Entwined with You, by Sylvia Day.
... for once, I didn't need any distractions. I was sticky with sweat from an intense Krav Maga class, and my mind was spinning with thoughts of what the man I loved had done.
Gideon Cross. Just thinking of his name sent a heated flare of longing through my tightly strung body. From the moment I first saw him - saw through his stunning and impossibly gorgeous exterior to the dark and dangerous man inside - I'd felt the pull that came from finding the other half of myself. I needed him like I needed my heart to beat, and he'd put himself in great jeopardy, risking everything - for me.
I reviewed the first and second books in the Crossfire series, Bared to You and Reflected in You, back in November 2012, when I was recruited by the BlogHer Book Club for one of their reads. When I heard that the third book, Entwined with You, was coming to stores, I of course knew I had to get my hands on it, and Sylvia Day's publicists were generous enough to send me a copy to review.
Official synopsis (although rather vague):
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires...
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn't resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside--so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.
No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I'd been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.
Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession...
To catch you up or refresh your memory: in the first two books, Eva Tramell meets Gideon Cross, a 28-year-old millionaire mogul who is also extremely gorgeous. In the first two books, they have hot sex - like ALL OF THE TIME - which doesn't change in this installment of the series, but their problems do intensify a bit. Eva's stepbrother, Nathan, used to rape her when she was young, and when Nathan comes to New York to seek out Eva, Gideon finds and kills him (which is what the quoted paragraph above refers to). Eva doesn't know how to feel about this - on one hand, she feels relief that Nathan can no longer harm her, but on the other, she is scared that Gideon will be prosecuted for the murder.
But of course, he's not found out, since he's Gideon Cross. He's also starting to pressure Eva into marrying her, but at the same time, they're supposed to be broken up, because of other events that happened in the 2nd book, so they are seeing each other secretly.
There were a lot of pros and a few cons with this book. The story was still great, and what I appreciate about the Crossfire series is that even though the sex is hot and frequent, there's still a decent story going on as well (with a plotline, and characters, and everything! Take note, 50 Shades). Eva is 24 and works full-time, in the Crossfire building (that Gideon owns) but not under Gideon (pun intended), even though he's been wanting her to join his office in the marketing department. She wants to be independent, yet she lives with her roommate and best friend, Cary, a male model, in a huge apartment that her stepfather pays for - it's got a doorman and is a lot safer than a walk-up apartment that she could afford, most likely.
The few cons I noticed was that Gideon calls Eva "Angel," a lot, and it started to become really repetitive - it reminded me a bit of the main character in 50 Shades calling herself "my inner goddess" constantly. My other minor peeve was that Eva wants to be independent, yet she lets Gideon take care of EVERYTHING for her - he's a bit controlling but also wants her to be safe, so he has his car driver take her to/from work and her Krav Maga classes in Brooklyn. She also gets a lot of perks but I suppose that's to be expected when you're dating a multi-millionaire ... they take a weekend trip to the Caribbean on his private plane (or, I should say, one of his private planes), he rents the apartment next to hers so she can be with him constantly, etcetera.
Overall, though, the Crossfire series is a good read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the genre. I've heard that there will be five books total in the series (Sylvia Day actually talks about this a bit more in the video below) and I'm looking forward to reading the next two.
3.5 stars out of 5.
*Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.
BIG thanks to Sylvia Day and her publicists for letting me ask her a few questions! Check out her answers in the video below: