Please note: This audiobook contains graphic adult content.
"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...."
©2012 Sylvia Day (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“If I were to recommend any book today to readers who enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey… this would be the first one I would offer… Scorching love scenes.” (Dear Author)
"An erotic romance that should not be missed.” (Romance Novel News)
“Hot… page-meltingly hot.” (Darhk Portal)
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
This book is the most amazing sexy thing since Fifty Shades! Have fun!
Stop reading now, you'll like my review better.
So my mantra as I type this is it's just a sex book, it's just a sex book. It was written clearly to profit on Fifty, and if not, is amazing and coincidentally almost identically to it, right down to the f'ed up relationship that is extremely unhealthy. What's that? You gasp? Well, if you haven't read it, let me ask you this. If a guy took a picture of you and your room while you slept, recreated your room EXACTLY in his apartment then tells you this is your safe place to run to where he'll never follow... what would your response be? If you have read it I'm sure you either already asked that of yourself or are doing so right now.
In short, this book is easy to read. There's LOTS of sex. Dysfunctional HOT sex. And if you don't think about the fact that each of the main characters are ridiculously jealous and constantly fighting (for the makeup sex of course) and never have an actual relationship because they can't stop sexing enough to have a conversation that doesn't involve angst, then the book can be fun. It's helps that EVERYONE in the WHOLE BOOK is friggin HOT. Even the background characters.
I applaud Jill Redfield for going all out. The gasps and moans are sometimes shockingly realistic. Lucky sound editors. Winkwink.
Now that you read this, feel free to return to the first sentence. Spend a credit. Enjoy.
Yet another sharp, saavy woman who becomes the love slave of a handsome, self-made billionaire, with the emotional maturity of a 5th grader.
Doesn't wash. She's so smart, but acts like a child when he snaps his fingers.
This man is truly unlikeable, dragging the book down. I was pulling for her to dump him.
Sex isn't erotic, but by the numbers formulaic.
Something less predictable.
When she drops the boyfriend for a while but, of course, can't stand life without him. Supposedly smart couple with jealousy issues most people get past by 7th grade.
If she had started dating other men and dumped him.
Narrator did a good job of raising an average story more interesting than it really is.
Did not meet my expectations at all. Judging by the reviews, I expected this book to be extremely well written but that is not the case.
The entire book read like a rush job!!!
someone that wants to just read about sex without and real story line
Don't think so
less sex and more story to make it interesting.
Wish I could get my money back!!!!
Nothing. It is a very poorly written story.
The rediculous feelings of some of the characters
Nothing. I think she did a great job with what she had to work with.
Ava and Gideon
I read the reveiws on this book and decided to give it a shot. What a terrible waste of money. I have read 50 Shades of Gray and there were comparisons by other readers. I try to be open minded and although I had found some bad reveiws, I thought that I would not be influenced by other readers and just find out for myself. Lesson learned. This was my first Sylvia Day book and will more than likely be my last.
I've run across a couple of these books in the last little while. All bought on a whim, basically from the descriptions listed when you run your cursor over the picture.
The descriptions are fine, but should be marked with "explicit sexual content."
Truly I don't understand why the sexual act should be described with such graphic, mostly vulgar terminology. Silvia Day could certainly take a page from Nora Roberts books when she writes as J.D. Robb. In her novels the sex is hot and steamy without being described in such vulgar terms.
The way Silvia writes about sex, you'd think that the only sex she has ever had, has been violent and brutal with no love involved, ever.
The mind is a funny thing, and can experience the lushness of the sexual act without all the graphic details, just by being led down the proverbial garden path. Most of the time it's hotter to be led than be told in vulgar terms.
The fact that this is the way that she writes has certainly put me off purchasing any more of her novels, and makes me want to stay with the authors that I know and enjoy. And that is a shame, because new authors deserve a chance to show their stuff just as the tried and true authors can and do.
Audible, you should clearly mark any of this type of novel, so the listeners can make an informed choice as to whether they want to purchase these books or not.
This book is about two extremely dysfunctional people who use sex as an answer for everything. He's obsessively controlling and she caves to his every command. I thought they were going to attend therapy and start to become healthy, but that didn't happen. I like a juicy sex scene occasionally throughout a well written love story. This is just trash.
Someone who needs pornographic listening. This book had little plot and character development just a lot of gratuitous, explicit sex... brain garbage. I fast forwarded through 80 percent of this just to see if it ever gave me some character to care about.
A book from a credible author who writes stories that entertain and inspire and do no harm.
Yes she was a good reader. I pity what she was asked to read.
The effort however misguided
I wish that audible would rate the books that they offer with an explicit rating to protect it's buyers.
High schoolers who don't see how annoying and unrealistic the characters are.
Probably not. It was a rip off of 50 Shades and a poor attempt at that.
Someone who could have carried the male role with more masculinity.
Frustration. These are just insecure, immature and idiotic characters living unrealistic lives.
I am partial to murder mysteries and espionage, but I thought I would try this genre. I couldn't get through the first part. It seemed to me that it was just about how exited she was getting and putting him off in spite of this.
It just was too redundant for me.
"a great listen"
loved this when I read it ages ago, great to listen to
the narrater was very easy to listen to, can't wait to start book 2
I was recommended this book having completed Fifty Shades. unfortunately I found the characters in this book completely unlikeable and unattractive. Gideon cross is certanily no Christian Grey. I have no plans to read the other books in the series.
"better erotica but still cannot beat Fifty Shades"
the erotica was well described but the allure is nothing like Fifty shades. perhaps book 2 may but things into better perspective. fifty shades had intensity and humor and this was just jntense....I guess it appeals to a different reader whjch ksvok.
Good story, but I can't help thinking that Eva asks too many questions, that needn't worth the asking; where Gideon has all the answers, where asking needn't apply.
"Wonderfully erotic and definitely worth reading"
If you loved Christian Grey and 50 Shades then this is the book for you. Although having some clear similarities there are enough significant differences to make it enthralling and erotically entertaining.
Don't be put off as this is well written and very well narrated although it does beg the question ..... are all billionaires fvcked up in their pasts and obsessive in their relationships ! ;) you just gotta love em :*) <3
I have mixed feelings about this book, and I'm still not sure what I really made of it. On one hand I finished it so it must have been ok, but even by the end I cant get over Gideons strange voice. Maybe they should have brought in a male voice actor as I was struggling to feel the chemistry with that voice.
"Bring on part two"
Great narrator :) easy listen. Had many ups and downs, already downloaded part two. All characters beautiful. Worth a listen overall good.
sexy, sad, intense
the limo where she shocks the hell out of him
loved it have read it several times
"Don't expect great literature"
This is very simple and straightforward writing, it's not a literary classic. But it is a great escape that I found difficult to turn off. Bared to you, is explicit, gutteral and sensual. I found the characters did lack foundation and therefore were harder to empathise with at the start of the book, but as the narrative progressed it became easier. The narrator was average and neither grated as I have found with some US narrators, but also didn't swell me to great levels of emotion. All in all I enjoyed listening!
"Addictive for sure, ready for the next book."
A good alternative for those who enjoyed 50 shades. Addictive for sure, ready for the next book.
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