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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
J&G : ✯✯✯ Stars
“You make me happy. I’d forgotten what that feels like.”
J&G: This is a review we never envisaged having to write. We’ve both been HUGE fans of Gideon and Eva from the very beginning and although this book wasn’t our favourite, that fact will never change. This passionate, volatile, intense couple are without a doubt one of our favourite book couples to this day. Their intense passion, the eroticism of their story has gripped us and had us coming back again and again.
Since the words “I want there to be happily-ever-afters for the fucked-up crowd ” in Bared To You were uttered we’ve championed this damaged couple fucked up couple and we’ve been passionate readers of this series.
‘She was every promise, every hope, every fantasy a man could have. And she was mine.’
When it was announced this series was to be increased to five books instead of the intended trilogy, we didn’t really have a problem, because let’s face it, we felt at the time that we could read about Gideon and Eva forever. As long as the Author did her characters justice, that there was still a story to tell and if the issues we’ve experienced through the characters resolved in some way. Also, on the proviso that there was clear relationship progression within each book, we would be there. Sex does not a story make though on its own, it needs substance and a lot of it to carry five books.
“You’re the reason I breathe, I can’t turn it off. I think of nothing but you. All day. Every day.”
Now, we completely understand the need and the hunger this couple feel to communicate through sex. That it’s a coping mechanism for Gideon and Eva; and let’s face it, Sylvia Day certainly is an absolute master at writing vividly descriptive and explosive sex scenes, no question there. However, the overabundance and repetitiveness of this particular part of the story became somewhat tedious as the book went on and we began to, shock horror, skim them.
“You can’t just screw our problems away.”
Whilst yes we loved the heat, we also needed more of a storyline and the couple to move in a forward direction. Captivated by You began to feel like another filler book, a story with no actual point to it. You will never know how hard it is for us to admit that. How absolutely crushed we feel that we didn’t love this book because we really wanted to. We LOVE this Author.
“There’s nothing you could say that would affect anything. If she wanted my money I’d give her every cent. If she wanted another man, I’d make her forget him.”
Don’t get us wrong, there were some beautiful moments in the story and we certainly highlighted some wonderful passages and heartfelt moments between Eva and Gideon, but these were overshadowed by unnecessary drama, the unnecessary introduction of new and existing characters and plot lines that felt forced for the sake of filling a book.
‘Her kisses were benedictions, promises from my angel that made my life worth living.’
Sylvia Day is an intelligent, expressive and beautiful storyteller. We’ve loved so much of what she’s written but some parts of Captivated came across cheesy and cliché, not at all like the previous books in this series and we felt as though her characters were let down, sadly.
We were positively giddy with excitement when we learnt this instalment contained Gideon’s POV. We can’t even express how this made us feel and how desperate it made us want to get swept up in this book. Sadly though, there were times when it wasn’t immediately apparent whose voice the chapter was in as Eva and Gideon’s voice began to blend into one another and it wasn’t until we read further into the pages that we would discover it was actually Gideon speaking. Again, something we never envisaged as Gideon’s voice through Eva was always so incredibly strong and commanding.
Whilst we do agree their relationship did progress throughout the story to a minimal degree, it felt a little too much of one step forward , two steps back which, considering we’re on book four in a series, we should have seen more progress.
Case in point:
Eva’s temper tantrum. There’s no other word for it because that’s what it was. We adore Eva, even though she relies on Gideon, she’s still very much her own woman and is at times, the stronger of the two and we’ve always admired that about her. In this book she came across differently. Her little ‘scene’ and the after effects felt completely out of character. It was childish and it was unnecessary.
There were a lot of glimpses of the Gideon we’ve come to know and love but somewhere along the way his demeanour, his power if you will felt lessened to a degree. Was this growth? We’re not sure! Somewhere along the way unbeknownst to us, this man who until Eva was somewhat of a loner, had amassed a group of friends that he appears to have regular catch ups with – lots of back slapping and jocularity. Where did this Gideon emerge from? Don’t even get us started on the Karaoke scene! Seriously, our eyes nearly rolled back in our heads at the cheesiness and utter cliché this scene provided. This again, was not the Gideon we’ve come to know. When did he become this man? We’ve read every book in this series and this has never been his ‘normal’.
Whilst we didn’t enjoy this book anywhere near as much as Bared to You and Reflected in You, there isn’t a shadow of doubt that we will be there with Gideon and Eva till the end. We have this hunger to follow Gideon and Eva through to the conclusion of their story. After all we’ve invested much in them.
This series is, in many ways, similar to a television series. When the story is dragged out – when new characters are introduced or old characters reintroduced as an attempt to breathe life into something that’s being stretched a little beyond its limits, it loses something. Those glory days of excitement at something so different, of a longing to see where the story goes, gets stilted and somewhat tedious along the way and it absolutely breaks our hearts to feel this way.
‘She made me feel loved and wanted in a way that wasn’t the least threatening.’
We live in hope that Gideon and Eva can bring their story home, we hope they will show progress and learn from their mistakes. We want to trust and believe their conclusion will be riveting and we hope that in the end we’ll remember a stunning conclusion with fondness when looking back on a series that captured our hearts, bared its soul and left us wanting more. Please, please Sylvia Day, don’t leave us wanting when Gideon and Eva’s story reaches its finality. We look forward to a crescendo the likes of a classy and riveting HBO Series, not a Bold and the Beautiful melodramatic continuance. Bring back what made Bared to You so incredibly special.
“You don’t have to hang on, let go. I’ll catch you. ” Eva
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