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Book Review – Bared to You and Reflected In You by Sylvia Day

December 5, 2012

I’m not going to be posting much this week as everyone in the house is sick at the moment, normal blog activity will resume next week.

I recently finished reading the first two books in The Crossfire Trilogy by Sylvia Day.

Here’s what it says on the back…

Bared to You – 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.

The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart . . .

Intensely romantic, darkly sensual and completely addictive, Bared to You will take you to the very limits of obsession – and beyond.

Reflected in You –  Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction . . . my every desire . . . mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful . . . except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession . . .

When reviewing these books everyone seems to draw a comparison between them and The Fifty Shades Trilogy so I’m going to get that out-of-the-way quickly now. The books are similar in that they are both erotic fiction (mummy porn) and they both feature troubled relationships with billionaires.

Sylvia Day is a more experienced writer and this shows in her work, the books are well written and the structure of the stories is far more polished. Plot wise the books are very good and leave you wanting more. I had the same feeling with both trilogies that very early on you get sick of the sex scenes and find they distract a little from a very good story line, this happens far less in the Crossfire books as the books have a more even flow.

It seems every character in the book is completely messed up, and yet they come together and form strong intense relationships – this makes for great reading. The main character Eva is actually very likeable and far less frustrating than a certain heroin from a similar book. I found that I really wanted her and Gideon to work through their issues and be together. All the characters are complex and interesting, and even minor characters are described in a way that makes them seem instantly familiar.

Sylvia Day is an accomplished writer and I really enjoyed these two books, and would recommend them as a good example of their genre. I am eagerly anticipating the third installment.

I’m keeping this review brief to get back to the poorly little ones, but if you’re looking for something good to read this week, give these ones a go!

You can buy your copy from Amazon here

Published by Penguin Books

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