Wow. I am not even sure what to say about this book. I am a fan of Sylvia Day and have read quite a few of her books. While they are always pretty steamy, this one punches steamy in the face and then kicks it a few times for good measure. This story had my mouth dropped open in shock from almost the second I opened my book and me looking anxiously around to see if anyone was peering at my e-reader (I read this at the airport and on the plane).
Synopsis of Bared to You
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...
I have never read another book like this, most likely because erotica is not a genre that I enjoy. However, I didn’t quite realize this was part of the erotica genre until I was completely swept up in the book.
Both of these characters are extremely flawed. So flawed that most people probably would be in the loony bin drooling type of flawed. I was at turns appalled and sickened by Eva and Gideon yet Day didn’t lose me because she also made the characters extremely vulnerable.
Both Gideon and Eva had terrible things happen to them in their childhood and it makes them completely screwed up adults. While they were functioning and working, they also struggled internally with serious emotional conflict.
Putting them together was like throwing water into a boiling pan of grease. They are terrible for each other, yet, exactly right. A normal woman would run screaming away from someone like Gideon. He’s controlling, overbearing and tips right over the border of concerned right into stalker territory. Some of the things he did to Eva were crazy. Like crazy does not pass go and heads straight into jail type of crazy.
Eva is irrationally jealous and insecure. Together, they are a volatile combination of emotion and smoking hot sex.
I have to be honest with the readers of this blog. This book will not appeal to everyone. After I finished it, I had an overwhelming need for a shower and a sandpaper scrub. However, you cannot deny the magical writing fingers of Sylvia Day. She has created a completely original cast of characters who are so screwed up that you end up rooting for them in the end. This book is unlike anything I have ever read before. I don’t believe I’ll pick up the second, only because I was so disturbed by the first. I can guarantee, though, that I will never forget the characters of Gideon Cross and Eva.
I'm a stay home mommy and an avid reader. I'm also an avid baker, so I've combined my two most favorite things in the world! I have a degree in English, another in Criminal Justice and I tossed in a couple more for good measure. This is either a measure of my patience or an undiagnosed case of ADD.