Mon
Oct 1 2012 10:55am

First Look: Sylvia Day’s Reflected in You (Ocotber 2, 2012)

Reflected in You by Sylvia DaySylvia Day
Reflected in You
Berkley / Oct. 2 (digital), Oct. 23 (print) / $ 9.99 digital, $15.00 print

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...

Reflected in You is the second book in Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, and the train wreck that is Gideon and Eva’s relationship continues to grab you by the throat and does not let you go. I’ve never read a story where two people who love each other make each other so dysfunctional. On one hand, you want Gideon and Eva to break up and just be done with it, but on the other hand, you wouldn’t want to put them on anyone else. Gideon and Eva are dysfunctional when they’re together—and even more dysfunctional when they are apart.

He was my drug, and I had no desire to kick the habit.

The push and pull of Gideon and Eva’s relationship is tiring and exhausting, but like a train wreck, you just can't look away.  Eva and Gideon were even more frustrating in Reflected in You. Their jealousy and possessiveness is unhealthy to the point where you wanted to strangle both of them. And yet I kept reading because eventually, one of them will come to their senses and the craziness will cease, right? Wrong—oh, so wrong. They both got off on their dysfunction. It makes sense for them. Even though Eva knows that their relationship is not healthy, she finds it hard to walk away.

“I hate this. I shouldn’t need you this much. It’s not healthy.”

No, the relationship is not healthy and it continues to be unhealthy throughout the book. Eva puts up with so much of Gideon’s insecurities and secrets. While Eva was somewhat self-confident in Bared to You, she takes huge steps back in Reflected in You, as her relationship with Gideon makes her just as insecure and crazy as him.

“Being with him fucked with my head, made me doubt the very things I’d been sure of just moments before. Rinse and repeat.”

The drama of Gideon and Eva’s relationship reaches new heights in this book. It was tiring, entertaining, frustrating, and annoying. I loved it. Revisiting my favorite dysfunctional couple is never boring. They are like the couple you know who aren’t happy unless they have drama going on in their relationship. I honestly don’t think these two could be happy in a “normal” relationship. Eva and Gideon are both crazy and need extensive therapy, but somehow their craziness works for them.

“The simple fact was, Gideon and I were the best and worst things that had ever happened to each other.”

And I couldn’t agree more.

 


Marquetta: Reader, Blogger, Smut Lover.

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5 comments
Vanessa Ouadi
1. Lafka
I read Reflected in You yesterday, and it's still as great a pleasure as it was to read Bared to You. This second book in the Crossfire series is very good indeed, and I'm really eager to read book #3 (Entwined with you) when it'll be released.

I re-read the Fifty Shades trilogy recently, and, no contest, I definitely prefer Sylvia Day's series.
Elizabeth
2. Kwan
I bought Bared to You on the recommendation of an older lady who was standing next to me in the bookstore - she also thought it was better than Fifty Shades, and I have to agree with her.
Reflected in You hasn't been released in Australia yet so I'll have to rely on the comments here.
Nicole Leapheart
3. BoxyFrown
In my Goodreads review, I said Sylvia brought the drama in this book. She really did, too. I love Gideon and Eva! There are some books/series that I read, and they are a guilty pleasure and cringe-worthy, but I don't put the Crossfire series on that list. I don't find myself frustrated by them-I'm rooting for them!
BrownieGirl
4. BrownieGirl
Okay what's with the release date of book #3? May 2013? Really!! That's way too long.. :( I wish it would be here before the year end... I'll be getting my Reflected In You copy tomorrow.. I'm excited.. People have been talking about the comparison of the crossfire series and the Fifty Shades series.. to be Honest I love both of the series so I can't really say bad things or which is better.. I'll wait till it's completely finish.. :)
BrownieGirl
5. Bethjack
Very excited about the third book "Entwined With You". I love this dysfunctional couple so much. I actually hope that they don't get married in this 3rd book. There is a lot of similarities with "Fifty Shades" that I don't think that would be smart. Even the covers are similar, which is fine by me, but I want to focus on Gideon and Eva.

Now my only complaint is the wait. And there is a funny/scary reason why for me. I read so much it's hard to keep everything straight!! My memory is awful. There had been a couple other series very similar to "Fifty", that I love, it's hard to keep them straight.

But I guess the good part is that I can read the first two and get reacquainted with this great dysfunctional couple.
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