Reflected in You
by Sylvia Day
I could not put this book down! Today is it’s the print release and I already received my Amazon shipping notification 🙂 I am hooked on the journey of Eva and Gideon. Heads up :p This is definitely an erotic romance. It’s very steamy. There’s lots of sex and it’s very descriptive in the word choices and terms. That being said, it’s also a very powerful novel of love and the relationship struggles of two immensely damaged people who are drawn to each other and see a better reflection of who they can be because of each others love . *sigh* It’s very beautiful… If you have NOT read Bared To You (here’s my review), don’t read this one yet!
If you like erotic romance with a lot of angst, drama, steam, pain, heart, steam, passion, humor, steam and love, then pick up Sylvia Day’s Crossfire books. There were parts where I want to shake the hero and heroine… or hug them. I am wrapped up in their messy lives and cheering them on as they fight their way through the land mines that block their path.
Eva and Gideon’s relationship roller coaster continues in this second novel in the Crossfire series. Their baggage is still being unpacked and issues continue to pop up because of the abuse they have suffered. On the outside Gideon appears very strong but he reveals his insecurities to Eva and his fears that he is not worthy of love. Eva struggles with similar emotions and both of them are new to real romantic relationships so they have to address each others jealousies of past partners. They are very possessive of one another. I think that’s because they have really laid themselves bare and revealed so much of their wounded, scarred core. Eva and Gideon value the freedom of being themselves with each other and dropping their masks.
“‘And I knew you say me, too. Saw what I am… what I have inside me. You saw right through me…. No one’s ever seen me before, Eva. You’re the only one”
My throat tightened painfully. In so many ways, Gideon was a hard man, yet he could be so sweet to me. Almost childishly so, which I loved because it was pure and uncontrolled.”
They both fear the loss of that love and honesty, that the other will wake up and see them as unworthy and dirty and walk away. They are working through their issues in the best way they know how. They are going to a therapist too. It does not make you weak to go to therapy, in fact, it takes strength to acknowledge that need. I appreciated Sylvia Day for bringing this element into the story. They recognize they’re damaged and need help and it’s portrayed in a respectful manner.
I love Eva! She’s a survivor. She’s been through hell and back. She has a lot of hot buttons and issues that rear their sharp claws and she has to decide what she wants or if she is going to keep running away. One particular act born of her insecurities and jealousy made me want hug her and to sit her down and have a serious conversation with her! <g> Yes, I think of this fictional character as a friend (not that I’d want to know that much about a real friends sex life! lol) Sylvia has made me care about Eva and want her happiness.
“I had to stop running. Gideon and I were both going to have to stand and fight for this, for us…”
Gideon has triggers too. They are learning to deal with their emotional trauma and make allowances for when the other screws up and love each other scars and all. Their connection, at first, is the chemistry between them. It burns off the freakin’ page! So much heat… But it has developed into a hunger for the heart and love of someone who sees them completely, knows their past, but accepts them for who they are now. Gideon has control issues (for very valid reasons) he also has a distrust of the word love. In his experience love was something that could be forgotten, turned away from or abused. The word had lost it’s value to him and is not a strong enough word for the passion he feels for Eva.
“I’ll kill for you,” he whispered, “give up everything I own for you… But I won’t give you up.”
This story is a gut wrenching ride. And yes, there’s HOT, descriptive, jungle sex. It did feel like there was more relationship building in this novel and a smidge less sex. 🙂 The love scenes, in my opinion, do build your understanding of Eva and Gideon’s character and how they express so much of themselves through the physical.
“He could say with his body what he couldn’t say with words, and my lust for him was how I proved my faith in us, something he needed to feel connected to me.”
They have to learn to open up emotionally in a non-physical way as well and communicate their emotions through more than sex. I finished this book feeling like the entire story was about them rebuilding trust and learning to have faith.
Here are a few more of my favorite lines… that are safe to post :p
♦ “I was in love with that tender, deeply emotional man. And I resented the facade and his attempts to hide himself from me. Turning his head, he caught me staring. I saw a glimpse of my beloved Gideon in his wild blue gaze, which briefly exposed a helpless yearning…”
♦”And maybe, if I’m really lucky, you’ll feel better tomorrow and like me again.”
♦Ah, God. My heart ached in my chest. “I like you now, Gideon.
“His kisses were gifts. He kissed with everything he had, with power and passion and hunger and love. He held nothing back, giving everything, exposing everything.”
Sylvia Day has written a hot, powerful, heart wrenching story of two wounded people who see each other for what they are and learn to trust and love. I am eagerly waiting for the 3rd book. I NEED Entwined With You.
The Queen of Tarts
♦eARC provided for review from NetGalley (But I just bought my print copy!)
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…