Reflected in You: Book #2 in the Crossfire Series (see my review for book#1 – Bared To You, if you haven’t read this yet. I recommend THIS series as the perfect read after Fifty Shades of Grey. Or just… the perfect read.
Finally!!! It feels like I’ve been waiting ages for this and the day finally came! Annnnnd…. went. *sigh* Yes. I devoured this one practically in one overnight sitting and I have a feeling I read it way too fast. I couldn’t help myself. I gorged on Gideon! I was a Gideon glutton. *blush* (too much?) Tee hee!
But here I was, constantly awed by the gorgeousness of the complicated, frustrating, messed up, sexy-as-sin man I was falling deeper in love with every day.
And it took a couple of days to digest because OMG… stuff happened, people! But I can assure you, I didn’t digest quietly. Privately, yes… quietly no. I let some *spoilery* emotions out here or there with some fellow readers, and I’ll let y’all in on ‘em too (within reason). *whoops* Looking at my notes, I … ahem. Said a few *choice* words. I called someone a name. A few “someones”. Not nice ones, either.
Now I will admit, I was “liking it” through the first half, but it was when I hit that 50% mark that I was IN!!!! I mean, come on. I was obviously already SO IN, but when I hit 50% my addiction went through the roof. My connection to the story solidified. My irritation level with anyone who interrupted my reading at this point… yep. I wasn’t very nice. And when I’m a “mean reader” you know I am loving it.
My husband was all…
“oh and so like.. listen to this thing I just read on the Internet… *blah blah blah blah blah…..*
and I was all… “Uh huh” *nod* *nod*
And he was all “blah blah blah, look, here’s a video of how it’s done…”
And I was all… *blink blink*
and in my mind I was thinking… “OMG! Grrrrrrrrrr. THIS *spoiler* is happening RIGHT. NOW!!!!!!! And I need to know if it’s what I think it is, and you’re interrupting me!!!?????” <—– imagine my voice at it’s screechiest right here, and you’ve got what I would have sounded like had I said what I was thinking. Let’s just say, at that point, I was very mad at men in general.
Hrmmmm… come to think of it. It is possible I did screech that, ’cause I don’t remember him trying to get my attention after that one.
This installment heatedly furthers their story, and provides more insight into who they are, and who they’ve become in their short tumultuous time together. It gives us more extreme angst and infuriating moments (lengthy indulging moments) lots of intense passion (mostly ALWAYS intense passion) and that delicious jealousy always waiting in the wings.
His beautifully etched lips thinned for a moment. “Is there a particular meaning behind that endearment?”
“Well… you ace everything you do. And it’s the nickname of a fictional character I have a crush on. You remind me of him sometimes.”
“I’m not sure I like you having a crush on anyone but me, fictional or not.”
“You’ll get over it.”
Er. *smirk* I think he’d have a serious problem with us… LOL! Actually, it was mentioned by a fellow reader that the fictional character “ace” she was referring to is none other than Roarke from the J.D. Robbs “In Death” series.
Tracy: Anyone that has read these-Eva called Gideon “Ace” because Eve calls Roarke “ACE”…she even mentions that this is why in Reflected…thought it was so cool!
Maryse’s Book Blog: OH WOW!!!! Thanks Tracy!
Tracy: … And she doesn’t actually name this series, but no doubt that she is talking about it because Roarke and Gideon are so, so similar!
And most of that jealousy isn’t as sweet and harmless as the quote above. There is a lot of it that is quite understandable. Not all of it was that “simple misunderstanding” stuff. Some of it was… in your face.
Kirsten: They’re driving me nuts… but I love it!
Maryse: LOL! When she saw *spoiler* … ARGH!!!! I was stomping into his office, with her, *spoiler* and … I was all… NO! WAY!
Kirsten: Oh you and me both. I was livid. LOL. Right away all I could think was jeez I’m only a bit in and Sylvia so has me feeling everything.
Maryse: Oh God help me there’s a *spoiler*. <—- sidenote from Maryse: This one was a reaaaaal good!!! I wish I could tell y’all what you’re in for. I didn’t even see it coming until I was right there and I thought… Oh wow this was written for us! You’ll see.
Kirsten: LOL. Ah yes *spoiler*… Knew you’d like *spoiler*.
Maryse: Ooooooooooooh he is soooo mad. So mad!! Ok I’m officially loving the book. 50 percent in, but it got me. I am hooked.
Kirsten: I was so pissed at *spoiler* for *spoiler*. What the hell was *spoiler* thinking? Brace yourself for the ride!
Hehe. I know. It doesn’t say much, does it? But it says a lot. That these two are FAR from “the perfect couple”, but they simply can’t get enough of each other…
I’d been sucked into the Gideon vortex almost from the outset. As much as I’d prefer to spend every waking moment with him, I knew it wasn’t healthy.
But that’s what we like. That’s who they are, and the ride they take us on is a total roller coaster. Points where I was SO mad at him. And at her.
“Christ.” His eyes blazed. “Not this again.”
UGGGGGGH!!! How daaaaarrrrrre he! Or was it… she? *waggles eyebrows*
Oh the mind games. But is it a game? Are their painful pasts influencing them so much as to jeopardize their future? Or is there something more complex in play?
What’s it about? This is Gideon and Eva, a month or so into their relationship (this one literally starts off the morning after the last one ended) and everything they still need to… figure out. Very simply, them. And a burning, raging, out of control love where everything “normal in a relationship” is sacrificed to appease and attempt to constantly indulge in their obsession of each other. But there is only so much of that burn that they can handle. After all… that kind of burn can flame out of control.
Are we there yet? Let’s just say… I can’t wait for #3.
4 stars for the first half. 4.5 stars from 50% on. And because it’s Gideon… I’m officially giving it 4.5 stars.
“I’m not bailing when things get rough this time. Seriously, Cary” – I held his gaze – “am I really all that far ahead if I can’t take any waves?”
“Baby girl, Cross is a tsunami.”