Bared to You by Sylvia Day was an amazing read. It was hot and steamy and full of romance, which I'm a sucker for. No I'm not one of those people that is reading this series because of all the sex in it, I'm reading it because it's a real and dark relationship. I love reading books about characters who deeply love each other on a level that is more than just him/her being a vampire with a hot bod who can protect you. Although, I can't complain too much because I like most of those books as well.
When I first originally heard about this book/series I heard from a booktuber and other news sources that If you enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey that you would enjoy these books and possibly like them even more than the other series. I'm not sure If I could say I like the series more than Fifty Shades of Grey because I have only read the first book but what I can say is I like the first installment of this trilogy much more than the first installment of Fifty Shades of Grey. Yes I understand that some of you may have hated that series but I enjoyed it because of the dark romance behind it, not because of all the descriptive XXX scenes. So, when I heard this trilogy was compared to Fifty Shades of Grey but on a whole different level I knew I had to pick it up.
I started this book yesterday around 3 pm and read it for 11 hours straight all the way to 2 am. Some of you may think I'm crazy for being able to sit that long and read but when you find yourself a great book, there's nothing else you want to do more than keep reading. That's exactly how I felt with this book. It consumed me and I couldn't put it down. I wanted more and more so I kept on reading and reading. Pretty soon I found myself finished with the book and wanting so desperately to read the next. On that note I was glad only a few weeks ago I had picked up the second book because it was on sale at Barnes and Nobles. Now as I sit here writing this all I can think about is starting the next book in the series, Reflected in You.
Eva is a great female lead. I loved her character in this book. I enjoyed how the girl actually had some skeletons in her closet unlike many adult romances I have read which are only the guy having baggage. Eva has gone through a lot which you find out in the book. She is a dedicated and driven girl who is fresh out of college and in the working world. She has just moved from San Diego, California to New York City. She works for an Ad agency under a boss she adores.
Gideon is our male lead. He is just what every woman loves. A strong and attractive man, who also has a soft side. Gideon owns the company that Eva works at called Crossfire. Although he owns the company, he is not her boss. Gideon also has a past that is dark and mysterious, which Eva starts to uncover as her relationship with Gideon grows. Gideon is head over heals in love with Eva. He makes a lot of mistakes along the way but never gives up on her, he is always trying to make it up to her...swoon.
Cary is Eva's gay best friend. He is a caring, lovable, and hilarious character that everyone who reads this book will grow to love. Cary stands by Eva's side no matter what and is always there for her. He is the best friend a girl could ask for. Cary also has a past as well, just like the other characters in the series. Cary actually met Eva at a therapy session.
The relationships that are in this book are the romantic relationship of Eva and Gideon, along with the friendship between Eva and Cary.
I loved Cary and Eva's relationship. There best friends and from the beginning you start to get to know them and love them. I really enjoyed the friendship aspect that was in this book. Most of the other romances I have read drop out the friendships that are in the book to focus on the main romantic relationship going on. I appreciated the fact that the author continued to have scenes between Eva and Cary.
Than their is Eva and Gideon's relationship and can I say damn! Their relationship is full of love, drama, lust and a lot of heart warming, sexy scenes. I liked the progression of the relationship. When Eva was first approached by Gideon, although, she thought he was hot and dreamy she didn't jump into the deep end right away with Gideon. She took her time getting to know him a little first.
The world in this series is set in New York. I really enjoyed the scene setting because I have never been there but have always wanted to. I always like reading books where their destination is also one I would like to visit sometime in the future.
I have been in a real world mood for the books I have been reading recently which makes this book even better because it was a made up world. It was real New York.
This was a face paced story and a very easy read. From the start you are thrown head first into this story. You aren't sitting around for 50 to 100 pages waiting for something to start or for the romance to start. You start the book and BAM the first chapter you already get some romance with Eva and Gideon's first encounter. This was a very easy read. It wasn't a complex story that had you trying to figure out what was going on and I loved that.
Reflected in You:
This is the second installment in the Crossfire trilogy and I can't wait to start it. I'm sure I will be binge reading this book withing the next 24 hours and I couldn't be more excited.
Entwined with you was a lot better than the second book in this series. It's about Gideon, and Eva getting back together, but they have to hide their relationship for a while to make sure the police don't suspect anything. As things progress though a whole lot of drama happens, with Eva's ex Brett, Gideon's ex Corrine, Cary, Eva's parents and lots more. It's a whole mess of drama.
This one was okay. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. I love how we get to see more of Gideon, and Eva together. I sort of hate how Gideon still has to sleep on his own, I thought they would have worked through that by now. And I didn't like how Corrine, and Brett keep messing up Eva and Gideon's lives, it drove me crazy. I wish they would have just pushed both of them away and been done with it.
I'm not sure if I will read the next one. When this one ended it didn't answer a whole lot of the questions that were brought up. But I was excited about the advancement between Eva, and Gideon. But now I'm a little bit frustrated with the fact that there will be more of Cary's drama, along with Corrine's. I, personally do not care for either of those characters so I do not understand why they are brought into the picture so much. I felt this book could have ended the series, but alas it didn't. There will be two more books, five total from what is being said now.
I thought this book would be really good, but I was wrong. I didn't like this one.
It's about bad people coming back from Eva's past, and Gideon seems to be with another women now.
I just didn't like it. The only thing I liked about the book was the end when you find out the reason why Gideon has been with another women.
This book makes Eva and Gideon's relationship seem a whole lot stranger than before. Now they seem to have a whole more trust in each other, but yet they keep doing things that hurt the other.
This book was not for me. I hated to see Eva's heartbreak even if in the end it wasn't as it seemed. It still bugged me enough not to like the book.
Lately I've had a lack of romance in my life. Not just me, but so many of my friends have recently gone through break-ups on their own, and I have been there to watch it unfold. Not pretty. That, and a growing pile of reports for school have led me to dive into books even if I shouldn't. Especially romance.
A couple of years ago I was a foolish girl that believed that when a book got over a 4.0 rating, it had to be good. Right? Isn't this why we rate books after all, to let people know what level of quality it has? Either my standards have reached an untouchable level, or the general idea of what a good book is different from mine.
The finalists of GoodReads Choice Awards were presented this morning, and I could not have been more surprised. All of them have an average rating higher than 4.0, yet I find zero quality in any of them. Maybe I am wrong person to judge these books since I have not read them. What I have done is listened to people with opinions I trust, and they have screamed at me to stay away! And stayed away I have. Why? Well, because of several reasons.
First, one of the books is written by an author that I have bad experience with when it comes to originality. I'm sorry, but I do not want to read a book by an author that, in my experience, have few original ideas and instead spins on already written works. And this is not even regarding the pulled from fan fiction that somehow managed to steal a place as a finalist.
Second, I don't find stalking, violence, and men being so possessive that they see their woman as their private property sexy. Not even close. These kinds of things are reasons for several crimes where the woman is the victim. I can't find something sexy in these things if I so bring out a magnifier and search through every paragraph of a book. Yet, this is today the very core of romance in the finalists for Best Romance in GoodReads Choice Awards.
Third, I long ago lost my interest for a bad boy that has slept with more women than I have books. This is quite a feature if you could see my bookshelf, I'll tell you. So no, the bad boy does not impress me. In fact, it often puts me off just reading this word on the backside of a book. Nor am I a fan of a man being unable to voice the smallest hint of an emotion. I'm not asking my male characters to jump on tables singing at the top of his lungs, or start spewing out poetry such as Shakespeare's. Neither do I want a man so shut down he needs to take on his emotions or demons in sexual activities.
I would actually like to make this list longer, but I can't. To prolong this list would mean some bigger differences between these books. Sadly, the general idea of most of them is the same when it comes to the love interests. Honestly, it is sad this list is so short. Almost horribly sad. Most of these books have dysfunctional relationships that rarely end well in the real world. From what I've heard of some of these, I can easily see at least half of them ending in domestic violence or even death.
Am I that out of tune with the rest of the GoodReads community to find these works daunting to begin with? I am after all a masochist when it comes to books and can get through most things. However, these books won't be read by me. None of what is portrayed in these books is romance. It's against so many of my beliefs, and I am not changing them. It took me experience to get where I am today and realize violence is wrong, that stalking is not sexy. Nor will I ever degrade myself to become another person's property, no matter how good he or she looks.
So I can not with good conscience read books that romanizes these themes. To me, this behavior is a road heading toward destruction, and I have no intention in watching the car crash at the end of the road.