I received a free copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
I've read several of Jacquelyn Frank's books, most of them from the Nightwalker series, a...moreI received a free copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
I've read several of Jacquelyn Frank's books, most of them from the Nightwalker series, and I've loved them. I don't know what I was expecting this time around. A much as I as looking forward to this book, I ended up being disappointed in the end. I think most of the issue I had with the book was because of the characters. They came off as flat and uninteresting, and often whiney. Ahnvil was nothing but a horny brute, and Kat was just...there. I didn't get much from the characters at all. Everything else- the dialogue, the plot- was just lacking. I'm hoping the next book in the series will be a lot better. (less)
So...I read this. I actually liked it. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, I don't really want to because of how terrible the writing seems in the exce...moreSo...I read this. I actually liked it. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, I don't really want to because of how terrible the writing seems in the excerpts. If I had known before I started it that Bared To You was supposed to be some sort of homage to 50 Shades....well, I probably wouldn't have read it. I still have some embarrassment when it comes to reading romance, so I try to stay far from anything with too much drama attached to it. Because the first thing people say when you tell them you read romance is 'oh, like sex books?'
The story itself was good and I like Day's writing, though she did use a bit too much purple prose for my taste. I liked that it wasn't just a story of 'already well-off beautiful woman meets ridiculously wealthy and gorgeous man with control issues'. A lot of the story itself is these two messed-up characters trying to make a relationship work.
Gideon Cross was a little too good to be true at first, but that rapidly changed for me once I got to know his character better. He was insanely creepy and I was sorta surprised that he didn't end up being a serial killer. He stalked her repeatedly, went through her phone, did background checks on everyone she ever came into contact with, and TOOK PICTURES OF HER ROOM SO HE COULD MAKE A DUPLICATE ROOM IN HIS OWN SUITE. Complete with identical furniture and personal items, of course.
So, since most people reading this book will be adults, I will not mention how scary his behavior is. Not. healthy. Eva didn't seem to worry about it much, except for the occasional fond thought about his cute possessiveness. Ugh.
So, on to the things I liked. I liked how they tried hard to work on their relationship (besides the creepiness) and they actually talked through their problems most of the time. I get frustrated with most romance because of the lack of communication, so this was a welcome surprise.
I loved that there were a few scenes where Eva was actively courting Gideon by sending him flowers and gifts. It was awesome! Who says the men have to go through all the trouble? I loved, loved, that part!
(view spoiler)[ Another thing I loved was the fact that Sylvia Day didn't pull any punches and had Gideon traumatized by past sexual abuse. That's an odd thing to say that I loved, I know. But I think there is too little awareness of the fact that men are almost as likely to suffer sexual abuse as women are.
Meh...I had high hopes for this book, I really did. Until I began to read it, that is. The characters seemed shallow to the point of cardboard, and no...moreMeh...I had high hopes for this book, I really did. Until I began to read it, that is. The characters seemed shallow to the point of cardboard, and none of them had any qualities that made me the least bit interested in them. I usually love a dangerous alpha male MC, but Drake was so irritating that I wanted to chuck the book across the room. He was nothing but an overbearing, chauvinistic jackass who (view spoiler)[forced the heroine into 'bonding' with him through deceit and misdirection. He doesn't respect her, her decisions, or even the privacy of her own mind. And he never truly apologized for taking her decisions away. (hide spoiler)] Asshole. Helen wasn't much better. She, at least, didn't go around mind-raping anyone, but her character was too shallow to be interesting. I didn't understand the attraction between the characters, nor did I feel there was anything approaching love between them. It was just words with no feeling behind them. And don't get me started on the whole... (view spoiler)["I must stay in contact with your skin otherwise I'll be in excruciating pain until you touch me again." It was a little too silly and unbelievable for my taste, and obviously made up solely to get the two characters into some awkward positions. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I decided to give it a try. I'm pretty glad I did because it turned out to be a good read and very...moreI wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I decided to give it a try. I'm pretty glad I did because it turned out to be a good read and very entertaining. I liked the heroine, Meena, and her secret ability to tell when and how people are going to die kept the story interesting. I won't get too much into what happens because it is in the book synopsis, but I have one thing to say...ditch the vamp, Meena! Seriously, leave fang-face be and go for Alaric and Senor Sticky! Alaric is far better than Lucian; he's warm blooded and sexy as hell. I don't get what she sees in Lucian, really...sure, he's cool, but who needs him with Alaric around. (view spoiler)[This book doesn't have a classic romance HEA. It is the beginning of a series and is open-ended...so hopefully there will be some Alaric lovin' in the next book. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I had a very hard time reading this book. I just wasn't invested in the characters and the story just sizzled out about a quarter of the way through....moreI had a very hard time reading this book. I just wasn't invested in the characters and the story just sizzled out about a quarter of the way through. William was a very shallow character and his relationship with Elizabeth didn't seem real to me. There also didn't seem to be any chemistry or love between the two characters....(less)