Reflected in You is the second in the Crossfire series about the romance between Eva Tramell and Gideon Cross. Both Eva and Gideon are sexual abuse survivors, and so their relationship is understandable volatile. Their desire for each other is passionate (ahem), but I feel it verges on an unhealthy obsession. For both participants.
The publishers of Reflected in You also provided BlogHer Book Club reviewers with a copy of the first book in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, Bared to You. Since they were so kind, I took the time to read both books prior to this review.
This is a series that is for mature audiences only. It almost crosses the border between literary smut and just smut for the sake of smut. Arguments, even small disagreements, are ignored so the pair can give into their carnal pleasures. Again and again. As graphically pleasing and enticing as the sex scenes were, I do feel it was all in excess.
In the beginning, as I read Bared to You, I found myself enjoying it (ahem). The story was good, there was intrigue into the pasts of these two characters, and I might have fallen in love with the emotionally damaged Cary Taylor, Eva’s best friend and roommate. He’s just as damaged as Eva and Gideon, but he felt more ‘real’ to me than any other character in the series. Other peripheral characters (such as Eva’s boss, mother, and pretty much Gideon’s entire family) were cardboard cutouts of the stereotypes we find in our lives.
When I got to Reflected in You, I was bored. Eva and Gideon went through the same motions, making the same mistakes, time and again. There was more digging into the pasts of these characters, and where their futures might lead, but I feel that these two books could have been melded into one. Instead of Eva making the same mistake of jumping to conclusions about Gideon’s feelings about her actions twenty times, maybe cut it down to two or three. That would cut out half of each book. There’s a lot of filler that could be slashed, and then the saga of Eva and Gideon could be one regular length novel. I don’t know what’s left for the third book (well, I do, but even that could probably be reduced into the single book), but I’ll probably read it. I have to know the ending. I have to know what happens. And I have to know if these two insanely sexual people continue to have passionate sex every other chapter.
Entwined with You, the third book in the series, is not scheduled for release until May 7, 2013. By that time, I’ll have probably lost interest in wanting to know what is in Gideon’s past that he’s been hiding from Eva. Sylvia Day could have done a decent job with one book, named it Crossfire, and then moved away from Eva and Gideon. If she’s set on a series, I’d like to see more of Cary Taylor’s story. But that’s just the opinion from the peanut gallery.
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***I received a copy of Reflected in You from Penguin Publishing, and was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review. I also received a copy of Bared to You, but a review was not expected from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.***