Series: Crossfire #4
Published on November 18th, 2014
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Now the #1 international bestselling author returns. The new Crossfire novel by Sylvia Day.
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...
I’m going to keep this review brief and sweet, and spoiler-free…ish. (I’ll hide all potential spoilers.)
**This is book 4 in Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, so if you haven’t read the previous 3, read at your own risk!**
Ok, lets get straight to business.
My overall thoughts of this book:
Prior to release, I was on the fence on if I’d read it or not, mainly because I couldn’t fathom how the author could possibly stretch out Eva and Gideon’s story (which in my opinion, could’ve stopped after book 2). However, when I found out that we were going to get dual POV in this book, I felt like maybe, just maybe, it would make things better.
Not even Gideon’s POV could save this for me.
Confession: I almost DNF’d this book.
Why is that? Mainly because this book was 380 pages of nonsense.
You heard me, absolute nonsense.
Quite frankly, I was bored out of my mind with this book. Which is saying something, considering 80% of this book consisted of Gideon laying the pipe.
In my opinion, this story lacked substance. Sure, there were some subtle character developments View Spoiler »where Gideon finally opens up about his molestation with his therapist, and starts to work on familial ties « Hide Spoiler. This book is 380 pages of “meh”. The plot/story progression was stretched waaaay too thin. By the time I get to the end and reflect upon this series as a whole, I am left feeling utterly blasé about everything.
Bottom line: this story could’ve been told in less than 4 books.
Oh wait, there’s a 5th book on the horizon– so I shall amend that to say: This story could’ve been told in less than FIVE books.
I mean, lemme break it down:
1.) How many times can Eva run from Gideon whenever she wants to throw a tantrum?
I mean, I know she has her “issues”, and that we’ve known all along that she likes to lace up her Nikes and run away whenever she gets upset, but c’mon…do we still need to see her doing this in book 4? Can’t she get over that?
2.) How many times can Gideon penetrate, copulate, and ejaculate (not necessarily in that order), before the day is done?
My goodness. We know that Gideon is a sexual being. We know he’s mercurial. We know he’s intense.
But I have one question for you:
How hasn’t Eva’s vagina and/or throat not collapsed in on itself?
(Someone get her a bandaid for dat vag…)
I mean, I get it. I get it. Sex sex sex sex sex sex and more sex is what sells nowadays.
But seriously, how is it humanly possible that Gideon [insert middle name here] Cross can’t possibly get it up IRL as much as he does in this book.
Gideon’s answer to everything is SEX.
This is how things went (in my head) while reading
“Sorry I hurt your pride today…” [INSERT SEX SCENE]
“Sorry I spilled the milk on the counter…” [INSERT SEX SCENE]
“Hey, we just had sex for 6.5 pages. Guess that means I should get a BJ while I take this conference call.” [INSERT 3-PAGE-LONG BJ]
It got to a point where I was thinking to myself: “Whoa, I’m sore on Eva’s behalf.” This book was hardcore riDICKulous sex. ALL THE TIME. I know I’m about to shock you when I say that there was possibly TOO MUCH SEXY TIME in this book.
Too much sex, not enough plot.
And some of the sex…was a little…raunchy…dare I say, even bizarre? I mean, I actually blushed a time or two, which let’s be honest, is a feat in itself.
Gideon be like:
And I’m all:
If you’ve ever asked yourself the question: “Is there such a thing as ‘too much sex’ in books?”
This book is a prime example that yes, indeed there is such a thing. I was one page away from blowing my rape whistle, and bust out with my chastity chant.
That being said, let’s have a brief moment of silence for Eva’s privates, please…
Ok, I got that off my chest, now, onto my next issue…
3.) Dudes. We are in book 4. Why the F*** is Corrine still a factor?
GUYS. I thought Gideon showed that tramp the door 2 books ago? Amirite? I don’t even understand how she’s still a factor, and startin’ drama. Every time I read the word ‘Corrine’, I was like:
Which then leads me to my next issue:
4.) How much drama is too much drama?
Look, I get that drama is necessary when writing a story, as there needs to be some conflict that is overcome– but why do we need to keep rehashing the same drama that I thought was dead and buried in books past? View Spoiler »Eva’s ex is STILL in the picture. Corrine is STILL a problem. There is no trust. Gideon is Gideon, meaning: he’s still ridiculously possessive, and controlling. Do these things sound familiar? Oh, maybe that’s cause we dealt with all this stuff during books 1-3. « Hide Spoiler
Blah blah blah [INSERT SEX SCENE] blah blah Drama.
When they weren’t fighting, they were sexing.
By the time I was 50% in I was –> -_-
AGAIN, I am sensitive to the fact that Eva and Gideon have their respective ‘issues’ (from the skeletons in their closets), but when it comes to some of the trivial BS drama:
I’ve aired my grievances. Now I just want to explain my 2.5 Star rating.
This is a prime example of a storyline that has run its course. In my opinion, I think that continuing the Eva and Gideon story beyond the third book just didn’t make sense. It almost feels like some of the sexy stuff was used as filler to make complete the book, which is why the actual heart of the story didn’t flow as smoothly as it did in the first or even second book.
So needless to say, I think I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I need to part ways with the Crossfire series.
It was good while it lasted.
And to my beloved Gideon Cross: I’ll miss your filthy mouth. I hope your penis doesn’t fall off by the time this series is said and done.
My loss is your gain!
Just because this book didn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it’s not the book for you. Different strokes for different folks, and all that jazz. :)
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