Captivated by You by Sylvia Day Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Captivated by You

by Sylvia Day

Published by Berkley

Book 4 in the Crossfire series

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream.…


Steamy Erotica-Romance Drama


Trigger Warning: This series involves characters who are suffering from the trauma of rape and molestation. Please be advised.

Captivated by You is the fourth book in Sylvia Days Crossfire series, and centers around two different POV's (a difference from the last three books), centering around Eva Cross, Gideon Cross's wife, and Gideon Cross, CEO billionaire, Eva's husband. This book continues their fast paced journey with one another, and trying to balance their wants and needs with one another, while being hit from all sides from jealous exes and estranged family.

I just don't know what it is about this series. It's absolutely crazy. It's Drama with a capital D. Gideon and Eva are dysfunctional. But much like Gideon and Eva are addicted to one another, I am addicted to these books. There is just something about the story. It's not just the smut (although, of course there is plenty), but all the drama coming at them is surprisingly entertaining. My main issue is that there is no resolutions to problems before another is introduced. It's constant, and I think the story itself would have been just fine if some of those dramatic elements were cut out. Perhaps if they were, the book could have ended at a natural stopping point, instead of feeling so unfinished.

One of the things I liked about this book, was there there was finally some growth. Gideon finally opens up a bit to Eva about his past, and he finally tells their therapist. And Eva finally found her limit to Gideon's controlling behavior. What I enjoy most about these characters, is that they are aware these are flaws, and try to work with one another to get better. All the other characters ... how is it that Gideon has so many crazy exes? And where is Cary's story heading? It's hard, because I like him, but the choices he makes are enough to make me cringe.

Captivated by You is very much like the last three book: full of obsessive love, insanely hot sex, and enough drama to feel like a soap opera sometimes. That being said, there is no help for it, this series is incredibly entertaining.