May 19 2012 1:00pm

First Look: Sylvia Day’s Bared to You (May 24, 2012)

Bared to You by Sylvia DaySylvia Day
Bared To You
Berkley / May 24, 2012 / $5.99

Our journey began in fire...

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—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...

Bared to You is the first book in Sylvia Day’s new contemporary romance Crossfire series. Told in the first person by the heroine Eva Trammel, Eva is a recent college grad who moves to Manhattan with her male BFF, Cary, to start her life on her own two feet. Then Eva meets Gideon Cross, a handsome take-charge billionaire who sweeps her off her feet.

Gideon and Eva both come from abusive backgrounds and they are both still dealing with the fallout. Eva has dealt with her abuse through therapy and it continues to be an everyday struggle, whereas Gideon has dealt with his abuse by avoiding being in a emotional and long-term relationship. On the surface, Gideon is the perfect guy, but as the story progresses, the perfect façade is slowly peeled away to reveal a hurt and emotional battered man underneath the surface.

What makes Bared to You so compelling is that Gideon and Eva are so dysfunctional and effed up that as the reader, you wonder if these two people should be together. Throughout the book, Gideon’s behavior is borderline stalkerish. He has issues with trust, jealousy and possessiveness. A normal woman would be scared by his controlling behavior and at times, Eva is. But instead of repelling her, it pulls her closer like a moth to a flame. One of the many WTF moments of the book was when Gideon recreated Eva’s bedroom for when she spends the night at his penthouse.

“I recreated your room based on the photo I took of you sleeping.”

Whoa! Major red flag. You want to yell at Eva to tell her to run for her life because her bones might be made into wind chimes.  And yet, the relationship works in its own sick way. The sex scenes are smoking hot and Gideon is so sexy, that you temporarily forget his stalker-like behavior.

“It’s probably best for me to work off some energy before I get you naked. I’m sure you’d like to be able to walk tomorrow.”

Gideon is also so vulnerable and insecure that you just want to wrap him up and hold him close. Even though he’s successful in business, being with Eva brings out all of his insecurities, deep insecurities that makes Gideon an emotional wreck whenever Eva is upset with him.

“I fucked up again. Don’t break up with me. Talk to me. Please.”

Reading Bared to You is like watching a train wreck. You can’t not look and you can’t stop reading. It’s intense, emotional, sexy and at times frustrating.

This is a book that has to be read from start to finish in one sitting. The characters are so compelling and so fucked up and you wonder, how will they make it work? Readers—and I—will have to find out in the series’ subsequent books.

[Ed. note: Bared to You will be followed by the second book in the Crossfire Trilogy, Reflected in You (formerly known as Deeper into You), on October 2, 2012.]


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1. joyofbean
Sounds pretty similar to 50 Shades - it'll be interesting to discover what's different. Sylvia Day's historicals are wonderful so I'm intrigued by what this series might be like.
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2. BoxyFrown
Ahhh I loved this book. I love Gideon and Eva together - yes they are bonkers, but they work...and I am rooting for them. They try so hard to work it out, that's what compels me, I think. I am so excited to read the next installment!
3. kekoahoku
Train wreck! However this is not even close to the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy even though at times there are similiarities that make me go "Hmmmm. This sounds awfully familiar." The revised Book Cover even suggests there may be similiarities between the 50 Trilogy. Gideon is very one dimentional that is sort of driving me crazy. I am hoping that in book 2 there will be more depth to his character. I almost feel like the writer is trying way to hard, so it not coming through to make him more believable as a tortured controlling character. I have to admit, when Gideon recreated Eva's bedroom in his penthouse that is was seriously creepy. She is a better writer hands down than E.L James, yet she needs to develop her storyline a little better. Book 2 has not come out yet, and I expect the author to have Nathan make an entrance some time soon. I love Cary Taylor! He is fun, charming and balances Eva's world. I am in agreement that this is a fast read that can be done in one sitting. I could not do that with the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy because it truly was an emotional train wreck that I could only take in small doses. Bared to You is purely curiousity as to why I keep hanging on.
4. Sarah84
I loved fifty shades but this book is sooo much better. Will it be turned into a movie? I hope so.
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