Bared To You by Sylvia Day

November 15, 2012

Title : Bared To You
Author : Sylvia Day
Series : Crossfire #1
First Published : May 2012 
Publisher : Penguin Books
Pages : 340
Genre : adult, erotic, romantic, fiction 
Extras : none
Price : £7.99 (IDR 110k
Rating : 9/10

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 ...


What would Fifty Shades be if it was better written? This book is definitely the answer. First time I saw this book at the nearest bookstore, I thought "Well, maybe it's just another knock off of Fifty Shades trilogy (judging on the same appealing fetishness shown on the cover, as well as it does come in trilogy as well, moreover the sticker on it that said "If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, then you'll love this") and don't forget how EL James easily spreads the virus of mommy porn to all 18+ female all over the world." Judging from that -I did like reading Fifty Shades trilogy, but as it explains, "YOU'LL LOVE", that's more to it darling , I decided to grab one and read it.

Well, it's surprisingly far better than Fifty Shades; Day manages to rise the heat right from the turning of the first page. Though I can say that the beginning is a little bit cheesy if I should recall, "I want to fuck you, Eva." While Fifty Shades struggles with its rawness, Day manages to come up with gritty, rich and sharply flamboyant writing, which is HOT. I know it's a little bit de javu with how the story goes ; yep, you've seen the I-have-no-idea-how-a-man-like-him-wants-to-be-with-me-I-mean-look-at-me kind of girl and I-am-perfect-as-in-appearance-and-money-but-I-have-my-own-demon-guarding-it kind of irresistable man. But Day, somehow, adding some flavors to it which utterly different from Fifty Shades (besides the affection of blonde vs brunette, as well as the eye's color, which I find deeply irritating). It's way out of market; the flawlessly gorgeous gay roommate slash BFF, the charming and sexy boss and his boyfriend (what's with the gayness anyway?), the loving and overly protected mother and her multibillionaire husband. And it works.

I like being in Eva's point of view. In fact, she's the one who runs the story, not Gideon (far different from Fifty Shades which majorly ruled by Grey). Eva Trammel is one strong willed female who I adore so bad. She's nothing like Ana Steele in Fifty Shades; she knows what she wants and she's not afraid of speaking up whenever she feels right. And plus side ladies, she gets jealous and insecure as well, oh how human! I mean, look at how Gideon's being described; how a woman in a right mind has no insecurity of being his spouse? Show me how. Have I mentioned her wrecked childhood trauma? She seems great on dealing it which makes me want to slap Gideon right on his face. Now let's talk about Gideon Cross; the man with money, the man with look, the man with power; and that's all I can see in him. I fancy Christian Grey more than him (Christian Grey is a living legend ; it's like people saying, "What? Do you expect to meet your Christian Grey by now?") I'm saying that Gideon has no deathly charm and fucked-up spirit; he's just it, the man who suffers and masturbates in his dream. What's more in him? What's the story? Nothing special and obviously nothing memorable. Is he demonly sexy enough? I don't think he is. I'm saying that he's just a garnish to Eva's perfectly-platted gourmet dish with its mouthwatering sauce and surprisingly tender meat. It's all about Eva.

I understand how this book tends to go; sexy, sexier and more sexier. It's "Sexier and less drama". But, I prefer (and obviously enjoy) more drama like what E.L. James presents in Fifty Shades. I mean, I don't want to be slapped by three quarters of sex (and speaking of commitment) and then it goes deeper with its dom/sub confliction (ups, spoiler) which is stupid. I want stories that actually make my heart and mind beating and pacing, stories that I fancy to be appeared in my every-night dream, not just a good flip of sex after sex. I know, people out there worship this book because it's less drama, but I don't. I worship this book because of Eva Trammel's will and guts. The 'less drama' aspect it's what drives me to the edge of 'unlikely', apart from my dissapointment on Gideon.

Bottom line, Bared To You is one lustful and heart-pounding book. The one aspect missing for me is the drama, though as I said before, that's what people see as the strength of this book. Well, everybody has their own judgement. Do I recommend you to read this book? Definitely, especially when you're on the quest on your search for real-life woman role-model. This book can be it. Will I read the next two books? Certainly will. I'm just aching for the story and I hope it'll be presented on the following books.

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