When beginning the second book in the Crossfire series, Reflected in You, I knew it was going to be a crazy, intense ride—that’s how Gideon and Eva’s relationship is. However, I wasn’t fully prepared for the whirlwind that I was getting myself into.
It’s difficult to describe the premise of this book without giving anything away, so here is what the back of the book reads:
“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…”
Basically, Reflected in You delves further into Eva and Gideon’s relationship and lets us experience the absolute rollercoaster that is their relationship. Of course, being Eva and Gideon, we experience their ups and downs (and there are very many), their senseless fights, and tons of passionate, sexual moments.
I enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure if I was going to really love it, because the first book was great, and I wasn’t sure what the author could throw in this book that would differentiate it from the plot of Bared to You. But she did. Oh did she ever.
I think I grew more in love with Gideon in this book, and I grew very agitated with Eva. Gideon was incredible about showing his love, and at times, Eva was too whiney, too clingy, too needy, and too doubtful. It got to the point of being annoying at points, and I got tired of reading about her doubts when Gideon was begging her to trust him.
We got to experience the side characters a lot more in this novel, and that’s something I truly found enjoyable. I love Eva’s boss, Mark, her coworkers, her best friend Cary, and other friends she makes in this novel. I think the side characters really added to this storyline. One of my favorite characters, besides Gideon, is Eva’s father, Victor. He makes an appearance in this novel, and it was welcomed and strengthened the plot, as did Eva’s mother.
What I found not so enjoyable were certain moments, mostly caused by Eva. I don’t want to explain in my non-spoiler section, so if you want to read about spoilers and get my full thoughts, there will be a long, detailed section below.
Overall, I think that Sylvia Day did an excellent job of keeping the plot and storyline interesting and not repetitive. Sex scenes can get old very quickly, and with the intense plot twists and reactions from the characters to certain actions, the story was never boring and was a quick, fun read. I highly enjoyed it and am pumped for the next installment to the series!
Below, I have listed my thoughts from the book while reading it. If you want to read spoilers, keep reading. If not, stop here! I hope you enjoyed this review!
Thought that contain spoilers
- Eva was beginning to get on my nerves. She questions everything Gideon does, yet says she trusts him. She even took to slapping him, and to me, violence is never okay in a relationship.
- Eva cheated in Gideon—she cheated on the wonderful man that is Gideon with a former flame! I wanted to jump into the book and strangle her. Even though she only kisses the guy, Gideon is, rightfully, devastated, but forgives her, because he loves her so much.
- Eva cheated with a guy name Brett Kline, a guy in a band she used to fool around with. However, the whole Brett Kline thing seemed kind of randomly thrown in there. I still don’t understand why she cheated…Even if it was just a kiss. I know Eva claimed she did it unconsciously because she wanted Gideon to see how his ex-fiancée, Corinne, hurts her, still…It was uncalled for, in my opinion.
- Gideon was being very secretive throughout the entire novel, even to the point of leaving Eva in the dark about their relationship. They even “break up”, but I kept getting a sense that Gideon was trying to protect her from something, because he was always telling her to “wait” and “trust him.” He was a lot more protective and watchful over her, so my awareness of potential danger was heightened. And it turned out, Gideon’s crazy actions—distancing himself, watching over Eva, etc., was in the right, because her step-brother and past rapist, Nathan, was after her, stalking her, and going to kill her. Everything Gideon did was for Eva and her protection.
- Gideon killed Nathan and covered it up! This left me in a state of shock! I almost expected Gideon to pay him off, but knowing Gideon, he’d never simply do that. He wanted to take care of the problem once and for all, and just knowing that he pushed Eva away momentarily so he could protect her in the end was incredibly sweet and made the entire novel and its frustrating moments make so much more sense.
- I think a lot of the time the problems in Gideon’s and Eva’s relationship occur because one, Eva overthinks things and doesn’t fully trust him, and two, she wants everyone’s approval of their relationship. It doesn’t seem good enough for her that she and him are happy—she wants everyone else to support them, too. Eva trying to constantly gain approval of her relationship causes much more turmoil than necessary.
- Eva is so insecure and needy—and in a way, I understand—she was raped repetitively as a child/teen. But still…she constantly needs Gideon so much that it’s almost as if she’s no one outside of him, and it’s a bit frustrating.
- Even though Cary is screwed up emotionally and mentally, he’s a great friend to Eva—the kind of friend I want. And when he got jumped… I felt petrified for him. But in a sense, how Gideon was acting, I kind of knew whoever was behind it was the reason he had been standoffish before. And what do you know? It was NATHAN!
- One of my favorites scenes, which also proved how stressed Gideon was and how concerned he was over Eva’s safety, was on pages 222-223. She left her apartment early because she hadn’t heard from Gideon and didn’t know if she’d have a ride to work. He called extremely angry, and also concerned, and when she hung up on him for copping an attitude, his driver was there in seconds. Literally seconds. Concerned Gideon = me swooning.
- However, even though Gideon was distancing himself from Eva to protect her, when he started going out in public with his ex-fiancée, it angered me. I allowed myself to fill in Eva’s shoes, and I didn’t blame her for being upset and hurt. It hurt me as a reader.
- Eva’s letter/email she wrote to Gideon, explaining her feelings and why she felt abandoned, really struck me. It was so packed with emotion, and she signed it, “I hate that I love you.” Ah, it was depressing and beautiful all in one.
- Eva’s dad is described as very attractive, but Eva herself called him hot. “He was seriously hot in a brooding, dangerous, bad-boy sort of way…” (260). Um, ew. Why is Eva calling her own father hot? That was strange to me.
- When the detectives gathered in Eva’s apartment, asking questions about Nathan, by the way Gideon was acting, I had this gut wrenching feeling (this was before I knew that Nathan was dead), that Gideon had done something and the cops were there to arrest him. When they announced he was dead, I, admittedly, did a mini happy dance in my head. I hated the guy for what he did to Eva in her past.
- When Gideon and Eva saw each other for the first time since their breakup in the elevator, it was so tense and incredible, but it turned instantly sweet and heartbreaking when he slid his ring (that she returned) back on her finger and kissed it, and told her to wait. Even though, at this point, we weren’t supposed to know what she’s supposed to be waiting for, but he’s obviously telling her to wait for him, that he loves her, that it’s not over, that he’s doing everything he’s doing for her. Have I mentioned that I love Gideon Cross? Because I do.
- When Gideon finally opened up to Eva about his past, telling her that his childhood shrink’s doctoral candidate raped him repeatedly and that his mother didn’t believe him and Dr. Lucas didn’t confirm rape and signs of trauma…I lost it. I felt so sorry for him, and his actions and attitudes all began to click. Then he began to cry, and I had to put down the book for a minute. When a man cries over something serious, I can’t take it. It was too much. Wonderful writing, but too much.
- On page 321, Gideon finally did it. He finally said those three words to Eva. He told her he loved her. BOOK = MADE!
- When the cop laid out her theory of how Gideon killed Nathan…Wow. Gideon is brilliant, really. Really, really brilliant. That’s all I can say about it—especially because he got away with it, even though the cops “know.” They just can’t prove it.
And that’s it! This book was a whirlwind. There were many things I disliked, as you can see by my thoughts above, but there were more things I greatly enjoyed. Overall, I think I’d rate this book 4.5/5 stars—the same rating I gave the first book. I can’t wait to see what book three holds!