You guys know I am not a typical romance reader. I read YA, almost exclusively. I joke that this makes me a delicate soul, despite the fact that much of my YA perusings take me to far-off planets and stars, or government take-downs. So why so delicate? They don’t address the issue of sex, all that much. YA is a kiss here, a touch there, and then break to the “after.”
So why did I dive headfirst into a near-BDSM erotica novel by Sylvia Day?
It’s a question I asked myself through the entire novel, and I can only say, most of my book buds are romance readers and all of them have sung the praises of this book. I’ve been told, “It’s 50 Shades of Grey but better” (thank goodness, because I’ve read passages of 50 Shades that made me want to stab my eyeballs right out of my head), and since I had the opportunity to sit in on an erotica panel (sort of by force, mind you) at this year’s RT that was headed by Sylvia Day herself (and she is awesome!), I decided to give the genre a go.
Whoa. That’s all I have to say.
That’s not really all I have to say…
I have heard that the beginning is much like 50 Shades, but since I haven’t read 50, I can’t comment on that. I will say, however, that the whole “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my number, so screw me maybe” attitude by Gideon was both a turn-on and a turn-off for me. If someone actually said that to me in real life, I probably would punch him in the face. Wait, not probably. Definitely.
So I can get beyond that and I dig the tension between Eva and Gids, except she leaves all the dang time. Like, come on girl, have some self-respect. Self-respect doesn’t include running away every chance you get. I know she had her issues with her past, and she’s all “boohoo I’m scared” but this really bothered me, because at some point, it was less about her past, and more about being passive-aggressive to get Gids-man to do what she wanted of him. Which was to chase after her. I seriously became fricken annoyed with that ploy and it never ended.
I totally dug on Gideon up until he used screwing her to fix everything. I mean, I felt bad for the guy, because he has his demons and we don’t even really find out too much about him (gah! so I guess I still have to get the next book, FML!) but he has these control issues that are so not normal, and seriously, it was sometimes like watching a bad episode of the Young & the Restless. Remember that show? No? Man I’m getting old. It’s still on TV, right? *Googles* So anyway, Eva will get upset about something, oft-times, because Gids-man is upset about something, so he’s all “I’m going to sex you back to your senses, rawr.” And so they do. A lot.
There’s a lot of sex. It was sexy and steamy, but at some point it got boring, because you can only listen to so much porn sex before it becomes repetitive (it’s like when you are at a party and standing at the door of a room, listening to a couple having sex and you’re giggling, but then after a few minutes, you’re all “This is boring because I’m not the one having sex, good bye.” Oh… am I the only person who’s done that? Nevermind.), and that’s when Sylvia Day brings out the BDSM big guns. (Okay, they were probably just pistols compared to other BDSM books). And my eyeballs popped out of my head. I’m no longer an ear-virgin. There were no red-rooms folks, but I bet the Gids-man has one…somewhere…in that penthouse mansion of his.
I didn’t love it, and I didn’t hate it. There was a lot about the story that annoyed me, mostly the characters (Eva, I’m looking at you, chick), because they’re so damaged and I don’t have a lot of patience for people who can’t work stuff out. But you know, it could have been a lot worse. Hell, it could have been 50 Shades worse (Kristina is going to kill me when she reads that)! So, you know, if you’re reading this review, you’ve probably already read Bared To You, and if not and you like this genre, don’t take my review as anything other than a YA reader getting her feet (or something) wet in erotica. Whoa, did I just go there? Yep. Yep, I think I did.
Jill Redfield is a stupendous narrator. She is quite possibly the best narrator I’ve come across yet, and while that hasn’t been too many, I have passed on books because the narrator sounded awful in the preview. Jill should never do anything else besides narrate books for a living, because she brought to life the characters in this story, and I will be looking for more audiobooks by her.
If you liked 50 Shades of Grey, then you'll definitely enjoy this book. I just finished the series a couple days ago, and I still can't get this story out of my mind. The story of Gideon and Ava haunts my dreams. Their lives are so complex, but their love is so perfect in every way. I have to remember that this is a book, and Gideon Cross is a made-up character! I definitely recommend this book. Let the story carry you away into another life, but don't forget your own. Also, the narrator is amazing! I loved everything about it, and can't wait for a 4th book!
Honestly usually I purchase the print version and read that before the audio however; this time I went the audio first; I am glad I did the audio first.
I loved the all of the book especially Gideon!!!! Also loved Eva, she is a firecracker!!!
Jill Redfield did a great job of narrating bu the story itself was just bad! I might try and Silvia Day book but just not in this series.
Not much of a plot and the heroine Eva was way too much of a drama queen
about half the sex and half of the over the top descriptions of EVERYTHING
Where do I start? I have heard so many good reviews for this book but I just don't get it. Eva, the "heroine" is a whiny, self centered DRAMA QUEEN. The whole story is basically Eva and Gideon having sex, Gideon saying/doing something she perceives as wrong, then she runs, Gideon comes after her, they have "amazing" sex, then she runs again. Even the sex (endless) scenes got boring. There was really NO plot, except Eva being a total drama queen. Yes, this book was similar to Fifty Shades but at least in that book I could feel the authors love for the characters and what story she was trying to tell.
So many people are comparing Bared to You to Fifty Shades, saying if you like Fifty, you'll like Sylvia Day's series as well. I don't agree! Somehow Bared to You is more crude and can't compare to the Fifty Shades Series.
The narrator did an amazing job and the story is amazing Sylvia Day knows how to write a book that you are unable to stop listening to with tasteful use of the correct words at the correct times.
The whole story of book 1 looking forward to book 2 which I am starting soon.
She sounds so sweet but gives so much meaning to Gidion Cross' voice that I forget that it's a woman reading it.
Bared to you.
So many books...so little time! :)
Eva meets Gideon by chance at her new job, and everything changes for her. Gideon isn't one for complicated relationships, however he is willing to change his rules for Eva. Their attraction is very strong, and they can't deny it, but it doesn't prove to be as easy as they would like to think. Just as thing get more intense...Eva realizes that like her Gideon has a dark past, but unlike her he isn't willing to share and is instead driving a wedge between them.
Again, another book I really wanted to like, but I felt like Eva and Gideon's relationship was completely about sex. Every time they had a fight or were disagreeing on how things were going in their "relationship" the resolution would be to have sex. It was as if it solved everything and yet it didn't solve anything!
I'm really torn to continue the series, because it left you hanging with some unanswered questions...but at the same time I'm just not sure it will get any better. I do love Jill Redfield as a narrator, and I think she did an another amazing job in this book...makes me want to like it even more. But overall..Bared to You left me wanting there to be more to Eva and Gideon's relationship...to me it was just bare! :(
First of all, I have to say that I am a huge fan of strong female characters and this book brought it! I love that the characters aren't perfect and both main characters have sad and complicated pasts. There was a lot, I mean A LOT, of sex in this book. So, if that's not for you, please beware. The story was good and I feel like it flowed nicely. The most enjoyable part of this book was the narrator. She is smart, sassy and does the characters total justice! I'm looking forward to listening to the next two in the trilogy and I hope and pray that they stick with the same narrator! I think I'll end up buying anything that she reads!
It's all about romance. My favorite.
This book ranks in the top 10% of the books I have read. Could not put the trilogy down till the end.
This book is sexually explicit, however it is the story line that keeps you listening not the sex.
Ava was my favorite charachter
This book will make you laugh and cry, You will not be able to stop until your done.
Live life like a kid in a candy store!
I would power down on the crazy town!
They finally started acting a little more normal and the book ended! I didn't want the next one until then. Now I will listen to the next just to see if they go a little more normal or crazy town returns.
I really liked the room-mate! I think I might have liked it better if I read it (very rare to feel that) because I wouldn't have imagined Gideon quite so freaking intense and when he says her name it would have been more loving and not crazy.
If Kate Hudson where Eva an Josh Holloway as Gideon and we went 50% less on the intensity.
While the performance was really good, it would have been better if Gideon was not performed so intense. When he calls her name in passion 'wanting/ urgent' would have been better than 'crazy/ pained'.