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I managed to read the book before this, Reflected in You, in about a day - so decided to give myself a couple of days break before I started reading this one. I think I managed about twelve hours before I gave in and started reading the third book in the series - first hour or so I got 100 pages in and decided to put it down to eat. That night however was a totally different story, within about 4 hours I'd finished it - that was a very late night but to be honest it was more than worth it!
So much for not reading it too fast!
~*~ Sylvia Day ~*~
Sylvia Day is a 40 year old American lady, who sits out there, in now her probably large house penning novels for us to read. Most notably recently, she's become well known author for her writing in the Crossfire series of books - however these books aren't the only ones she's written. Having written under two separate pseudonyms, this lady is the author of the Renegade Angels series, Dream Guardians and the Sapphire Series to name but a few. I had heard a lot about her other series' of books before I started reading the Crossfire series, but since I've never quite got round to reading them since university took over, but now I'm free again - the Crossfire series has come back into my sights and I'm really enjoying it again!
~*~ Characters ~*~
This time round Mr Gideon Cross, well he's changed in my opinion again - and by book number three my feelings towards him are slightly confused to be honest. In places I think he's probably the lovely protective man, but in others he makes me very annoyed and want to slap him. The character is very much on a par with Christian Grey by this point and I think my love for him at one point had disappeared but because characters give you a bit of emotional whiplash in this book - it's all poised to change any minutes by the actions they take. I don't think it's easy to really get a good read on how you feel about this character to be honest, but by the end you will have picked which side of the Cross fence you want to be on. Eva by this point doesn't really need to develop much more she's got to a stage now, where if you like the character you'll like her - if you don't there's very little chance you'll warm to her now. Personally through the books she's developed enough, and shown the reader she's got a back bone enough to make me see she's not quite as wet behind the ears as you'd think and that there's a bit more fight in here. This was what I saw in the previous book, but this one just reaffirmed it for me. In this book though, Cary - Eva's best friend, really does appeal to me a lot he becomes a much bigger part of the story and although he goes quiet in places, he's still vital to the way Eva and Gideon's relationship develops. For those of you that have read it, or are going to - Cary is the best friend I'd love to have. Eva's mother in this book, has developed into a bit of a crazy lady without giving too much away and if I'm honest by this point I don't really like her all that much, but along with varying smaller members of the character list - she plays quite an important part in helping the story plod along. No one in this book feels like they've just been dumped there, they all feel like they're integral to the development of the story.
~*~ Story ~*~
My only complaint by this point is that the story seems a little too predictable, you can see certain parts of this story coming and when they do they're not so spectacular you're taken aback by them - it's just exactly what you expect. I'm not going to tell you the plot of this book, but it does pick up literally the next day from the ending of the last book. So there is no skipped time in the gaps between the books which for me personally is a big bonus - because I don't feel like I've missed something along the way. From the moment you start reading page one of the book, you're literally thrown back into the action, you're back to being the camera on Eva's shoulder that somehow gives you all her feelings at the same time. There are a fair few twists and turns in this book, a few you might not quite expect to happen, similarly to the previous two books. This is counterbalanced by the bits that you can see coming without needing to be a clairvoyant, but it doesn't make the story any less readable. You've got your romance in the story and more than likely in places you'd never expect it to be, which isn't a bad thing - just a surprise more than anything else, especially when you see where the romance occurs. There are appearances in the story from characters that you thought Eva had seen the back of which really seem to slow the story down - but there's a really good reason for it. Not only have you got your romance, you've got a bit of crime, some health promotion for Aston Martin; and a good hint of the business world - nothing too in depth of course because that would detract from the relationship of Eva and Gideon and all the hurdles they have to overcome, and people they have to get past to make sure that it will work. Will Gideon and Eva make it?
~*~ Writing and Readability ~*~
This book as with the majority of the books out there that feature a lot of sex in, they're not going to go down as literary masterpieces - the thing with the Crossfire novels is, they work as standalone stories without the sex in, you could literally skip over every page of sex and the book would still make sense. You'd get through the book in half the time mind you, because this one has more sex in than either of its two predecessors which at times can be a little tedious, but it depends if you're reading it for the sex or if you're reading it for the fact you want to know what happens between the pair. I'm not going to lie I read it for a bit of both, and I think the fact that I don't mind the sex scenes in it are part of the reason I get through it so quickly. To be honest there's only so many times you can write about how you get laid, that reading it four or five times you've read pretty much every sex scene in the book. Either way I'm happy to read it, and it does make it a fairly easy book to read, you do need to make sure you're actually reading the bits between the sex scenes because they are important to understanding what goes on in the book - especially in this book because there is a lot of going backwards and forwards to contend with. For everyone that doesn't regularly indulge in books where the shortest word is because, this book is an average read - it's not going to take a massive amount of brain power to get through it, it will take more of your emotions than your brain power put it that way. However it's the kind of easy(ish) reading I enjoy, it's got a heady mix of everything you might imagine would be in a film at some point, romance, business, crime and most importantly apparently a lot of men for female readers to drool over. If you liked 50 Shades, you'll definitely like this, it's not the same, it's much better and you'll find the characters far less irritating and more relatable. Well sort of. We don't all land our dream job straight out of university as much as we'd like but it's believable, to a point - but go in with an open mind and expect things to be a little unreal, after all it's a book, and I think most will enjoy the Crossfire Novels.
~*~ Another book? ~*~
That was my first thought when I read this book, I was wondering if I was about to wave goodbye to a couple I've started to grow close to - but all I will say is for those of you about to read this book or trilogy. Read the page after the last page, you might be in for a surprise.
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I bought mine from Asda for £3.85 individually, well I actually got mine in the book 3 for £10 offer they have at the minute so I got a couple of books. Prices vary depending on where you buy it from, Amazon you can get used for a lot cheaper and eBay will do the same, it's all dependant on where you buy it from - but even for £4 it's more than worth it for a good read!