Book Review: Captivated By You by Sylvia Day


Title: Captivated By You (Crossfire #4)
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 368 pages
Rating: 3 stars

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.

Michelle's Review
I needed a few days to collect my thoughts regarding the 4th book in the Crossfire Series.  Why, because I know I may get some backlash or email hate mail (sorry Grace), but really this is my opinion.  Before I even started the book, on Twitter or on GR, I was seeing some negative comments.  I never rely on anyone’s comments, I have to judge for myself.  I will say this, I was very peeved that not only as a reader, I had to wait over a year to get book four and originally, the ebook price was at $9.99 but I then reduced to $7.99.  Was this book worth $7.99? Absolutely not.  I know that it was out of Ms. Day’s control on the price since she is now being published and it was also out of her control when the book would come out.  Having said that, in my opinion (and I may be wrong on this assessment so I apologize in advance), but whenever you have these big publishing firms now having your book and basically holding it hostage for whatever reasons, makes me think what was wrong with her original concept with book 4.

What I liked (sort of):
Well, we finally get Gideon’s POV.  In past interviews that I have seen with Ms. Day, she had stated that she could not get into Gideon’s head in the first three books.  Having read those same three books, I can understand why.  Gideon is a very complex man and his childhood wasn’t the best.  You all already know that he was abused by his psychologist, someone he was suppose to trust.  So when you read Gideon’s POV, I found him to be quite annoying. I get that he wants to protect Eva from all the people that are trying to make their relationship difficult.  But seriously, he can’t be Mister I Will Fix Everything and No One Is Going to Ever Hurt Us persona.  He still will not address his abuse issue (well not until 80% of the book, sorry for the spoiler, I can’t help it).  Also, how he goes about certain situations without discussing with Eva was equally frustrating because when the shit hits the fan, the man looks like he wants to crawl in the depths of hell thinking that this will finally push Eva away.  Grow a pair Gideon, she’s just as fucked up as you are.  Eva didn’t annoy me as much as in the previous books.  She truthfully does love Gideon and is overly protective of him.  Now do I think these two tortured souls should even be in a relationship, who the fuck knows.  I think that they are good for each, but with their fucked up past, I’m not even sure what to think. Gideon also likes to control everything with sex, STOP.

OMG can Corrine get over herself already sheesh.  Bitch, he doesn’t love you.  He was a real cold bastard, he will never love you as much or as indelibly as he does Eva.

What I didn’t like:
Waiting over a year for this book!  Gideon thinking he is the be all end all of everything.  Dude, you are a walking heart attack in the making trying to cover every corner, chill.  I wanted Gideon to come to terms with his abuse a little earlier rather than 80% into the book.  Without sounding like a total heartless bitch, I did feel for him at times, so let me get that out of the way.

I remember on Twitter Grace and I and a few others discussed what this book needed as a plot. What we need is freaking closure already. 

Oh and the Megumi situation, very anticlimactic.  I will say this, it was a little fucked up what she went through, but I was so seriously thinking something else was happening.

Will I read book 5?  Yes. I’m already invested into this series.  Ms. Day had to write book 5 since the Crossfire Series is being made for cable TV, but in my opinion, all of this should have been wrapped up in book 3. Hopefully, I won’t (and neither of the thousandths of readers out there) will have to wait over a year for book 5.  I will say this, Sylvia Day can write a good sex scene or two.  But these two characters are beyond insatiable.

– Michelle



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