Reflected in You by Sylvia Day – A Review

I got an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description: 

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…

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Reflected in You is the second in the HOT HOT HOT Crossfire series from NYT Best Selling Author Sylvia Day. This novel builds heavily off book one (Bared to You) and while I suppose one could read Reflected in You without reading Bared to You, I don’t recommend it. To fully appreciate the growth of each character as well as feel the intense emotion of this book, I think a reader would benefit from having read Bared to You.

Day is known as an author who can deliver a sexy read and once again she delivers. Gideon and Eva burn up the pages with steamy sex. Both Gideon and Eva are emotionally damaged individuals. From book one, we learn about Eva’s history…(spoiler alert) her continued rape by her stepbrother, it being the cause of her mother’s divorce, and the source of all her money. 

In this book, we learn a little about what happened to Gideon…the events in his life that made him the way he is. But there is so much we still need to learn about him, which sets up book three nicely.

One of the aspects of this book (and other books such as the Twilight series and the 50 Shades of Grey series) is the total dominance of the hero character, and the dependence of the heroine. In the Crossfire series, the heroine isn’t dependent on the hero financially but emotionally, she is crippled without him. As a reader, I strongly dislike a weak heroine. I want to read about a character who knows her mind and is strong enough to stand up for herself.

When this books opens, I see Eva in an emotionally dependent relationship with Gideon…totally lost if she’s not with him.  I’m wanting to shake her, wake her up to her own strengths. But I shouldn’t have doubted Day’s talents. She does that for me. I loved seeing Eva’s growth, loved seeing her learn she was more than just arm candy for Gideon. She stands on her own two feet, takes on the world for herself and for Gideon. I went from wanting to slap her to wanting to high-five her. Well-done, Day!

For his assness at time, Gideon shows his true side in this book. His ability to love with all his being, and doing whatever he needs to to protect those he loves. Some of his desperation to be the man Eva deserves is well conveyed in their love scenes…he uses sex to try to tell her everything he can’t say verbally.

The secondary characters, Eva’s biological parents and her roommate, get great page-time.  We also get more insight into Gideon’s mother and his step-brother. These characters play heavily in immersing the reader into Eva’s life and her point of view.

This was a wonderful read. The story and characters stayed with me for days after I finished. I will be going back to read Bared to You and Reflected in You again.

This book will hit the best seller list and stay there. Crossfire fans will be thrilled. Non-Crossfire fans will be converted.

Well-done. Very well done.

5 Flaming Hearts

 

 

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