Recommendation: I’ve been recommending this book to friends for about a year as a well-written Fifty Shades of Grey based on about three paragraphs I read in an excerpt. And I was totally right. If you’re looking for some steamy romance (and everybody should occasionally), then this is the book you need to grab.
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I’m going to start with the bad part about this book, because I do what I want. I don’t even have anything bad to say personally, but I’ve heard from a couple people that this is basically a scene-for-scene rehash of Fifty Shades. The reason I can’t confirm this is because, after reading about three pages of E.L. James’s writing, I had an aneurysm from the terrible writing. Seriously, I just couldn’t do any more. It was terrible. Bared to You, on the other hand, is quite solid. It’s not Faulkner, but you don’t pick this one up hoping for a literary masterpiece anyways. You pick it up because you’re looking for some excitement, some titillation, and some snazzy sex scenes.
I don’t know how I feel about describing a sex scene as snazzy, but it kinda flows off the tongue so it’s staying. Quick little summary: Eva Trammel is, of course, our smoking hot protagonist who can get any guy she wants but has a history of going for the wrong ones. She starts work at a new job where she meets Gideon Cross, an even hotter dude who owns the company. Cross is blatantly sexual, and makes countless passes at Eva who, despite her incredible attraction, rejects Cross. However, they eventually get to know each other and then, well, stuff happens. Hot stuff.
Basically, this is what you think it is, in a good way. There aren’t a ton of plot devices, not the most exquisite character development, but the writing really is good and there are plenty of steamy scenes that’ll keep you glued to the page. Even though I read a lot, I don’t usually get sucked into the page turners where I forsake sleep/food/health/life to finish a book. Normally I set aside time each day, I read during that time (and almost always a little over), but then I get back to the stuff I gots to do. Not so with this title. It’s about 350 pages and you could very well blow through it in under 48 hours. I certainly did.
Really the only way not to enjoy this book is by not understanding what you’re getting in to. It wouldn’t be good to think this is some character-driven literary fiction and then end up with a face like this…
But, if you understand you’re reading a Wild romance with a whole lot of really good sex scenes, this book is a ton of fun.