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Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Title: Reflected in You

Author: Sylvia Day

Genre: Adult Erotica

Series: Crossfire (Book 2)

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

Format: Paperback, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425263916 (Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425263914 (Penguin)

Reviewed by: Michelle

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: Intense conversations are balanced with energetic sensuality in this steamy romance.

Opening Sentence: I loved New York with the kind of mad passion I reserved for only one other thing in my life.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Sylvia Day’s second book in the Crossfire series, Reflected in You, picks up immediately after the end of Bared to You. Reflected in You consists of drama, and a lot of it. I want to say that there was a lot more going on in Reflected than in Bared. At first, I didn’t exactly know if it was necessarily a good or bad thing, but the events throughout the book quickly altered my feelings.

Reflected in You continues to follow the complicated relationship of Eva and Gideon. While Day has progressed their relationship into something resembling normalcy, both Eva and Gideon have a lot of secrets and unknowns. While working on creating a solid foundation to their relationship, they are both faced with new obstacles and insecurities both outside and inside their relationship. But what I’ve noticed is that while they take a couple of steps towards progress, there is always something that alters their path and forces them to take one back. It’s complication and dysfunctional at its best, and Day has added a few steamy scenes to make the readers aching heart feel better.

Eva is still as strong willed as ever, and it might be the one thing that hurts her relationship. Not that a woman can’t be strong in a relationship, but that her determination and pride could get in the way of seeing the bigger picture and settling for compromise. Her past, her crazy jealous tendencies, and her clouded-by-emotion judgement alters her actions. Eva irked me a little in Reflected in You, and where I thought it was endearing in the first book, left me a little turned off in this one.

Gideon is melodramatic and controlling, but I don’t think that was anything new. I found out a little more about him in Reflected, some great things and a lot of not so sweet. He’s damaged goods and he struggles with that. Eva doesn’t give him a break with any of it, and I can see how it affects him. He has gone from a man of power and restraint to someone who is emotional and crass. Gideon reveals a lot of vulnerabilities, mostly to Eva, but it’s refreshing altogether.

My mind looks for the story, more than the scenes, so I feel disconnected when it gets to the sex scenes. The many words to describe Gideon or the many positions offered by Eva, sometimes it’s a little too much. But that’s the genre and I will say Day knows her writing. I wish that there were more to the actual story. I felt that there was a cyclical pattern, from an argument of sorts and then a steamy scene. I wanted more questions to be answered.

I enjoyed Reflected in You. While I felt there were a few downfalls, I agreed with where Day took the characters. There are dynamic shifts in the personalities and relationships that make the story interesting. Day takes a psychological approach to a few things, talking about topics that are always out of the norm. But where there are intense conversations, Day balances it with energetic sensuality. I enjoyed where the characters went and I appreciated where Day took them individually and collectively. I didn’t like some scenes, but the positive scenes overshadowed those, definitely. I enjoyed it enough to finish in one sitting, and you know that doesn’t always happen.

Notable Scene:

Pinned to the mattress by his grip, his weight, and his un?agging erection, I was completely at his mercy. He began to thrust, stroking through the trembling walls of my sex with the thickly veined length of his big cock. Claiming me. Possessing me.

“Crossfire,” he whispered, reminding me of my safe word.

I moaned as my sex rippled in climax, tightening and squeezing, milking him greedily.

“Feel that?” Gideon’s tongue traced the shell of my ear, his breath gusting in humid pants. “You’ve got me by the throat and the balls. Where’s the distance, angel?”

For the next three hours, there was none.

Crossfire Series:

1. Bared to You

2. Reflected in You

3. Entwined with You (May 7, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Penguin provided me with a copy of Reflected in You. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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