captivated by you

Gideon and Eva’s relationship is one I feel for so strongly. I love their dynamic — these are two damaged souls, who both make their fair share of mistakes, but who love each other with every fiber of their beings, more than anything else in the world, and that love gives them the strength and courage to face their fears and work together to create a healthier and stronger relationship and future.

He buried his face in my throat. “Love you.”
Tears stung my eyes… “Tell me again,” I begged, holding on to him.
His mouth found mine. “I love you.”

Having the added bonus of Gideon’s POV in this book was such a thrill. The story is told in dual POV and I felt that seeing both sides of the story added so much depth at this point in the series.

When Sylvia Day first announced that this series would be extended to 5 books ages ago, my honest reaction was that, as long as she stayed true to these characters and didn’t create any “drama for drama’s sake” then I was quite happy that their story would continue on because quite frankly, these characters are SO complex and their relationship still has SO potential for future development that I’m thrilled to know what I’ll be able to follow along every step of their journey and not have it be rushed. So far, I’ve loved everything that Ms. Day has written and have absolutely no complaints about any part of this series. As long as the story continues in this fashion, then I’d be happy to read even another 50 Crossfire books.

I honestly just have so much respect for the way she’s handled the entire storyline of the series so far. Everything she’s written has just served to strengthen the story and the characters. I love that at the core of this series is centered around the idea and effort of building a stronger relationship, not tearing it down. The angst and heart-racing intensity comes from how much you care and feel for these characters. Gideon and Eva certainly are not perfect people, but I feel like their flaws make them feel that much more real, and their love and way they support each other is absolutely beautiful.

“Despite all he’d been though, he had such an amazing capacity to feel and to love. He’d saved me, in so many ways. I was going to do whatever needed to be done to save him, too.”

In every way, Captivated By You was a true Crossfire book. Even though I didn’t re-read the other books before starting this, I instantly reconnected to the characters and lost myself back in their story. I read the book in one sitting and could not put it down at all. The ending is exactly the same “kind” as the first 3 books. It leaves you at a point in their relationship where things are looking up for them and you feel like they’re headed in a better, stronger direction. At the same time, it leaves you eager for the next book, without leaving you hanging. I love the way these books end and have always been happy with them.

Gideon has been one of my favorite book heroes since Bared To You. I love that even though he’s powerful, successful, and dominating, we are also shown his vulnerable side too. This was made even more clear through his POV. This is a man deeply scared by his past, fighting nightmares in his sleep and memories when he’s awake, who has fallen desperately, passionately, all-concumingly in love with a woman who not only is the love of his life, but who also understands his pain and his past on a deep, personal level.

“I told you I was going to fuck this up. I’ll fuck up again. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, but God… I love you. I love you so fucking much. I can’t do this without you. I can’t live without you.”

Their path towards building a healthy relationship has never been easy but the strength of the foundation of their unwavering love for each other has given them a base to not only build up from but also to fall back on. No matter what, their love stays strong. And I love that. Theirs is a beautiful, intense, heart-wrenching journey filled with both mistakes and failures and accomplishments and progress. It’s passionate, addictive, and truly one of the best I’ve ever read. I absolutely adore this couple, I’ve loved every part of their story so far, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for them.

“You’ll never be without me. We’re going to grow old together. Die together. I’m not going to live a single day without you.”

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