Our journey began in fire…
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart..
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Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.50
Character Rating: 4.50
NOTE:I don’t read a lot of edgy smexy erotica/romance but this one was done so well that I finished it in one setting!
First thought when finished: That was an intense ending that I think was very appropriate for the lead characters.
What I Loved: Sylvia Day is one of the best writers out there when tackling intense feelings. She just knows how to draw you into her characters thoughts and actions. This is especially true with Eva! Sylvia eases you into everything that Eva is feeling by slowly vetting out who she is. Eva was just a great combo of strong/vulnerable, sassy/sweet, and guarded/hopeful. There are some amazingly intense feelings and actions in this story. You walked the edge with the characters. You weren’t removed from their actions. You passionately felt for them (good or bad). I loved that those intense reactions were brought out while reading.
What I Liked: Gideon (the leading man) was both intense and guarded. He was a bit rough in the beginning so it took a bit for me to embrace him. I liked this balance in the story. It was very real for his character to act out in this way. Each of his actions were based solely on his personality and they fit. You didn’t always like him but you felt for him as he worked out his issues. I really liked that his story was organic.
Final Thought: This was an intense read that is definitely adult material. It does not skirt very real and emotional issues. The scenes are graphic but they are not done to shock. I felt this was a very organic, well-written, and emotionally pulling story!
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