Series: Crossfire #2
Published by Penguin on October 25th 2012
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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...
The Crossfire series continually takes me by surprise. One, because it belongs in a genre that has never really appealed to me. Two, because of the sheer passion it contains that you can’t help but get swept up by it. I adored Bared to You, so I was excited to see what Reflected in You had to offer. While it was more of a mixed bag than its predecessor with plenty of (unnecessary) theatrics, overall it was another winner.
RIY picks up immediately after the events of BTY. Eva and Gideon are in a good place although predictably this doesn’t last too long as Gideon once again retreats from Eva and refuses to tell her why. As expected, there is a lot of back and forth between the couple, with plenty of misunderstandings and obstinate behaviour from both. Throw in a couple of exes determined to cause trouble, a sinister figure from the past lurking in the shadows and a whole mess of emotional issues and you’ve got yourself some drama!
In spite of all this, Reflected in You is a compulsive read not least because of Sylvia Day’s exceptional writing. Her use of language is stunning and her ability to inject emotion into her words really makes it easy for the reader to connect with the storyline and characters. Her talent at writing the steamiest, blush inducing sex scenes is unparalleled without ever reverting to unnecessary gratuity which is astounding considering the characters only real connection at times comes through sex so they are *always* at it!
The plot twists were second book predictable but I still thoroughly enjoyed them especially as they helped Eva really come into her own, stand apart from Gideon and help (try) to make him realise she can take ownership of her own life.
The ending was all kinds of effed up, it proved this couple need hourly therapy sessions if they have a hope of being any ways functional and healthy as a couple. That would be sensible though and who wants that?!
Steamy, ridiculous and unputdownable, bring on book three!