Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)Bared to You by Sylvia Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For those of us who read the Fifty Shades series, you notice very early on some obvious similarities to the Crossfire series. However, this will not keep you from enjoying the book. I agree with other review(er)s that this series is better written so far. There is also no BDSM element which was a turn off for some readers of the Fifty Shades series.

In Bared to You, we meet Gideon and Eva. Gideon is a young, rich, powerful, entrepreneur with a tormented past. Eva is young and spunky but she also is battling demons from her past that still haunt her and influence her life. This is the major deviation from Fifty Shades; both of the main characters have serious mental/emotional issues that hinder their relationship. The physical attraction between the two of them is almost instantaneous. It takes a good deal more work to make the rest of their relationship work. Gideon is willing to put in the effort to have a relationship, something he has never done before. Eva says she wants to have a relationship but she runs at the first whiff of trouble or whenever something makes her uncomfortable.

Can two abuse victims have a normal, functional relationship? I guess it depends on the definition of normal.

Bared to You does give us some good character development. You get a feel for the characters and how their pasts have played a major role in the making them the people they are today. You can’t really help but want Gideon and Eve’s relationship to work but the fast and furious development of their relationship does not seem to be in their best interest considering their pasts, at this point, but time will tell.

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