Described by some as “the next Fifty Shades of Grey“, Sylvia Day’s Bared to You is the story of two very damaged people. Very, very damaged, as it happens. Eva and Gideon share an instant physical attraction, but it quickly becomes clear that any attempt to keep their relationship casual is doomed. Ultimately, this is a book that asks the question: can two damaged people ever make a relationship work?
This is, overall, quite an optimistic book. Sure, there are plenty of problems thrown in Eva and Gideon’s way, and at times it’s hard not to get frustrated by their constant ability to find new ways to upset one another. Gideon, in particular, can be pretty hard to like at times. But it’s to Sylvia Day’s credit that she managed to keep the reader emotionally invested in the story without having Gideon become a two-dimensional hate figure.
The erotica elements are well-handled and are easily up to the standard set by Fifty Shades of Grey. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if we have to make a comparison at all, then Bared to You comes out on top thanks to some great writing, strong characterisation and some very well-written sex scenes.
Star rating for Bared to You – A Crossfire Novel: 4 stars.
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