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)
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!
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
Ok. I stayed away from this series because it’s been compared to 50 Shades of Grey. No I’m not read 50 Shades and I don’t see it in my future. So I can’t compare the two personally. So why did I listen? After being on a huge Urban Fantasy reading/listening kick I needed some smut in my reading life. After reading The Bawdy Book Blog‘s funny audio review on it I decided to give it a listen.
I didn’t have much knowledge about the characters or plot line going in. All I knew was the guy, Gideon was a billionaire and there was hot sex scenes. Some people have been calling it a BDSM book so I thought there might be some kink in it. But there was NO BDSM elements in this story. There was some reference to D/s but it was mostly talk and I don’t feel like I was listening to a D/s story.
This was the hardest book I’ve ever had to rate. Why? Because I have a love/hate relationship with it. Parts ripped my heart out and others have me rolling my eyes. And others have me reaching for a B.O.B. And Gideon went from hot to stalker to creepy and back to hot so many times I felt like I needed to go to therapy during the times I found him hot. Eva was too stupid to live at times and other times I could feel her pain.
First let me start off saying I’ve found another great narrator in Jill Redfield. I felt like I would have not be connected to the characters and story nearly as much if I didn’t listen to her narration of the story.
Second Sylvia Day has done an excellent job with the writing. She took two broken characters and thrown them together in a hot and dysfunctional way that broke my heart. I wanted to give both Eva and Gideon hugs and then I wanted to slap the shit out of them.
I have never been so emotionally drained while reading/listening to a book before.
Bottom line, Bared to You is a story where Lifetime TV meets Spice Channel. Under all the hot sex there are two complex characters brought to life with great writing and amazing narration. I will be giving the second book, Reflected in You a go on audio very soon.
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!
He was horny all the time, she was horny all the time. They made out all the time. Little story but plenty of graphic sex scenes.
Sad I wasted a credit on this one.
Anything from Molly Harper or Jeannine Frost
Unless you are looking for graphic sex scenes, don't waste your credit on this one.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
If you expect a book which is about 30% sex and another 10% talking about sex with a moderate romance story, you will rate this book five stars. The sex is steamy, graphic and constant.
If you prefer a more substantial romance story which is accented by a only a few steamy sex scenes, you will be disappointed as I was. I frankly became bored with Gideon and Ava "doing it" here, there and everywhere over and over and over.
The story had the potential to be really good. Both Ava and Gideon have issues that they have to work through and that make the story interesting. I love Gideon and how he has changed for Ava, and I am anxious to learn more about what makes him the way he is. On the other hand, I am constantly frustrated with how dumb Ava is and wish the author would give her a little more adult common sense.
I think the narrator is excellent. Her voice is slightly husky and sexy yet in a classy way. This book could have been really trashy with the wrong narrator.
Bottom line, I'm torn whether to listen to the second book in this series. I very much want to hear what happens to Gideon and Ava, but I don't know if I can put up with everything else to get there.
I listened to this book so many times that I lost count. I love the story and can't wait for the next one in the series.
50 Shades of Gray
I love how she performed Gideon Cross.
I love the story line. Can't wait to listen more as Eve and Gideon's pasts unfold.
gideon, much nicer than christian :)
i like how he treats her, so romantic..... I fell in love with him lol
Almost too similar to 50 Shades, but still super hot! The main character has some really great lines, especially when describing what she needs in a sexual relationship. The sex scenes are great, but it ends like the first 50 Shades book, almost mid-sentence. I don't like that unless the complete series is out and I can move on to the next book. I prefer a little more of a conclusion.
Yes, it's okay.
I read 50 Shades of Grey when it was still fan fiction and enjoyed it for the same reason I read and enjoy any fan fiction: as a riff on an already well known story. I'm reading it because I know the ending before it begins, and the journey is hopefully a clever take on a familiar pattern; sometimes a highly familiar.
The reviews stating this was written better than 50 Shades intrigued me; to be blunt, I disagree with that assessment. I don't expect to feel every scenario, conversation, or character is believable, or even reasonable, but I hope to find something in there that is enough to make me suspend my disbelief. While I did listen to this whole novel--and I won't if it's particularly bad--I couldn't suspended my disbelief and just enjoy the ride, It was too bumpy.
I thought the diction was only okay, the characters were not believably fleshed out (the male lead in particular seemed artificial), and the necessary dramas (the other love interests, the emotional stumbling blocks, the star-crossed conflicts) felt conversely silly and overly harsh. '50 Shades' may not be the height of eloquence, but there are enough clever bits and pieces to keep allow you to accept or at least temporarily ignore the weak parts.
From hearing the sample of Bared to You, I thought I might enjoy her reading. While I don't think my assumption was incorrect, her emphasis on certain words was awkward (I'm tempted to say it was flat out wrong) and her voice for Gideon (and several male characters) was too forced. Despite these complaints, she did a more than passable job. However, if you're interested in this book, I'd suggest reading it for the simple reason that spending the amount of time necessary to listen to it is just not worth it. At least you can skim while reading.
The ridiculously abrupt ending means only one thing: it's the first of several books. I have no plans to read any further, which is perhaps the most telling.
Very well written. Steamy without crossing lines I don't relate too.
Sylvia Day I am not sure if she set out to top 50 Shades of Grey... But she did!If you like FSG you will love Bared to You.I feel that Bared to You is written better and overall a more developed story. Can't wait for the next one.
For me it was when Eva went to Crossfire's office the first time not knowing it was him she was going to see..
Yes in fact I tried but, work gets in the way.And I will listen too again!
"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.
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
"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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