If Loving Gideon is wrong, I don’t wanna be right…
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 knew he had a dark side; I’d learned long ago how to spot and avoid men who had dangerous shadows in their eyes. But the familiar alarm bells didn’t ring around Gideon ad they maybe should have.”
Bared to You by Sylvia Day is a book I simply cannot seem to get out of my head. I’ll admit my reason behind my curiosity for this book was the recommendation for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, and anyone that knows me well will understand how deeply my passion for that series goes. Well yes this series is most definitely for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, but not because of any similarities but because they both deal with those emotionally immature characters with a scarred past and charisma that well exceeds them both. I prefer my reads to be dark, gritty with plenty of emotionally angst and upheaval and lucky for me Sylvia Day gave me just that! From the moment I picked up Bared to You I became a hermit and locked myself in my home all day hiding from the world as I immersed myself into this colorful and tumultuous world starring Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross.
“Your objections. What’s it going to take to get you beneath me?”
“A miracle. I find your approach crude and offensive.” And a major turn on, but I was never going to admit to it.
Bared to You begins with Eva Tramell freshly relocated to NYC beginning a new career, in close proximity to her mother and her billionaire step father and her roommate and best friend Cary. Eva’s best friend Cary whom I adored also a victim of an equally damaged background as well lives an advantageous lifestyle ensuring this story will filled with loads of fun, plenty of drama and great friendship. Of course Eva meets Gideon Cross the day prior to her first day at work inside the Crossfire building without the knowledge that yes Crossfire is owned by Gideon Cross. She finds him über attractive and yet she manages to walk away even though this is how she described him.
“He wasn’t just beautiful; he was….enthralling. He was the kind of guy that made a woman want to rip his shirt open and watch the buttons scatter along with her inhibitions.”
However, it’s plainly obvious that Gideon Cross is not only Man Candy-Licious he’s also Charming, Captivating, Charismatic and a super successful Billionaire entrepreneur that’s used to having women fall at his feet. I’ll be honest throughout this entire amazing story, I wanted to fall at his feet in hopes that he would pick me too! I’m a bit obsessed with Gideon Cross SHOUTY capitals. LOL. However, Eva is much too confident, with her own charming attributes, Witt, and self respect to do such a repulsive move. She instantly bedazzled Gideon,and made her stand out to him like a diamond in the rough.
“Take a good look at me and tell me if you see a man that’s easily deterred?”
From then on she challenges him, makes him yearn to be something better than he already is; he gladly accepts that challenge and seeks impress her, protect her, and possess her, mentally, physically and emotionally.
“My gaze was locked to his, unable to look away, riveted by the fierce masculine triumph that flared in his eyes. In that moment he owned me. I’d do anything he wanted. And he knew it.”
Gideon Cross is the ultimate Alpha male that I cant stop thinking about. He’s intoxicating, successful, damaged and vulnerable and we see all his sides. The good, the bad, and the ugly and I loved it all. Sylvia Day has a way with words that made her characters relatable, likable, fascinating and oh so lovable. Although Gideon oozes sex appeal, charm and arrogance I love when he opens himself up emotionally to Eva, it’s ugly, it’s dark, quite frankly these two are a hot mess, triple the hot and triple the mess!!!! He knows what he wants and he goes after it with full tenacity including Eva. He has a troubled dark past that is slowly but not fully unravelled for us readers and I adored hearing just how emotionally ruined he is yet he manages to keep it all pulled together on the outside looking as successfully and dapper as ever.
“The way he moved, with animal grace and arrogant economy, was a major turn-on. I couldn’t imagine him not fucking well and being aggressive about it, taking what he wanted in a way that made a woman wild to give it to him.”
Eva has just as dark of a past and that to me made this story believable, and instantly made me root for Gideon and Eva. What I enjoyed about Eva was that she wasn’t a virgin; she’s a woman who doesn’t mind losing her inhibitions with a man, and knows her way around a bedroom as well as a charity event. She’s intelligent, successful in her own right, confident and assertive.She is the daughter of a police detective but also a step daughter to a successful Billionaire entrepreneur so Gideon Cross had to work harder to get her attention because designer labels and red bottom soled shoes are not going to impress a woman that can purchase her own pair.
“Go spend time with a woman that salivates at your feet and makes you feel like a god. Fuck her until neither of you can walk. When you see me on Monday you’ll be totally over it and your life will return to its usual-obsessive compulsive order.”
The sex scenes between these two are scorchingly hot, and full of passion and eroticism. Anyone that loves me knows I prefer a good romance with sizzling sex, but these were incredible. Some characters have chemistry and then there are those like Eva and Gideon who take it to a whole entire new level. If you’re looking for a dark read with two irresistible fucked up emotionally damaged characters with spellbinding moments, HOT sex, and a plot you can’t help but be fascinated with then Bared to You will be your new favorite read. Prepare yourself for a sassy female protagonist and an alpha male you can’t help but fall in love with. Deeper in You is to be released in October 2012 and that day cannot come any sooner.
“I’d bared my emotions in the limo and I still felt horribly vulnerable, a state I’d spent countless therapy hours learning to avoid. I wanted nothing more than to be home and hidden, freed from the pressure of acting like I was completely pulled together when I was anything but.”
I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been cheating on Christian Grey with Gideon Cross and I’ve felt guilty about it because up until now I had no idea there would be another member of the Billionaire Boys Club capable of making me obsess about with my book buddies and gushing about ways to stalk him like I did and still do with Christian Grey. However after long thoughts I hope he forgives me because I plan on keeping both men.
“I sucked on his tongue, having learned how much he liked it, having learned how much I liked it, how much it made me want to suck him elsewhere with the same eagerness.”
ARC provided for review by Netgalley For Penguin
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