Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Hi all!

Here is a review of an adult romance istead of the usual YA :)

Author: Bared to You
Title: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #1
Release date: 3rd of April 2012
Published by: Penguin Group Inc
Imprint: The Berkley Publishing Group
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 360 in Paperback
Source: Borrowed from Inga who got it from BEA2012
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...

Ok, there were things I enjoyed and there were things I wasn’t really wild about.
For one, being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey, I personally, liked Bared to You a great deal more. The basic premise seems to match but I prefer, for example, Eva as a heroine. Not only was she more mature and independent but she know how to stand up for herself and didn’t let Gideon take over her life. I actually respected her. Gideon I didn’t really connect with as much but I assume it’s because we were never fully explained his demons, reasons and past. I’m anxiously anticipating for all the secrets to come to light though.
Overall, this book for its genre was a well-rounded, easy and hot read, but...
Instant lust, steamy scenes and passion - it’s all good and in the context of things it’s my personal slight quibble, but more times then not I felt that that was the only things between the couple and in general holding up this book. I know and understand that I’m not supposed to be looking for the purpose in life or some deep profound meaning but I wanted there to be more of that something-something that drives the storyline, makes the plot exciting and generally functions as a backbone. I’ve been told the second book is heaps better regarding plot and overall, so I will give it a go.
First of all, I had a weak spot for Cary and I was worried about him dealing with his issues more than Gideon. He made some moronic decisions and sabotages his own happiness but I liked his confidence which just hid his vulnerability and brokenness. With both of my hands and feet crossed I’m rooting for him to get a grip and reach his HEA.
I’ll take on Eva and Gideon together:
The main problem I had with those two was that they were both too scarred and dysfunctional. Yes, they might understand and support each other better having shared a trauma, but I guess I would prefer a situation where one has a troubled soul and the other is there to heal. But, again, this is my personal preference. While Gideon’s past remains a mystery Eva’s alone was enough to give me shudders. That was too much and I predict there isn’t anything lighter coming from him. Nevertheless, both are young, successful, sexy, driven, hard workers, want to be together and are willing to change bit by bit for the other. I foresee a successful relationship just because they don’t spill their soul right away and both struggle to make this new connection work out. Shortly, I liked that nothing was simple and the road to acceptance and a healthy relationship is full of obstacles (I predict some pretty big bombs and battles ahead) many not only stemming from outside the couple but from themselves too. I’m really curious on how they develop together.
I adored Eva’s boss and his partner! They just seemed so right, fuzzy and cozy together. The couple I couldn’t, however, stomach were Eva’s mother and stepfather. She had a serious obsessive compulsive disorder regarding Eva and him always acting on it was bothersome meddling in their daughters life and choices. I understand the motives, but the end result went too far. Eva was heaps more mature and levelheaded than the two of them combined.
A good addition to the genre, it does everything right and what’s left is just everyone’s own preference. I’m looking forward to the second book and based on hearsay I expect quite a lot of general improvements. But for the moment I recommend to all who prefer this genre and to the ones that would like to venture into this side of romance literature.

3 stars!


1 comment:

  1. I just started reading it yesterday and it's quite good so far. At first it was a big turn-off - the whole Gideon's approach with the 'I want to fuck you' line, but now it's getting better. (: Also - great review!

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