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Review: One With You by Sylvia Day

on May 23, 2016

One With YouOne With You (Crossfire #5)
Sylvia Day
Penguin Books AUS
2016, 462p
Copy courtesy of the publisher

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

And so with this book, the Crossfire series has come to a conclusion. A quick glance back through my blog tells me I reviewed the first title, Bared To You in July of 2012 so it’s been almost four years! In that time we’ve seen Gideon and Eva go through a lot and come out the other side each time.

The Crossfire series was originally supposed to be a trilogy but I suppose the sales figures of the first couple plus the success of books like 50 Shades of Grey meant that it was restructured into five books. Now that everything is finished, I do have to wonder if that was the right thing to do for the story.  In the fourth book Day obviously knew something a bit fresh and new was needed and so she introduced Gideon’s point of view, alternating chapters with Eva. This continues in this novel as well but to be honest, it’s about the most interesting thing that happens.

I have enjoyed this series, been able to put aside the flowery descriptions of love and how hot everyone is and how much sex they can have without everything feeling like sandpaper because there’s been other things going on for me to focus on. In this book there’s precious little else going on – Gideon and Eva love each other a lot, we get that. The past four books have cemented it well. Both of them are hot. Eva is blonde with big boobs and Gideon is dark with blue eyes and hung like a horse. I know. It’s all been hammered out to me before. In this book it happens an awful lot more because Eva quits her job so she can focus on basically planning the society wedding she and Gideon are going to have for other people. And for a workaholic billionaire, Gideon only really works when he feels like it which leaves him plenty of time to sleep with Eva and talk about how beautiful she is and how he wants to protect her from every single thing that could possibly happen to her.

I don’t know where this book was going. Nothing happens for about the first half and then it goes off on a weird tangent involving Eva’s mother that was not only not foreshadowed previously but seemed to have very little bearing on anything anyway. And then what happens towards the end just comes out of no where and makes so little sense that it’s hard to even comprehend it. There are so many reasons for why someone might attempt what this person attempted but the one that the author chose to go with was so weak and uninspired and so ridiculously unbelievable. Gideon does something stupid and doesn’t inform Eva of a devastating impact of the event, pretending she didn’t hear anything and then drugs her (I’m assuming, he makes her drink something) so that she’ll go to sleep and he has time to prepare himself for telling her. Gideon, you can’t protect Eva from life. People will come and go, be born and die and no matter how much money you have, you can’t stop that. And despite the fact that the entire series has made a huge thing of Eva not liking Gideon lying to her, she basically doesn’t care an iota when she finds out he lied to her. The whole thing was just bizarre.

Other things are begun and then abruptly dropped or go nowhere, like the story line involving Gideon’s brother Christopher. The reader never really learns what was going on concerning him and the attempt to resolve their hostile relationship within a few pages was sloppy. The same could be said of Gideon’s confrontation with his mother, which is anticlimactic and doesn’t at all come close to addressing the sort of abuse and neglect that Gideon experienced because of his mother’s actions and her dismissal of his claims. Instead his mother storms in to defend Corinne and can she just go away already because Corinne has been done to death. Thankfully Gideon steers the conversation away from Corinne and she doesn’t actually appear in this book because her scenes and the conversations about her have been repeated many times. How do the women in Gideon’s life all come unhinged so easily? There are so few positive portrayals of women in this series. Monica, Eva’s mother is a vacuous social climber who smothers and oppresses Eva, Eva was abused, Gideon’s mother is horrid, his exes are jealous and interfering at best and borderline experiencing psychosis at worst. I didn’t really notice this until I sat down to write the review, but Eva doesn’t even have one good female friend when she moves to New York. She does make a couple of good friends but mostly her life has seemed to revolve around Cary.

I have to admit, I am a little disappointed in the final installment. It felt very much like it was padded out with a lot of filler and there wasn’t much happening until almost the end and then it went off on a tangent that made so little sense. I do feel it leaves the reader with the feeling that Gideon and Eva are sure to make it, but to be honest, I never had too many doubts about that throughout the series. Their conflicts were just enough to make things painful for them, not to make me truly believe that either of them would ever seriously leave the other. But overall this book gives me the impression that the author really did struggle to stretch the story out to five cohesive and well structured books, which was a shame. The first three books were really quite good but I’m not sure the fourth and the fifth overall, were really necessary.

5/10

Book #116 of 2016

 

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One response to “Review: One With You by Sylvia Day

  1. Sonya Heaney says:

    Honestly, I think Day totally lost interest in her series a couple of books ago, but had to finish it.

    The lack of positive female characters has bothered me from book one (which is the worst for that – at least in later books she gets a couple of friends!).

    I love the beginning of this series, but the last book has more beginnings than ends.

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