SQUEEEEE SQUEEEEE SQUEEEEE SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!
THIS. BOOK. WAS. ABSOLUTELY. UTTERLY. PERFECT.
I loved every, single moment of it!
If I had custom ordered this book straight from the deepest book desires of my heart, it could not have been any better.
Gideon Cross (oooo even his name gives me shivers) and Eva Tramell are one of my TOP favorite book couples ever. It was absolutely beautiful to watch a couple who were just so messed up but who wanted, with every fiber of their beings and every corner of their hearts, to do everything in their power to make their relationship work. Who were willing to sacrifice anything for each other. Who were willing to apologize. To never give up. To try again. And again and again and again until they made it work. Together.
The strength of their attraction, desire and need for each other is palatable. You can feel it rolling off the page. It hits you every single time. Its scorching. Consuming. Riveting. Intoxicating. But lust isn’t enough to make a relationship truly work. In order for their love to have the room to properly and healthily develop, they have to learn to trust each other. And that truly is what is at the heart of this book. Trust.
With a couple with as many issues, hang-ups, and fuck ups as Gideon and Eva, yes, I admit it was sometimes frustrating to read through their problems. But the thing was, despite some of them being irrational and over-the-top, I sympathized with both of them about their insecurities and worries. Everything they felt, I understood. Sometimes it was painful, but always understandable.
They were not perfect people. They both had secrets. They both had a lot to learn about how to trust each other, find safety in each other, heal each other, save each other… and in doing so, find a way to save themselves.
But as messed up as they both were, they worked through EVERYTHING!! A couple after my own heart. **SQUEEEE**
“I didn’t know I was looking for anything until I saw you.”
Gideon is the epitome of a complex, tortured, flawed, and mysterious hero. But my dear God does he make my heart (and my panties) melt!!! I swear, flaws and all, that man is pure perfection to me. I absolutely adored everything about his character. Everything.
And we get a lot more insight into him- into his secrets, his nightmares, how he became so rich, what he felt when they first met. For a story told entirely from Eva’s perspective, we do learn a lot about him in this book.
Eva is one of my favorite heroines as well. Never once have I wanted to throttle her. She, just like Gideon, is seriously flawed and scarred by her past. She has real insecurities, jealousies, worries, but I sympathized with them all and loved her spirit, her dedication and her decisions.
As a couple, they were just so functional!! Watching them work so hard at their relationship, where no matter what went wrong, letting nothing tear them apart… it was inspiring, heart warming, and beautiful.
This book put my heart through a delicious ringer. It made it race, flutter, melt, burn, freeze, drop, pound, stop… It broke my heart and it healed my heart. I loved every minute!!!
Let me tell you though, in this book, Gideon will test your trust, patience and faith in him to the absolute limit. He asks for Eva’s trust, but as the reader, I felt for her SO strongly that it was MY trust I was putting out there. I realized before all the drama started that I had a choice and a decision to make: Did I trust him? Or didn’t I?
I realized that I loved his character enough to trust that he wouldn’t ever betray her… I was patient with him way past the point where I’d have lost patience with any other character. But again, and again, and again I trusted, he tested, I waited, I trusted and he tested some more. Serious props to Ms. Day for putting me RIGHT in the heroine’s mind. When you feel for what a character is going through with all your heart, that’s a sign of absolutely brilliant writing.
Please please please… if you are going to read this and hit that point where you think you are going to lose faith in Gideon, just hang on. Trust me, the ending is worth every moment of heart ache!!!
He caught me to him, his arms banded tight around me. His face pressed into my throat. “Where do we go from here?”
I held him. “Wherever this takes us. Together.”
I can’t tell you how absolutely happy the ending made me!!!! Seriously, I felt like I could fly!!
“I am obsessed with you, angel. Addicted to you. You’re everything i’ve ever wanted or needed, everything i’ve dreamed of. You’re everything. I live and breathe you. For you.”
**PS. If you haven’t read book 1, BARED TO YOU, yet, do be sure to start with it. This is a continuation of the story that started there, it is NOT a standalone.
*** CROSSFIRE SERIES READING ORDER ***
ONE WITH YOU (Crossfire #5)
More info coming soon.