideon is the typical alpha-male: possessive, protective, a total control freak and owns half the city, a penthouse, a driver and a maid. Just like Christian Grey. And Eva, well she’s a 24-year-old assistant at an advertising agency, just like Anastasia Steele who was with a publishing company. But the catch is that unlike Ana, Eva is not naïve and unexperienced: she’s rather the strong type and carries a heavy past.

But for those who think Bared To You is a merely pale copy of Fifty Shades – it’s not. Of course, it’s kind of the same plot: young lady meets possessive millionaire, they get together, and their pasts get in the way. And yes, it is (again) a story about abuse, and there is some kind of far-fetched sub/dom idea with Gideon being an alpha-male, but not in any way into BDSM or the like. But it is also way more than that: I would say that it is a better version of Fifty Shades. The writing is better (way better!), the emotions are better, the things around the story is better, and I must say Sylvia Day did a wonderful job with The Crossfire Series.

Plot-wise, Bared To You is more of an opener. You do find out a few things about Eva, but many stories are left untold – or should I stay: left to be told in the next book(s). I obviously allude to what happened to Gideon when he was a child, to his ex-fiancé, what the deal is with Christopher Vidal etc… Unlike some “almost” stand-alone stories, you know that Sylvia Day knew from the start that there would be a sequel to Bared To You.

So I wouldn’t say that this first part of the Crossfire Series is very thrilling – it merely sets the scene for the action to follow (having read the second part I can tell there is plenty) and more importantly, it sets the scene for Gideon and Eva. Both of them get to know each other and get to compromise in order to make “them” work. Both have particular pasts, and both their pasts are difficult to cope with and leave them standing with a pretty low self-esteem despite their strong appearance.

Other than that, the book holds great dialogues which can be very romantic as Gideon Cross makes a total personality 360° when he meets Eva, because from what you learn he really wasn’t romantic at all. And well, of course he also has a very rough and hot “caveman” side going on, and Sylvia Day has a way of describing the sex scenes that just gets you totally turned on. Again, it’s a book I really enjoyed reading because it doesn’t lack in humour at all, and I also loved the side-characters, who are just are attaching as the main characters. And obviously, Sylvia Day is very Gay Friendly, which I like! Oh and by the way, I pretty much believe Sylvia Day had a picture of Matt Bomer by her desk when writing The Crossfire Series. He’s the perfect match for Gideon Cross.

Anyway, if you are looking for a perfect subsitute to Fifty Shades, look no further, as Bared To You will have you gripped. And beware, because once you’re done reading Part One, Part Two will be a life necessity!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars