Series: Crossfire #1
Published by Penguin Australia on June 12, 2012
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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...
Normally I don’t read books in the romance category, but every once in a while it’s nice to take a break from those paranormal types.
Bared to You is basically touted as what 50 shades should have been, and I’m happy to say it’s resolved my faith in the genre. Turns out I actually hated the horrific writing in that book and not anything else. While Bared to You did somehow take inspiration from 50 shades, everything else was much better including Eva, a strong, spunky main character with some hauntings from her past, and Gideon, who is marginally less creepy than Christian Grey.
The problem I have with the whole storyline in general though, is that stalker behaviour is tolerated too easily by Eva. Firstly, she has her mother tracking the GPS on her phone. Then Gideon uses his insanely rich empire to look into her entire history and turn up the places where she is. Is there someone out there who thinks stalker behaviour is somehow endearing? Because Twilight, 50 shades, and Bared to You all seem to think it’s part of the romance. Which it is not.
Rant aside, Eva and Cross have this magnetism towards each other but because they’re both scarred from sexual abuse, they somehow keep on mucking things up in their relationship. This doesn’t prevent them from staying away from each other however, and the drama they have isn’t TOO annoying or entirely unrealistic. There’s some hot scenes of them together here that are totally awesome.
Oh, the BDSM aspect. There’s merely the hint of suggestions in this book, but it doesn’t go too far in that respect. Perhaps in the sequels, as you can see it’s sort of heading that way. Overall, I enjoyed Bared to You as a break from my paranormal reads.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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