Published by: Berkeley Trade
Available on Amazon.com
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview.
Well, faithful readers, there are Hot Romance Novels, and then there are Hot Erotic Novels.
Bared to You, by Sylvia Day, most definitely falls into the latter category. I might have blushed a few times while reading it, and I might have had a few heart palpitations. Or some kind of palpitations, anyway.
Eva Tramell is 24 and starting a new job at an ad agency in New York. She moved with her best pal, the comely (and bisexual) Carey, who is on his way to becoming an in-demand male model. The day before she starts her job, she decides to walk the route so she can time it; Eva is big into fitness, although to Sylvia Day's credit, she also likes to eat. As she makes her way through the building's lobby, she literally falls down in front of Gideon Cross, the most handsome man she's ever seen. Turns out he owns the building (along with several other buildings), and he decides he wants Eva.
Boy howdy, does he want her. He's quite specific about how he wants her, including positions and quantity.
Day keeps us waiting a bit until we get these two in the sack (or in the limo, as the case may be), but when that headboard starts a'rockin', it doesn't let up. Which, if you read Bared to You, may sound like a metaphor for Gideon's ... um ... CONSIDERABLE stamina. (Somewhere, Christian Grey is not amused.)
There isn't much from this book that is family friendly, but here is a brief glimpse into the incredibly hotness that are the book's sex scenes:
"I need you, Gideon," I said breathlessly, inhaling his scent which was richer now that he was aroused. I thought I might be slightly intoxicated, just from the enticing smell of his skin. "You drive me crazy."
He released my wrists and cupped my face, his lips pressing hard against mine. I reached for the fly of his slacks, freeing the two buttons to access the concealed zipper. He tensed.
"I need this," I whispered against his lips. "Give me this."Like I said. HOT.
The only problem with Bared to You is the plot. Eva will drive you nuts, and not in the way she drives Gideon nuts. When she gets skittish, she runs (there is a whole reason why she has "issues," and Gideon, it turns out, has a few of his own). At some point, all that running just gets boring. Even Gideon is unimpressed. In fact, it's difficult to see what he sees in her, other than carnal lust. Why does he trust her? In the meantime, there are some issues with Carey, and the whole thing ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. I guess we need to stay tuned.
I read this before I read the Fifty Shades saga, and as I read the latter, I found myself comparing the two. Bared to You is wildly erotic, more so, even, than Fifty Shades. Gideon and Eva say things to each other that are raw and sexual, and they do things to each other that are even more raw and more sexual. Don't read this if you do not care for fairly graphic details, because it is not your thing. In some ways, Gideon and Eva are hotter than Christian and Ana. Both men have tortured pasts, and both women are inclined toward fretting and hand wringing over their men. Bared to You is better written. There is less aggravating repetition (Eva does not bite her lip 5,000 times, nor does she frown or flush every other page), and clearly the editor was not some dubious creation, but rather someone who actually knows how to edit a book.
Is it a good book? It's got great sex scenes. And very detailed sex scenes - detailed in a way that Fifty Shades is not. Gideon is interesting. (More interesting than Christian Grey? No. Christian intrigued me more than Gideon, but that could be due to having three books' worth of Christian Grey.) Eva is frustrating. (More frustrating than Ana Steele? Somewhat. Eva is stronger and tougher, and she doesn't need Gideon telling her how in awe of her he is, but she runs all the time, and I can't see what he sees in her.) But I like Gideon and Eva together, more than I liked Christian with Ana. Eva does not demand that Gideon change for her the way Ana is incapable of living with the true Christian Grey. Their relationship doesn't need to be so tortured, though.