“I’m that guy for you, Eva. Every milestone, angel. Every rite of passage… Everything.” He swiped at the tear that leaked out of the corner of my eye. “And you’re that girl for me.”
This was one of my most highly-anticipated books of the year and it delivered everything I’d hoped for and more!! The Crossfire series is one of my all-time favorites. Gideon and Eva’s tumultuous and intensely passionate love story first captured my heart years ago and this final book kept me glued to the page from the moment I started until the very end. I adored every word and I couldn’t be happier with the ending. It’s extraordinarily gratifying to read about these two damaged people who love each so deeply and with such intensity working as hard as they can to build a healthy relationship and emerging stronger as a couple in a way that makes you truly believe that their love will last forever and ever and ever.
His hand curved around my nape, the hold possessive and tender at once. His face was impassive, giving nothing away, but his eyes… those blue, blue eyes… they raged with emotion. “We’re going to make it, angel.”
I’m not going to mention the plot at all in this review because if you’ve read the series, then you know where Gideon and Eva are at and if you haven’t, then I don’t want to give anything at all away. So this review is more about my reaction TO the book.
The one thing I’ve loved since the first book was that you are always made to believe that Gideon and Eva’s love for each other is the kind of love that transcends pure desire, but has the depth to wether any storm. Even when they fight (as any couple naturally would in a growing relationship), you can always feel that there’s a genuine reason behind their disagreements. Given their respective painful and damaging pasts, being open and communicative is an area that is shaky for them and so you definitely see them stumble and fall, but they always get up stronger. You genuinely see the strength of their relationship grow over the series. I really applaud Sylvia Day for writing such an incredibly erotic series that was balanced with so much depth and complexity that it truly made this story one that you can’t stop thinking about.
So often it’s people’s insecurities and fears that are the root cause behind actions that might seen irrational or unwarranted but in this book, Gideon and Eva have grown so much and we’re always shown the causes of their actions. It’s like getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes view into their minds and you don’t just see their actions, you see why they’re acting a certain way. It’s the ultimate example of ‘showing not telling’ with writing and this level of emotional depth and detail kept me constantly connected to the these characters. More than anything, this quote represents the book so much to me:
“Gideon and I challenged each other. We pushed each other to change and grow. Sometimes, we hurt each other to accomplish something or make a point, which worried Dr. Petersen but somehow was working for us. We could forgive each other for anything except betrayal.
It was inevitable that others, especially those close to us, would look at us from the outside and wonder how and why it worked, and whether it should. They couldn’t understand— and I didn’t blame them because I was only just starting to really grasp it myself— that we pushed ourselves harder than we ever pushed each other. Because we wanted to be the best possible versions of ourselves, to be strong enough to be what the other needed.”
Even when one of them messed up, it was never out of insensitivity or ignorance, but rather it was usually out of a desire or in an intense circumstance where one of them truly believed that they were doing the right thing for the other person. It was a learning curve for both of them to trust each other and do the right thing, but it really gave validity to their mistakes and strength to their growth.
“We both had a rough moment there, but we didn’t fuck it up. It was like we knew how to make it right between us. And we knew that we would. There wasn’t any doubt about that, either.”
For those of you wondering and needing reassurance, there is no cheating, no love triangle, and no stupid drama in this book. Gideon and Eva love each other more than anything. They’re not the kinds of people to ever jeopardize that relationship and in this book, you see that more clearly than ever. They belong to each other and no one else. I can honestly say that that was one thing I never questioned.
From the very start of this series, I’ve been completely captivated by this beautiful, erotic, and heartfelt love story. There’s a special intensity that Gideon and Eva’s relationship always had that really resonated with me deeply. Back when I read Bared To You when it was first released, I remember it was the first book in my life that I read, finished, and immediately flipped back to page one to read again. Since then, I’ve been addicted to this story and loved each one of the books.
Every time I start a Crossfire book, I get this supercharged feeling of excitement. My heart races, emotions are heightened, and this time it was bittersweet anticipation because, while I couldn’t wait to read more of Gideon and Eva, I was sad to see their story end. However, by the end of the book I was left with such a full-filled and satisfied feeling that I couldn’t be happier with the way their story concluded. Sylvia Day really did justice to this series because the ending was gorgeous. I truly loved it and highly recommend the Crossfire series to everyone as a top favorite!!
ALWAYS MINE. FOREVER YOURS. — GIDEON
Rating: 5 STARS!!
PS: at the very end of this book, we’re given a sneak preview into Sylvia Day’s next series and all I’m going to say is….. I CAN’T WAIT!!! It sounds amazing and exactly like the kind of story I’d fall in LOVE with!!
PPS: I’m hiding the rest of this because it’s my personal responses to some of the criticisms…
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