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Reflected in you
Reflected in You - Sylvia Day
Member Name: louisechackett
Reflected in You - Sylvia Day
Advantages: gripping read, characters develop, you feel the characters emotions
Disadvantages: none for me
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!