Publish Date: 12 June 2012
Series: Crossfire Series: Bared to You (1), Reflected In You (2)
My Rating: 4 of 5 Ravens
Synopsis: Our journey began in fire... Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness-beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily... Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires. The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart... "When it comes to brewing up scorchingly hot sexual chemistry, Day has few literary rivals." -- Booklist
Review: Sylvia Day actually surprise me with this novel. While it has been compared repeatedly to that certain BDSM book that took off into oblivian *cough50shadescough* I don't think there is a connection. I did try 50 Shades but the complete lack of writing skill on the writer's part made it unreadable for me. This novel was written well enough to draw me into the story at least.
The characters in this book are not perfect, every single one of them has issues, even more so Gideon and Eva. I like that Eva has gone to therapy to try to work on her issues but Gideon still won't even share what his is with Eva, or the audience. They are huge and emotionally jarring, as were Eva's, I'm sure. I am glad to see more and more literature taking on characters with such strong and socially repressed issues such as rape and child molestation. There are staggering statistics, like 1 in 4 women have been molested, sexually assualted, or raped and I am glad some authors are bringing light on these major issues.
The steam level in this book is high but the emotional connection is love. The characters agree to go to couples therapy together after like a week and I didn't see the build up or the proof of these emotions to justify this step. I mean, if you need to go to couple's therapy after a week then you should probably just go find someone else. I needed more emotional connection.
I hated the ending of the book, it was a cliff hanger and it annoyed me. I also hated the jealous running that Eva did like every single chapter. COME ON! It was too much and threw me out of the story sometimes. If you like a sexy novel that will keep you guessing, most of the time, then this book will be for you.
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