Series: Crossfire #4
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: November 18th, 2014
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
“Take me. Take all of me. The good and the bad. Everything. Take it all.”
I don’t really want to write this review. I have this unintentional guilt at not liking this book because of how Sylvia Day has been vilified over the extension of this series and the delay of each release. I, for one, was ecstatic when I heard we were getting not just one but two more books! I have been a fan of Eva and Gideon’s fucked up relationship from the beginning. Sure, I’ve had to suspend reality when it comes to the sex (like really, 10 times a day? Maybe that’s an exaggeration but I don’t know anyone that could bang that much and not have rug burn/broken genitals) but overall it’s a well written and intriguing story to follow. Or at least it was until this installment.
“Don’t hang up. For God’s sake, Eva, we’re married . We’re in love. There’s no shame in that. So what if it’s crazy? It’s us . It’s who we are. You need to come to grips with that.”
I hate to say it, but Captivated By You feels like filler. I mean NOTHING happened plot wise to further this story along. Not even the addition of Gideon’s POV could have saved this book from itself. Spoiler alert: Gideon and Eva fight, they fuck, fight some more, they fuck, Eva walks out, Gideon chases here, they fuck, Cary has a meltdown, they fuck, repeat.repeat.repeat. If you were hoping to see any growth from any of the characters, or anything else that didn’t involve Eva and Gideon riding each other like it’s going out of style, you are out of luck.
“I’m so in love with Gideon. He’s changed my life in so many ways. He makes me feel beautiful and precious. I know it seems too fast, but he’s the one for me.”
I don’t think it’s too much to expect a good story, especially from this genre. There are plenty of erotic series (Original Sinners by Tiffany Reisz or Songs of Submission by CD Reiss) that manage to not only feature some super steamy sexy times but still give you a story. Despite the “smut’ connotation some of the most powerful stories are in this genre. But this book? It feels like sex for the sake of it. It doesn’t further the plot, it doesn’t enhance the relationship between the characters. It more or less feels cheap and dirty. At this point in the game I have no doubt I’ll read the last book. Why? Because as disappointing as Captivated By You is, I need resolution. Will I be skimming the sex scenes (basically 80%) of the book? Probably. Despite Ms. Day’s ability to write a hot scene I still need something more to keep me happy and sadly I didn’t find that in this.