CAPTIVATED BY YOU
Crossfire Series #4
Penguin/Berkley 18 Nov 2014
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… http://www.penguin.com/book/captivated-by-you-by-sylvia-day/9780425273869
Oh, I will probably get a raft of skata for this, but I had a hard time forcing myself through this story. It seems like this couple can do nothing new and have to hash through the same problems and face constant threats from both Gideon’s and Eva’s pasts.
I guess problems do not disappear just because they seem to have in the last book. I wasn’t engaged in the story until rather near the end of the book.
When I was first exposed to the series, I was very taken by the sensitive treatment of the characters’ issues. It’s been almost three years since the first book, but only months in the book timeline.
So, while I feel the situation has gone on forever, it really has not. That’s a problem with series that have significantly shorter internal timelines than their real time publication allows.
I have to say that I do not like the language Gideon uses for Eva’s body — he always uses the “c” word. At least Eva calls him on it!
There are a couple of good things that occur here. Sometimes in a messed up relationship there is something standing in the way that one person has to conquer before they can actually be in a relationship and not just be in control. There are, no doubt, contractual or D/s 24/7 relationships that are willingly engaged in. But Gideon is rather psychotically obsessed with Eva. And, it is not just with protecting her; he wants to control pretty much everything about her life. In doing so he puts the relationship, their safety and both his business and her job at risk.
This is a man who is not fit to be in a relationship without therapy. But he can’t reveal his awful secret to his therapist and without that he will not be healthy enough for a relationship. And that won’t happen without Eva pushing it to happen.
Both of these characters are extremely damaged by childhood abuse. Eva has sought and been helped by therapy. Gideon has not been helped by therapy, and as a ruthless and powerful man accomplished to getting what he wants his abuse has led him to be more and more controlling as a way of not going out of control.
Unfortunately, his past has lead him to be a borderline abuser himself in the way he insists on controlling Eva.Gideon’s obsessions, and the painful realizations that abound for these characters are the crux of the entire series.
Yesterday I talked about the FSOG clone and this series came out just on the heels of that series. It hits a lot of the markers I identified as forming the anatomy of an FSOG clone. It was, as far as I can tell, published about eleven months after FSOG. The biggest marker is the use of sex as a way to avoid problem solving in the relationship. Being a billionaire, Gideon ought to buy controlling interest in a lube company.
As I say above, I wasn’t that engaged in the book until the last quarter when a lot of stuff comes to a head in the story line. I felt that these two characters should retreat to their separate corners until Gideon could learn to play nice. I have mixed feelings for the series, and Gideon’s and Eva’s relationship.
Because I am unclear, I am neither going to recommend nor tell you to steer clear of this book. However, if you are looking for something Fifty-Shade-ish to read I think this series is a good choice.
I think that Sylvia Day’s writing has gotten better since the earlier book. It is tighter and more sophisticated now; a better fit for the situation and the characters. I don’t know if the earlier novels have been re-edited to fit the newer style.The story does not really work without the prior books in the series. They need to be read in order.