Before I say anything, I have to say how ferociously I loved this book! It was amazing! Literally incredible. It was fantastically written with such thought for detail and beautifully descriptive - of all the things I most wanted to see and know. My favourite thing about this series is the way that Eva and Gideon really do come across as real people; even in how they deal with their issues. There's reality in this story. Even down to the bad choices they make. And that makes you love them even more. When Gideon withholds the truth from Eva to protect her even when he knows its a bad idea, when he feels her pull away from her and feels he needs her to need him - there's an almost selfishness in his need to help her - but it's the most unselfish sort of selfishness. It's real and it's true and that makes it memorable.
I love the character development of some of the other characters; like Monica, although I think Carey could have had a bit more to him. The relationships between Gideon and his family's development and progression was well worth reading too. It would still be nice to get to know his siblings a bit better though.
Day has such a way with words too. Her descriptions leave me dying to know her characters that little bit better. "He would never be just a man. He was ferocity sheathed in elegance, perfection veined with flaws. He was the nexus of my world, a nexus of the world." "Gideon Cross was as deep and vast as the ocean, and I had feared drowning in him from the moment I first saw him." Gideon is perhaps one of my favourite alpha males of all time and seeing him face his issues head on was an incredible turn on. Gideon Cross is without a doubt a sight to behold; "Whether Giideon was dressed casually or in the bespoke three-piece suits he favoured, the power of his leanly muscular body was unmistakable. The way he held himself, the authority he wielded with faultless control, made it impossible for him to ever fade into the background. New York swallowed everything that came into it, while Gideon had the city on a guilded leash." I might be in love with Cross.
I've decided that I will have made it when I can write as good as Day. I mean seriously, this book was finished in just short of two days and that's with me going to work. I barely ate. I couldn't sleep. I was intoxicated by the images that the words created inside my head. It was heaven. It was hot and seductive but also deeply sweet and lovely. "Her happiness was vital to me. It was the wellspring of my own contentment, the weight that balanced my equilibrium and kept me steady." How could you not love Gideon Cross when he thinks things like that????
When I finally got to the epilogue I stopped reading. I couldn't go any further. I needed a break. I didn't want my time with Eva and Gideon to be over... so I sat and dreamt and wished and craved them a minute longer until I was ready to say my goodbye and what a perfect good bye it was. It left me without any doubts that their future was completely their's and it was going to be incredible. But for once in my life, I didn't feel a need to know more because there was an almost peace - something a book had never given me before. It was 100% complete. Day put it perfectly in her closing note:
It's always difficult to say good-bye at the end of a journey, and to part ways with companions you've come to love. Saying farewell to Gideon and Eva is bittersweet. I've spent many years with them and hundreds of thousands of words (One With You is the longest novel I've written in a career that spans a dozen years!), and yet now that Crossfire is over, I know Eva and Gideon are ready and able to go forward with their lives on their own. Whatever help they needed from me, they don't require it any longer...
Well as sad as it is to say goodbye, I think goodbye was said very well by author and characters a like. Thank you Sylvia for the most beautifully moving, hotly irresistible, truthfully raw, tormentingly broken story of love that I have perhaps ever read! I will miss Gideon and Eva.
I give this book five out of five stars.