I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Expectations can matter so much in how I feel about a book. I walked into this one, basically with no excitement at all. I was put off by the decision to expand the series from three books into five. I thought it would be either boring filler or unnecessary added misery for this couple that has already been to hell and back. I bought it and in my pique, let it sit on my shelf for more than a year, only to consider it again now that book 4 is out. With so much time and distance, my slate was basically wiped clean. And I actually ended up enjoying it.
Does that mean it wasn’t filler? I can’t say that exactly. There were maybe two big things that came out of the book, but for the most part, this is our chance to bear witness to more of Eva and Gideon’s relationship, as it mends in the aftermath of book 2. It’s not high-octane or soul crushing, the way the first two books were. It’s about healing, explaining, and moving forward.
If you haven’t read from this series, this is NOT the place to start. Go back and begin with Bared to You. Spoilers from the previous books are ahead.
We pick up here right where we left off, with Eva’s realization that Gideon killed Nathan to keep her safe and orchestrated their breakup to make it look like he had no motive. Learning this goes a long way to mending the tear in her that Gideon ripped with his staged reconciliation with Corrine. But a police detective is onto him, so even with a lack of evidence, Gideon and Eva must keep their relationship secret for awhile before they can make their way back together publicly. This, while Corrine tries to keep Gideon in her life and Eva’s ex tries to find his way back to hers.
There’s a lot of sex. A lot. And a staggering amount of dirty talk. If the c-word, for instance, bothers you… you may be in trouble here. But for these two characters, sex is their crutch. It’s how they prove to themselves that the other belongs to them. It’s part of their dysfunction –and believe me, they are very dysfunctional. The real question is, are they helping or hurting each other as they feed each other’s needs? I’m not sure we’re supposed to know the answer to that at this point.
Did we need an entire book to get them from Point A to Point B? No. But that didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy falling back into this world. The feelings Eva and Gideon have are so big. That’s probably a turn off for some people, but for me, it makes me feel deeply while I am reading. The dom and sub elements of the book don’t bother me here the way they do in other stories, because Sylvia Day really manages to sell it as something they both want, need, and revel in. It can get excessive, especially outside of the bedroom, but it’s supposed to be too much. It’s part of their issues.
Other reviews of this book run the gamut from one star to five and I can see why. For people looking for this story to move, they’re going to be disappointed. If they are looking for Eva and Gideon loving and angsting and screwing each other senseless, they’ll want to jump inside the book and roll around in it. For me, I am a bit closer to the second camp, though I can’t help but wonder how much this book would have rocked if Day could have driven through the story like a freight train and told the trilogy as intended. Regardless, it’s still pretty cracktastic. And I am curious to see what part of this story is left to tell.
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Entwined With You
by Sylvia Day
Release Date: June 4, 2013