"Downright dirty, downright delicious"
Imagine 50 Shades that is written by someone who can actually write and you have the Crossfire series.
Ava and Gideon. So, so much better than Ana and Christian and, god forfend, Edward and Bella.
It's the usual story about a disgustingly wealthy man instantly besotted with a girl, but that's where it ends. Ava is sassy, snarky and sensible and one you can imagine might actually exist. She's confident and Day keeps her true to type. She makes no unfathomable decisions that are not part of her character, unlike Bell-Ana.
Gideon is a little cliched, but Day's writing is so good that he comes across as strong and believable... well... um... most of him is believable. Certain parts are a little... unlikely.
Quick synopsis: our two meet when Ava moves to NYC and they are instantly, wildly obsessed with each other. They acknowledge that it's unhealthy but fight to keep each other. Gideon is hiding hideous abuse, Ava is hiding rape and betrayal.
I think what I like is that it doesn't suddenly become roses, blue birds and violins. They mess up frequently but pick their way through the wreckage of their pasts.
I have to mention Ava's best friend, the bisexual Cary who is just delicious!
Jill Redfield is a fabulous narrator - perfect for Ana's character. She's bold and confident, just like Ana.
"50 Shades of Gideon"
Pretty much a mirror image of 50 Shades. Best not to listen to it without earphones!
Loved the series although felt a lot of it was similar to 50 Shades but that didn't stop me enjoying it as more of a story.Looking forward to book 4. :-)
Definitely similar to 50 Shades.
Was so easy listening. Would have preferred Gideon's speech to have been a mans voice and not Jill imitating.
Couldn't stop listening. Gutted I have now finished the three books.
"Better than fifty!"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book as well as the sequel. Having originally chosen it to quench my need for more of the infamous fiddy I never expected it to be quite so similar in it's story or characters (sans BDSM aspect).
Definitely better written, less repetitive and more accessible but playing to the strengths of fifty shades and quenching the thirst that the brakethrough trilogy awakened. Part of you longs for Gideon Cross whilst another part wants to be him (very Freudian!). Narration by Jill Redfield was great and also seemed superior to that of the 50 shades trilogy.
Highly recommend listening to this book with a bit of James Arthur in the the background for a truly liberating and silky smooth experience. Counting down the days until the third book is released!
"Up there with 50 Shades!"
If life is not the same without Christian Grey then this book will help fill that void. A great read/listen with fantastic, dynamic characters. This is a must read!
"Plagiarism without talent"
This book is a shameless plagiarism of shades of Grey but without E.L James's talent. It's just a lot of clichés without the sensitivity and humour that we loved in E.L James's books.
However, Jill Redfield did a great job (except for Gideon's voice who speak like a mafia godfather), I hope she will read a lot of other books.
If you really want to read good erotics books go listening Olivia Cunning or read Kate Grey, they are very talented artist, you will not be disapointed like with this rip off from Sylvia Day.
"Not sure about the narrator"
I enjoyed the story but was not overly happy with the narrator. All the characters seem to roll into 1 and a couple of times it sounded like it was recorded in space.
"Bared to you"
Disapointing to waste my money on as it was just a copy of fifty shades of grey. the whole story was copied. i had to stop lsitening to it!
i enjoyed fifty shades of grey however if i wanted to read it again i wouldnt have paid tiwce for it!!!
this book was very enjoyable, lots of sexy bits and a good story line, highly recommended
If you liked 50 shades then this is definitely a book for you. the same idea as the 50 shades but a much better feel and flo.
I enjoyed the characters in this book and found them far more enjoyable and much more believable. Got me hooked from first page to the very last page. Can't wait to get into the next instalment