There was a great deal of buzz about Sylvia Day’s “Bared to You” on Twitter, mostly comparing it quite favorably to E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey.” When I noticed that this title was available on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist. After all, I had enjoyed “Fifty Shades of Grey” and am definitely a fan of angsty erotic romance. I do have to agree “Bared to You” has a very similar feel to the James novel, but is much stronger story overall.
Gideon Cross is a young, gorgeous and rich man who becomes obsessed with Eva. Eva is just starting out in the world of advertising and happens to be working in a building where Gideon also has an office (Gideon also owns the building). From first glance, he is determined to get Eva into his bed. With blunt language and pushy arrogance, Gideon invites Eva to become his lover. Eva is rather horrified by the cold and clinical offer – and she turns him down.
But Gideon wants what he wants. He is even willing to compromise and develop more of a relationship with Eva before they take their relationship to an intimate level. Thus begins a courtship of sorts, one that is intensely sexual, highly emotional and filled with ups and downs.
The budding relationship is complicated by trauma – trauma that has visited both Eva and Gideon. Day reveals Eva’s traumatic experience, and we see the way this event has colored her life and her relationships. But, we only get hints that there is something dark and dangerous in Gideon’s past. As “Bared to You” is the first book in a series, I’m hoping that we find out more about what he has suffered – about what makes him violent in his sleep.
Gideon is definitely a dominating, alpha hero who often comes across as overbearing. He is rather stymied by this feelings for Eva and isn’t always sure how to appropriately handle these feelings. Eva runs away from her feelings routinely, not always sure how to deal with Gideon. While “Bared to You” does have an ending that makes it seem like the couple is HFN (happy for now), I assume that more will be revealed in the next book, as Eva and Gideon continue their courtship.
“Bared to You” is an extremely sexy and steamy erotic romance that will please those readers who enjoy angsty stories. The story is told in the first person which works rather well to bring Eva’s personality to life. While Eva and Gideon do not delve into BDSM, Gideon is certainly a dominant lover and there are hints that their sexual relationship may head in this direction.
While it is true that “Bared to You” has much in common with “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Bared to You” is a more complete story, one that is better written. The characters are better developed and the story is far sexier. This is an erotic romance that should not be missed. It will make readers fall in love.
Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the author via NetGalley