Review: Reflected in You by Sylvia Day

Reflected in You Sylvia DayWell, what to say, what to say.  Talk about an emotional book.  Gideon and Eva have now solidified their place in my list of favorite couples.  Talk about angst and passion!

Reflected in You starts right up where Bared to You left off.  Gideon and Eva have been together less than a month.  It is hard to believe it has only been a month when I feel like I have gone through much more than that with this couple.  I am not sure how to talk about the book because I do not want to go into the plot.  I think the plot is best if the reader experiences it as they read the book instead of having something in their head from the beginning.

At the beginning of Reflected in You Gideon and Eva seem about as solid as two completely screwed up people can be.  They have found a way to be with each despite the past that neither of them will share.  By default Gideon knows about Eva’s past but Gideon is closed up tight when it comes to his secrets.  What starts of as solid slowly erodes when Eva’s insecurities crop up.  Not knowing about Gideon’s past is causing Eva to lose trust in what they have.  At that point, Gideon had not given her any reason to be insecure but because of how messed up these two people are, it happened.

Gideon always came after me…because I was always running.  My recovery was so fragile that I’d learned to protect it at all costs.  When something threatened my stability, I ditched it.

I think this was the beginning of the downward spiral that took place in the rest of the book.

The first half of the book made me feel like a yo-yo.  One minute I was thinking Eva was a whiney brat.  The next I was thinking Gideon was a closed off brute.  I bounced back and forth between the two so much I started to get whiplash.  I wasn’t sure I could take a whole book of their insecurities.

Then the second half got good.  The second half was hard to read because it was so emotionally painful.  Gideon and Eva are put through the ringer.  For most of the book I didn’t have an issue with it being in first person from Eva’s pov however there were times I wished I could hear Gideon’s voice.  I wanted to know what was going through his head and why he was doing what he was doing.  I know there were times when I was cursing him.  Loudly.  But I think Ms. Day is right to only have Eve talk because that made the end that much more shocking.  Where the end of the book was going was pretty obvious.  It wasn’t hard to figure out what happened but the how it happened floored me.  Let me just say that Gideon is a diabolical genius.

One small thing bothers me.  When Eva sees Corrine come out of Crossfire fixing her red lipstick she runs up to confront Gideon. He has just come out of the shower, furniture is messed up and he had lipstick on his shirt.  What was going on with Gideon? We ‘know’ he didn’t sleep with Corrine but what happened? Why the lipstick and shower?  I feel like I was left hanging on this problem.

Overall, I really liked this book.  Really.  I like the push and pull between our couple.  I like it because it made me hurt.  I ached for Gideon and Eva and when I read so many books that only inspire a passing emotion in me, I grab onto the ones that make me feel like this.  Once I picked this up, I couldn’t put it down.  Sleeping was even optional with this hot thing in my hands!  Final grade- A-

Favorite Quote:

“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.”


Rating: A-
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
October 2nd 2012 by Penguin Group
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Comments

  1. Mandi says

    Good point about the lipstick/couch thing…what really did happen? What was on Gideon’s shirt if not lipstick..I’m confused.

    Otherwise I liked this one much more than I thought I would. I love how it ended. Sylvia Day went there. She really, really went there. I didn’t think she would. LOL.

    • says

      Pretty crazy, huh? I loved the ending when he came back to his condo and found her on the floor there. What a scene.

    • Clare says

      it is blood on his shirt from Nathan!! nathan was the unexpected appointment and they got into a fight, if you go back to the scene, it says there it was a bright red smudge of lipstick like a blood stain there is the clue!!!!! i only got it on my second read when i was going back over it!!!

      • Kelly says

        Clare is right. It’s Nathan’s blood. This is a great book to read twice – you catch more detail. Corrine coming out of the Crossfire is a coincidence at this point. Can’t wait for the last book!

  2. says

    Oh great review Jen. I’m glad this one picks up where BTY left off because I felt like BTY ended abruptly.

    It’s so weird that I like this very jealous couple. I can’t wait to read this one.

    • says

      I did end up getting the answer after the fact too. What Ms. Day said makes sense and made me feel a lot better about that particular part.

      • teel says

        Great review. I hope alot of questions get answered in book three. The lipstick. 2. Why is Corrine staying around the corner? I don’t think Gideon did the act . Guess I will be waiting until Dec 31

  3. Meg says

    I do have a lot of respect for Day after this book….I couldn’t put it down!! I read it in a VERY emotional 5 hours! My only concern….I hope that detective isn’t setting up Gideon. I’ll be devastated! December 31….where are you?????

  4. jenny says

    the release date of entwined with you has been moved from december the 31st to the 7th of may 2013. i.am.pissed. fucking.pissed

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Reflected in You by Sylvia Day ** [AMZ - BN - S - K] The much anticipated follow-up to Bared to You did not disappoint and if anything I though it was better than the first book.  Several times during this book I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest and plopped on to the table next to me.  I might give my pinky finger for Entwined to You at this point.  See my review here. [...]

  2. [...] Reflected in You by Sylvia Day ** [AMZ - BN - S - K] Goodness gracious…he did WHAT??  Oh Ms. Day, how I love Gideon and Eva.  I spent most of this book railing at Gideon for what he was doing to Eva.  At one point my chest was starting to ache I was so upset for her.  I should have known better.  The scenes where Gideon tells her to wait for him?  Ack, I was gasping.  Crazy, crazy ending to this book and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on Entwined to You.  I am very anxious to see where Eva and Gideon go from the shocking revelations at the end of Reflected.  See my review here. [...]