Entwined with You: Sylvia Day

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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…

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's put himself in great jeopardy, risked everything--for me.

I fell right back into Gideon and Eva's world and their relationship. They are now dealing with the ramifications of what Gideon did to protect her in Reflected in You. They are trying to pull the pieces together but still have to keep it a a secret to avoid any further complications. Their passion, their need, their witty rapport, and their love shine through in each encounter. They both still have situations and people from their past encroaching on their thoughts and lives. 

Eva is still independent and determined to stay that way. But her devotion and love for Gideon is obvious. She seems stronger now and more secure. She is trying to push past her demons that left her broken and move on. And she understands that Gideon is working to make progress too. But she is still hesitant to jump too far too fast. 

I was the one person who knew every dark, tormented secret he had, and I loved him desperately anyway. And he needed love more than anyone I'd ever met.

Gideon is still protective, controlling, devoted and sexy as h**l. His intense need for Eva is not in question. He wants to possess her, protect her, and keep her close. Gideon still can give me goosebumps. He is so dominant and alpha, yet also vulnerable, tender, and broken. I love how devoted he is to Eva and how he does everything he can to make her happy and safe. It is like his whole existence now depends on her and it is incredibly hypnotic and intense. He still has an edge of mystery and all of his secrets have yet to be revealed. 

“I look at you, angel, and I want you so badly. I want to be with you, listen to you, talk to you. I want to hear you laugh and hold you when you cry. I want to sit next to you, breathe the same air, share the same life. I want to wake up to you like this every day forever. I want you.”

"You own me Eva. Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, I belong to you."

There are still mysteries and secrets coming to light and nightmares to face. Typically, they are faced with challenges that they have to overcome. Their communication is improving, yet they still have differences in opinion on how to proceed with their future. But we are seeing them work more together instead of second guessing each other. So we have seen a lot of growth with these characters throughout the series. 

If souls could be mated with wishes, our would be inextricably entwined.

Most of the supporting characters were back and had their own stories and dramas unfolding: the Cary, Trey and Tatiana triangle; Mark and Steven, Megumi, her parents, his family, Corinne, and Magdalene. And her ex Brett the rock star  added more complications. 

As much as I adore these characters and their relationship, I still am a little torn. Part of me is glad there will be two more books, but the other part of me was ready for their story to be complete with a big HEA ending in this trilogy. Even though  I enjoy them together and liked being back in their world, this story was a little slower paced than the previous two books. But there was still some drama, secrets, definitely some sweet moments, and lots of sex. Sometimes it seemed like the hot sexy moments overshadowed the story a bit, but they were intense, passionate, and adventurous. I enjoyed the progression of Gideon and Eva's relationship and seeing the softer side of Gideon.  I did like this installment of the series, but maybe not quite as much as the first two. But I did enjoy it. I love Gideon and Eva...and Cary. I was really happy with some of the events that happened. A few things, especially some of the secrecy and hiding kind of got on my nerves. There were a few times it seemed to get caught up in other secondary story lines. And there were a couple of things that seemed a bit out of place in this book, but  are probably building up to be more important in the next book. The ending seemed a little abrupt and I guess I was not quite ready for it to end. But it did leave it open to add some drama to the beginning of the next book. And I was thankful it was not a big fat ugly cliffhanger. I am looking forward to book four. There are still some unanswered questions and obviously more drama left to unfold. I do really enjoy these characters and Sylvia Day's writing style. She draws me into their world and I am totally invested in this couple. 

Thanks to Sylvia Day and Sullivan and Partners for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Cause I don't wanna lose you now
I'm lookin' right at the other half of me
The vacancy that sat in my heart
Is a space that now you hold
Show me how to fight for now
And I'll tell you baby, it was easy
Comin' back into you once I figured it out
You were right here all along
It's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me
I couldn't get any bigger
With anyone else beside of me
And now it's clear as this promise
That we're making two reflections into one
Cause it's like you're my mirror
My mirror staring back at me, staring back at me
"Mirrors: Justin Timberlake"

As I sat here writing my review, the song Mirrors came on, and it immediately made me think of Eva and Gideon's journey in finding their way back to each other and the realizations they must acknowledge in this book. The meaning behind the chorus of Mirrors was the perfect inspiration for basing my review on since it fits their relationship perfectly, especially after the torment they both endured in Reflected in You. Entwined with You picks up right where Reflected left off and focuses more on the aftermath of Eva and Gideon picking up the pieces and addressing the distressful memories and barriers that tore them apart in the first place.

Reflected left me a little anxious and heartbroken when I finished it; I was nervous to see what direction Sylvia Day was going to take Eva and Gideon's relationship or lack thereof in Entwined with You. I became even more apprehensive to crack my book open after reading some mixed reviews, readers were not happy with the third edition and its outcome, but in my humble opinion, it was my favorite book yet! Although I would have loved a bit more at the end, I felt satisfied enough with their advancement that I can't wait for book 4 to release, so we can have more more of them.

"I look at you, angel, and I want you so badly. I want to be with you, listen to you, talk to you. I want to hear you laugh and hold you when you cry. I want to sit next to you, breathe the same air, share the same life. I want to wake up to you like this every day forever. I want you. Goddamn it. Wait for me, Eva. I waited my whole life for you."

I loved every ounce of vulnerability Gideon gave us (we saw very little of this in the first two books, most of the vulnerability came from Eva) when it came to earning back Eva's trust and love. The vulnerability I saw in him snagged at my heart and kept me engaged as I absorbed major changes in his demeanor. It was something else watching such a strong, dominate, in control, passionate man brought to his knees while his carefully built facade fell to pieces. Since Gideon shattered his relationship with Eva, he is left with no other choice but to lower his defenses and expose his soul to the one woman he would travel through hell and back for, and make no mistake Gideon traveled down that road. The thing is when it comes to Eva he feels no guilt in doing whatever it takes to make sure she is protected even if it means destroying both of them in the process. Now it is time for Gideon to face the consequences of his actions, even if they were in the purest light, and deal with the repercussions.

"This –he gestured impatiently at himself–“is just a fucking shell. You’re what drives me, Eva. Can you understand that? You’re my heart and soul. If something ever happened to you, it would kill me, too. Keeping you safe is goddamned self-preservation! Tolerate it for me, if you won’t do it for yourself."

Our bad boy broke our sassy independent heroine and while it is easy to forgive it is not always easy to forget which can cause hiccups in the process towards mending ones heart. Due to the multiple betrayals in Reflected their relationship suffered from the damage caused by Gideon's actions. It was so bad I wasn't sure how the heck they would come back from all that crazy. However, this is where I tell you, I think I fell even more in love with Eva, I may even have a slight girl crush on her. Gideon broke her, yes, but she was still the Eva we know and love. She matured in Entwined, her character found peace, inner happiness and balance. It showed in every action and word she used to handle Gideon. Not only did her character develop on a deeper level with Gideon I also saw development with her other personal relationships. It was a nice change to see Eva secure in the knowledge of who she was becoming and where she was going with her life.

Gideon however, while I loved the changes we started to see with his character, still has a bit more maturing to do though.

Which brings us to the fact that Gideon and Eva finally have a relationship that is starting to resemble some form of stability and normalcy (who am I kidding, I should say normalcy to a certain extent however, the signs are there pointing towards this direction in the near future). Gideon and Eva had to fight so much harder this time around to overcome the wrong that was done. It was quite refreshing to see these two actually work through all of their issues using...wait for it...communication! Yes, you read that right; they actually talked things out, even the tough unpleasant subjects. That isn't to say they still didn't have a few issues with said communication, but it's a start right? I think for me because of this their character growth and chemistry was even more intense as they both navigated through emotionally sensitive territory that is so foreign in nature to them.

"Your craving should be for me, angel, not an orgasm. For my body, my hands. Eventually, you won't be able to come without my skin touching yours."

These two are so beyond addicted to each other that it sometimes borders on dysfunctional. Eva and Gideon's relationship has to spin on the same axis otherwise if it takes even the slightest detour off this axis everything in their lives becomes a complete mess. I think this may be my favorite aspect of Gideon and Eva. No matter how messed up or flawed they are, they know there is absolutely no one else in this world for either of them. Their hearts are so entwined with each other that as their devotion and love grows stronger it leaves you captivated and breathless. And, this ladies makes for one hell of a read.

Overall, I loved Entwined with you and as I said earlier it is my favorite in this series so far but I have to admit I did have a few small irks throughout the book. It was nice visiting with one of my favorite couples again and Sylvia never disappoints when it comes to these two so these irks weren't big enough to take anything away from their story for me. Even the ending wasn't as bad as it seems, was it perfect, no. There were perfect parts to it and parts that made me shake my head, but it didn't bother me as much as others. I love the Crossfire series so I am excited to see them continue on. More Gideon, yeah I won't be arguing with that any time soon.

Thanks to Sylvia Day and Sullivan and Partners for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of more than a dozen award-winning novels sold in thirty-nine countries. A reader favorite across several genres, there are millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon's Best of the Year in Romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award twice.

Sylvia also writes under the pseudonyms:
S. J. Day - www.amazon.com/author/sjday
Livia Dare - www.amazon.com/author/liviadare

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this especially after reading your reviews! Two thumbs up!


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