Wednesday 6 April 2016

Review ~ One with You (Crossfire #5) by Sylvia Day

Book Description:

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I've ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws ... and all the beauty I couldn't see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free ... or break us apart.

Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire® saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers worldwide.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars

“We’re not going to let them win.”

This has been a series I have loved from the very beginning and despite all the controversy over the three book vs five book yada yada I was happy that we were getting more of Gideon and Eva. An author cannot possibly foresee how a story is going to go in advance and as they put pen to paper and the words flow and the characters develop they lead the way. I still cannot believe that this five book series only captures a few months in their lives and for a couple that already were damaged and had issues three months or so simply isn’t enough for me. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I seriously want more…maybe catch up with them in a few years or so and see how their lives are going. While this ended in a good place for them it gave no hint to their future and that is something that I am desperate to see. After everything they have been through I want to know that they are okay, I have no doubt, but it would be good to see it in black and white.

“Operation Gideva is in full effect…”

So, a lot happens in this book, this couple certain know how to attract drama and it follows them like rats to the Pied Piper. I really cannot say what happens as they would be huge spoilers but for me this was more a book about their growth as a couple, their communication, their connection and most of all compromise.

“I was his weakness, when all I wanted to be was his strength.”

Between them these two have enough baggage to fill a 747 but there has never been a doubt that these two were right for each other. Gideon was always the anchor that Eva needed. Most importantly he loved her with an intense ferocity and passion but more importantly he protected her with every fibre of his being, she felt cherished, she felt safe, she felt loved and she felt beautiful and she had never loved like this either. He brought out feelings and emotions that she never thought she had, their sexual chemistry as always was off the charts but in this book Sylvia Day delivers with fervor their soul mate connection, in this book is more about their tangible connection rather than the physical.

“You got the fairy tale right. But Gideon’s the beauty. I’m the beast.”

For Gideon, Eva has been his saviour. He was lost in his thoughts and his past, dragged down deep by the undercurrent of his abuse and his inane feelings that he could never love or be loved. But in this book what is hammered home the most is how affected Gideon is by Eva’s belief in him. No matter what he says, or how hard or how difficult Eva believes him down to her bones and this is something that he has never had and something that he appreciates and cherishes with everything he is. Eva is definitely his anchor, Eva brings out the best in Gideon, traits and characteristics that were long gone but are now slowly seeping to the surface. Eva gives him the encouragement and support he needs to move on from the past and look towards the future and more importantly, their future.

“You, Gideon Geoffrey Cross, are the distillation of what’s best about them. Individually, they don’t amount to much. But together…Man, did they hit it out the park with you.”

While their intense connection can be perceived as unhealthy for these two it works, at times Eva feels stifled and suffocated but they talk about it, they deal with it and with the help of counselling these two are finally building their foundations. They built the building, but now it was time to cement their roots, become a unit that was an unstoppable force and one that would stand the test of time. While they have had an unconventional start, their future is paved in success and it is one future that personally, I wanted a glimpse of. That is the only bad thing I can say about this book.

“I don’t want to tie you down…I want you to soar.”

As always, Sylvia Day delivered their story with passion, emotion and finesse and even though this book was long at 480 pages, it never felt that way. I ploughed through this one in no time at all, grasping at every sentence, every situation and having my fingers crossed that no matter what was chucked at them, they shook themselves down and carried on regardless. These two are a formidable couple, a couple so perfectly suited and they are a couple that I have loved from the very beginning. Their story may have come to an end but I have an active imagination and I am left dreaming up what they have to look forward to in their future. Their past may be dark and sullied but their future is anything but.


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