Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Posted January 12th, 2015 in book review / 24 comments

Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia DayReflected in You by Sylvia Day
Publisher: Berkley on October 23, 2012
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Pages: 338
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-stars

Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession...

I've been a bad bird. This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years old due to its use of sexual content, substance use, and/or violence. Come be a bad bird with me!

At A Glance

The on and off was a bit much, but I really enjoyed the story.

The Good

It’s funny because Gideon and Eva annoyed the crap out of me in this book, but in the end I didn’t care, I still like them. Gideon is melodramatic and completely closes himself off to Eva. Like no commination. I didn’t like this hot and cold Gideon as much. His behavior is explained at the end, but we have to wait the whole book to understand why he’s acting the way he is. So frustrating, but it kept me reading. Because any book that can make me feel such strong emotion is pretty awesome in my world.

Eva is crazy jealous of anything with a vagina within 10 feet of her man, and pretty much wilts when she isn’t together with Gideon. But I was proud of her for sticking to her guns while Gideon played Jekyll and Hyde. She didn’t let him get away with much, even when it broke her heart.

Reflected in You is an intense and emotionally read. Lots of feels, lots of almost tears. The plot interested me a lot this time. Talk about surprises. I see Gideon in a whole new light now. I think there will be a lot of healing from this point on.

The Bad

Seriously! The back and forth about killed me. On, off, on, off, on, off, on, off, on off, on, off, on, off. See how annoying that sentence was? That’s how annoying Gideon and Eva’s relationship was in this book. They fought, they had sex, fought, sex, lather, rinse, repeat. A person can only take so much of that. This whole book frustrated me to no end…..but sometimes I liked it.

The Snuggly

I still think the sex is hot, but I started to skim some of the sex scenes. There are just so many and I was more interested in the story.

Final Thoughts

I feel like the Crossfire books are impossible to rate. I could have easily given this book 3.5 stars because of how frustrating it was, but I am also a bit obsessed with these books so I want to give this one 4.5 stars. Maybe it’s really a 4 starrer? Still no idea. Very recommended anyways.


“The only way I’m keeping my hands off her is if I’m dead. Find another way to fix us.”  


“I’d rather argue with you, angel, then laugh with anyone else.”  


“People get over love. They can live without it, they can move on. Love can be lost and found again. But that won’t happen for me. I won’t survive you, Eva.”  


“I couldn’t imagine that I’d ever fall in love again like I had with Gideon. For better or worse, he was my soulmate. The other half of me. In many ways, he was my reflection.”


“I didn’t know I was looking for anything until I saw you.”  


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24 Responses to “Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day”

  1. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    This series is one of my guilty pleasures in audio which reminds me, I still have the most recent installment waiting for me on my iPhone. The back-and-forth is definitely frustrating, but I just love the characters so much that I’ll pretty much forgive them anything.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yup, that’s how it’s going with me. Damn them! They really have me by the lady balls.

  2. Lekeisha

    I’m so going to buy the boxed set on my next purchase. I’m sick of being the only one who hasn’t read them. Anyway, I’m in bed sick now. I think you cyber-gave me whatever it is you had. LOL! I had to call out from work which shocked the hell out of my supervisor. I’m off to read now.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Awwww, that sucks. I hate being sick. I went 2 and 1/2 years before I got sick over new years. I hope you feel better. At least you get to read!

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I’ve gotta say the fact that you were more interested in the story says so much. I know you love a good sex scene, so that means the writing of the plot has to be great. The back and forth, on and off would drive me crazy, but at least you were interested through the whole book. Great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I know! I skipped the sex, It’s like hell froze over. I did like this story. There could have been a little more plot, but the story still sucked me in.

  4. Braine Talk Supe

    Correction: after this book I semi-quit the series.

    The angst pissed me off but the concert sex was unbelievable! I now try to spot people that might be having sex when I watch one LOL.

    I don’t remember much of the details but I recall a stalker or something? I vaguely remember I was underwhelmed by that, I hoped it was more but it got quashed pretty quick.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Awww, that sucks, but I can see what you mean. I think it could have easily went either way. I was either going to love it or hate it.

      I totally saw people have sex one time at a club. Yuck!

  5. Christy

    lol .. oh boy. I’m both put off and pulled in. I like books that frustrate you, but you still really like it. I’ll probably read these though. I can’t resist!

  6. Lupdilup

    I really enjoyed this one too Jennifer! And if remember correctly so much more than the first one… I wasn’t completely sold on Gideon in the first book.
    Great job, well said 🙂

  7. Red Iza

    When I read it ages ago – or so it seems – I remember loving book #1, liking a lot book #2 (yes, the back and forth is annoying !) and giving up on it at book #3. I didn’t even try #4. I wish the ex-trilogy had been only 2 books, I bet it would have been great !

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, my book #3 review is not going to be as good. I think #2 was more a 4 starer now that I have had time to think about it.

  8. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    LOL the on off on off so made me chuckle. I know a couple like that in high school and holy cow yeah they drove us batty but they got the last laugh. Married 10-ish years now and doing good. Heh.

    Glad to see you’re enjoying these 😀

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