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"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)
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
After listening to both authors work, E L James and Sylvia Day, it is uncanny how similar there books are. Great work by Sylvia Day with just a bit more modesty thrown in. I am very happy there are more books to come and hoping more than 3 as I feel if the saga is continued longer it will out run Fifty shades by miles. Sylvia Day appeals to me more as she has such a smooth natural way when telling the love making, her way of writing doesn't embarrass me at all with the hot and spicy sex.. Looking forward to the rest of this series and will be grabbing it as soon as the next book is released! Thanks Sylvia :)
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
Let me start out by saying I LOVED THIS BOOK! And I CAN NOT WAIT for the next one. This is the perfect book for Grey withdraw. However, I kept asking myself why did I enjoy Fifty more then this one? Because Bared to You is the first book....I simply want more! More character development, more answers to my hundreds of questions, more interaction between the 2 main characters then just hot sex (not that I mind it).
I really believe I will eventually like this book more than Fifty, but until then I'll be agonizing over the wait.
One Unique Reader
I needed this...
Can't pick... but I'm glad that Gideon only reminded me of Gray suferficially, both being rich, handsome and scared
If you loved FSOG you will like this book as well, but you won't read/listen to it thinking about how much they are alike, these are two different books.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
Yes, one of the BEST I've listened to. Great, interesting and I did not want to stop listening!!!!
Full of interesting moments, one right after another!!
She is just wonderful. The best narrator I have ever listened to. She makes me feel like I'm right in the moment.
Like I said eariler, Jill Redfield's excellent skills in reading this book made me feel like I was right there in the moment. It was fantastic!!
I would gladly spend money for this book. I used my credit, but in the future if I do not have a credit when this author/narrator combination comes out I will buy it. I loved it that much. I got book 2 in the series.
Other reviewers said it was a direct ripoff of FIfty Shades of Gray, but that it was better written. I hated Fifty but purchased this book anyway. The first 2 chapters were almost exactly like 50. So much so I almost turned the book off. But I struggled through it. It is better written but still not a good book. The main characters have endured sexual abuse and are trying to deal with the after effects. Somehow I cannot listened to a book where someone has had to try to deal with such a horrible thing and then listen to how they can have such a fullfilling sex life. It seems so unreal. When I listen to a "romance" novel, I want escapism not to be reminded of something so horrible and then listen to how they bang like ferral beasts.
Better things to do but this is more fun.
It's one of the better romance books I've read although about middle of the pack in terms of reading quality among audio books.
Good plot but I wasn't thrilled with the reader's interpretations, particularly her interpretation of Gideon Cross. However, I found the story compelling enough that I found excuses (chores) to do just so I could finish the next little bit. Having read the Twilight and Fifty Shades series, I found this story to be somewhat similar but engaging: The male leads in all three books are wealthy and two of the three are prominent businessmen. I like alpha males but am about done with dysfunctional personalities, as is the case with Mr. Cross and with Christian Grey (Fifty Shades). Also, all three female leads have some small self esteem issues. As with Twilight and Fifty Shades, the female lead's parents are not together and the mother is somewhat, umm, flighty and even narcissistic. Also, all three books have elements of stalker/crazy behavior, including observing/photographing the female lead in each story and generally high levels of possessiveness and jealousy. On the other hand, it's kind of sweet when your significant other feels strongly about you like that. Yeah, I'm a little conflicted and my feminist mother would be appalled.Having said all of that, I like the story enough to listen to the second book. I guess I find myself wanting to like it more. We'll see how the rest of the story goes in book 2.
One of my favorite moments was where Gideon is revealed to have made a collage of Eva's pictures and he speaks of her photograph blowing him a kiss from her photo every day.
The reader is generally likable but I didn't care for the way she read male voices. She seems a bit out of her range and it changes the emotion of the character she's reading.
What would I do without audio books?!!
Although the main character is undeniably similar to Grey, the story is a bit more smartly written. The story is set in NYC and has a very cosmopolitan feel. Good character development as well. This book is a sexy escape - just what you look for in erotica!
What a difference a voice makes...
I don't like 50shades. At all.
And while there is similarity here, this is definitely better than 50. But I am writing this review mostly to praise the narrator's performance. It is absolutely stellar!
Also Sylvia Day is an actual author, so the book is written much better as well.
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!!!!
This story is well written and the narrator was great. I just had a hard time with the intensity. I didn't like the possessiveness and the neediness. It didn't feel like "love" really. It was obsession. It was too much love-hate, and it can be best described as UNHEALTHY. Not an uplifting love story. Lots of angst and fights and sex. I hated Gideon's thinking he owned Ava. The love scenes were very explicit and very intense and a lot of the time dirty. It was too intense for my taste.
I listen to it over and over and over again got all the books yeay
was lost in the story. packed with love lust and an incredible read. can't wait for part 2
"Actually quite good!!"
Steamy, Heart-warming and Addictive
When they meet for the first time, you know what's going to happen its just a matter of waiting for it - it's definitely worth the wait!!
Yes, can't wait to read the next one.
Yes a bit of both.
"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!
I have read both books and fine them addictive reading can't wait for part three and hope the author does the final installment justice as the reader is hooked on both main characters
"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.
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