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Monday, October 22, 2012

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (432 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

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…

This reader has been an antsy girl just waiting to get her hands on the newest addition to the beautiful disaster that is Eva and Gideon’s relationship. If you read my review for the previous book, you’ll know how much I adore this loving, sexy train wreck.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Reflected in You. I just knew that after Bared to You that I hadn’t had enough of this troubled couple or the drama that circled them like vultures looking for food. Obviously there were questions and issues that had yet to be addressed which easily set up this second installment for more angst and pain.

The author did an amazing job of answering some of those burning questions from the previous book while creating more and weaving an even more intimate tale of love, lust and pain.

This book picks up right were we left off with Bared to You. Eva and Gideon are still trying to wade through their somewhat unhealthy relationship which consists of sex, love, addiction, obsession, and a huge dash of possession. Typically the latter three are never healthy in any manner, but it's the only way this couple knows how to be. They go to couple counseling to try to work around those potentially deadly traits. The book begins with a focus on their issues together, apart and as a whole. Both wanting trust from the other yet between his secrets, both old and new, and her jealousy it would be hard for any couple to overcome such things. But one thing that never falters is their deep love for one another. Their devotion is show in this quote:

‘ “It’s what you see in me, angel,” he said quietly, his features softening. “That you can know what I have in me and still want me as much as I want you. I go to sleep every night afraid I’ll wake up and you’ll be gone. Or that I scared you away . . . that I dreamed you—” “No. Gideon.” Jesus. He broke my heart every day. Shattered me.’

Overall, Ms. Day did a fabulous job with the characters portraying the vast range of emotions people experience, not only in an intense sexually charged relationship, but when the participants of said relationship are haunted by pasts filled with pain, trauma and betrayal. I didn't feel as Eva's extreme reactions were unwarranted for the situation, and I didn't feel as though Gideon was demanding too much when he did. In all honesty, I think in a few scenes most people would have been more severe than these characters were.

Still, I could not put this book down, and may have neglected a few things in order to lose myself in this tale. The pain was real, the sex was scorching and the love was as deep as an ocean. This book felt like such a puzzle until everything started to fall into place at the very end. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself marking your calender for December 31st, when Entwined with You is released because you’ll be hungry to see if Eva and Gideon find their happily ever after.

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