Wednesday 4 May 2016

Review: One With You - Sylvia Day

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws . . . and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free . . . or break us apart.

Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

Crossfire Series:
Bared to You (2nd Read Review)
Reflected in You
Entwined with You
Captivated by You
One with You

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I've been a huge fan of the Crossfire series ever since Bared to You was first released, there is just something incredibly addictive about these characters that has kept me on the hook since I first met them and it's been quite a torturous wait to finally find out how everything ends for Eva and Gideon. One with You has been a long time coming and I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and dive back into this world.

I hate to admit it but this wasn't the strongest book in the series, there were a lot of weird new plot threads thrown in that seemed to come out of nowhere and didn't really add much to the series, Eva and Gideon had to rehash a lot of problems we've seen them deal with already (although thankfully they have learned to handle things a lot better by now!) and, most disappointing of all, we are left without answers to so many threads that have been going on for several books by now. I just can't understand why we had to have a load of new drama with Eva's mother when we don't ever completely tie up the outstanding issues resolving the abuse Gideon suffered and the people who either covered it up or used it against him. We don't even find out how things turn out for Cary with Trey or Tatiana and the baby!

To me it felt fairly obvious in book 4 that the series had been stretched further than it actually needed to be and One with You hasn't really changed my opinion on that. Sylvia Day seems to throw in new problems just to up the word count without really paying attention to the different plot threads she had already started. I'd contemplated rereading the series before picking this book up but I'm actually really glad I didn't because I think I'd have been even more frustrated by the repetitiveness if it hadn't been a year and a half since I last spent time in this world.

Even though I have a lot of niggling issues with this book I did still find it an enjoyable story overall though. I absolutely loved catching up with these characters after such a long break, it was incredibly easy to slip back into their world and it just leaves me with a huge goofy grin on my face to see how far both Eva and Gideon have come from the first book, they have dealt with so many obstacles and they well and truly deserve their happily ever after. The chemistry between them is just as fantastic as always although in this case I'd actually have been happy to have more sex in One with You (which is funny since I complained there was too much in Captivated by You!). I honestly believe that their relationship is strong enough to last the test of time now.

This series, and these characters, have stolen a little piece of my heart and there is no doubt in my mind that I'll end up rereading all of the books again in the future. I'm also excited that Gideon's sister London is going to get a series of her own and I'm looking forward to the glimpse into Gideon and Eva's future that will give us. I'm a huge fan of Sylvia Day's writing and she continues to remain an automatic buy author for me.

Source: Received from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

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