Audio Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Posted July 23, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 11 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of one or more of the following: sexual abuse, violence against women/children, drug use, trigger issues such as rape or simulated rape.
Audio Review: Bared to You by Sylvia DayBared to You by Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #1
Narrator: Jill Redfield
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 26th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Source: Purchased

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.


Ok. I stayed away from this series because it’s been compared to 50 Shades of Grey. No I’m not read 50 Shades and I don’t see it in my future. So I can’t compare the two personally. So why did I listen? After being on a huge Urban Fantasy reading/listening kick I needed some smut in my reading life. After reading The Bawdy Book Blog‘s funny audio review on it I decided to give it a listen. 

I didn’t have much knowledge about the characters or plot line going in. All I knew was the guy, Gideon was a billionaire and there was hot sex scenes. Some people have been calling it a BDSM book so I thought there might be some kink in it. But there was NO BDSM elements in this story. There was some reference to D/s but it was mostly talk and I don’t feel like I was listening to a D/s story.

This was the hardest book I’ve ever had to rate. Why? Because I have a love/hate relationship with it. Parts ripped my heart out and others have me rolling my eyes. And others have me reaching for a B.O.B. And Gideon went from hot to stalker to creepy and back to hot so many times I felt like I needed to go to therapy during the times I found him hot. Eva was too stupid to live at times and other times I could feel her pain.

First let me start off saying I’ve found another great narrator in Jill Redfield. I felt like I would have not be connected to the characters and story nearly as much if I didn’t listen to her narration of the story.

Second Sylvia Day has done an excellent job with the writing. She took two broken characters and thrown them together in a hot and dysfunctional way that broke my heart. I wanted to give both Eva and Gideon hugs and then I wanted to slap the shit out of them.

I have never been so emotionally drained while reading/listening to a book before.

Bottom line, Bared to You is a story where Lifetime TV meets Spice Channel. Under all the hot sex there are two complex characters brought to life with great writing and amazing narration. I will be giving the second book, Reflected in You a go on audio very soon.




Goodreads status updates while listening:

5% “Well hello. “Because I want to fuck you, Eva. I need to know what’s standing in my way, if anything.””
10% “Stalker!!”
20% “ok there’s too much talking of cum. Sounds like he wants to finger paint with it.”
60% “Nice way to wake up on the drive to work… listening to a blow job scene. O.o”
60% “I want to be woke up like THAT!!”
70% “This book is so emotionally draining. I don’t know if I love it or hate it.”
70% “WHY are people calling this a BDSM or D/s book. It’s totally NOT. They must not know anything about that life or read those kind of books before.”
75% “and he is fingering painting. ew.”
80% “creepy!!!”
80% “Ok with talk like that I can see why some would think this is a D/s story.”

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11 responses to “Audio Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

  1. I 100% own that I have never listened to/read a BDSM book before, so the talks of tying her up and being a Dom are what made me classify it as semi or “near.” I know nothing about them. I’m a delicate YA soul in my heart. 🙂

    But yeah, the book was super hot, I’ll be getting the next one.

  2. haha I loved that you posted your goodreads status!! That’s hilarious!! I felt pretty much the same about this book. It’s hot, but Eva really got on my nerves! Loved the review. Wonder how the 2nd book will be. I havne’t cared enough to pick it up.

    • TheBookNympho

      I figured my status updates said it all. LOL

      Stay tuned. I’ll let you know about book 2. Look for that update statuses. LOL

  3. I totally agree with your review, I think the narration made this audiobook way more enjoyable for me.
    I Loooove the new theme 🙂

    • TheBookNympho

      TY!! Yeah I really liked the narration. I need to find more audios by this narrator.

  4. I’ve been waiting for your review and you didn’t let me down. You captured everything wrong and right about this story. I cannot imagine listening to some of those scenes…at work???

    • TheBookNympho

      It made my work day very interesting. ;p

      The only real problems I had was the stalker feel from Gideon and Eva always wanting to run away. Yeah there was a few times I would have ran too but then there was times she needed to suck it up or just be done with him.