Review: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

captivated by youReviewed by Jen

There is a reason this book has such mixed reviews. Whether you enjoy it will depend almost entirely on what you want from it. If you are looking for any kind of plot advancement, you will be very disappointed. Very little actually happens in this book, which is why some people consider it pointless filler. If you are looking for more Gideon, more Eva, and more of their inexhaustible reserves of angst and sexual stamina, you will love it.

The biggest draw here, in my opinion, is that the book is written is multiple POVs. Until now, it been  Eva’s thoughts and feelings that drove the series. Gideon was as much a mystery to readers as he was to Eva. But now, the author drops that wall and we get an up close and personal look at his dysfunction as we’ve never seen before.

What do we learn? Mostly that Gideon is utterly fixated on Eva and clings to her like his singular lifeline in a sea of emptiness and misery. I suppose that kind of overwhelming and crushing need might make some readers swoon, but for me, it only accentuates how dysfunctional both he and their marriage really are. Sylvia Day helps drive this home with the occasional voices of reason we hear in their therapists. They put into words what drives all that need and desperate desire.

There is a crazy amount of sex. But if you’re paying attention, you see the purpose it serves. Yes, it fans the flames between Eva and Gideon; it gives them security. But it’s also a great barometer of the emotional problems they both have. Remember when that therapist suggested they try not sleeping together? He could see it then. The sex is a crutch in so many ways, a band-aid. Gideon has so much beneath the surface. In fact, we do get memories of his abuse, cloaked in dreams, and it’s heartbreaking.

Eva is trying, but she is so immature. She knows things aren’t right, but she buys into the unhealthy dependency that Gideon “needs.” She’s like a wrecking ball sometimes, and how she acts with Cary and with Brett really show her misplaced priorities.

All of that said, there is something compelling about this couple. They make me want to believe they can come through all of this whole; that they can heal and love each other as whole people one day. And that when it’s all said and done, their encompassing love for one another eclipses the need that is so overwhelming for them here.

Did I love this book? No. I wanted things to happen. I wanted growth. That doesn’t happen. You could basically skip this book and jump to book five. If I would have paid 16 bucks for it, I would be kicking myself. But as a library read, with the right expectation, and the chance to get inside Gideon’s head, I don’t regret reading it.

I will read the last book when it comes out. I can’t imagine how Day will get these two to a healthy place, but I am hoping that we see the conclusion she envisioned before the series was stretched out this way. I’ll keep you posted.

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Captivated by You
by Sylvia Day
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Penguin

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