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A romantic yet sensual novel informing us of the developing relationship between Eva (a young female) and Gideon (the stong and powerful male). The novel consistently changes pace imitating the ups and downs experienced in any relationship and encouraging the reader to keep reading. The story, though fictional, can be related to by anyone who has been in a relationship as two individuals struggle to overcome their fears and learn to trust each other.
This book was a great bedtime read enabling you to relax and drift into a finctional world which shares the fears and insecurities of the real world in developing a relationship. Once started, it was difficult to put the book down. New episodes of the relationship appear sporadically giving interest and broad content. The surprising twist at the end of the novel makes the reader enthusiastic about the next book in the series. A good read for anyone wanting romance, seduction and sexual encounters.
It's been a long time coming getting round to reading this book, I read the first book in this series back last summer. It wasn't until about a week ago that I ended up buying this book so the fact that I read it so quickly has come as a bit of a surprise to me actually. I bought this with a couple of other books and as soon as I could I started reading it. Luckily, I had a boring train journey to contend with yesterday afternoon so I decided to take this with me to keep my entertained on my ride home.
~*~ Sylvia Day ~*~
Sylvia Day is a 40 year old American lady, who sits out there, in now her probably large house penning novels for us to read. Most notably recently, she's become well known author for her writing in the Crossfire series of books - however these books aren't the only ones she's written. Having written under two separate pseudonyms, this lady is the author of the Renegade Angels series, Dream Guardians and the Sapphire Series to name but a few. I had heard a lot about her other series' of books before I started reading the Crossfire series, but since I've never quite got round to reading them since university took over, but now I'm free again - the Crossfire series has come back into my sights and I'm really enjoying it again!
~*~ Reflected in You ~*~
I started reading this book on one day at 15.30pm and finished it the following day at 17.00pm so - so it's safe to say this book was a little bit addictive to me when I was reading it. When I read the first book, it took me a long time to actually get into because I'd come straight from reading 50 Shades of Grey and couldn't quite adjust to the different characters. However this time round I slipped straight back into feeling like I'd known Eva and Gideon forever and my thoughts of Grey were long gone thankfully. Given that this is the second book in the series I'd advise reading Bared to you first, but I don't think it would take too long to pick up what was going on - just without reading it you might miss some of the intricacies that are essential to understanding Eva and Gideon's relationship.
~*~ Character Development ~*~
From the first book without spoiling it for anyone, we meet Gideon a big boss of a multimillion dollar corporation with far too many fingers in far too many pies - how he keeps on top of them is beyond me, although he's fictional so I guess it's not that much of an issue. The last book I felt like I was only just getting to know his character and how he ticked over - but this book, although he feels like a very hostile character so unwilling to share anything with Eva - you do feel eventually that he opens up a little bit and you can begin to relate to him a bit more. Not enough to overly warm to him, but I think that's the beauty of the way the character is written, he's in theory on paper loveable and beautiful but he's a hard man to love at the same time. By the end of the book I've warmed to him a bit more, but he's still a little bit too cold for me to have any really strong feelings towards him like Eva would but I can see why she'd find him attractive from the description. Eva on the other hand, although in the first book she seemed pleasant but at the same time a little bit reserved due to her past, in this book she does seem to have been opened up to the reader a lot, and as the reader you can begin to understand how she's as messed up as she is without feeling overly sorry for her. The reader isn't drawn into thinking of her overly as the victim, more so being a girl that's finding her way in life after her childhood drew her a very bad set of cards. I like Eva more as a character this time round, she's getting a bit more feisty and well she's the kind of girl I see myself as being, don't poke her with a stick else she'll bite kind of temperament. Eva's best friend Cary I have warmed to a lot in this book, he's not a massive character in this book until about half way through the book which is a shame, because he is quite amusing. I guess in a way he detracts away from the seriousness of Eva and Gideon's relationship - which is just way too heavy for anyone to put up with on a daily basis I think. Eva's parents play a small but significant role in this book too, mainly over the big occurrence that happens in this book, given though that the book is set around Eva and Gideon I don't ever expect to see a massive amount around other characters. There are a few of the other characters that are a bit more in-depth than in the previous book and there is one or two new characters but nothing that really makes a huge difference to the storyline really, they're more of a basis to the story helping it along a bit faster but it would have got there in the end.
~*~ Story and Plot Progression ~*~
This time round the story seems to go really quickly, it seems to be based over the space of only a couple of weeks into a month, but given by this point they've only been together about a month - there is a lot going on that soon in a relationship. Over the space of about 300 pages you get a lot of information thrown at you, so you really don't want to be reading this overly quickly because you might well miss something important that you will need to refer back to later on in the story. The author really does paint a picture though when it comes to describing to us the Crossfire building they work in, I really do feel like I'm viewing the story through a camera sat on Eva's shoulder. It really brings the reader into the story, like they are a part of it. You feel all the emotions that the characters are portrayed to have, and you feel like you can see what they are doing. Especially at one point in the book, which won't spoil the story - they're at a gig and the surroundings and the way each character is positioned is explained so well you can almost imagine it, with the exception of knowing what the actual club looked like and smelt like. It definitely at times feels very real. Admittedly though the history of these two characters, just feels so unbelievable that it couldn't happen, I'm not going to say it wouldn't but at the end of the day - how could two people be that messed up. It's not impossible I guess, but it does help the plot to progress because it seems to show over the 300 pages new bits of information about the pair and why they act the way they do. So from the first book to this one there is a lot of story progression and history of all the characters, but at the same time - some of it is quite infuriating because the author portrays Gideon to be such an ultra-possessive boyfriend and if I'm honest it annoys me just reading it. Which was the problem I had with the 50 shades books, but somehow these Crossfire books are a little bit more tolerable because there is more to them than just having some idiot controlling a girl and making her sign a contract. Despite this though, the book feels more adult, and a little bit more developed than the last one, we know a bit more by the end of it. We know more about Eva's history and eventually more about Gideon's and we see how others fall as a result of their relationship and the lengths that people will go to - to protect the ones they love. It does have a bit of a read it and learn feeling about it, because the messed up past both characters have, and the relationship they find themselves in, gives us a lot to think about regarding our own relationships. How we treat our own family and friends and the importance of knowing exactly what's going on around us without letting our love lives ruin our personal lives. It's an intriguing read; however it does leave us wondering what could possibly happen next!
Not long now until I can get back to New York and find out!
~*~ Here we go again with the sex... ~*~
There is a lot of sex in this book, I think more so than the first book and for a lot of people it might be too much to stomach. The good thing is, although there is this massive influx of dirty books, this one does seem to have been written with a little more experience behind me. It's not going to be a book that goes down in history as literary genius but it won't irritate anywhere near as much as 50 Shades did me, with the constant 'my sex' all the time it's a little more adult and grown up. As much as it can be for a book that uses sex as a jumping off point into a story, thing is though and it might just be me but it feels like with the counselling sessions telling the couple that sex isn't the way to solve anything, and the fact that Eva is regretting sleeping with so many men when she was younger - I'm hoping some of the more intelligent readers might take a little bit of a lesson from it and understand that sex isn't everything in a relationship. I don't mind reading about sex, and my boyfriend doesn't mind me reading about sex - in this series it's not integral to the book even though it is a big part and it's not the reason I read the books, even if it was the initial reason for me to read them.
~*~ I'm a little bit eager to read the next one! ~*~
I've got the new book Entwined in you sat next to me right now and as soon as I've finished writing this review I think I'm going to get started on it. Purely because I'm eager to see where series can go, and from the ending of this book it's just being nosy to see what happens next in Eva and Gideon's relationship. Part of me has expectations but at the end of the day I want to see if I'm right, and well if there's scope for another book!
2 books down... 1 to go!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I bought mine from Asda for £3.85 individually, well I actually got mine in the book 3 for £10 offer they have at the minute so I got a couple of books. Prices vary depending on where you buy it from, Amazon you can get used for a lot cheaper and eBay will do the same, it's all dependant on where you buy it from - but even for £4 it's more than worth it for a good read!
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Gideon and Eva still at logger heads with each other as their relationship develops. They have some serious issues these two and really need to get them addressed fast or all will be lost forever. With Gideon falling over past loves and causing Eva's jealousy to go into overdrive and then to cap it all we have Eva's roommate having a major breakdown at the end of the first book only to fall prey to some maniac wielding a baseball bat at his body nearly killing him into the process. Where does one start to try and unravel the mess their lives are in?
Where indeed it is just as well they have a friendly shrink to fall back on and help them through their troubled times. But is the shrink as friendly as he seems is this one to be trusted? Does Gideon have a really big issue with shrinks in general or does he have cause for concern, where is his mother when he needs her and why did she not stand up for poor little Gideon when he needed her to?
Why do I feel that these two lost souls are so akin to the other they should be really in tune with the other far more than they seem to be. After all We already know that Eva was raped by her stepbrother in the last book and now we have the same issues popping up in this one, the only difference is that this time she is being stalked by someone and she is very unnerved by it. Gideon has been keeping things from her and trying to protect her without her knowledge which nearly gets her flatmate killed. Old flames keep popping into the story with quite a lot of regularity and seem intent on breaking the hapless pair up.
Old rock stars pop up with haunting love songs about Eva and the same rock star seem to still carry a torch for her making his advances to her end in fisty cuffs with himself and Gideon. It is therefore no surprise that this pair of nutters for want of a better word suit each other right down to the ground. Don't get me wrong I really like this hapless pair and want them to get it on and cannot wait to see Cary in a happy relationship of his own, but I have a feeling that Gideon and Eva have a very long way to go in getting this relationship to work.
There is a major lack of trust and serious issues have to be addressed before these two get into a meaningful relationship that will work outside the bedroom. There lies another problem what is with the dark frightening dream scenes these two keep having and why can they not finally work through these?
I really enjoy reading these books and want to know what happens next I have so many unanswered questions and look forward to Sylvia Day getting the third book released in June. Please hurry I am in suspense here!
Really enjoyable read with so many twists and turns you have to keep reading to find out where the story will end up. I love the whole storyline and angst that these characters are going through and place myself within their characters as I am reading this. I feel for each and every one as if it was me in the story.
This story written by Sylvia Day is s far my favorite of this type of genre and I cannot wait for the third book in the series to come out.
Having read the first book in the Crossfire series quite quickly and being totally consumed by it I naturally began to read the second book, reflected in you, pretty much straight after I had finished bared to you. Various things though were going on at home and I found that I just didn't have the time or the inclination to read each night and so last week I started reading reflected in you from the beginning again and have just finished reading it and so wanted to share my thoughts on the book in this review.
Reflected in you is as I mentioned the second book in the Crossfire series which is written by an author named Sylvia Day. Up until reading fifty shades of Grey and then seeing that this author was recommended as one to read if you enjoyed the book I had never heard of her but I have loved both of the books that I have read by her so far.
The end of bared to you ended with a very content Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross being happy with their relationship. Their relationship is anything but the norm as they have both suffered abuse as children and as such have grown up with traits put in place basically as a self protect tool. Reflected in you starts in much the same was as much of bared to you was showing that Eva and Gideon really cannot keep their hands off one another and that they need sex to communicate best with one another but there is a whole lot more to this book than just the sex between the couple which is really nice to see.
We read about many of the ups and downs in the couples relationship and it is clear from the off that as Eva attended counselling sessions as an adult that she is more able to deal head on with the issues that her abuse as a child brought about. We see that Eva is able to communicate with Gideon and that he struggles to tell her anything about his past in return. As the reader you are so wishing that Gideon would open up to Eva and let her see all of him because you know that she won't run away and that her love for him really is unconditional.
Despite Gideon's reluctance to open up very often in this book we do see glimpses of him as a care free young adult man who is blissfully happy with Eva. Examples of this are when Gideon who is a billionaire from his businesses and so a man who likes to stay connected with work is able to take Eva away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan for a weekend without phones or any other form of contact for either of them to the outside world. I think within the book as a was reading this I was thinking they are going to make it because it was clear they needed each other so much and I was just hoping that when they returned to real life that things wouldn't change.
Of course there are hurdles within any relationship and this book actually highlights many for Eva and Gideon. When Gideon becomes distant with Eva not long after their weekend cut off from the world I could really feel how confused Eva was and I also felt frustrated on her behalf that Gideon just couldn't open up and seemed to be playing some sort of games with his ex fiancée. Credit must go to Sylvia Day here because through reading this book I could imagine myself as Eva and feel the emotions that she was feeling be it pure elation when she was with the man she loved or confusion and desperation as she struggled to work out where they were headed and if it was really a good idea to be so dependent on another for ones own happiness. We also see Eva almost rebel against the fact that Gideon seems unable to communicate effectively and test him with exes of her own and it actually makes for some very interesting reading even though you are questioning the decisions she is making.
There are points in this book which make uncomfortable reading and without giving too much away we do learn a little more about the person who abused Eva when she was younger and what kind of man he has become. We learn a little towards the end of the book about what happened to Gideon as a child and again I felt as fiercely protective over him as Eva does in the book so the author really does draw you in and make you want to fight for her characters and the right thing. There are other parts in this book where Gideon's abusive past threatens to destroy the very thing he needs in his life and it is tricky to read but it keeps you hooked and rooting for the characters all the time.
I really think it is lovely to read about how the relationship between Eva and Gideon develops and although has it ups and downs simply becomes stronger all the time. I loved it when I realised that they finally had the ability to trust each other no matter what and my heart melted a little when Gideon told Eva he loved her for the first time. The character development is key in this book and we do see Eva develop the ability to be strong and stand against Gideon if she feels the need to despite really wanting to be with him and so it gives you hope that perhaps with time she will be able to trust that she can disagree with him and still have him in her life. With Gideon I really like how he lets Eva in to his life more in this book and you realise that he would do anything at all to protect her.
Of course with a book that is likened to fifty shades there is going to be plenty of hot and steamy love making in this book. What is important to note is that it is written much better than fifty shades and so whilst I loved fifty shades I think the Crossfire series is even better. The sex scenes are really well written and very steamy and so I wouldn't advise that you read this book at work or on the train or anything like that! My friend is currently reading the first book and says she forever wants to jump on her fella when she is reading so I think that gives you some idea of how the book may possibly make you feel as you read. There isn't too much in this book though to make you think it is glorified written porn and there really is a brilliant story which keeps you hooked as you read.
The general development of characters and introductions in to those who took perhaps a bit more of a back seat in bared to you was something I really enjoyed from this book. We see more of Eva's parents in this book and it is clear there is a real attraction between them despite the fact that they split up many years ago. I was left wondering about the implications of leaving for the right reasons but still loving someone after a massive amount of time. We touch upon Gideon's issues with Dr Terrence Lucas and I have a feeling he will be as much of an issue in the third book as he is in this one as there is something really slimy and dishonest about him and I am really hoping my suspicions regarding him are unfounded.
My main feeling after I finished reading the final chapter in this book was one of hope. I hoped that Eva and Gideon could survive whatever the world threw at them but also that they could survive their own personal demons and I think that they most likely will still have some ups and downs but I don't think the relationship failing is an option for either of them. There is a quote that stands out to me where Gideon says "I'd kill for you, give up everything I own for you....but I won't give you up" and I think that really sums up what the relationship and Eva means to him and I certainly look forward to May when the next instalment of the series is released!
You can purchase this book on amazon for just £3.49 and it is well worth this price. If you loved fifty shades you will love this series even more and I would urge you to give it a go. It isn't pretty in places, it isn't sugar coated...it can be gritty and hard to read in some places but it is a brilliant journey to be on and you really can believe yourself to be one of the characters thanks to the skills of the author.
Thank you for reading my review!
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...
Eeeekkkkk! Squeeeeeel! Ooooooo! Absolutely Beautiful Perfect Read!!
Definitely the two perfect people for Eva and Gideon. David Gandy My Perfect Mr Dark and Dangerous!!
"I WAS seriously hurt because of you. Seeing you in another guy's arms, kissing him... It shredded me, Eva. Cut me open and left me bleeding. I kicked his ass in self-defense."
I was so involved in this book, i devoured it!
If you loved Bared To You then you will extremely want to have this book in your possession. We are brought back into the complicated lives of Eva and Gideon and their whirl wind of a relationship and in depth of how the story was left at the end of the first book. You will be dragged into an emotional and exhausting journey between two broken people but have undying love for each other.
Eva is a girl who wears her heart on her sleeve and spills every tiny secret to prove to Gideon that she is his and only his... Where as Gideon is the total opposite and is bottling up every secret and refuses to say anything only for Eva to trust him.
"He was my drug, and i had no desire to kick the habit."
They both seem to hurt each other in their own sort of way but always come running back in to each other's arms. It is a sick and possessive relationship they have and you just wish sometimes in the book that they would either walk away and separate completely or you want to bang both their heads together and make them see that their is just too true.
"I'd rather argue with you, angel, then laugh with anyone else."
I could go into details about the book and why i loved it so much...However i just recommend you buy the book and read for yourself. I was so engrossed with the love between Gideon and Eva. A fantastic erotic journey to hell and back which will be wishing you had your very own Gideon Cross.
I am so gutted i have finished the book now..however i will be pining for 7th May to hurry up so i can follow on with Entwined with you and carry on with the journey...