Just when I thought the rollercoaster was over….
This book, and this series is like a rollercoaster that will definitely give you motion sickness and whiplash.
Seriously though, I’m sitting here wondering what the big deal with Cross is.
Don’t get me wrong, I get it…he is…pretty fantastic, but the whiplash…it’s UNREAL.
Part of me feels torn with how I feel about this particular novel, what’s more is that there are three more books in the series… (Seriously Penguin…you couldn’t leave well enough alone and you had to push the author for a five book series -____- Sometimes I wonder if Sylvia Day would have made more money if she just stayed indie….maybe not). Don’t take the tone of my intro too seriously, I don’t think this was a bad book; I just think it had A LOT of things in it.
Happily Ever After finally seems attainable to the new Gideon, Eva, power couple. They still have a lot of demons to face and a lot of monsters in their closet but there’s nothing they can’t work out together. This relationship is new to them and opening up is difficult for two people who’ve suffered from abusive lives. Each day brings a new challenge and each day brings them another step closer. However, the arrival of Gideon’s ex, Corrine is less to be desired. It’s in Eva’s nature to be jealous and she has every right. But when Gideon starts sneaking around, spending more time with Corrine she questions his motives. First he’s one way and then another and then she doesn’t know what to think. Gideon is hiding something that, in Eva’s eyes, could ultimately destroy them.
Supertinynotevenreally Spoiler alert, which isn’t really a spoiler, more like a warning.
Nothing will make sense until like the last few pages of the book.
The reason I’m telling you this now is because my heart literally couldn’t take it.
I had a different anger in this book than the anger I felt for Kiera in the Thoughtless series by S. C. Stephens.
It wasn’t that I was angry at the moral choices the character made, I was just angry at Gideon’s actions in general.
I would have been exactly where Eva was….torn, broken, unsure, lost. Being in that hole DEFINITELY sucks and I don’t know how she stayed in there as long as she had. Holy crap, I would have lost my ish a long time ago…
“I’m obsessed with you, angel. Addicted to you. You’re everything I’ve ever wanted or needed, everything I’ve ever dreamed of. You’re everything. I live and breathe you. For you.”
If I had a boyfriend and he pulled the stuff Gideon pulled….OH MAN I wouuld have like…had a fit, like a serious fit, probably because I can’t put up with stuff like that. Like all the secrecy, all the distance, and the whole ‘trust me’ bit? NOOOOOOOOO that ish does not fly!
In the end it was worth it…but was it really, like to put someone through all that turmoil…
Ultimately, YES, but at the same time…NOOOO!! IT’S A BIG NO NO!
I get how communication wasn’t a thing in this book and I get the reason why but….no. Just. No.
I don’t blame Eva’s actions at all for anything that happens in this novel or series. I find her rather refreshing to be completely honest, and it’s not entirely too often that I enjoy female leads.
She is definitely a much better person than I could be, has a good head on her shoulders, and yes, has every right to react the way she did to everyone, especially if someone like Gideon is her boyfriend. That boy/man whatever has like…major issues… I love him, and I think he’s fantastic and hawt and just gorg but…he’s got some…issues….
“Maybe there were people out there whose love could survive anything, but mine was fragile. It needed to be nurtured in order to thrive and grow.”
The saving grace was the very end, I mean literally…the last few pages. I was almost sure we weren’t going to find out what Gideon was up to…and literally that was the only reason the book was tolerable. But I mean THE LAST FEW PAGES!?!? SERIOUSLY!?!?!
Gideon Cross is a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a leap of faith with him 😉
4/5 Hearts of Love