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 PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)
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.
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 :)
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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 love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Though there are many similarities between FSOG and this book, Sylvia Day knows how to spin a tale and has the editors to prove it. Ladies and gentlemen not one "OH MY" in the entire book. Both characters have their own baggage of past monsters they need to deal with and the story keeps you glued to the book to uncover their secrets. I literally couldn't put the I-pod down. While I was interested in FSOG I was in a trance with this book. I felt like a voyeur watching the weave of these to lives bind and build. I love strong male characters. I often thought "how would I react if a man like Gideon talked to me like that?" My normal response to any man with that rap would be me telling him to go pound sand, however with Gideon I would have lost my ever lovin mind as Eva did.
Jill Redfield did an excellent job at narration. Audible DO NOT CHANGE NARRATORS!!
I look forward to the next in the Crossfire series. Again.....Audible sign what ever contracts, pay off your people, do what you need to do to get the second book available on release day.
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.
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.
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!
Bad writing. Ridiculous and annoying dialogue, plot, and characters.
Her voice is okay, but much too little-girl-perky for the character in this (sorry) tale.
Not that I could see.
Honestly, I'm pretty good at choosing audiobooks that I enjoy. I was so far off with this one! Can't imagine what I was thinking! Glad that doesn't happen very often.....rather costly if it did.
A different story, a different author and a different narrator.
Not in a million years!
ANYONE else...this narrator's voice was just plain flat. But I have to say that the best narrator in the world could not have made me like this audiobook. The sex was too explicit, the dialogue too vulgar, the writing too amateurish, and the premise too unrealistic. All that, and no story either.....complete disappointment.
Pretty much all of them...or at least those I listened to. I quit after about 2 hours. Kept hoping it would improve, but it didn't. Didn't want to waste my time seeing if it ever would. Bought it on a Daily Deal, but even at a lower price, it was a waste of money. I'll be returning it.
This audiobook appears to me to have targeted teens and young adults. I just hope they are smart enough to recognize that this is not what a real relationship is like. If they don't, I really pity them.
I luv to read but since having my lil boy 11 mths ago hard to find the time to pick up a book so hello audible my life saver hahahahaha
Looking for vulgar this books for you!
The "C" word lol
Their Language! Not like Fifty Shades in a million years!
"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.
"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!!!
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
"Left me wanting more"
This book started off with a feeling of "50 shades". However, ask I kept reading I was left wanting more. This is a must read/ listen too book. The author pulls you in and has you feeling you really know the characters. Gidion and Eva are the worse and best thing that has happened to each of their lives, 2nd book was fantastic. Can't wait for the 3rd.
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