Thursday, 19 April 2012
After Fifty review: Bared To You by Sylvia Day
Bared To You
Publication date: 3rd April 2012
Bared to You has been heralded as the new Fifty, it certainly felt very Fiftyish to me reading it but it had a grittier feel to it. It does have a hot billionaire CEO with a troublesome past, Gideon is also domineering, controlling and shows some real stalkerish tendencies not unlike Christian. But unlike Fifty Shades the heroine Eva is a much more complex character and I ended up liking her a lot. Like Gideon she is the victim of childhood abuse and has some serious demons. I liked that her character went from strong to vulnerable to strong again it made her seem really realistic to me.
It's lust at first sight for Eva and Gideon, these two tortured souls seem drawn to each other from the word go. The have real similarities, both are possessive and insecure. Gideon thinks nothing of investigating Eva's background, her friends and seems to own every building and company in the world (how very Fiftyish). Equally, Eva runs off on numerous occasions when there is any kind of mention or indication that Gideon has had other women in the past. Her ability to blame Gideon for, well, just about everything did get on my nerves at times. They are however, as sexual as each other. Eva is certainly no wall flower she's just as demanding as Gideon and although it's suggested that Gideon is a bit of a dom it didn't come across that way to me. There are many many sexy times in Bared to You and I actually thought they were better than the sexy times in Fifty Shades, they just seemed more gritty, dirty and real.
Eva's overbearing mother annoyed me no end. Her relationship with her mother was seriously dysfunctional. To me, Eva had real strength to be in a relationship and put up with Gideon's "issues" but seemed to lack the same strength and resolve when it came to her own mother. I guess the power of a mother's guilt trip will always overcome. Equally, I went from liking Eva's roommate Cary as he seemed sweet and supportive at first, then as I realised he too was a victim of abuse I felt really sorry for him but his behaviour at the end and his overwhelming determination to seriously muck up any form of good relationship in his life frustrated me. I realise his actions are probably a consequence of his traumatic upbringing but I just didn't like him very much at the end.
Eva summed up Bared To Me when she asked her therapist if two individuals with real demons, who have both been a victim of some form of abuse can actually have a normal and happy relationship together. I think the jury is still out on this one. Whereas Eva is pretty upfront with Gideon about her traumatic past Gideon isn't quite on the same page. It's hinted in Bared To You what happened to Gideon and he certainly seems to think that Eva knows more about how screwed up he really is more than anyone else but I'm not sure I would call their all consuming and volatile relationship a normal and happy kind of relationship.
Overall, I thought Bared to you was both hot and addictive. Fans of Fifty Shades will love it but don't expect the laughs and giggles provided by Ana and Christian's emails this is definitely much grittier.
After Fifty rating: 4 out of 5