Monday, October 1, 2012

ARC Review - Reflected in You (Crossfire # 2) by Sylvia Day

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.
My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...

Release Date: October 2, 2012 (eBook); October 23, 2013 (paper back)

Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre: Adult Contemporary, erotica
Pages: 432
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble

"I didn't know I was looking for anything until I saw you."

 Review:  Thankfully, this much anticipated book lived up to every expectation I had.  I inhaled all 432 pages within hours, and I find myself bereft, waiting what seems like forever for the third book in this series, even though it is published in December.  Reflected in You is a story about a messy relationship between two people that are obsessed with one another.  We learn more about Gideon's past, and a key player from Eva's past sets into motion a series of events that will have major repercussions in Entwined With You.

Gideon is still the obsessive, sexy, demanding control freak we met in Bared to You.  In Reflected, we start to understand how Eva and Gideon's feelings mirror one another's.  Eva is just as obsessed with Gideon as he is with her.  Whether or not these two are good for one another isn't the point.  They have both accepted that they cannot live without each other and remain unbroken.

I'd looked into his eyes and realized how tightly reined in he was, what a shadowed soul he had.  I had seen power and hunger and control and demand.  Somewhere inside me, I'd known he would take me over.  It was a relief to know he'd felt the same upheaval over me.

Eva is a jealous girl, and seeing Corinne (Gideon's ex-fiance) in this book just fuels her fire and her own self-doubt.  We did not learn the entire story about Corinne in this book, but I heard just enough to really despise her.  So instead of making a healthy relationship move, Eva makes a poor decision that had me wanting to strangle her!  I was literally yelling at Eva while reading this part of the book.  Of course, Gideon knows just how to punish his Eva.  

There are some doubts along the way in this book - both Eva and Gideon continually fight the shadows of their pasts.   Somewhere along the way, though, it becomes very clear that these two are committed to one another, for better or worse, and their relationship grows significantly in my opinion.

"I'm caught up with you, Eva."  With his his head tilted back, Gideon pulled me down for the sweetest of kisses, his firm lips moving gently beneath mine.  "I'd kill for you," he whispered, "give up everything I own for you...but I won't give you up."

Eva shows some spunk in this book.  She has always been a stronger heroine.  When Gideon tries to placate her, Eva pushes him back.  She won't stand to be pushed around, and she won't allow secrets into her relationship with Gideon.  When Gideon makes an ill-informed decision, Eva is right there to call him on it.  Once Eva figures out what is happening at the end of this book, she takes control of the situation and confronts many characters with a boldness and ferocity that I found myself cheering.

One thing I will say, though, is that there were many times during this book where I did not agree with Eva's bi-sexual BFF, Cary.  He made some comments that I wasn't quite thrilled with.  He is trying his best to protect Eva, but I think there are time where he could have gone about it in a better way.  Unfortunately, Cary plays a big role in this book, and not in a good way.  

With all of this relationship building, Sylvia Day just had to throw a wrench into this story!  Trust becomes a defining issue between Eva and Gideon.  As much as I, as a reader, trust Gideon to make solid relationship decisions and to treat Eva right, I can certainly empathize with Eva's reluctance to give Gideon her blind trust.  There are some serious issues that occur about three-quarters through this book that had me racing through the pages only to find the solution to the problems.  It was difficult reading for me and it had my stomach in knots.   

"People get over love.  They can live without it, they can move on.  Love can be lost and found again.  But that won't happen for me.  I won't survive you, Eva."
This book ends in a strange place for me.  Some of the relationship drama is solved, but there are many nagging questions that remain unanswered.  The ending was a shocker for me, because I was so surprised that Sylvia Day "went there."  And even though the ending leaves a lot to think about, I still think that Gideon is my favorite contemporary male character, hands down.  I can only wish that Day will change her mind and expand this trilogy into several more books starring Gideon and the feisty Eva.  If you were a fan of Bared to You, you will eat this book up!  Happy reading!

"You think you can say a few words and end us?  There is no end, Eva."


Underworld Love Addiction said...

Great review :)

Braine TS said...

There were a lot of anger and that part surprised and excited me. They were in the brink of imploding prior to that interesting ending.

Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I inhaled this one too. I just sucked it down in one sitting.

Now I am counting down until book 3!

Cimmaron @ Talksupe said...

Maybe I'm too obsessed with Gideon Cross but I'm still thinking about this book. Seriously I was just going OMFG the while time I was reading. As always, great review!

Is it November yet? I feel likme I'm going to have a panic attack from my anxiety over waiting for that book.

Jamie said...

I thought Entwined didn't come out until December?? Either way, I am a way impatient fan!

Alexa said...

I liked the first book but I think some things were missing, such as the emotional connection. I'm hoping that this book will continue to add to the relationship while throwing some problems in. Since it sounds from your review that that is exactly what happens I think I will like this sequel more than the first book!

Thanks for the great review!

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