Redonk Nutshell: Intense love affair is put to the test when elements of their past come back to haunt them

Sylvia Day’s first book in her Crossfire series, Bared to You, was a smashing success. I personally found it’s crack factor uber addicting, and I was really excited to get my hands on it’s follow up, Reflected in You.

Quick catch up: Gideon and Eva were first lured to each other because they worked in the same building. Gideon is a super sexy and successful business tycoon and Eva, though she comes from money, is out to make her own way in the world.  The two begin engaging in an extremely intense “relationship” where the sex is crazy hot, but the emotions run the gamut from crazed to CRAY CRAY.  Book two in Gideon and Eva’s story picks up with them not really sure how they’re going to carry on, but regardless committed to finding a way to make their relationship work.

Guys, I hate to say this…I really, really do, I but I couldn’t stand this book. I was so disappointed in the characters and where I had previously found the love scenes intense and super hot, this time around they felt stale and overused. I actually found myself skimming through them. I was appalled at myself. I’m The Raunch Dilettante for god’s sake.

Reflected in You is more or less a cat and mouse game of “will they or won’t they” stay together. Any time things start to get “complicated,” which in Eva’s mind means “Gideon is closing off to me,” she jumps of the ledge in true Southern Belle fashion and assumes that their relationship is over.  Never mind the fact that the things she does would better fit the behavior of a thirteen year old adolescent in the throes of a temper tantrum. And Gideon? Good god, Gideon. I had to remind myself that he was supposed to be an Alpha male, because he sure as heck didn’t act like one. The whole store was Gideon acting withdrawn and being sneaky because “he thought he was doing what was best” for Eva.

You would think that two grown adults would understand the word communication. But alas, NO, they do not. And it results in a book that really seems to not go much of anywhere.

And the ending? Ye gods, the ending. I just…wow. I don’t really have any words for it. None. I suppose I shouldn’t be suprised that two incredibly f*cked up people would have such a f*cked up relationship. The difference this time around was that I couldn’t see through past the neuroses.

Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Rating: D

Romance: 2/5          Raunch: 4/5

5 Responses

  1. I’d been waiting for this review! I agree completely. What a disappointment. I had so much hope after the first book. But a whiny Gideon was a turnoff.

  2. I enjoyed reading this book, but mainly because it was an emotional train-wreck and filled to the brim with crazypants drama. I actually enjoyed reading it more than Bared to You because in this book it felt like they were flat out mud-wrestling in their psychotic little world. On the other hand when I read BTY I felt like it was just too much dancing around the fact that they were both off their rockers! For some reason (maybe because I was prepared for the sheer intensity of their combined obsession?) the relationship worked better for me here.
    I guess it might have to do with my love for shows like “Wipeout” — and the old addage “pain looks great on other people!”

    1. “Mud wrestling.” LOVE IT! I really do find it amazing how people can have such varying reactions from the same thing. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was really really bummed it didn’t click for me.

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