one with you, by sylvia day

One-with-YouI’m a devoted fan of the Crossfire series and Sylvia Day, herself. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Day, and on top of being an incredibly talented author, she’s a very savvy business woman, and nice to boot. All of which is why it pains me to say this–I did not love One With You. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even like One With You. I have been a champion of the series’ continuation, beyond the formulaic trilogy, and in contrast to the many naysayers who thought it should’ve been 3 and done. I mean, if you love the characters, why wouldn’t you want more of them? Perhaps my expectations were too high. Or maybe I’m overlooking something that’s staring me in the face. I’ve waited a considerable amount time to post my review so I could truly reflect on it. I didn’t want to be rash but…

what went wrong…
Nothing gets resolved. Nothing. There is no closure. On anything. I would be fine if not everything was wrapped up with a tidy bow. But nothing? All of the answers you thought you’d get? Nope. Loose ends that you thought would be tied off? Not happening. AND to top if off, she throws in a very unnecessary twist. SO. NOT. NEEDED.

Eva and Gideon already had so much going on with their separation. Gideon’s ongoing conflict with his mother because she ignored his abuse. His parent’s conflict because his step-father Chris didn’t know. His newly forming bond with his sister Ireland. Eva’s resignation from a job she loved. Carey’s impending fatherhood. The tell-all Corinne was writing about her relationship with Gideon. You get the picture. Does any of that sound like yet another plot twist is needed?

I’m not sure what Day has in mind next. I realize this is the last book in the Crossfire series, but is it really? Does she have something else up here sleeve? It would seem to me that she has to, otherwise, wow, epic fail. Eva and Gideon spend the entire book reaffirming their devotion to one another, something we’ve known from Bared to You. And at that, it wasn’t even an intense affirmation. I mean Gideon, sexy billionaire, killed for Eva—he loves her, we get it.

the verdict…
Again, it’s killing me to say this but–don’t bother reading this book. I understand if, much like myself, you’ve been a loyal devotee and feel compelled to finish and see it through to the end. However, just know, that you could’ve stopped with book 4, drew your own conclusions, and had more closure.

Of all the books to get our lowest rating, I NEVER thought it would be this book…or anything from this author. UGH!!!

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captivated by you, by sylvia day

captivated_450I bought the first book in this series, Bared to You, during a weather delay in the Miami airport. Loved it! I have been a devotee of the Gideon/Eva story and subsequently Sylvia Day, ever since. Since I loved Entwined With You so much I was happy that there were more books forthcoming (unlike some…see Saturday’s post) and Captivated By You did not disappoint.

At this point, Gideon and Eva are outwardly together and living together full-time. They’re beach-side nuptials remain a secret and they continue to plan a wedding and move forward with their lives. But settling into life together isn’t as easy as one would expect even though money and beauty are a plenty.

The obstacles that Gideon and Eva face in this book feel real. Job pressures for her. New relationship angst for both of them. Controlling tendencies for Gideon. Captivated By You focuses more on Gideon’s struggles–with his past, his company, his family, and of course, how he deals with all of it in the face of being married to Eva.

This book was a very fast read for me. And while it does end in a cliff hanger–it’s a sweet cliff hanger that has me anxiously awaiting the next book, not only because I want to know what happens, but because I love the characters and want to see them get their HEA (happily ever after).

For the die-hard fans of this series, you will not be disappointed! And for the haters–to Sylvia Day I say, Shake It Off! (Come on, you had to see that coming…)

tara’s tips: Finally! I’m implementing a rating system. And this book gets 3 hearts.

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why are readers so angry with authors?

dog-confused-huh-150x150Let me start by putting it out there–I’m confused?!?! Said confusion was incited by the many posts I came across in reference to Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Readers/fans of this series are complaining about the fact that it’s been extended from 3 books to 5. WHY?!?! If you love a series, the writing, the characters–why are you flat-out angry that some of your most beloved heroes and heroines are having their lives extended by the author??? In many cases, like Raine Miller’s Blackstone series, Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno series, and Belle Aurora’s, Raw Family–the true fans were clamoring for more books; Reynard stated that was the whole reason he wrote the last book in the series–for the fans.

What about the Rizzoli & Isles books from Tess Gerritsen? James Patterson’s Alex Cross series? What if those were one and done? These writers have more story to tell so they do–because it’s what they do and what their readers want. Good plot-lines extending the sagas of the characters they love.

Yes, some series may have a natural end to them–it’s why my one of my most beloved tv shows, Sons of Anarchy, had its series finale last month (still haven’t recovered from that one…). But in the case of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, we’re talking 5 books–FIVE.

I have seen so many write ups about this series, in particular, being extended just for money, and/or in spite of it originally being slated to end after 3 books.

  1. Day is a professional writer (i.e. she writes to make money), books are the way she does that.
  2. Seriously, if you’re going to complain about an author doing the best she can to provide readers with a good book to read, maybe reading isn’t really your thing.
  3. Lastly, you don’t have to read the book! (Something tells me Day’s books aren’t on many ‘required reading’ lists. Solely due to subject/content matter, not because they aren’t awesome–which they are!)

There you have it. My first rant of 2015. I will now step off my soap-box. For authors out there, especially the independent ones–good luck to you all!

tara’s tips: My actual review of Captivated by You is forthcoming.