After reeling for this book for so long, I was expecting some real drama or answers to so many questions. Most chapters was based on their sexual encounters and I am lost and more confused after this book. None of the problems were solve. Come on Sylvia please make it happen in the next book because I feel like I just wasted my money for nothing.
It pains me to write anything even slightly negative about Sylvia Day as i think she is a fabulous author, however, for what ever reason, my greatest critisism stems from my overwhelming dissapointment in this installment.
The first two books were increadable, i loved them, listened to them multiple times, loved the characters and invested in them, they held just the right balance between storyline and sexual intrigue. I loved Gideons strength and dominance and ability to be vulnerable to Eva but to not be controlled by her. I loved Eva's strength, her love for Gideon, her loyalty to her family and friendships. In the third book however, Gideon lost all his strength, he spent the whole book chasing around after Eva, pandering to her every whim, losing all sense of self it would seem, even occupying the apartment next door? and then what is with the Corrin storyline and the sex tape?? a little much too much it would seem. It almost felt as though i was trapped in a bad episode of the young and the restless as aposed to a real life believable drama. I had loved this story for its realism, its relatability but what is next, a royal scandal or brett kline turning into a serial killer?? Im sorry to say but Gideon was pathetic in this novel and that crushed me. And Eva, was so needy and winey and self absorbed i actually couldnt listen to it all at once.
Where i think it went wrong for me, Although still an amazing writer, I really believe this book was a fluffer book, written to fill in a gap. I have heard that there is another two books to go and i cant possibly see why or how. If Gideon degrades any further im going to scream. The worst part for me though, was that in contrast to the other books, this one had far too much sex in it to the point it lost any effect or meaning and was just too much, it was way over done to fill in the pages.
I still believe in Sylvia Day though and i really hope that the next book, brings the storyline back off the ledge, saves Gideons masculinity and Evas likeability. I didnt even like Carey in this book with his twist. Will i put the next book on preorder like i did the first three, no. But when i am browsing and i see it listed after its release, i will read or listen to it and give the series one last chance....
The saving grace was Jill Redfield. I believe she is such a consumae orator. I love her work and would listen to anything she recorded. Please use her for more audio books as she does the characters justice.
The crossfire series started off so good. I recommended it to everyone; it fell off the plot and storyline are gone and the characters are sickening; SD is grasping to keep the story going. I waited for this book and am very disappointed SD needs get off the money train and get back to writing because she lost a reader with this one.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Gideon and Eva are done dancing around their relationship. They have matured and are putting each other first. No more running away when things look bad. Okay, there are doubts and worries, but these are two damaged people overcoming their pasts and striving for a solid future. The sexual attraction that first drew them together has evolved into something much deeper and meaningful(but still sizzling!)
To rebut the complainers:
The ending is abrupt, but no more than in Bared to You and Reflected in You.
There are loose ends, but no cliffhanger.
The publisher sets the release date. Sylvia gave us snippets and there were snapshots to keep up interest during the wait.
The author decides how many books are needed to tell the story in her head. If you want to read the book before deciding to buy it, patronize your local library. Accusing an author of being greedy is just plain rude.
If I like a book enough to relisten to it and I want to own it, it rates 5 stars. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
Jill Redfield did an outstanding job with the delivery of the story.
I waited it seems like forever for this book to come out thinking it was the end of the story, only to be left hanging and feeling cheated..
No, I will not try any more books from this author. I felt there was no storyline, and I expected to have a good ending, not to wait for another book to come out. I wasted my credit, on a book that I was so excited to come out and end up very unhappy and disappointed. I was very happy with the narrator, I like her and feel bad that she had to narrated this book.
No, I will give it a try to different authors.
Oh no please, the storyline was bad in this book, in my opinion. It should have end it with the first book.
This is my first book to give a book review. I did it because the book is awful, I am so disappointed. save your credit.
I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.
I do love this series and I did love this book too, BUT I'm ready for a conclusion. I can handle the trilogys but it seems that everyting coming out now is a trilogy and I'm getting tired of it. Yes like I said this one was as good as the previous books but you can prolong something too long and it's time for this one to come to a satisfying conclusion. I will say it was worth my credit.
The ending left to many questions unanswered. This third book was very disappointing, can't believe I waited months for this book
I have started several books that were supposed to be TRILOGIES. It seems that the authors see that there is so much interest in the stories they turn them into on going series ie "Wheel of Time" 16 LONG BOOKS. If you say it's going to be 3 books keep it that way, even if you have to make it a little longer. Sylvia Day writes really hot passionate pros. But she should have ended the series and if she wanted to bring back the characters in another book, which I've seen done, I'm sure it would have been really hot and awesome. What she did to her fans her was bate and switch......NOT NICE
She writes great, but she shouldn't do what she did in saying it's a trilogy, then make the third book end like you know there will be another book to tie things up. Who knows if that will be the end of it.....
Sylvia Day is a really good writer of sexual erotica, but what she did to her fans with this book was really cruel. If it would have been known to be an on going series from the start, people may not have been so up set. So many writers do this now. Makes you not want to start a trilogy or series.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
Now I get it when women seem to be swooning or fanning themselves when they mention Gideon Cross in reviews. This book was all Gideon Cross-sumptuousness! Oh how I loved it! I felt like Gideon and Eva's relationship emanated a strength and security that was further exemplified in the last 2 hours of this audiobook....OMG! What developments and direction this book took!!!!---Totally unexpected, and for me, that's because Gideon Cross is unexpected. He sweeps Eva off of her feet and always seems to surprise her with his reactions and demands which perpetually put her at the top of his priority list. I adore the way Gideon loves Eva...it's a desperate, insatiable, needy, all-consuming kind of love, and of course that love is reciprocated. There are steamy love scenes, and every development in this story brings Gideon and Eva closer together.
Regarding the secondary characters, I'm mixed about Kary (sp?), Eva's best friend. I hate his relationship with Tatiana, but we'll see what happens there. OMG, and Eva's parents kill me!!! I think their story is so sad, but I just know that in the next 2 books something good is going to happen to them...I have that feeling, even though their situation is depressing and lost right now. Eva's friend, Maouby (sp?)---well, there is something weird and suspicious about her, or her boyfriend.....I can't put my finger on it. I'm curious to see what washes up on the shore of past relationships for both Gideon and Eva in the next book. So far, every past relationship, for both has been deemed irrelevant. I hope that continues to be the theme as we go forward in this series.
Regarding book 4, which follows, I can't wait till November when it is released!!! I just hope that Gideon and Eva do not regress in how far along they have come in their trust and love for one another. Eva does tend to misread Gideon's brooding and quiet moments. When she thinks the worst, it tends to turn out that Gideon is even more committed to her than she realizes. I'm hoping that this is the worst type of situation that will occur in the next book. I don't want to be pissed about Gideon or Eva cheating, or anything like that. Well, the fact that I'm pontificating just proves how this series can really get in your head.
UGH, I'm hoping to survive the wait for the release of the final 2 books in this series.
To GIDEON AND EVA, AND THE ADVENTURES & HOT SEX THAT AWAIT THEM!
Narrator: Jill Redfield is incredibly talented. Her performance is excellent. I love what she does for Gideon's voice......she makes him sound so irresistible! She does a great job for all of the characters.