Title: Bared To You (Book One, A Crossfire Novel)
Author: Sylvia Day
Publisher: Sylvia Day
Paperback: 360 pages
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Book Rating: 4 Stars
ARC copy provided by Net Galley
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...
This book starts out intensely hot. There is immediate sexual chemistry between Gideon and Eva. Theirs in an undeniable connection and no matter how they fight it, the two cannot stay apart.
But this book has a dark side-one that left me a little unsure at the end. Even now, I am scratching my head thinking, "WTF just happened?"
Eva has asked a very profound question in this book, and one that I even struggle with the right answer--"Can two people with a history of sexual abuse have a relationship?" Both Eva and Gideon have a horrific past. And the reader still doesn't know to the depth of just how bad Gideon's abuse truly was.
These characters are extremely flawed. Their story is not pretty. There is anger, jealousy, possessiveness, and many more obstacles that threaten to keep Gideon and Eva apart. Even Eva's BFF has a skewed sense of a healthy relationship. I hope Sylvia gives him his own HEA.
There were times I wanted to scream at Eva for her judgement, and Gideon for being so possessive ~ I thought he had some serious explaining to do by the end of this book. And I STILL feel he has yet to spill his guts and come clean about his abusive past. I am happy to know that their story will be continued in Deeper in You, because as it stands, things aren't neatly worked out in the end. DEEPER IN YOU has an expected release date of October 2012.
Overall, I love it when a book makes you think and feel and question--Sylvia does this superbly and smacks you in the face with difficult choices and strong emotions from her characters.