Bared to you

Book by Berkley Publishing Group

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Interesting, but uneven

I know that I can't help comparing this to 50 Shades of Grey, as I do often throughout this review. So the following has to be said. While I can understand why this book is considered more well written it's not as intriguing. There is also even less BDSM than the other series. I consider it to be a decent but not mind blowing read.
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Pros:
A good length, hot sex scenes, multi-dimensional characters.
Cons:
Abusive flashback sequences
Rating by reviewer:
3
useful review

About author

I haven't read any of Sylvia Day's work in the past.
    • Engaging

Content / Style / Audience

This book was recommended to myself and my friend by a woman who was also a fan of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. I'm more of a Harlequin girl myself, so I'm not familiar with much erotica. I've also seen it placed next to that series in stores and online. So I assume it's geared towards fans of that series.

I find the style of writing dirtier than the cheaper, monthly style romance novels but not overly graphic like some erotica that I've tried to read in the past.
    • Bdsm
    • Erotica
    • Fiction

Design

I dig the simplistic design that alludes to cufflinks that the main male character wears. Of course the starkness is reminiscent of 50 Shades of Grey.

I've borrowed this from a friend. So it's the second time that this paperback book has been read. The book is still in decent condition and could definitely stand up to future reads.
    • Soft cover
    • Well made

Experience

The basic plot is incredibly similar to 50 Shades of Grey. It centers on a young woman who is just starting her career and falls for a controlling billionaire, (who is of course, way too young to actually have earned so much). However it's as if the author decided to try to one up the characters and some of the fantasies in that series. All of the characters in this book are damaged, not just the male protagonist. The female counterpart is also rich. These are what I found annoying about the book.

I do appreciate some of the amped up parts of this novel though. For instance there are actually non heterosexual supporting characters, one gay, one bi. Plus they aren't cut from the same cloth, which is refreshing.

Plus this book isn't a series of text messages which I found a bit odd to read in the other series.

I don't want to give too much away but I found some of this book upsetting so I have to mention it, this could be a trigger for someone with molestation issues. I myself don't even fall into this boat and the passages involving that really threw me.

I will be reading the sequel as I already have it but if I had just read this and then had to decide whether or not to buy the second book I'm not sure that it would be high on my reading list.
Follow-up commentary
I recently finished the second book in this series, Reflected in You. I found the sequel to be more disturbing (warning: if you've ever been attacked in your sleep then it may upset you). Somehow I found it more compelling though.

I then found out at the end that there is a third book in the series, Entwined with You. So now I feel that I shall have to read that one when it is released (June 4, 2013) as well. I hope that it's happier in tone than it's predecessors.
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Comments
  • AmethystQueen
    AmethystQueen  
    Thanks so much for the review and warning.
  • Fyreflye
    Fyreflye  
    Thanks for reviewing!
  • Vunnie09
    Vunnie09  
    thanks
  • Kitka
    Kitka  
    Thanks for sharing your review! It's too bad, I was hoping this would be better than 50 Shades of Grey.
  • Carlie2010
    Carlie2010  
    Great review thanks!
  • Chastity Darling
    Chastity Darling  
    Thanks for the review.
  • Edeneve
    Edeneve  
    thanks for the review. I have 50 Shades of Grey. have yet to read it.
  • wannawatch
    wannawatch  
    Great review
  • KinkyKatieJames
    KinkyKatieJames  
    Thank you!
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