Reflected in You

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Reflected in You (Crossfire, #2)Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two of the Crossfire series takes readers on an emotional roller coaster.

Secrets from the past are revealed and new secrets are hidden. Events and people from Gideon and Eva’s past resurface causing havoc in their present and possibly destroying hopes of a future. This book has the power to leave you mentally and emotionally exhausted, but I see that as very good thing with any book.

With that said, my main issue with this book was Eva. Her and Gideon are both ridiculously high maintenance and in need to constant reassurance. Eva, however, takes it to a whole new dimension. She wants Gideon to flay himself open and reveal all the trauma of his past. He has never coped with what happened to him and has a hard time doing it now but she just can’t seem to understand that which is unreasonable. Yes, his past trauma clashes horrifically with hers but she won’t give him the time or space to deal with it.

Gideon on the other hand is so committed to her that when her past literally knocks on his door, he makes sure permanently eliminate the threat. However, when Gideon’s not too distant past breezes back into his life, Eva’s insecurity leads her to believe he has kicked her to the curb.

Eva finally takes a moment to step back and reevaluate what is going on with her, Gideon, and their pasts. Many things become clear when she thinks back over Gideon’s words and actions. Book two leaves us hanging on a precipice, eagerly awaiting the third book to see what happens next and how the events of this book will affect Gideon and Eva’s ability to move forward.

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Bared to You

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Bared to You (Crossfire, #1)Bared to You by Sylvia Day
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For those of us who read the Fifty Shades series, you notice very early on some obvious similarities to the Crossfire series. However, this will not keep you from enjoying the book. I agree with other review(er)s that this series is better written so far. There is also no BDSM element which was a turn off for some readers of the Fifty Shades series.

In Bared to You, we meet Gideon and Eva. Gideon is a young, rich, powerful, entrepreneur with a tormented past. Eva is young and spunky but she also is battling demons from her past that still haunt her and influence her life. This is the major deviation from Fifty Shades; both of the main characters have serious mental/emotional issues that hinder their relationship. The physical attraction between the two of them is almost instantaneous. It takes a good deal more work to make the rest of their relationship work. Gideon is willing to put in the effort to have a relationship, something he has never done before. Eva says she wants to have a relationship but she runs at the first whiff of trouble or whenever something makes her uncomfortable.

Can two abuse victims have a normal, functional relationship? I guess it depends on the definition of normal.

Bared to You does give us some good character development. You get a feel for the characters and how their pasts have played a major role in the making them the people they are today. You can’t really help but want Gideon and Eve’s relationship to work but the fast and furious development of their relationship does not seem to be in their best interest considering their pasts, at this point, but time will tell.

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Rogue Rider

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Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #4)Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the end of Lethal Rider, the threat of the demonic apocalypse is over when Thanathos stabs Pestilence with Deliverance sending him to Sheol. The only problem is that Reseph is stuck in hell not Pestilence. Unfortunately for Reseph, he remembers everything he did as Pestilence. Reaver rescues Reseph from Sheol, wipes his memory, and drops him back in the human realm. Jillian stumbles across him in the mountains and takes him in to care for him. Their efforts to figure out who he his brings trouble to their doorstep. Pestilence is still lurking under the surface waiting for any sign of weakness from Reseph he can exploit to take over again. In spite their having reservations, their relationship helps both of them recover from the trauma of Pestilence’s reign and gives Reseph the strength to keep Pestilence at bay.

It was great to finally get to meet Reseph after enduring Pestilence for three books. Reseph definitely lives up to the image the other horseman painted of him. We get to know him as he is getting to relearn himself.

We also finally find out who the horsemen’s father is. Be prepared to be surprised about that cornel of information…

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Finding the Dream

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Finding the Dream (Dream Trilogy #3)Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finding the Dream is the final book of the Dream Trilogy and is a very apt title for Laura’s story.

Laura Templeton, daughter of the Templeton hospitality empire, dreamed of having a fairytale life, the perfect husband, wonderful children, and a beautiful home. She thought she had found it at eighteen with Peter Ridgeway. Ten years later at twenty-eight, Laura found out her storybook life was a dream. Peter not only cheated on her but he also wiped out her bank account and their children’s accounts. Now at age thirty, she is still trying to bring some stability back to her and her daughter’s lives.

Enter Michael Fury, a childhood friend of Laura’s brother. He left the area to exorcise his demons but now he is back and trying to bring some stability to his own life. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, he ends up living on the Templeton estate. Laura’s daughter’s take to him immediately and vice versa. Unbeknownst to each other, Laura and Michael both had a crush on each other when they were younger. Michael makes his attraction known right off the bat. It takes a lot longer for Laura to own up to her feelings since she doesn’t have much experience with romantic relationships.

As a nice surprise we find out what happened to the love Seraphina lost and her hidden dowry.

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Fear the Darkness

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Fear the Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, #9)Fear the Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fear the darkness is the ninth book in the Guardian of Eternity series. This installment brings us Cassie and Caine’s story. Cassie is the sister to Harley, Reagan, and Darcy, the genetically altered were quadruplets. To make Cassie even more special, she is a true prophet, able to see the future, and the only one currently alive. Caine is a cur who died and returned a were. He died freeing Cassie from her imprisonment and has now become her protector. Being a prophet makes Cassie a highly prized commodity in the demon world. She is in most danger from the Dark Lord who is plotting to return to this realm. In this book the prophecy is fulfilled and everyone’s worst fears are realized, the Dark Lord returns. We find out if the Guardians are able to overcome him or if there is now hell on earth.

The relationship between Cassie and Caine is somewhat overshadowed by the confrontation with the Dark Lord but Alexandra Ivy still gives it its due. Caine tries to fit his attraction to Cassie. Once Cassie realizes he’s fighting it, she takes matters into her own hands and seduces him as best she can based on her limited knowledge of sex from romance novels she read during her thirty year captivity.

We get to revisit Styx, Viper, and Salvatore in this book along with their mates. We are also introduced to a couple of new characters, primarily Roke and Gaius, both vampires. Roke is the clan chief of Las Vegas and Gaius was introduced briefly in a previous installment as the traitor of the vampires behind the veil.

With the showdown with the Dark Lord behind us in the book, the series is open to take on a life of its own. The previous books all lead up to this one. The ending does not give us a clue as to what will come next or who the main character will be. We will just have to wait and see…

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