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review 2016-03-26 05:51
Bared to You - Sylvia Day

So this book had a lot of sex.


It was basically relationship drama.
Relationship drama.
Relationship drama.
And so forth.


This was definitely better than Fifty Shades of Grey. I liked it but I wasn't blown away by it. I wanted more BDSM type of sex than what I got. But I suspect that will be developed in the other books.

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text 2016-03-25 23:02
Reading progress update: I've read 311 out of 338 pages.
Bared to You - Sylvia Day
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review 2016-01-28 12:30
Bared to You - Sylvia Day

Great for romance lovers, a step up from 50 shades of grey

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review 2015-02-26 23:22
I Won't Compare...
Bared to You - Sylvia Day
Reflected in You - Sylvia Day

What is your favorite? The Fifty Shades of Grey-trilogy or the Crossfire series? Or do you, like many, hate them both?

I must say, I am a Fifty-girl!

Well... Now I got that out of my chest, but as it says in my headline; I am not going to compare them. What I am going to do is giving an overall review of the first two books of the Crossfire series. 


Title: Bared to You and Reflected in You

Series Title: Crossfire (#1, #2)

Author: Sylvia Day

Original Published Date: April 2012, October 2012

Pages: 414, 371

Edition Language: Danish

Format: Paperback

Category: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica, Chick-lit,


Summary: (from Goodreads:) 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...


Yeah, woman and Man meet, they both have ghost of the past hunting them, troubles occurs thanks to the ghost. Not an original plot, but I don't mind.

That was the first book... The second was not so much different. New troubles occurs. Old troubles are still in the air.

It might sound boring and unoriginal, the way I 'sell' it, but I mean - I think it is okay, because to me, I read it for entertainment, not the big literary blow-your-mind-book. 

That said... 



For the first time in years I read the second book right after I read the first. Sounds positive,eh? No! I read the second book, because after I read the first I thought: "What? Is that it? It's already done? But nothing really happened!" 

It started out good. Very good. I always like the pre-relationship in these kind of books. The male main character's first name: Gideon - I really don't like that name. It reminds me of a giddy (got that? Gideon/giddy-on - haha) Irishman, not a dominating, controlling billionaire. The surname is good. Cross. Gideon Cross. 

A like him and I like the female main character, Eva Tramell. She's got a fighting spirit, which I really like. 


But my problem was, that after the pre-relationship it got reeeaally serious and oh-I-can't-bear-not being-with-you. Actually, I said nothing really happened, and it didn't, but at the same time a lot of things happened. They were just not revolutionary to the plot. Just the same I-don't-know-if-this-relationship-will-work-but-I-am-soooo-into-him!

So a lot of things happened, but at the same time - nothing happened. I almost never forget a book, but to be honest... I have almost forgotten most of it. 

The second became better. Actually felt like there were a plot. Still a lot of going, without going anywhere, but it got better.


I am still not entire fed, but at least this ending was a better closure than the other. I can now move on and wait to read the rest of the others later, like I prefer. And yes, I am going to read the rest. 


I gave Bared to You 3.5 stars and I gave Reflected in You 4 stars. It is going the right way, but for now, the Crossfire series will have overall 3.5 stars.

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review 2014-10-20 16:32
*eye roll*
Bared to You - Sylvia Day

I've never read 50 Shades, but there are endless comparisons of this book and 50 Shades.  I'm not sure how they compare, but I'm really not impressed.


We start with Eva, who is a young, 20-something woman from a very wealthy family, who decides to move to NYC to make it on her own.  She works in a building owned by Gideon Cross (it took me forever to remember his name just now.  Not a good sign) who is a 28 year old, uber successful business mogel who seems to own everything.  Restaurants, clubs, gyms, apartments, etc etc etc.  Oh, and he looks like this.




Getting to envision Jared Leto is the best part of this book.


Anyway, they have instant attraction, blah blah blah, and Gideon orders her around just like he orders everyone else around.  This really wasn't sexy, it was borderline creepy and abusive.  Like, thanks for recognizing my autonomy as an individual, and for respecting my opinions.  


So the whole time, Eva is so surprised that Gideon would actually stoop to be with someone like her.  But at the first sign of trouble, she bails.  Then he comes storming back into her life, with amazing mind blowing sex.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  It got so dysfunctional that it was distracting and annoying, and the sex wasn't even good enough to make up for it. 


If you want a summary of this book in pictures, here you go:






The end.

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