Title: Entwined With You
Author: Sylvia Day
368 pages, Published by Berkley
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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 also 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… (Summary provided by Berkley.)
(There are major spoilers in this review. Read at your own risk.)
Entwined With You is the third book in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. When I received a copy at BEA last week, I pretty much dropped everything the minute I got home to inhale this book. To say that I love this series would be a severe understatement. I REALLY LOVE this series. So I was very excited to read it.
Entwined With You picks up where Reflected In You left off. Eva and Gideon are dealing with the aftermath of Gideon killing Nathan to ensure Eva’s safety. They are back together but unsure of how to make it public knowledge that they are a couple again. So cue the sneaking around and lots of hot sex. And by hot sex, I mean smoldering, “Oh Lord, I need to fan myself with this book” sex scenes. At certain points I would silently hand the book to my husband, point to a hot scene, and wiggle my eyebrows.
Out of the “romance billionaire boys club” Gideon is undoubtedly my favorite of the pack. He is incredibly good looking, virile, powerful, and while he has a demanding job and extreme issues of his own, he always makes time for Eva. With that said, I also think he’s a bit of a psycho, and I love that too. I mean who wouldn’t want their man to kill someone for them? Okay, maybe no one. But hey, he’s a fictional character, so that makes the taking the law into his own hands thing okay.
Gideon and Eva have more trouble coming out as a couple then they thought they would, because a reporter is working on an expose meant to make Gideon look bad. Eva and Gideon are worried that the reporter is on to the fact that he killed Nathan. It also turns out the reporter is an ex of Gideon’s looking for revenge. Can Eva ever catch a break? Seriously, the exes come out of the wood works to harass her. So the reporter angle gives Gideon and Eva new worries about coming out as a couple even though the case has gone cold. I thought this was a good plot development, because a guy like Gideon Cross is always going to have an ex pissed off at him. So the reporter, ex-girlfriend storyline flowed really well.
Then a curious thing happens. The police solve the Nathan’s murder. They believe a Russian mobster did it, which we all know is not the case. Also, Brett, Eva’s rock star ex rolls into town to debut a video his band made of the song he wrote about Eva at a huge party in Times Square. Eva makes a show of going to the event with Brett, and sets into motion getting back together with Gideon as a couple publicly at the party. The Russian mobster angle was really compelling for me as a reader. I was glad for Eva to have an ex show up too, because Gideon always seems to have exes coming and going. And of course, Corinne is still psycho over Gideon all through the book.
As far as conflict count goes, we now have a nosy reporter trying to dig up dirt on Gideon and a Russian mob theory for Nathan’s murder which worries Gideon and Eva. Enter conflict number three: Gideon is made aware that a sex tape of Eva was taken of Eva without her or Brett’s knowledge back when she was seeing him. Also, there seems to be another conflict brewing with Anne Lucas, whom you should remember from the previous books.
The plot of Entwined With You expands Megumi’s role in the series. You get a look into Megumi’s love life and get to watch her and Eva’s friendship flourish. Megumi seems to be involved in a major plot development towards the end of the book. Later in the review you’ll see why I used seems in that last sentence. I’ve always loved Megumi as a minor character, and I was happy to see her storyline grow. We also get to see a lot more of Mark and Steven in this book, and their storyline was romantic and sweet. And as usual drama follows Eva’s roommate Carey, and he has a major problem pop up in this installment of the series. I loved feeling the series expand with this book. Now that Crossfire is going to be a five book series instead of a three book series it was nice to see Eva’s world open up in this book. Oh, and something crazy happens with Eva’s parents! (My lips are sealed on that one.)
Remember all of the conflicts I listed in the paragraph before the last one? Well, no loose ends are tied up in this book. It just ends. Then on the next page there is a note from the author basically saying there will be more books in the series and to stay tuned to see what happens next. The book was pretty much made of awesome until the last page. I expected one or two loose ends at the end to lead into the next book, but I did expect the book to have an actual ending to at least one of the plot points. Instead of saying “the end” at the end of this one it should say “the stop,” because the action came to a halt completely. There’s not even a cliffhanger. The pace slows down and stops. I was disappointed with the ending. However, as disappointed with the ending as I am, I still can’t wait for the next installment. Sylvia Day is an awesome writer, and there must be some reason the book ended the way it did. Right? There’s got to be a reason.
Overall, Entwined With You was the most romantic installment of the series. I’m holding out on the super romantic part, so you can read it for yourself. Try not to let the ending I discussed discourage you from reading the book. It is a truly compelling read until it stops. It’s almost Dickensian in a way. I imagine when he serialized The Pickwick Papers back in the day there were some dissatisfied readers at the end of some of the installments. Also, I want to emphasize that I love Sylvia Day’s work, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series. Okay, I’m going to stop this review now. Stay tuned for another post.
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