Updated: Jan 24
Reflected in You
by Sylvia Day
Published by Berkley
Book 2 in the Crossfire series
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...
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Erotica Interesting
Trigger Warning: This book deals with the trauma and details of rape. Please be advised.
Reflected in You is the second book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, and centers around Eva Tramell, and Gideon Cross, a couple who despite some huge up's and downs, love one another, and try to make it work. While they both struggle through the trauma of their pasts, they will have to decide if they are strong enough to make their precarious relationship last, or will they leave each other behind.
Reflected in You is a HUGE improvement from Bared to You. I kinda hate that I like it. But to be honest, the story was way more intriguing in this book, and had more original material. Was it predictable? Yes. It took me no time at all to figure out what was going on, so the ending wasn't a surprise to me ... but I was interested enough to keep reading and want to know every little detail. While the writing and plot was better, Sylvia Day managed to stay consistent with her characters arcs, and the many different types of relationships going on. Whereas the last book leans heavily on the sex scenes (and don't get me wrong, Reflected in You has a lot of sex too), there is a portion of this book where there is no sex, and the story is still good. The characters are worth investing in.
Despite how this book ended, I kinda feel like Eva took her time when it came to --------->Breaking up with Gideon. I knew everything he was doing was to cover his tracks, but Eva put up with a lot of shit before she finally said enough is enough.<-------- Despite that, she is strong when it comes to her past, and hell, she gives as good as she gets from Gideon. And Gideon ... oh boy. I think if he was ------>honest with her, everything would have turned out the same. I think she subconsciously figured it out before the detective told her her theory, and obviously, she was okay with it. She trusted him.<--------. While I still think the two of them as a couple is highly dysfunctional, it didn't stop me from finding their chemistry hot, and the story intriguing.
I'm rambling, I know.
Reflected in You was a big step up from the first book in the series, and I actually can't wait to start the next book. But I am left wondering ... where does this couple go from here?
Gideon "inspiring" Eva after her nightmare
The beach weekend
Gideon taking over the elevator so he could have a private moment with Eva
Eva confronting Gideon's mother
Eva finding out her rapist is dead
The detective telling Eva her theory on how Nathan died
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Gideon: "You know what happens when you run, Angel. I catch you."
Gideon: "I knew you were going to drive me insane the moment I saw you."
Eva: "We just started working on a campaign for blueberry-flavored coffee."
Victor: "You're kidding me."
Eva: "If only. Wish us luck trying to sell that! I'll be sure to stock some up for you to try."
Victor: "I thought you loved me."
Eva: "With all my heart."
Eva: "So we're fucked up. Every relationship has issues."
Eva: "Is that coffee I smell for me?"
Gideon: "If you're good."
Eva: "But you like me bad."
Eva: "Gimme that coffee. I want to be caffeinated when I kick your ass."
Eva: "You know ... I love you madly."
Gideon: "Yes, I know."
Cary: "Quit the waterworks every time you see me. Makes me feel like I'm going to die or something."
Eva: "I can't help it. It sucks. Someone beat me to it and kicked your ass before I could."
Cary: "Would it make a difference to you if Cross were banging another man? Or just another woman?"
Eva: "If Gideon's dick touched anything but his hand or me, we'd be over."
Gideon: "Well, then."
I smiled sweetly and winked.
Cary: "Big tits, please. Or bulging muscles. Either will do."
Gideon looked at me.
Eva: "The private nurse."
Cary: "If it's a woman, can you get her to wear one of those white nurse dresses with the zipper down the front."
Gideon: "I can only imagine the media frenzy over that sexual-harassment lawsuit. How about a collection of naughty-nurse porn instead?"
Cary: "Dude. You're the man."
Monica: "Don't give him any reason to turn away from you."
Eva: "If he did, that wouldn't be love."
Trey: "Crazy fucker."
Eva: "He is that. That's why we love him, isn't it?"
Cary: "Baby girl, I want to sympathize, I do, but the love triangle thing is just too delicious. The determined rock star and the possessive billionaire. Rawr."
Eva: "When are you coming back to me?"
Gideon: "As soon as I can. Wait."
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