I love this book.
Eva and Gideon are like street urchins – kicked around, damaged by family indifference, defiled by sexual predators, yet still fueled by an urgency to connect, to find solace, to heal themselves and each other. Bared to You is more than a romance – it’s a demonstration of how basic human decency struggles to survive, and how shared compassion can revoke unspeakable childhood injuries.
Much is made about the erotic content of this book; and yes, the urgent and over-the-top sexual relations between Eva and Gideon are exciting to read. This is fiction, and readers are allowed to find pleasure in the reading! But I wonder if that is a shallow appreciation of the true sexual dialogue between Eva and Gideon? Might their sexual obsessions be both the echoed weapons of past injuries, and also the channel that allows them to overcome despair, and find something good and true in each other?
Damage to childhood trust and innocence are the cruel injuries inflicted on them; searching for adult love and trust through sexual experience might be their route to survival. People aren’t always rational when trying to save their own lives. Eva and Gideon have recognized their similar tragedies in an instinctive way; they first suspect, and then understand the repeated horrors each has endured. That is what underlies the raw carnal appeal they initially see in each other. They sense the assault on decency each has suffered, and the damaged humanity they conceal under the trappings of professional success and a wealthy life style.
Bared to You is a book that entertains, but it can also inspire. Eva and Gideon are survivors struggling to make sense of a nightmare, trying to preserve a flicker of hope for love and devotion, and grow it into a flame. Their progress is erratic, clumsy, and sometimes fails. But they renew the effort, and the basic decency they find in each other grows. This is a hopeful book and a terrific read. Sylvia Day has provided a multi-layered entertainment, with just enough mystery to deepen the plot as it moves along. (And the narrator, Jill Redfield, is just perfect.) The sexual content is bold, but not offensive, and really should be taken for more than thrill value. If you consider sexuality as the avenue of character development, then the sex becomes more meaningful to readers.
I am so disappointed in this book! It is SOO a copy of 50 shades...I can't even continue listening.
It is an immitation of 50 shades and a ton of other racey novels, not a bad read ....AT ALL. I enjoyed it. The story line was as expected. You could predict the book's story line after the first chapter.
I've not listed to J. Redfield's other performances before, so I can't judge. I can tell you I wouldn't hesitate to choose her as a reader...she is quite good. I liked the fact she was constant on her tones and I liked her jovialness to her vocals.
I don't think it would make a good movie.
Enjoy-take it as it is. Don't expect a hugh story line it's just enough.
Write her own story and not plagiarize.
Where Trey catches Carey cheating with Tatianna.
Reason why i couldn't enjoy this was because it was the closet one could come to copying someone's else's work without it being deemed as plagiarism. It was way too Fifty Shades of Grey-y. Even the dialog was the same and when it wasn't, it was frickin ridiculous.
Gideon says things like this during sex: "Come, Eva. Now." Like, really?
I kept predicting what a character would say in a conversation and never once was i wrong! And then the authors major error was making Gideon a dominant! I was mostly annoyed by this book be honest. I was more interested in the side characters that i was in the main characters.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
i was a bit taken aback when i realized what the real subject matter of this story was. it is a world i know absolutely nothing about but the author wrote it in such a way that i became interested in the characters and their dysfunctional lives and wanted to know the out come of it. well that didn't happen in this book, realizing it is a series i was of course prompted to obtain the next book which i have yet to read. this one however the author gives you no choice but to purchase the next book if you do as i did and start to care about the characters and wonder if they can work through their problems. if you have a problem reading about sex, or intimate sexual activity between the main characters of a book i highly recommend you do not get this book because there is a whole lot of it, maybe too much in fact, if there could ever be too much?
the narrator also did a very good job in the reading of this story.
This book was an entirely different animal and unexpectedly insightful into a sector of our culture that is prominent and misunderstood. Personally, I haven't been able to comprehend the emotional reach and bend of so many of the people around me that are widespread practice of silence. Sylvia makes poetry and shows an internal landscape that is spellbinding to listen to in audio form and creates a new genre of story in my book... I am not sure what to name it. Since there is a subset genre of psychological thrillers... I would perhaps call this genre psychological romance, perhaps. The dialogue/communication is exemplary.
This book is so bad I had to stop listening and give up a credit. I don't think I have ever done that. The voice for Gideon is awful. There is no story. I gave it 3 chapters and am throwing in the towel. Don't waste your money
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
I listened to 50 Shades before this one and they are very similar, but this book did not make me fall in love with the characters in the same way as 50 Shades. I am going to listen to all of this book as well as book 2, but I don't feel the same connection as Shades even though the stories are extremely similar.
Sure. I will listen to Reflections even though I wasn't crazy about this story. There are certain words used in this book that I simply don't like.
She did a great job.
I purchased this book after having Grey withdrawal. This book went above and beyond my expectations. It was just a good as the 50 books. The two main characters were so bad for each other but it just worked. The love scenes were HOT and the storyline kept your attention. This book is a must read & I can't wait for the next two in the series.
Crazy red head who's head over heels about family, friends and life in general!
Yes. The way the characters meet. There was no build up or development of the relationship. It was just a chance meeting and straight into sex. My favorite part of any book is the "foreplay" of the characters into their relationship and that is definately missing in this story. This book also has a very young character who was raped over and ove and it seem a little unrealistic that she would feel so comfortable about sex with a dominate man. I just couldn't buy in to the story, plus I got bored with the sex and nothing in between besides a location change.
I'm going back to my favorite erotic author - Megan Heart.
I did really enjoy the scene when the main character walks in on her roommate in a multi-partner party. It just made me laugh out loud.
Decide not to listen to or read the second book in the series.
The reader of this book was good, but I was disappointed in the stroy overall. I just expected more development. Granted the sex scenes are well written and provocative but theres just no relationship between the characters to back it up.