Flagged, tagged & bagged as the new Fifty Shades of Grey- Bared to You is supposed to be bigger, better & sexier. So… Fifty Shades without TwiFlagged, tagged & bagged as the new Fifty Shades of Grey- Bared to You is supposed to be bigger, better & sexier. So… Fifty Shades without Twilight drama. Truth be told I still have yet to even make it to halfway through Fifty Shades Darker.
Seriously, when I kept seeing this book plastered all over Amazon and Goodreads and such, I pretty much ignored it. With the cover being SO visually similar to Fifty Shades, I assumed it was a knock off or a spoof and I wasn’t much interested… But then Tabby from Insightful Minds said I absolutely had to read it- so that’s pretty much all it took!
Eva moved across country, from San Diego to the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her male, super model sexy roommate, Cary to start working as an Ad Exec.
The day BEFORE her first day, she was scouting the territory and sees the most perfect man she’s ever laid eyes on,
She sees him again ON HER first day, and SERIOUSLY I love the amount of M/M romance, love in this book! Eva’s boss is a gay man, and he and his partner are so in love and I just ate it up!!!! AND I was THRILLED to death bc I honestly thought it would end up being a freaking LOVE TRIANGLE OF DEATH.. Between her, the new boss and the super sexy guy she met on the elevator! No worries though… The boss plays for the other team, so we’re SAFE from the love triangle CRAP for now.
And suddenly Dark & Dangerous (this is what Eva has dubbed the elevator man she’s been fantasizing about) is showing up everywhere… Coincidently. Meetings… More elevators…
After a very productive meeting, he pulls her to the side and asks if she’s currently seeing anyone…
“Because I want to fuck you, Eva. I need to know what’s standing in my way, if anything.”
Right? Seriously, WHY is this so hot? Because literally in real life… Well, I suppose it’d still be pretty hot if hubby said it right outside an elevator – out of the blue… Off topic!
Anyway so she’s thinking,
“I’d never been so aroused. Never been so scortchingly attracted to another human being. Never been so offended by a person I lusted after.”
That about sums it up though? It’s hot. But… How DARE you ASSUME and presume its OKAY to talk to me this way… Even if I like it? Lol!
This is what I loved most about Eva’s character. She didn’t take any shit, she wasn’t a push over and she DID NOT waver… Oh I don’t know… I do… I don’t… *sigh* She was just her. Eva owned it, she wasn’t perfect, and she is the first to admit it- but she also won’t settle for less than what she thinks she deserves.
And as it turns out, the company Eva works for, Cross Industries or Crossfire, is OWNED by none other than Mr. Dark and Dangerous, also known as Gideon CROSS. Ha. I love it.
ANYWAY, turns out Mr. Tall, Dark and Super Sexy Cross has a lot of deep, dark secrets… What?! A tortured man, with a penchant for kinky, hot sex? Win. Yeah, I’m a sucker for a head case who needs to be be “saved”.
Except of course he ends up, MESSING UP because he’s never been in a real relationship before, and Eva’s flight instinct takes over.
I ran when the going got tough, because I was so sure it was all going to end badly. The only control I had was to be the one who left,
But, Cross isn’t willing to live without her. He wants her- no matter what it costs him. And I LOVED it.
“What you make me feel, Eva . . . it hurts.”
“I’ve always seen you, angel. From the moment you found me, I’ve seen nothing but you.”
Eva’s roommate, Carey- I LOVED him. I felt so bad for him… And his super self-destructive ways. He was an amazing supporting character!...more
*the following review is for a BDSM erotic romance… Review not intended for readers under 18* The Bookish Brunette thought: Oooookay!!! So WHO HASN’T hea*the following review is for a BDSM erotic romance… Review not intended for readers under 18* The Bookish Brunette thought: Oooookay!!! So WHO HASN’T heard of this book by now?? Right?!?! There is so much hype surrounding this book lately, that I just couldn’t resist the temptation any longer!!! I mean REALLY… Contemporary BDSM erotica- FTW! So, I bought Fifty Shades (for $9.99 mind you…) and don’t get me wrong- I have no qualms paying $9.99 for an eBook (I just paid $14.99 for J.R. Ward’s Lover Reborn!) – but when its an author I’ve never read AND originally Indie pubbed, I feel like that’s a BIT steep… IMO) AnyRandomRant when I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I knew nothing more than this was an erotic BDSM! As I hadn’t read any actual REVIEWS of it… just more ‘word of mouth’ type recommendations… or the ones from The View and USA Today. So THEN… I’m 2% into reading Fifty Shades *according to my Kindle* (I know right?) When I stop to update my Goodreads status, because I know everyone is just DYING to know what I’m reading at any given time! Like most of you, my Goodreads account is directly linked to my Twitter account, so when I update that I’m currently reading Fifty Shades of Grey on Goodreads it automatically tweeted to 3,200 of my nearest and dearest friends that I was doing so. Being the social media whore that I am, it wasn’t even a full 60 seconds before I receive this tweet from Rhiannon Frater: RF: You’re reading the Twilight ff [Fan Fiction] erotica?
BB: what? LOL There’s no vamps! It’s contemp BDSM erotica
RF: You don’t know? It started out as Twilight FF. The author just changed the names and paranormal element when she published.
BB: are you f*cking kidding me? No. I was not aware. I have yet to feel any twilightyness! I feel dirty. ______________________________________ BB: Like what’s dirtier than reading adult BDSM erotica?Reading Twilight FanFic turned BDSM erotica. I’m upset.
Why did I go into that BIG spiel you ask? TWO REASONS: 1. I almost quit reading this BECAUSE of the Twilight ‘FanFic’ situation. EVEN though I had yet to experience anything that made me ‘FEEL’ it was Twilighty. Because yes, I’m really quite judgemental when it comes to things like this. 2. I want to make it VERY clear that I DIDN’T HATE Twilight! I enjoyed it VERY much actually… what I hate is how ridiculous and obsessive people got about it! You can read more about my thoughts on Twilight in this discussion post! Therefore I didn’t want to get into another BIG ‘Twilight‘ ordeal. If you want MY opinion, and obviously that’s why you’re here right? I don’t think Fifty Shades of Grey read like Twilight at all: It wasn’t a paranormal. The ‘heroine’ Anastasia had MUCH more personality than Bella! Christian Grey was 27, and not immortal. Yes Christian intimidates her… He’s an older, sexy man who wants to ravish her body in unspeakably hot ways. When you were 22- you’d have been intimidated too. Anastasia works at a hardware store… Is Bella the only chick allowed to not work as a waitress or at a department store? I mean REALLY? Come on. Ana likes to read.Well to me those things could have described just about, in a very obscure way- ANY female character in fiction. Then after you start LOOKING for things… (and you ALL know that normally I wouldn’t point these types of things out… but seeing as how I didn’t KNOW Fifty Shades of Grey was FanFic to begin with, I feel like I need to explain to everyone that this is still very much a book worth reading… despite the similarities! AND further more, I wouldn’t have made a Twilight connection had I not known! Just sayin.) ONE similarity that cant be ignored is Anastasia’s family… – her mother/father relationship was very similar. Flighty mother… yada, yada. Her best friend Jose, who’s secretly in love with her… Jose’s dad and Ana’s dad were in the same army unit together. But REALLY… how many books is the best guy friend in love with the chick? One thing I noticed was that Ana says, “Oh my.” quite a lot. By ‘a lot’ I mean she says, “Oh my” like I say, “Dude.”… But honestly, I didn’t feel like it took anything away from her character. I think it was more of a character “trait” rather than what some people deem ‘bad writing’. If someone told me, “Dude. You say ‘dude’ too much.” I’d say, “Duuuude, I know right?” Now… let’s move on to the SUPER HOT, DEAR GOD ALMIGHTY SEX… “That’s right, baby, feel me, all of me,” he growls and briefly closes his eyes. ~Christian Grey *dear god… * _______________________ “His head turns fractionally toward me, his eyes darkest slate. I bite my lip. “Oh, fuck the paperwork,” he growls. He lunges at me, pushing me against the wall of the elevator. Before I know it, he’s got both of my hands in one of his in a vice-like grip above my head, and he’s pinning me to the wall using his hips. Holy shit. His other hand grabs my ponytail and yanks down, bringing my face up, and his lips are on mine. ______________________ “He grabs me suddenly and yanks me up against him, one hand at my back holding me to him and the other fisting in my hair. “You’re one challenging woman,” He kisses me, forcing my lips apart with his tongue, taking no prisoners. “It’s taking all my self-control not to fuck you on the hood of this car, just to show you that you’re mine, and if I want to buy you a fucking car, I’ll buy you a fucking car,” he growls.” The emails. Oh… The EMAILS!!!!! Read the book. You’ll know what I mean! He sends her a winky guy! Awww! Okay- so maybe I’m WAY too excited about this… But I was just tickled to DEATH! “Laters, baby.” ~Christian Grey *this really doesn’t make sense unless you’ve read it… but it’s really just *AWWW* to me.* _______________________ “I am not intimidated by your SHOUTY capitals. But I will confess to a small white lie: No – you don’t snore, but you do talk. And it’s fascinating.” ~Christian Grey I’m telling you had I not been made aware that this was Twilight FanFic… I would not have made the connection… To say Fifty Shades of Grey ends with a cliffhanger is an understatement, because it simply STOPS. I actually have no qualms about it ending so abruptly… 1. Because I immediately downloaded the second book Fifty Shades Darker AND 2. Because in KNOWING that it was originally a WHOLE piece online (fanfic and all) you can’t really blame E.L. James for doing it this way. Each book, individually is like 400 pages long. What can you expect? All and all I VERY much enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey. There were some ‘iffy’ parts for me when the writing seemed to get choppy… but I’m not an editor- and all I want is a good, entertaining read. And Fifty Shades gave me that in SPADES. Totally loved it.
Now I must say that I wasn't a huge fan of Anne Rice's whiny vamp in Interview with a Vampire... But The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty is waving hot, filthy sex and my favorite fairy tale around and I tell you what- you've got yourself one intrigued Brunette. Right?
So this is what happened... A long, long time ago, in a land far away...
The Prince never truly believed all the stories told of the Sleeping Princess locked in a tower, surrounded by her ever slumbering kingdom... Even as he entered the palace and became witness to the bones of the many princes come before him to rescue the Princess from this peril, he was still quite unsure.
He cuts through the deadly vines,
"It was not his desire to die so much as conquer."
Then as light shone upon the many people of the court... Slumbering- as all the old tales had claimed, that he finally believed. (do you guys like my fairy-tale "voice"? Shhhyea you do!)
He finds her in the the "topmost bed chamber" and promptly... awakens her.
And at this point... I'm a little iffy about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, if you know what I mean. I'm all about a steamy hot sex scene... But where's the build up? Hmmm... Moving on- Then no sooner than Beauty is awakened, she's forced into very humiliating situations as the prince keeps her naked as he parades her father in and announces that Beauty is his and she will be accompanying him back to his kingdom.
Apparently the King and his Queen were also made to spend a great deal of time there a hundred years ago (before they fell asleep) and are confident she will come back "greatly enhanced in wisdom and beauty."
Again... I'm just not sure... But alright... it's a BDSM fairytale. What did you expect? Reality? Duh.
Then there's lots of degradation and sexual deviance. ;) It seems the kingdom in which Beauty's being sent... taken? Is actually the "training facility" for MANY MANY princes and princesses from all over the world.
Prince Alexi, the favorite slave of the dearest Queen is soooo endearing from the moment we are introduced to him... And Beauty herself is quite enamored with him, even though she isn't supposed to look at him or make notice of him at all.
And as it turns out, Prince Alexi is also taken with Beauty...
The Queen's favorite sex toy/slave/pet, Prince Alexi and The PRINCE's (as in the Queen's SON) sex toy/slave/pet, Beauty are crushing hard on eachother. I know right?
"Beauty looked down to see his auburn hair covering her sex as she felt his lips against her thighs." ~ right before the Prince sodomizes him.
"I shall see you tomorrow night, my dearest," Prince Alexi whispered with a smile. "And don't be frightened of the Queen for I shall be with you." ~ this he says as he sneaks up to whisper in her ear while she's tethered to a stake in the dining hall. You know... Just so you get the enormity of such a romantic gesture.
The Prince casually announces he would marry Beauty if only so he could leave her tied to his bed... Hmmm...
I'm just at a loss... It's the sub plot I liked, rather than the central plot. And not because I have any problem with raunchy, rough sex but because... but this was more like sexual torture. And honestly with the recent BDSM craze from Fifty Shades of Grey I can see why they're pushing this series, but it's very different.
Where I found Christian Grey intimidatingly sexy and ooooh so yummy, I didn't quite feel that way with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Although I was completely absorbed by the detailed intricacy in which Anne Rice put into the story of Beauty and her situation. I'm enraptured by the enchanting novelty of Beauty and the court.
I was much more involved in Beauty and Prince Alexi... Then, out of nowhere Beauty seemingly grows tired of the charming Prince and purposely gets sent to The Village after glimpsing the fair haired, Prince Tristan enclosed in a cage of "slaves" who have displeased their masters... I know!!!
I already downloaded book 2. *sigh* I can't help it...