I recently went on one of those blogs that discussed the ever important question of “What should I read after finishing E.L. James’ 50 Shades”? The blogger felt that Sylvia Day’s series was an excellent next choice so I dutifully purchased “Bared to You” for my kindle. I thought the book was a fun, sexy and sometimes dark read but didn’t feel like the two books spoke with the same voice at all. I know I’m not being all that clear but I’ll try. James’ work calls to women because they read about a sweet hearted girl who finds passion, okay, kinky fuckery, and embraces it. There is a ridiculously unlikely happily ever after with a man that despite being described as quite broken, shows himself to be smart, sexy, rich and utterly devoted to his newly minted lover.
Day’s characters both have a dark sexual past and the sort of stalking the male lead does makes the reader anxious, not smitten. The use of incest in the backstory as an explanation for the hesitance in the female leads ability to have relationships just rings too close to home for so many women that it sort of kills the fantasy fun of the hot relationship. Another complication is the economics of the story. Both characters are quite wealthy, something many readers wish was their problem. It may be old fashioned, but perhaps we all like to see a Cinderella story with passion as opposed to a mega merger.
Both books are really entertaining reads and hard to put down. I am a firm believer that it is okay to want to read something just for the escape and the voyeuristic joy of living vicariously through some pretty wild characters. I guess that’s why I wrote “Isabel’s Awakening” as a fun, sexy escape from reality.