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One with You Paperback – April 5, 2016
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Prolific erotic romance author Day's fifth Crossfire novel brings the story of Gideon and Eva to a satisfying conclusion. The couple, now wed, are attempting to keep their marriage secret until they can celebrate with their loved ones, but multiple threats by vindictive people from their pasts undermine that effort. Savvy in business and social media, the two lovers cleverly combat their enemies while also managing to nourish their personal relationship through therapy, friends, and steady integration into each other's families. Narrating their stories in alternating chapters, Eva and Gideon relate their explosive physical attraction, their appreciation of how they help each other heal old emotional wounds, and their ever-increasing mutual trust. In one particularly moving scene, when Gideon desperately begs Eva to believe that he did not cheat on her despite what looks like incriminating evidence, her simple "I believe you" offers a stark contrast to his childhood experience of being disbelieved when he reported abuse. Glamorous people, swanky settings, steamy sex, and passionate married love make this a heartwarming, gratifying conclusion to the series. (Apr.)\n
"Gideon and Eva's complicated relationship plays out with hurt, passion, obsession and most importantly, love. Day's writing is flawless and carries readers on the journey of these two broken characters toward each other and the all-consuming emotions that leap out of the book. A wonderful story written by a master storyteller!" - RT Book Reviews, Five Star Gold
"By not holding back any punches and truly saving the best for last, Sylvia Day has given these characters the ending they've always deserved, the ending I've always hoped for, the perfect conclusion to a story that remained poignant and electrifying until the very last page. And even though nothing could have ever truly prepared me for the end of a series that has meant so much to me for so long, a spectacular send-off such as this helps in no small measure." - Natasha is a Book Junkie, 6 Stars
"This was one of my most highly-anticipated books of the year and it delivered everything I'd hoped for and more!! ...I was left with such a full-filled and satisfied feeling that I couldn't be happier with the way their story concluded. Sylvia Day really did justice to this series because the ending was gorgeous. I truly loved it and highly recommend the Crossfire series to everyone as a top favorite!!" - Aestas Book Blog, Top Favorite
"What I loved best about this finale was how intimate and emotional it felt. We get that wonderful happy ending we've been longing for, cheering for, but their happily ever after is just beginning. They'll surely encounter more difficulties, as well as celebrate many, many moments of happiness. And perhaps that's what I most loved about this book... it may be the end of the series, but it's not the end of their story, and that's a wonderful thing to think about." - Vilma's Book Blog, 5 Stars
"Day's fifth Crossfire novel brings the story of Gideon and Eva to a satisfying conclusion. Narrating their stories in alternating chapters, Eva and Gideon relate their explosive physical attraction, their appreciation of how they help each other heal old emotional wounds, and their ever-increasing mutual trust. Glamorous people, swanky settings, steamy sex, and passionate married love make this a heartwarming, gratifying conclusion to the series." - Publishers Weekly
"Gideon and Eva’s complicated relationship plays out with hurt, passion, obsession and most importantly, love. Day’s writing is flawless and carries readers on the journey of these two broken characters toward each other and the all-consuming emotions that leap out of the book. A wonderful story written by a master storyteller!" - RT Book Reviews
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I think the really weird "what???" was the storyline turning to Monica and her life, or rather prior life. The explanation was rushed and didn't add a lot to the story.
If you are looking for "What happened to Cary/Trey/Baby Mama", you won't get that answer. There is no conclusion there. Who knows if she has the baby, if there really is a baby, if the baby is really Cary's??? Trey is around but not in the picture at all. Cary was just kind of left in the wind.
Gideon and his mother's relationship never resolved. There was a hint of why his brother Christopher hated him so much, but really no resolution there either.
At one point, Eva shows up with a dog, like Gideon is the type to have a dog, any dog. But she shows up with what I assume is a small dog, a puppy from the description. Somehow, the dog has the miraculous sixth sense of a well trained, much older, much bigger, therapy dog for people with PTSD. This dog knows to wake Gideon and even at one point Eva from bad dreams and comfort them. This dog pops in and out of the story like an after thought. Another storyline without a lot of substance.
And of course, there was the usual pop up of the scorned females Gideon had been with, constantly being thrown in Eva's face, and leaving us with more questions. Was the tell all book written? What happened to Anne after her latest stunt? More snips of small pop up storylines that were left incomplete.
In the end, I was left with one big question mark and disappointment. I truly believed Sylvia Day would finish this series off in grand fashion, showing Gideon and Eva has a strong, powerful couple that fiercely ruled New York. Instead, she went with Groundhog Day and nonsense.
So, I'll keep some of my original review at the end. But here is my new review. Only the very beginning of the book is where I used a spoiler. I didn't give anything away about the body of the story.
One mild spoiler from the first section of the book.
The one thing I was happy about is that the doctor immediately deflated Eva's ego by telling her what she was doing was emotional blackmail. Especially since Eva had just accused her mother of the same thing when Monica got upset until she got her way with Stanton. And Eva was very hateful toward her mother.
Also, she was so sure that she was right, and by forcing Gideon to share something he wasn't emotionally ready to share, that she had fixed the marriage, because, in her mind, it was him that needed fixing. She just needed to hurt him in order to get her way. When she found out (and how stupid was she really?) that she had pushed him into a corner by blackmailing him, she got all teary-eyed. It goes from there.
I feel like that should have been the end of book 4 actually.
Then book 5 should have picked up a few months later with Eva working at Crossfire with Gideon. Then she could continue her career goals while contributing to her own company with her husband. That way she could show her intelligence and strength. And they could have faced their enemies together and tied up all those plot lines: LanCorp, Corinne and the tell-all book, the reporter, Christopher, Dr. and Ann Lucas, etc. We could have seen her still interacting with her friends: Mark and Stephen's marriage, her friend who was abused, Stephens sister, etc.
Cary was supposed to move into the apartment at the penthouse. We could have followed his relationship with Eva and Gideon, and found out what happened with him and Trey, as well as the model who was supposed to be pregnant. Was she pregnant? Or did she have it aborted? Was the baby actually Cary's? Would Cary and Trey actually have a chance at a real relationship?
We could have seen Eva standing by her husband's side while he finally confronted and came to terms with his family. His nightmares weren't going to stop until he worked out the years of betrayal he had carried around with him. We needed to find out why Christopher hated him so much. There were also tidbits in the other stories about a history of Christopher's behavior that went far beyond the few things we were told about. Those needed to come to light and be dealt with.
That's what book 5 should have been about. How is Eva standing by her husband's side? How is she stronger and smarter? How is she going forward with her career? All those loose ends from all the unresolved plots should have been taken care of - and in a rational, believable way.
Unfortunately, if you're looking for any of these things in book 5, you will be sorely disappointed.
What you will see is lazy writing, irrational story resolutions, plot holes, and characters who only vaguely resemble the people you have come to know in the previous four books.
Some reviewers complained because they felt nothing was resolved. My feeling was that the author was giving us a big "just kidding" - all that drama in the past 4 books - no big deal. It's nothing to worry about. Forget about it.
You might as well. The author did. All the things that were insurmountable in the last few books weren't even worth a moment's worry or thought to the characters any longer.
Lancorp? - just kidding - they weren't really a problem
Corrine - No worries. She's really no big deal. Tell-all book? Moving on; nothing to see here.
And on and on. All that drama we were waiting to be tackled - just wasn't. Not a worry any longer. Not a problem in their lives. Just not there.
Another reviewer pointed out that Gideon and Eva played around with mild BDSM in the other books. Nothing hardcore, but spanking and the swing. That was never brought up again. It wasn't part of their sex life. Did he just take down the swing and toss it in a closet? It suddenly wasn't part of his personality any longer. Why? Now they're Mr. and Mrs. Vanilla Sex living happily ever after on his money? She couldn't care less about a career? Maybe accepting an award for the company would be okay, or commenting on a game the company is putting out? And she's all satisfied? Were those even the same two people in the Crossfire Series?
There were actually a couple of places where there could have been angst or a bit of drama or plot - but the first incident was cleared up in a couple of paragraphs. The second incident was cleared up in a couple of pages.
And the ending plot twist was lame and ridiculous. It barely made sense. Once the reviews start really coming in, and spoilers are given out, I would be interested if anyone can explain to me how anything about that scenario was logical.
The Epilogue ?
I'll ask the question again - Who were these people and what did she do with Eva and Gideon?!
Dr. Lucas was a big part of the story up until the last 15% of the book. She just all of the sudden was written off very quickly. Also the big climax of the book made no sense to me. I feel like the Sylvia Day was just looking for things to add to the book to make it long enough. We went through the whole wedding planning stages and then the wedding didn't even happen. I am not sure what the point of this book even was. The epilogue was a huge disappointment. Definitely the worst of the series.