Bared to You (book review)
I will start this book review with the same warning I found on the book cover: MATURE AUDIENCE. You are warned. (And if you are a family member and you read this review please pretend you didn't. Because I don't read these kind of books. I swear. Ahem.) Moving on...
Bared to You was written by Sylvia Day. It is the first book in the Crossfire Novel trilogy.
This novel falls into the category of mature audience/erotica. I've said in a couple of previous book reviews that I don't generally read this genre. A book that has a warning of "mature audience" on the cover usually isn't on my radar. I'm more of a young adult/paranormal/fantasy reader. But occasionally I just can't help myself... usually because a friend is the author or a recommendation comes from someone whose book opinions I trust. This book comes from the category of trusted recommended source and was a bonus for the next book review I'll post (Reflected in You) which is book 2 in this trilogy.
Description from sylviaday.com:
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...
Let me just start my opinion by saying this. SEX. Oh. My. Goodness. SEX. If you are looking for a book with sex scenes this could very well be the book for you. I swear Gideon and Eva were going at it in every single chapter. EVERY chapter. Well... maybe it wasn't EVERY chapter but, right from chapter 1 if they were having sex they were thinking about it.
One reason I don't generally read erotica is that I find myself thinking too hard while trying to visualize the positions the author is describing. Maybe it's just me, but without fail I always find myself stopping and thinking "well, that just isn't physically possible unless you're a contortionist or something." Honestly, it just kind of ruins the whole mood the book is going for. (At least for me.) I have to say, though... Sylvia Day keeps it pretty "real". And "real" doesn't in anyway make it anything less than hot. Hot. Dirty. Naughty. Hot. Um... you get the idea...
Let me talk a little about characters. Gideon and Eva are such broken people. They seem to be perfect for each other... while being perfectly horrible for each other. I found myself saying "walk away from each other now!" while simultaneously routing for Gideon and Eva to fight to make their lust/obsession turn into something more.
This whole book left me wanting more (um... not necessarily more sex though. I don't know that more sex could have fit into this novel.) It left me wanting more information on Eva's childhood. More about the story behind her parents relationship (who live on opposite sides of the country). More about her relationship with her roommate (Cary, who is bi-sexual). I want more ANYTHING about Gideon. More about his past, his childhood, his family. He doesn't share anything. I want to know why Eva and Gideon ARE Eva and Gideon. There isn't enough.
All of that said, Sylvia Day definitely gave me enough to intrigue me into wanting more... which is why the minute I finished the last page of Bared to You I moved immediately onto page 1 of Reflected in You (which I can already tell you is MORE while being LESS)!
Disclosure: Bared to You was given to me as a bonus book through the BlogHer Book Club. It is not a part of their paid review program. The book was a gift. The opinions expressed are absolutely my own.