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 was so glad when this book was finally over. It lacked originality in many areas of the storyline. The female lead had too many issues and too much baggage.
I didn't like voice used for the male lead.
I thought this story was well written. The interaction between the characters was very powerful.
I think this story could be comparable to 50 Shades. The characters draw you in.
I could feel the passion of the characters through her reading. She made Ava and Gideon come alive.
Yes!!!! It was very hard to turn it off.
I was very pleased with the execution of the story. It was one of my favorite by far.
Yes I liked the audio version I can listen why I work!
Love the love story and keeps you wanting to listen more!
Every part was my favorite
If 50 Shades was sex and stupid, this book is sex and drama. Eva would have been better off with a dog that responded to commands instead of a man with a mind of his own. Half way through the book, I didn’t care what happened to the characters. There was too much attention to how perfect people looked, and how perfect their bodies were. Beautiful and rich must be to only things that count. Spoiler alert: Eva wants Gideon to be himself as long as he has the ‘right’ answers or the ‘right’ reactions – she should have given him a script to go by. She forced him into an uncomfortable situation, and was angry when he didn’t respond the way she demanded. She says he can talk when he is ready, and then demands that he tell her everything. She deserted him at a charity function, and was angry that he didn’t stay with her. She ran off and didn’t take his calls, and then wondered why he didn’t try to contact her. She refused to wear an expensive ring he gave her because it reminded her of ‘bondage’ and then turned around and charged an expensive ring for Gideon because it reminded her of ‘bondage’. When Gideon was in the middle of a night terror, Eva woke him in the exact way she explained was the wrong way to wake him, and immediately went into her “it’s all about Eva’ routine” – no comfort for Gideon there. Eva practically says I can’t live without him and why am I here in the same sentence – over and over and over. There is just screaming and crying and then sex. Gideon must be obsessed with Eva because if he was in his right mind, he would have run away as fast as possible. After a while, I felt like I was the one in the bad relationship. Way too much drama for me.
Yes, I have listened to this multiple times. Truly a wonderful story. Better than 50 shades of grey. (which I doubted, in the beginning) but so true. better writing.
Giddeon, and Eva with his roommate.
Just loved everything about it
If you love 50 Shades of Grey, You will love this.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
i've not read the print version....i love the audio tho'
of course Gidion and Ava!
Yes! and the sequel too!
The review title sounds a bit vanilla since this type of book needs to be judged for what it is and not that it is some type of classic read of course. I did enjoy it after reading 50 shades since it was a bit tamer. I think it might have been better if I had read this trilogy first since I think people might do the comparison and "Bared" would come up short in the "wide eyed" department.
I liked it enough to listen to book 2 of the trilogy but am waiting for later to see if I want to get book 3.
I can see the comparisons to FSOG (which i hated, because of the v poor writing and v unlikeable characters plus the BDSM was disturbing but then the scenes unsatisfying) , but i can see if people liked FSOG for the frequent scenes involving a young, dominant, male billionaire, they would like this.
But this book was written by an adult and the characters, though a bit extreme, have generally adult behavior (if admittedly psycho) and i really liked the author's way of weaving psychology and therapy into the story, which is refreshing, rather than expecting such psycho behavior to be accepted as totally normal!
If you have read 50 Shades, don't bother with this one. I honestly can't believe that the publisher has gotten away with printing a book so similar. The author even uses the word "mercurial".
Maybe this book is getting such high reviews because the audio version of 50 Shades got such poor ones. Based on those reviews, I did not purchase the audio version of 50 Shades, but went with the real book. I can see how the narrator's performance could make this seem like the better book, but I don't think it is.
There is nothing wrong with the narrator's performance, though. She did a fine job.
This book is the best read. I haven't even read the FSOG that everyone is comparing this book to. I was totally consumed and I couldn't get enough it. I was sad for the story to end. I just now bought the second book and I can't wait to read it.
I will say.... this book is very erotic and exciting. The narrator doesn't do very good job with male voices, but I become accustomed to it.
Overall.... GREAT BOOK!
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