Sunday, January 4, 2015

Book Review: Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: Crossfire Series #4 

Now the #1 international bestselling author returns. The new Crossfire novel by Sylvia Day.

Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream... 

~ 4.5 – 5 Stars ~ 

NO SPOLIERS here. :)
I LOVE this series. Really, I do. I LOVE Gideon and Eva’s story – their emotional connection, their intensity, their passion…everything about them! In fact, if I loved Gideon before, I might be obsessed with him now. I absolutely ADORED him in this book. I really, truly enjoyed seeing his progress, his development…seeing him begin to really heal. I could feel his struggle, his pain. He was trying…really trying to be a better man, a complete man for Eva – for them.  *Sigh!!* I love him.

As a reader, I could clearly see what Sylvia Day has been saying about the last 2.5 books being focused on Gideon. On this 4th installment in the Crossfire Series, Captivated by You, we got to see Gideon overcome a lot of his demons. Granted, he still has long ways to go, but he’s definitely several steps closer to “getting there”. I loved how Sylvia Day focused more on his issues and how facing them, challenged not only him but, Eva as well.

As if Gideon and Eva’s issues weren’t enough, there were still plenty of people that believed they should not be together. This, of course, caused some drama throughout the plot – some which I liked and kept me turning the pages, and some I found to be dragged out and somewhat unnecessary. 

Both Gideon and Eva are damaged, broken souls trying to figure everything out. So while there were moments where Eva got on my nerves, it was also unfair to expect them or their relationship to be perfect. There were TONS of scenes where my heart ached and broke for them, especially Gideon. There was so much emotional angst!!! Sheesh!! Suffice it say, their relationship was still very much full of ups and downs. They still had A LOT of learning and adapting to do.  It was one heck of a roller coaster ride, for sure…and I enjoyed every hectic minute.

All in all, I loved this book, yes. Did I have issues with some of the details along the way? Yes, I did as well, but they weren’t enough to ruin my reading experience. As far as the ending goes, this book ended in a place where the wait for the 5th book, One with You, won’t be that bad. However, it didn’t make my list of favorite endings either (and I can’t really say why without giving spoilers away, so you will just have to read and find out what I mean). My issues is why I can’t give the book a full 5-star rating, but then again, I can’t give it 4.5 stars or less. So I guess, it’s somewhere in between, leaning more towards the 5 stars.

I LOVE GIDEON CROSS!!!!!!!!!! That is all. Happy Reading!

~ Crossfire Series ~ 

Bared to You, Book 1
6-Star Review:

Reflected in You, Book 2 
6-Star Review:

Entwined with You, Book 3
6-Star Review:

**Captivated by You, Book 4**

One with You, Book 5
Coming soon...


Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 27 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit the author at

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