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…
This is the second book in the Crossfire series (read them in order!) and while I half-expected my odd fascination with these guilty pleasure books to end after the first one, it’s still going strong. The ending of this one was a huge shock, and really made me appreciate what the author was building up to from the start.
Set in New York City, and focusing on the (melo)dramatic love affair between a twenty-four year old woman and a very rich businessman four years her senior, this is the series Fifty Shades of Grey could have been if E.L. James could write.
But don’t let those comparisons deter you, because Eva, our heroine and narrator is no doormat. She is smart, competent, sexually aware, and close enough to being on even footing with Gideon Cross that it doesn’t feel icky like the other series does.
Yes, at first, this book is just a lot of ongoing drama between our main characters. I was wondering if there was a story arc here or if it was just going to be two people arguing and then arguing some more and then having lots of lovely moments in between.
However, it turns out this one is one you’ll want to read twice, because there’s something going on in the background and all the threads don’t tie together until the last few pages.
Because this series is told in the first person, we never get to see into Gideon’s head, and it works perfectly here. When he starts pushing Eva away, and then starts acting oddly and being photographed in very questionable situations you’re going to wonder what the hell is going on and why we should be on his side anymore.
We also have a heroine who takes charge and follows her faith in the relationship rather than falling back and let the bad things happen. Except, my goodness she cries quit a bit!
I also really appreciated that in this second book she went out of her way to cultivate female friendships, after she was mostly around men only in the first. However I thought it was odd that Eva thought it weird she and her mother (less than twenty years older) could wear the same clothes. My mother is thirty years older, and we pull it off all the time!
Sylvia Day worked out her plot from the book before, and the way she can weave her story is so impressive. The last 30% of the book alone makes this one well and truly worth your time.
This is my guilty pleasure series, and I’m glad I gave it a chance.