If you’re like me, then you have been waiting with bated breath for seven months for Entwined With You, the third book in the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. You counted down the weeks, the days and even the minutes until you could reunite with Gideon Cross and Eva Trammel. When the book appeared on my e-reader I screamed with excitement. As I began reading, I fell in love with Gideon and Eva all over again. Entwined With You was definitely worth the wait.
Gideon Cross is not your average romance hero. Sure he’s gorgeous and a billionaire. But he’s quite flawed. As a child he was molested and he still bears the emotional scars from not only the abuse, but his family’s denial of the abuse. Eva Trammell is also a flawed individual. She too suffered childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her stepbrother. Each is amazed to find someone who loves them despite their past which causes them to be insecure in their relationship. It is this insecurity that provides a lot of the drama in Entwined With You.
Entwined With You picks up just two weeks after Reflected By You. Gideon and Eva have to work through the murder of Eva’s abuser and Gideon’s role in his death. Several of Gideon’s exes also add to the drama as does Eva’s ex-boyfriend. But the story’s main focus is their evolving relationship. Eva and Gideon worked on their commitment and their efforts paid off as they get closer and closer.
There is a lot of sex in Entwined With You, and I mean a lot of sex. Gideon and Eva connect emotionally through their physical contact. Gideon needs it to bind Eva to him and Eva needs it to know that Gideon loves her despite her past. Ms. Day is a master at describing the passion and heat that her characters feel. But Entwined With You is not just about the sex. Eva and Gideon have an important relationship outside of the bedroom. Their relationship is built on mutual love and respect. Gideon loves Eva’s mind as much as her body. Eva loves Gideon’s generosity, thoughtfulness and more that are part of his personality that only few are privileged to see.
Entwined With You is absolutely not a standalone. There is too much history with the characters to follow the novel without reading Bared To You and Reflected In You.
Some of the complaints of Entwined With You are that additional drama has been added to create material for more books. I must disagree. Yes, there was more drama, but all the new issues that were raised seem a natural extension of the storyline. In fact, it seemed to make more sense that things would not be conveniently wrapped up and Ms. Day has successfully added additional layers to the story that intrigued me.
If you are expecting happily ever after at the end of Entwined with You then you will be disappointed. Entwined With You does conclude with Eva and Gideon together so there is no relationship cliffhanger. While several storylines have been wrapped up, there are enough new ones and new questions to fill up another book. And in fact, Ms. Day has announced on her website that Entwined With You is not the last book in the series, but that she actually has plans for two more books. And while this may leave you frustrated, the good news is that we don’t have to say goodbye to Gideon and Eva. That is certainly cause for celebration because I have grown to care for these two damaged but passionate people. I just hope that the wait is not as long this time.