Series: Crossfire #1
Narrator: Jill Redfield
Published by Brilliance Audio on June 26th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
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.””
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% “Ok with talk like that I can see why some would think this is a D/s story.”
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).