Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel

Sylvia Day
Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel
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Release Date
June 2012
Book 1 of Crossfire
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Mainstream fiction, New Adult


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...

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
May 12, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
389 people found the following review helpful
Sylvia Day has nearly blown my head off with her latest erotic romance, BARED TO YOU. With the sexual tension gripping me from literally the first chapter right up until the very end, I was enthralled, intrigued, and utterly at the mercy of the story unfolding on my kindle. I can honestly say, that I was blown away in such an unexpected way, that I had to wait a few days to write my review so that I could process what I had just experienced. BARED TO YOU is definitely going to be one of those books that I have to re-read just to make sure I didn't make up how good it was in my head!

This starts with a sizzling meeting between Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross, only Eva has no idea who he is and what his significance is going to be in her life. She just knows that he is the most beautiful man that she's ever seen in her life. They literally bump into each other one day, and that's it. They have a pull toward one another that cannot be ignored no matter how Eva tries.

However, both of them have a past, and they are not pretty. Those pasts are probably what bring them together, but they also may be the very things that rip them apart.

Holy smoldering hotness! This book was So. Freakin'. Smokin'. I just don't have any other way to describe it. It was also a bit of a train wreck of emotional baggage but that just made it all the more intriguing.

I don't remember ever reading a book where both the hero and the heroine are so seriously screwed up in the head. It's usually one or the other. I thought that would detract from the story but it didn't. It actually made more sense as the story went on.

But it was the intense attraction, the insatiable need that made this book so hard to put down. Gideon was such a fierce and intense man that I would shiver just thinking about how hot it would be to have all that focus on me. *swoon*

BARED TO YOU is the first in the Crossfire Series. I have no idea how long this series is going to be, but I do know that there has to be at least one more. We didn't get much closure between Eva and Gideon, so I'll be glad to revisit them again.

So I must say that BARED TO YOU just worked. I loved every minute of it, and I can't wait to get more of these characters. I will be on the edge of my seat (and after reading this book, likely very squirmy) in anticipation to see where this story leads next!
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Book Review by Bridget (reviewer)
May 25, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
387 people found the following review helpful
I'm not sure I can say I enjoyed this book—I was too busy devouring the story to think about enjoying. BARED TO YOU is an addicting read that pulls you immediately into a dark, overwhelming, sensuous world, putting the reader through all the pain and pleasure of this frenzied, passionate affair.

On the surface, Eva Tramell has it all: wealth, fashion, and a successful career at a top New York advertising agency. But beneath the surface, below the hard shell she's built around her heart, Eva's life has been hell. After suffering years of abuse by her stepbrother, and enduring smothering scrutiny from her albeit well-intentioned mother, Eva is trying at last to carve out a life of her own in New York with her best friend, Cary. Until Eva stops to help a colleague pick up a dropped nickel in the lobby. Because when she looks up, Eva catches her first glimpse of Gideon Cross.

Cross is not merely the most devastatingly attractive man that Eva's ever seen. Powerful and arrogant and lethally sexy, yes, but he is also the owner of the Crossfire building in which she now works. And owner of her firm. And owner, it would appear, of a fair percentage of New York City—and he's done it all in 28 years. And with all of his characteristic bravado and lust for possession, he makes it very, very clear, that he now wants Eva, as well.

Eva has spent so long out of control and living a life that someone else has decided for her, that the idea of surrendering entirely to anyone, including Gideon Cross, is something she just isn't ready to handle. Especially when she is sure he wants nothing from her but a chance to slake his lust. She has no idea that Gideon sees in her a passionate side that answers his own obsessions, or that he has no intention to let this women, the only woman to ever see the man behind the headlines and the bank account, escape. And despite all her fears, the truth is that Eva can't bear to be apart from Gideon, and thrives on the fiery passion between them.

Gideon, however, is battling his own demons, and a past that is just as dark and painful as Eva's. While she has learned to face her past and has a support system in place, Gideon is wholly and completely on his own. Having turned away from his family for reasons too private even to share with Eva, he rules his empire with ruthless control—and tries to do the same in his private affairs, until Eva's determination and trust turns his world upside down and has him fighting for a life with her that he never dreamed possible.

Without a doubt, this is one of the most overpowering pairings, with two of the most intense characters, that I can remember reading. Both Eva and Gideon strip each other bare, forcing the other to abandon every pretense, every insecurity and each dark memory, until nothing is left but raw, sometimes disquieting, but always overwhelming passion for the other. These two are lost in the other nearly from the moment they meet, and in everything that they do, and with every rule they break, every boundary they cross, they become even more addicted to the other.

This isn't an easy, or light, read by any stretch of the imagination. Both Eva and Gideon have some pretty dark demons, and battling them is no easy feat. And while their behavior is seldom pretty and their explosive passion is far from conventional, there is that magical something about being together that completes them and balances them. And these moments of peace and real unity made all the rocky patches and the darkness worth traversing.

I also enjoyed watching Eva's relationship with Cary develop over the course of the story, as well. Cary is on his own journey over the course of this story, and while he is Eva's biggest fan and staunchest supporter, he is far from perfect. But, as with Eva and Gideon, his flaws makes him as loveable as his better qualities and his struggles make him that much more real. He and Eva are a terrific team, but I also enjoyed watching him interact with Gideon as well. They both bring out some interesting qualities in each other, and their devotion to Eve was quite touching.

I'm not really a contemporary romance reader, nor do I frequently read such psychological stories as this, nevertheless, I was quite literally addicted to this story from the moment Eva and Gideon made eye contact. Like their relationship, my addiction wasn't always healthy (I may have ignored eating and sleeping for a bit too long), and it certainly was intense, as I found myself thinking back to Eva and Gideon and all the darkness and sweetness of their story. I'm slightly worried about my mental state when Deeper In You in finally released, as a result, but I can guarantee that, with an introduction like this, the conclusion of Eva and Gideon's relationship is bound to be one wild ride.
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