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.