Well, 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-
“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.”