Series: Crossfire #2
Published by Berkley, Brilliance Audio on 10/23/2012
Genres: Adult, Romance
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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...
[rating-report] Let me just say, Reflected In You is much better than Bared To You, which I found frustrating because Eva wasn’t a strong character and Gideon thought with his penis way too much (and FINE. Most men do, but let me live my fantasies, okay?). At least Reflected In You had more story going for it.
More Plot, Less Screwing
And yeah, sorry for the smut fans, because there IS way less screwing in Reflected In You. I can really only recall three separate times where they get their sexy times on, which for me, was a complete relief, because when I want porn, I’ll just turn on Cinemax. Or TrueBlood. I like the sex, surprisingly, just not pages and pages AND PAGES of it. Thankfully, there was no one on a train or at work to catch me listening to book porn. The plot, while frustrating at times, was pretty good, because it did feel like I was finally getting to the meat of the storylines with the characters. While Bared To You introduced me to them, Reflected In You allowed me to see more into their pasts (and yes, we do finally get to find out what haunts the Gids Man). I will say that sometimes Sylvia Day can be an obvious writer, because there were plot twists I did see coming, although the ending was surprising, and satisfactory. But I do kind of wonder where she is going to go from there. Sylvia Day kind of tries her hand at some weird love triangle, bringing back an old love interest, but I’m not even sure what was going through her mind when she wrote this, because it was like, “Hey! I’ll bring that person back, create some conflict and neanderthal fights, and stir the pot a little.” It just felt like it was a distraction, but I wonder if she’s going to carry it on in book three. Anyone? Bueller? Oh yeah, and we finally get to meet Eva’s dad. He wasn’t scary enough, considering he’s a cop and all.
Irritating Characters Are Irritating
Eva, I’m still looking at you chick. Thanks for, you know, not continuing to run away from Gideon all the time (although your abrupt about face is kind of convenient), because I was getting tired of that. I found Eva as insufferable as ever, because it’s almost like she just isn’t interested in actually addressing her insecurities, and makes excuses for them. “This is who I am, the jealous type, and he will have to live with it.” Um, how about no, you need to figure that S out, girl. He’s not responsible for your emotions. Come a little closer so I can punch you in your face. You know what I don’t get? Why people think Edward Cullen is so creepy for watching Bella sleep in her bedroom at night, but Gideon is OMGSODREAMY. He’s a creep, ladies. He plays women with his penis, he uses his money to extract things from people, and HE WITHHOLDS HIS LOVE FROM EVA. Seriously, Gideon what in the actual fuck is wrong with you. He refuses to say her loves her and tells her she is just going to have to get over that in order to be with him. Way to contribute more to her insecurities, dick. But at least he’s not solving his problems one screw at a time anymore. So, yeah, props. I will say that their obsession with each other borders on scary. Like, really scary, they-should-be-separated-now scary. Surely this kind of obsession isn’t healthy, and how is it that none of her friends have stepped in? Or her mom? Okay, forget her mom (because she’s kind of an gold-digging airhead). There are side characters that are getting more face time, which I really enjoyed, because it’s bringing these two to life a bit more for me. The ending was pretty great, like I said before, and I’ve already got the next one going on my Audible account on my iPhone.
Jill Redfield is awesome and that’s all you really need to know at this point. Although I noticed that her New York accent was eerily similar to a Boston accent.