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Honestly I should stop reading books by this author because time and time again I am let down.
OK, so this book is slightly better than Fifty Shades of Gray, but only slightly. There are a LOT, and I mean a LOT of sex scenes. Basically every chapter! So if you want erotica with practically zero plot line, here you go.
Gideon and Eva are two very damaged people who have immense chemistry between them. However, there doesn't seem to be any actual relationship and character development for MOST of the story. There is a little bit here and there (the therapy sessions and near the end where Gideon reveals his inner most dark secret), but barely to make any difference with the story.
Basically Eva wants to trust Gideon, but she has trust issues due to her past (it sounds like a brutal past, based on what I have learned in this book) and is working to try and get through the rough stuff. Luckily she has an amazing support team, like her mom, stepdad and BFF roommate. Gideon seriously keeps telling Eva to trust him but refuse to reveal or explain any of his mysterious and easy to misinterpret actions (which does nothing to help poor Eva at all <- seriously she already has trust issues, just explain your stupid actions so she can stop jumping to conclusions!). It is only until the climax that we find out why Gideon did what he did, but even then he is super duper controlling and cannot trust Eva to use her best judgement to handle or understand the situation. I feel that if she had felt her life was in danger, she would have taken the proper precautions and with Gideon having someone tail her, she was pretty safe.
So..... super controlling and rich guy who doesn't like to talk much, with a frail and need to be taken care but pretty looking female, and lots and lots of sex. Yep, sounds like Fifty Shades of Gray, minus the bondage stuff and inner monologue by the female protagonist.
The jealousy in the book is what hooked me . Sylvia really made that eye opening and hit home with me. I am really enjoying every thing she has written I have about exhausted all that the library has to offer.... 50 Shades was excellent but Sylvia offers just as much excitement and different angles to issues the characters have.
The crossfire novels are wonderfully written books with amazing descriptions. Sylvia Day has outdone herself with this series. Looking forward to continuing this series, devouring a book per day.
I was very disappointed. I really started skimming thru multiple pages. The sex scenes offered nothing new and got old. Every other paragraph was about how attractive he was. Seriously, we got it - don't have to mention it on every page. The idea that something was going to come up with Nathan is obvious is the first book but instead of making that a focus they just go on dates and have fights and sex. Zzzzzz. There was nothing really interesting about it. I was really hoping she was going to break up with him and go out with Bret and then maybe something interesting might finally happen in that relationship because the Gideon thing got boring. Even Cary got boring. In the first book she was interesting and stood her ground, the second one she was pathetic.
Easy read romance! Eva and Gideon both had traumatic childhoods with far reaching after effects and the best thing the author did was to put them both individually and as a couple in therapy.
As much as I love the Fifty Shades trilogy, the Slyvia Day 'In You" trilogy was just as good if not better!!
I still consider this series to be a rip off of Fifty Shades, but it's not bad.
Very good author. Continues to have similarities to 50 Shades of Gray, but really enjoyed the book.
It was easy to read and it did not disappoint with the trials and tribulations of the relationship with Gideon and Eva. Also, the steam love scenes are an added bonus. Now waiting for the next book in the series to be available at the library.
I did enjoy this book but I found there was a bit too much emphasis on jealousy. A decent read and looking forward to book 3.
I did not enjoy this book - but I had to find out about Gideon's past. I will probably read the last book as well - Why do I have to be so curious? It will probably be more of the same: I love you; no I hate you: no I love you. Soooo Stupid.
Very much a Fifty-Shades family member, like an mirror image twin. WAYYY better written, though still not the best book I've ever read. It was very enjoyable, but be forewarned that if Fifty was "too-much" or not your taste then this will be too. If you had issues with some of the more submissive scenes than this will be more to you liking.
14/2 - I keep getting the Fifty storylines confused with Bared to You. In this situation I would usually say to myself that I need to go back and re-read the Fifty trilogy again to reacquaint myself with what happened and in order to separate the plot from the Bared to You plot. The only problem with the normal solution is that, as you can see from Fifty reviews, I didn't really like the Fifty trilogy, certainly not enough to re-read any of them - so I guess I'm stuck with overlapping plots replaying in my head as I read, kind of like a double-exposed photo. Although there are a lot of very similar elements and general plot lines, fortunately they're not exact copies, especially not in the BDSM area. In one scene Eva practically invites him to hurt her and he refuses to saying that he could never hurt her; when I read those lines I couldn't help but imagine what Christian Grey would have done - something that probably involved sore palms.
15/2 - According to the back of the book this is a darker version of Fifty. I totally disagree. Reflected in you has characters who are even more stuffed up than Ana and Christian, but there's almost no violence and no one who wants to inflict pain but holds themselves back because it scares the other person (and rightly so). Eva is a much more complex and realistic character than Ana, I didn't find myself silently telling her to run, not walk, away from Gideon before he does some serious physical damage to her (as I was while reading FSoG). And I don't find Gideon physically scary the way I did Christian Grey, I wasn't reading on eggshells waiting for Gideon to explode over something Eva did that he didn't like. Sure he got frustrated with some of the things Eva did, but I never felt like he was about to commit domestic violence against her and put her in the hospital the way I did reading FSoG. I was suprised by how much of the book Eva and Gideon spend apart - they spend half the book fighting and half of what's left having angry sex that doesn't make anything better. One character that I did spend most of the book wanting to shake until his brain rattled was Cary, he drove me crazy constantly trying to ruin his almost relationship with Trey (who seemed like a nice, normal guy who could support Cary if he would let him). This book almost doesn't fit in the BDSM category, it just read like a normal contemporary romance with very complex characters. I can't wait to see how the trilogy is going to end.
A fast-paced, page-turning rollercoaster ride that will leave you wanting more! Emotionally and sexually raw. I cannot wait for Entwined with you. I love this trilogy!!!
The characters are so well developed that you feel as if they are real people and you want to cheer them on to work out all the problems they have. This series is a million times better than the 50 shades series. This is such a page turner you will not want to put the book down until you have finished .Then you can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens in the journey of Eva and Gideon .
This series just gets better and hotter. I can not wait till the next installment in May. I was on the edge though this whole book and i really love how it ended.
Eva and Gideon's on again off again relationship is miserable for them and those around them. Can't wait to read Entwined With You. We'll see if the prediction in the book is true and what started as trilogy leads to a fourth book and Eva gets her happily ever after.
Awesome series. Couldn't put it down and can't wait for Entwined With You. Don't even bother with the ''Shades' series, this series leaves them for dead.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was better than the first. I highly recommend this book! It is so much better than the "Shades" series and just as sexy! I just can't believe I have to wait until May to read the next one!!!!