Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Reviewed by Cassandra, Collection Management Librarian
Bared to You, book 1 in the Crossfire series, is a steamy look into the lives of two very complicated characters. The heroine, Eva, meets hero Gideon at the office building which he owns and where she works. From the moment these two set eyes on each other, we enter a complex relationship between two damaged but lovable characters. Both have been victims of abuse, but they try to find their way to one another in the relationship.

There have been comparisons made between Bared to You and Fifty Shades of Grey. Although there are some common elements, such as a young, rich, dominant hero involved with a younger woman, but Bared to You is particularly good in letting us see the toll that abuse can have on people in different ways. I loved seeing the trust build between Eva and Gideon as they try to deal with the issue together.

The love scenes are scorching, but Sylvia Day also did a fantastic job with the mental drama the characters are involved in. Eva and Gideon are in a possessive, sometimes obsessive relationship that is not easy to balance. It is not always emotionally easy to read, but that is one of its strengths. The reader sympathizes with the characters and sometimes wants to shout at them for making self-destructive choices. Deeper in You is the next installment in the Crossfire series.