Series: Crossfire #1
Published by Penguin Source: Purchased
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, New Adult, Romance
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Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...
I think I’ve made it decently known that I really like Sylvia Day’s style of writing. I think she is a really good writer, but even with that I was a little apprehensive about picking up this series, and I will admit that up front. I read this series after finally hunkering down and reading FSoG (which I’m not sure I will ever review for the site), there are so many comparisons made online of this series to FSoG, so I was really kind of worried that I was going to hate the heroine in this story the same way, or think the hero was just an egomaniac who is beyond selfish. But the fact of the matter is every writer is different, so even if you can find parallels between the two series, the writing styles are just inherently different. I’m glad my faith in Day’s writing ability won out and I read this series, because at the end of the day I really did enjoy the read.
Things I liked about the first book in the series. I loved the first meeting between Gideon and Eva. I’m not sure I can even pinpoint why, but I know I liked it, and I know it stuck with me even when I was finished reading the book. I liked that both of the characters have some serious backstory, that is similar in some ways, its different in others. Both of these characters have a history of childhood abuse, and the thing I think that is kind of great about this book/series is it really highlights the very different ways that men and women cope with similar experiences.
I liked Eva. I liked her a lot. She’s intelligent and driven, she has a good working vocabulary (I’m so tired of dumb heroines who can’t speak in full sentences). I loved all the different dynamics she has with the various other characters in the book. Her relationship with her mother is very interesting, and then the relationship with her best friend is so widely different, but also great to read.
Gideon I liked for the most part. I liked that he is successful and works hard, and that he’s come a lot way to kind of get past his damaged past, although he hasn’t totally dealt with it. In this book my biggest issue is that he is way more on the jealous side then need me, and I think because he’s a bit emotionally immature he is also a bit controlling, but I think both of those things are just growing pains that will work themselves out.
This series is going to be five books long, so its not surprising that in this beginning book these two are experiencing some co-dependent issues and some beginning missteps they will have to find their way through. I thought this was a really good first novel to this series, giving just enough backstory while still moving the story forward. The writing is great, the plot is well organized, and the pacing was just right. If these types of book series are your thing, I would put this book at the top of your to read pile.