Let me preface this post by saying that most of the romance reviews will probably come from me (I can almost hear Rightie's voice saying, "Probably?"). What can I say? I <3 romance stories. It's what got me reading in my early teens, and even though I stopped reading them for a long while, let's just say my affair with romance novels has been re-kindled, or should I say re-kobo'ed? HARHAR... So I thought it's only fitting that my first post is about what's got to be one of my most fave in this genre.
|Bared to You|
|Reflected in You|
|Entwined with You|
(all images via Goodreads)
I'll be frank when I say that when I read the first book, it kinda' reminded me of the other trilogy books (they that shall not be named) that came out just around the same time. After all, the reason I even heard about this book is because of its association with those other books. But after finishing the first book, I realized Sylvia Day has no need to ride in the coat tails of the other writer. Ms. Day is a prolific romance writer in her own rights.
To put it shortly, the series is about a story of 2 broken people, Eva and Gideon, trying to make their relationship work while going thru their individual healing process. As simple as that. Oh, then add the extra drama in between.
By the end of the first book, I was vested enough in the characters that I knew I'd be reading the rest of the series to find out what happens to them.
The second book further explores their relationship but now with more twists, courtesy of their pasts. Throughout the book, I couldn't help but fall in love with Gideon more and more. He's like your ultimate alpha hero. And Eva, despite her painful past, definitely shows some backbone, makes no excuses for the good things in her life, and knows how to fight for her man. It was nice to see the characters and their relationship slowly grow.
The third book, as far as I'm concerned, is the best one in the series so far. There are no extreme highs or lows in this book but considering what Eva and Gideon have gone thru in the first 2 books, I thought it was just right to see their relationship plateau a little, and just see it grow more as they go thru mundane tasks. There are still unresolved issues, with all the death, parents and friends. There were what appeared to be extraneous details or drama, but what may be extraneous in this book, I trust Ms. Day will make its purpose known in the 4th and 5th book (a controversy as it turned out as this series was originally supposed to be just a trilogy... but hey, you won't be hearing any complaints from me, that's for sure).
The ending is not your typical grand HEA, but with all 3 books, the ending is always on the hopeful note.
If nothing else, if I have to summarize why I love this book (and series) in one word, then that's easy. GIDEON. (swoon)