Friday, June 7, 2013

Reflected In You (A Crossfire Series Novel) Review

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 a great follow up to Bared To You, a nice continuation of a story that to be totally honest, I wasn't sure could be saved in my mind.  I think when you have the kind of damage that Eva & Gideon suffer from, there are bound to be things that you can't get past.  I just didn't see how these two people could end up together.

I still have some issues with the families on both sides.  Eva's mother is out of control.  Everything is about her, and how it affects her and so on.  It is rather shameful that a parent is so self involved that a child has to make excuses to themselves about their bad behavior.  Eva walking on eggshells when she should have told her mom to jump off a cliff is one of my annoyances in this book.  Gideon's mother is no better.  To ignore your child's pain because it is inconvenient for you is so beyond wrong, it should come with a jail sentence.

We see Corrine in this novel as well, and truth be told, I really want bad things to happen to her.  She is not the nice sweet woman from the first novel that I sorta felt bad for.  She is manipulative and mean and quite frankly, unlikeable.  But then again this seems to be a pattern for Gideon.  He is a bit more crazy than the first book, but you can understand towards the end of the book as to why.

Eva bothered me a lot in this novel too.  Up to a point I thought she was a bit whiney and childish.  Then I started to see things through her point of view and I know I would not have handled seeing my boyfriend with his evil ex very well either.  She actually showed amazing poise.  But her confronting everyone in Gideon's life made me both cringe and cheer for her.

I keep hearing the comparisons of the Crossfire series to the Fifty Shades series, and complain all you want, but there are a lot of similarities.  Will I say the Crossfire series is better written and more thought out, of course.  But don't get bent when people compare them, they ARE pretty damn close...

This book was a bit better.  I will read Entwined with You now....

I give this 4 lipsticks.  

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