Title: Reflected in You
Series: Crossfire, Book 2
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy from publisher via NetGalley
Published: October 2012 by Penguin
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...
Why I Read this Book: I was so utterly engrossed in Bared to You (my review), I knew I had to continue reading this series to find out what happens between Gideon and Eva.
What I Liked: Reflected in You picks up right where Bared to You left off. Eva and Gideon are back together in their push-pull relationship and their relationship isn’t healthy by any means. They both have this warped obsession with one another. I mean, there are red flags all over the place. But it’s fascinating to read and I’m thoroughly addicted.
Love that Eva finally has something, or I should say someone, to use to make Gideon jealous. She’s always the one getting jealous so it was nice to have the tables turned. And Brett definitely shook things up!
We finally get some answers regarding Gideon’s tormented past. And we find out a bit more about Eva’s as well.
This book took a different direction than what I was expecting. Someone gets beaten with a bat and someone else gets murdered.
What I Didn’t Like: Just about every single question Eva has about Gideon and his recent actions was answered at the end of the book with the exception of the question about the lipstick-stained shirt, which never gets answered. Gideon’s enigmatic behavior irks me. He gives Eva every reason not to be trusted.
Eva and Gideon have problems, that much is a given. And them being together is probably not best for either party. But the way they use sex as a tool, as a form of punishment, and as a communication device is bothersome.
I’m not convinced about the murder case being dropped so easily. The primary suspect has an alibi and it’s case closed. Huh? Not buying it.
“What would I do without you?”
“You’re never going to find out.”
“You can tell Mr. Cross that I won’t be requiring his transportation services now or in the future. And tell him to go fuck himself, too.”
Overall Impression: As much as I don’t agree with Gideon’s reasoning (or lack there of, really) or Eva’s putting up with it, Reflected in You was book crack. I am definitely awaiting the 3rd and final installment in this series and May 2013 cannot come soon enough.