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...
©2014 Sylvia Day (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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!
I am unsure on how to rate this book. I really liked the book but I am emotionally drained from listening to it. I was so invested in the characters and the story line and the hits kept on coming. I am trying to be objective considering the fact that it is the 4th in a 5 book series so I knew there would be no satisfaction at the end.
The books spans over a 3 week period in their relationship so it can't be resolved. If you understand the process of healing from sexual abuse you will get what she was getting at. She needed to develop that side of Gideon POV and that process is emotional and difficult to get through. Having said that, the Brett Kline thing was disappointing and I wish it would have been left out.
If you are invested in this series , you will enjoy this book but please be prepared for the roller coaster ride and understand that is purely character development and no significant advances in the storyline.
So in a direct appeal to Silvia Day. If you are at all reading your reviews. Thank you for showing the male perspective of a sexual abuse survivor and the consequences if you have not dealt with it. But please ........... for book # 5 let them both find their strength and claim their life. Finish their story line where it was worth for us to invest 3 years into this series. Skip the cookie cutter way out and span it over a few years not just weeks. If there ever was an extensive Happy Ending needed it would be in this series. Considering the time investment of the readers. I sincerely hope to see "One with you"published within a few months. Not years!!
The dual narration by Jill Redfield , Jeremy York was good. But Jill Redfield was so good with the delivery of the series I felt the added narrator was unnecessary.
Loved all the books but the last one .I waited along time to find out what was going to happen and it just didn't do it for me .having 2 different narrators didn't do it justice .If I would've known it was Going to be like that I wouldn't have spent the money so very disappointed
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It was just more of the same thing and nothing new. I wanted to like it, and while I didn't hate it, I'm left feeling annoyed that there's going to be another one. Just starting to seem more and more like money making scheme to be stretching out the story that doesn't have enough to be a huge series book, thus sort of losing the ART of novel. That's my opinion, I'm sure it was a delight to others. I'm not sure if I'm interested enough to get the next one when it comes.
Narrators were fine, and loved the first 2 Crossfire books,,,,then tolerated the 3rd, returning this fourth book
Not Sylvia Day
Jill has done a fantastic job with Ava and Gideon characters throughout series. Jeremy did a great job as well, but it was difficult to get used to his narration as Gideon when a listener has accustomed themselves to Jill's version. Jeremy is a fantastic narrator, don't get me wrong - it just changed Gideon in an unexpected way.
What a waste, So much intrigue and possibilities wasted. I would edit all but one chapter, condensing sentences from the very little new & interesting info given in this book. Im actually pissed that I waited so long for such a let down of a book to come out. I won't be waiting for the next, not worth it. Too many other author's like Kresley Cole, Karen marie Moning etc with books that actually MOVE a story forward.
Im getting a refund. I don't know if this is the authors fault or the editor trying to stretch out a story not meant for more than One book or Two. Think of all the interesting directions this book could've taken! Oh well, moving on.
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I've been procrastinating listening to this audiobook since November, but when Valentine's Day rolled around I decided that I was due for a guilty pleasure kind of title, and nothing fit the bill quite like Gideon & Ava Cross. I was also excited that this series FINALLY added a second narrator. As much as I've been enjoying Jill Redfield's performance, certain characters need that extra edge that only a male voice can bring, and I was hoping that Jeremy York would be up to the task. I wish that they'd read ALL of their respective personage's dialogues rather than just their specific chapters, but that's a common complaint of mine with dual readings. However, other than that, I had no issues with either of the narrators. My problems were with the lack of advancement on any front. Gideon & Ava are still struggling with the exact same obstacles only different versions of them, the story arc didn't really go anywhere, and the ending left me feeling like the next novel was going to be more of the same. CAPTIVATED BY YOU was like watching a dog try to catch its tail; painful and an exercise in futility.
No, I enjoy them both. I love jumping between the audio and print versions.
The closest is the Breathless series by Maya Banks and of course Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James.
I love it when the separate genders are handled by the two separate narrators, it is more authentic and enjoyable. Especially for narrators who engage the listener in the story.
Yes there were several, and I will not go into great detail of them in order to avoid any spoiler alerts.
Well let me start off by saying I loved it. This was a long time wait and highly anticipated, and as is the norm I devoured it in one day. With that said.....
At first I was disappointed that there were still so many lingering issues with Eva, it was my understanding that the end of the series were going to concentrate on working through Gideon's issues. Though I am happy that the lingering issues was cleaned up nicely and quickly. Gideon's issues..... wow, there were so many but I must say the handling of Gid and his issues are progressing nicely and realistically.
And let me just say I am LOVING the new format of jumping between Eva and Gideon's POV, it is so refreshing to get the male's POV. And in such a way that the male does not come off too effeminate, which I have read more and more recently. It is very nice to get inside Gid's head.
Finally, when I finished my recent re-read of Bared, Reflected and Entwined I was officially joined in the "Cary is a douche" club, and sadly after this book I still am. Yeah he came off a little better, but no I am not feeling him and his narcissistic ways at all.
With all that said, this was WELL WORTH THE WAIT and I look forward to the conclusion of Eva and Gideon's story in One with You. Though I will not lie and say I really want it to end. Watching these two grow together has been a journey that I have loved.
Talk about needless useless details. The only parts of this story actually revelent could have only filed 2 pages Max. The rest of the book was absolute useless crap.
Way to go publishing company for taking a 3 book series and making the author stretch it to 5 books all for the sake of your greedy wallets. It absolutely shows!!! Lost yet another reader and your profits. I will not invest any more $ or time into this series.
I am so obsessed with Gideon and Ava. I love Jill Redfield as the Narrator and was very thankful to have Gideon's views in this book. Jeremy York did a great job and helped with Gideon's side.
I was so sad to finish this book because I am craving for more. the passion between the characters is astonishing,overwhelming, obsessive.
I need more and I want more. I can't wait for Corrine, Ann and Gideon's mom and his brother to truly get a taste of medicine.
I wish they would leave them alone. The sex scene towards the end of the book with the wonderful prop had my imagination running wild. EXCITEMENT.
I'll finish this series, but I probably won't read anything else written by Ms. Day or read by these narrators. There really isn't much of a plot - just moving from one drama to the next. She doesn't have much concept of pacing. I keep thinking she's hinting at some action to come, and every time, she lets me down. I think Ms. Redfield got this job solely on her sex scene voices; the rest of the time she's pretty bland. There's nothing particularly wrong with Mr. York; I just think Gideon's voice should be a bit deeper.
The final scene was fine and showed promise (maybe these two are going to finally start making some healthy decisions). The few chapters up until that had a "much ado about nothing" vibe to me. I couldn't get as worked up over it. I just thinking "Of all the things to lose it on, it's THIS?"
I am so TIRED of Cary and his drama. I have no sympathy for his character since he creates his own problems. I know Ms. Day's trying to create characters that are survivors, but the amount of dysfunctionality and unhealthy behavior exhibited in this book by practically every character is staggering. In the real world, most of these people wouldn't be famous, rich, or have a happy ending.
Because I love Eva and Gideon sooooo much I would and have recommended this book to my friends, if only to hear their opinions.
it left me gagging for more in a disappointed kind of way.
Dont want to risk spoiling it for others.
Yes , how do I answer this without a spoiler? Let's just say I did shade a tear...
I felt after having waited for the book for such a long time it would have a lot of depth but was disappointed in that there was a lot of sex scenes when we could have moved on with the story. Don't misunderstand me I did enjoy the book but felt it centered a lot on their sex lives than on delivering the story. I loved the fact that we got to hear Gideon's PoV . Am still a big fan of Gideon and Eva and am hoping the last book will see them run off into the sunshine.
"Not up to scratch"
We've all been waiting for book 4, so perhaps the anticipation built too high for me.
The narration alternates between Gideon and Ava and, IMO, it spoils the build up of the story. The quality of the writing remains good (so, so much better than 50 Shades).
Quick synopsis: we learn more about Gideon's past trauma, his determination to protect Ava from her past. New threats pop up, too, and Gideon probably goes overboard to protect her. Ava, once again, breaks her promise to never leave and once again, rips Gideon's soul apart. That's how this book ends: they reunite.
Gideon has become my favourite of the two. He begins to face his demons head on, initially to keep Ava, but begins to recognise it's for himself. Ava fights the world to protect him but goes too far, pushing him too hard and too quickly.
And... here we are, waiting with anticipation for book 5!
excellent book couldn't stop the audio! so good i listened to it again! highly recommended!
loved it!! listened to the whole thing non stop! now really looking forward to the next book in the series
Great captivating read great readers love how it chopped and changes voices for Gideon and Ava the twist and turns in this story is amazing and morish. Hehe can't wait to listen to next book X
Although it was great to hear a male voice, within the story; it didn't do much to alter the atmosphere, which was full of vanity and self-importance.
Not sure on the voice of Gideon but the story was great. I just want things to work out for them!
cannot wait for the next book! :)
i loved this book it made my weekend, x x x x x xx x x x
This was a little disappointing. Giddeons part was great in the way you could see Ava from his point of view, but his actions didn't match with the way Ava described him throughout the last three books. He just didn't seem the same person. Not dark and dangerous but kind of weak and desperate. He seemed more like Ava but with a mans voice.
Nothing really happened in the book that springs to mind and I literally just finished it.
Guess the last one will be about the wedding and that'll be it. Can't say I'm on the edge of my seat.
I read this series of books a long while ago, listening to them was just perfect
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