Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Posted January 6th, 2015 in book review / 27 comments

Review: Bared to You by Sylvia DayBared to You by Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley Trade on June 12, 2012
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 338
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars


Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…

He was 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...

I've been a bad bird. This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years old due to its use of sexual content, substance use, and/or violence. Come be a bad bird with me!

At A Glance

Crazy sex and drama-filled romance. Woohoo!

The Good

It’s funny because so many people keep comparing Bared to You to Fifty Shades of Grey, and by the end of the book, I didn’t know why. But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I understand. Neither are the best book ever written (Bared is better written though), but they are addictive for some reason. We have the rich, alpha males with troubled pasts, though Gideon is more attainable than Christian. But Bared to You was more focused on the romance, even if it was all shades of fucked up sometimes. There isn’t really BDSM, though I know we get a taste of that in the other books. Just crazy, all consuming sex. Which is just as good to me.

I was so easily wrapped up into Gideon and Eva and their crazy relationship. Talk about drama on all sides. Both have a sad past that they are trying to get over. Both are driven and tenacious in their work. Gideon is all hard edges with a few soft sweet spots. I love how hard he falls and how he isn’t afraid to admit it. Eva is not submissive, often challenging Gideon, but she knows when to let Gideon take the reins. The passion between these two is off the charts. They make a great couple, even when they aren’t good for each other sometimes. But that’s love, people! It’s not perfect.

The side characters were great. Some evil, some nice. Cary was awesomesaucy. I like that Eva had this amazing friend on her side no matter what. He’s hot, bi-sexual, and a mess. Perfection in my eyes.

I like where this story is going. There is obvious obstacles in Gideon and Eva’s way, and I want to see how they handle them. They might last or they might implode, either way it’s going to be one hell of a journey, I can feel it.

The Bad

Honestly, I think I expected more, but only because of the rave reviews I’ve seen. I expected to be blown to bits by the awesomeness of this book. The book was more addictive than awesome. It was really good and I had a great time reading it, but it wasn’t the end all of erotica.

I wanted a little more substance in the plot. It was thin.

The Snuggly

The sex is crazy. Like mad, insane, consuming, monkey sex. And I loved it. The passion these two have is blinding! It’s what makes the book. Not for the faint of heart, peeps!

Final Thoughts

So happy I finally got to Bared to You. I liked it as much as Fifty Shades of Grey but in a different way. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.


“I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”  


“I loved the way he kissed me, as if he had to, as if he’d go crazy if he didn’t and had nearly waited too long.”  


“You forget who submits, Eva,” he said gruffly. “I’ve given up control for you. I’ve bent and adjusted for you. I’ll do anything to keep you and make you happy. But I can’t be tamed or topped. Don’t mistake indulgence for weakness.”


“Are you sleeping with anyone?”

The question was asked so casually it took a second to process what he’d said.

I inhaled sharply. “Why is that any business of yours?”

He looked at me and I saw what I’d seen the first time we’d met—tremendous power and steely control. Both of which had me taking an involuntary step back. Again. At least I didn’t fall this time; I was making progress.

“Because I want to fuck you, Eva. I need to know what’s standing in my way, if anything.”  


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27 Responses to “Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day”

  1. Ashley

    I’m so glad you liked the book!!! 😀 I seriously think their chemistry is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Ever.

    I guess I see it as so similar to Fifty Shades because:

    * Super rich, young, hot businessman.
    * Loads of sex (even if it’s not BDSM).
    * Dark past with abuse.

    Maybe that could describe a lot of books, but I thought it was Fifty Shades-esque XD

    I hope you continue to like the rest of the series. I do think the author is kind of dragging it on a little and maybe trying to cram too many books in… but I still like it lol.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Everyone sees it as similar to Fifty Shades and I think my mind went to BDSM, so when there wasn’t any I was like, What? But then I saw past that and saw what you and everyone else saw.

  2. Braine Talk Supe

    I loved this enough to grab the second one but after Captivated I think I unofficially gave up. It was so angsty and it felt like these two aren’t growing together. They’re just enabling each other’s madness and they feed off each other’s drama. Good luck with this series!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I am on book 3 right now and I can see what you mean. I still like it but they aren’t growing much.

  3. Lekeisha

    I’m going to go ahead and get these books.If I can sit through reading the FSOG trilogy, then I can definitely read this. Great review!

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    I know a girl at work that just loves Fifty Shades and she said this was one you should like if you enjoyed it…that’s really where her comparisons ended. I’m glad it was an addicting read for you…I have definitely had a few of those. Great review 😀

    • Jennifer Bielman

      It’d funny how the addictive books aren’t always the best books. They just have something about them.

  5. Melliane

    I haven’t tried a book by the author yet but I heard so many great things! I should try! Soon. I’m glad you had a great time with this one. Great review

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I like Day as a writer. Her characters are interesting, that’s for sure.

  6. Red Iza

    Do yourself a favor and stop after book #, because the series will be just going down the hill. But well, you’re a reviewer, you’ll probably be curious enough to find out about everything 😉

    • Jennifer Bielman

      LOL, yeah, I am already on book 3. I still like it but it’s not as good as the first one.

  7. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Ooo I’ve meant to get back to this one! I love her writing and gave this one a try right after struggling through 50 Shades–it did not go well lol– and couldn’t get into this one so soon after. But dang I do need to try it again. Her historicals are great and there’s a pnr series of hers that I would LOVE for her to get back to and write more of. Glad to see you enjoyed this one 🙂

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I’ve read some of her other romances and historicals and liked them. So, yeah, she is a great author overall.

  8. Christy

    50 Shades was kind of lame to me, but I’ve been so curious about this. Hell, now I HAVE to read it to see this crazy sex. Believe me, I’m not the faint of heart. lol.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      hehe. I liked Fifty Shades even if some of the writing is atrocious. I like stupid books sometimes, lol.

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