Reflected in You (book review)


Reflected in You was written by Sylvia Day.  It is the second book in the Crossfire Trilogy.  (Bared to You was book 1.)  I read this book as a part of the BlogHer Book Club.

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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…

While this book still contained plenty of steamy sex scenes I feel like the book was actually more focused on Eva and Gideon's relationship out of the bed (or limo, or office, or elevator, or...).  After reading Bared to You I was actually surprised by Reflected in You.  In book 1 there was a sex scene in every chapter.  In this book there were actually a few times that Eva and Gideon would start to get hot and heavy... and then it would suddenly skip ahead either to immediately after or even a little later on.  This isn't to say that there weren't plenty of scenes to satisfy... just that there was actually more focus on the relationship development.

This book really made me fall in love with Eva and Gideon. They are both so broken and I just want so badly for them to make it.  The back and forth of breaking up and getting back together were frustrating and agonizing.  So, while I was rooting for them to overcome their pasts to hold onto each other... I still spent a lot of this book doubting that it would work.

Reflected in You definitely centered in on the give and take of a relationship. The lengths you will go through in order to make a relationship work. There was a lot of talk about trust. The giving of trust, the earning of trust, in some cases the lack of trust.  It was about the power of trust over how you and your partner act (and react).  It was also about trusting your own instincts and beliefs and gut feelings.

Bared to You (book 1) absolutely left me wanting MORE.  Mainly, I wanted more character development... more actually relationship development.  Reflected in You gave me exactly what I wanted, especially regarding Eva and Gideon.  You get more of their past, their family history, their demons.  I think there's definitely more to Gideon.  I still want to know how he became the rich and powerful businessman who seems to own everything.

BlogHer Book Club Reviewer

Disclosure:  This is a paid book review for the BlogHer Book Club.  All of the thoughts expressed are my own.