Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…
Sylvia Day’s addictive Crossfire series was supposed to be a trilogy, but publisher greed coming off the Fifty Shades fad turned it into a five-book series. This was not a good idea. I love this series to bits, but it was not a good idea. There’s not enough plot here, and not enough of a story arc in each book for there to be two extra books. They certainly don’t hold up as standalone reads.
However, I’ve sort of become addicted to this series, even though there’s FAR TOO MUCH sex in it. I find myself bracing at the ends of scenes because I know sex is going to be the answer to every conversation, argument, car journey, plane journey, meal, shower…
Yet I’m so invested in the messy and yet mature (unlike Fifty Shades with its juvenile and moronic hero and heroine) relationship that I keep on reading, no matter what.
These characters have two default settings: arguing and fucking. And yes, I need to be that crude.
If this was just about any other author I’d be hugely frustrated and be giving this book a much more terrible review, as many other readers did.
However, I’m very much invested in this story, and very much want these characters to have their happy ending. I know I’d call out other authors for the glaring faults in this book, but I like these characters and this author too much to do that.
The problem is that when you stretch a series out too much, you get… filler… I really never, EVER needed to read about the sexiest billionaire who ever billionaired singing romantic songs at a karaoke club. Way to kill the cool! You also end up with rehashed conflicts that really should be resolved after four books that focus on the same two characters.
Another thing authors tend to do a few books in is change the point of view. I strongly believe that if you commit to a particular POV (in this case, Eva’s first person view) then you should stick to it to the end. Suddenly tossing in Gideon’s view didn’t make the story better. In fact, it might have removed some of the magic of his character.
I am absolutely, a hundred percent on board for the fifth and final book in the series, even though all the random baby talk is making me cringe. Please don’t impregnate your heroine a few months into the relationship, I beg you!
The first two books in this series are incredible. Three is okay, and four is a bit less than okay, but it’s still clear Sylvia Day is a brilliant writer.
However, I’m hoping for big and brilliant things next time round. If the book actually ever gets a publication date!