The Crossfire series is now one of those polarizing collections where most people either gush uncontrollably about the books or spew buckets of hate over them. With this book, as with the last, I fall somewhere in the realm of meh. It has its moments. It gave me some of what I wanted. But it’s also meandering and self-indulgent. It manages to go both too fast and too slow at the same time, and in the end left me feeling… incomplete.
The big question I had at the end of the last book was about how Sylvia Day could turn this extremely dysfunctional couple into something resembling, well, not crazy. Basically, she spends this entire book focusing on that. It’s all about helping them (Gideon especially) get to a better place mentally and emotionally. And while it would be silly to think that he could heal without putting in the work, it also made for some less engaging reading. There’s a lot of therapy. There’s a lot of self examination. There’s a focus on making good relationship choices. There’s even a pause on the sex.
All of this is juxtaposed to the crazy that still exists in their lives. Ann. Gideon’s mom. Corrine’s book. The whirlwind of Eva and Gideon’s relationship. Their hidden marriage. Heck, even the big deal cessation of sex lasted less than two weeks and you’d think they abstained for two years.
And some threads came out of nowhere, like a disjointed story about Eva’s mom. It was like… wha? Others were introduced and left without resolution, like Cary’s relationship drama and the dynamic between Gideon and his brother. Still other threads wrapped up abruptly, giving answers, but little satisfaction.
Overall, I couldn’t really connect to what was happening in the book. I didn’t care, but I wanted to.
So you may be asking why I wouldn’t consider it all bad. Well, I’m still invested in the characters. Gideon especially. I may have been kind of bored by the plot, but this character still manages to draw me in. He’s magnetic. And while Eva is less so on her own, she is something special because of her relationship with Gideon. She is his oasis, and I want the man to find the peace that has eluded him for so long. I loved the moments he was able to leave behind all of his baggage. I loved the moments Eva came through for him emotionally.
I believed that somehow they were going to make it work in their own warped way. So in that sense, Day was successful. The HEA was there, and we can leave Mr. and Mrs. Cross, with the belief they complete each other. But looking at the books as a whole, it definitely left me wanting. Not wanting more, because the series needed to be over. Just wanting something else.
I don’t know. Some readers loved it for what worked. Others hated it for all that didn’t. I’m just glad I have some closure.
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One With You
by Sylvia Day
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin