CAPTIVATED BY YOU (Crossfire Series #4) by SYLVIA DAY

captivated by you

SYNOPSIS

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…

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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 wordsI 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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Crossfire series

BARED TO YOU – Crossfire Book #1
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REFLECTED IN YOU – Crossfire Book #2
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ENTWINED WITH YOU – Crossfire Book #3
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CAPTIVATED BY YOU - Crossfire Book #4
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ONE WITH YOU – Crossfire #5
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PERFECT CHAOS (Unyielding Book #1) by NASHODA ROSE – SIGNED PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY

We spent the weekend ensconced in the brilliance that is Nashoda Rose. We had read With You and Torn From You over a year ago and cursed ourselves that we hadn’t read Overwhelmed By You before now. Better late than never!

However, reading that and delving straight into Perfect Chaos was utterly delicious and we couldn’t move until we’d finished.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dogs at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers on Facebook and chatting about her addiction—books.

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PERFECT CHAOS (Unyielding #1) by NASHODA ROSE

Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. 

perfect chaos
SYNOPSIS

Georgie
I lie to survive.
Have since I was sixteen and my world fell into chaos. But I found a way to endure, or rather it found me. Now I’m a prisoner of my own doing, hiding behind a false mask so no one sees the truth. Not even the man I want but can’t have—Deck. But I messed up and the lies are spilling over, out of control. 
Deck is unrelenting and will settle for nothing less than the truth. He demands everything from me—EVERYTHING—even if it rips me apart.

DECK
I kill for a living.
Unyielding—It’s how I survive in my line of work. I bend people to my will…except Georgie.
But that ends now.
I’ve played her game for far too long. Now I think it’s time we play mine.

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Perfect Chaos

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯✯ Stars

 “I’d rather have you for a day than never have you at all.”

G&J: Well, there’s no question; Nashoda Rose has done it again and cemented a place as one of our favourite Authors. She brings such emotion, drama, passion and twisty dark suspense in her stories that we are totally addicted. Our hearts were literally in pain as we read whilst our pulse sky rocketed every time Deck came knocking. Not only that though, the sense of humour and obvious connection between our main characters caused a fantastic banter and had us smiling and laughing. This was brilliantly placed, balancing out the sheer horror and sometimes disturbing scenes.

‘Deck was now part of the darkness inside me I’d never escape from.’

Also, Chaos had a fantastic heroine in Georgie; such a strong, funny and sassy heroine with a real vulnerability too.

‘He was my only weakness and no matter what I did, I couldn’t’ get him out of me. And I’d tried’

Let’s start with Deck though…because wow! We met him in the Tear Asunder series and he’s one mysterious hard arse alpha who epitomises power and has Georgie flirting and teasing him like a woman obsessed. But then she’s loved him since sweet sixteen. The dynamics of their relationship was incredibly believable and inspiring. Nashoda Rose really writes an amazing hero. Deck has a fantastic sense of humour lurking underneath that somewhat tense and serious bad arse exterior. His sense of loyalty is inspirational and his passion, well, it’s off the charts once unleashed on our lucky lucky Georgie.

“She gave me the light to keep coming back. To crawl away from the evil I was surrounded by, the nightmares, the coldness, and she made me human again.”

Georgie is quite the hand full, with her partying, drinking and flirty ways but there’s a lot hidden behind this façade. Secrets waiting to be unravelled. Our hearts bled for this girl and Deck was perfection in bringing her back from the darkness once she let him in.

“Damn it, Georgie, I’m not throwing you away. I’m bringing you back to me.”

This is a spin off series and it’s been noted that it can be read as a standalone. We meet both Deck and Georgie in the Tear Asunder series as well as many of the other characters so our personal opinion is that we would recommend reading that series first to enhance your reading experience. It establishes a fantastic connection; an undercurrent of ongoing storyline if you will. Also; we loved that series and highly recommend it so it’s a win-win anyway!

‘We were all broken in some way. It was how we lived with our broken pieces, which made us who we were. And I just had more broken pieces than most.’

This Author has the formula just right in our opinion. There’s no drama for the sake of it; the characters all have their own identity and purpose and the passion with which she writes is flawless. We were gripped from the onset and could not put this story down for love nor money. It played out like a movie and we were not willing to hit pause. Nashoda Rose slowly but surely builds her story at a pace that gathers momentum as you experience the highs – the lows- the strength of attraction and unfaltering protection. The love and the friendship. Just Brilliant! NOW we want more and can’t wait for Kai & London’s story – we have a feeling it’ll hurt real bad and bring us to our knees! Bring it on! We highly recommend this series for fans of Kristen Ashley; although a lot darker the characters and story will appeal for sure!

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author via Netgalley with thanks** 

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THE TEAR ASUNDER SERIES
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BOXED SET INCLUDES: 
WITH YOU (Prequel Novella), TORN FROM YOU (Book One
OVERWHELMED BY YOU (Book Two)
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OVERWHELMED BY YOU (Tear Asunder #2) by NASHODA ROSE

Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you

overwhelmed by you

 SYNOPSIS

Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you.

KAT 

I don’t beg.
I don’t cry.
And I don’t give second chances.

Ream, the lead guitarist of the rock band Tear Asunder, deserves a gold medal for best dick move ever when he ran the moment he discovered my secret after two days of hot sex. Then he brings some chick to my coming home party from the hospital—after being shot. 
I hate him. 

Until … 

Ream’s six foot two frame unfolds out of the car after being gone on tour for eight months. I stared. And in my defense, any girl would stare. It would almost be rude not to because Ream was the type of guy who stood out. Not because he was loud and obnoxious. No, it was because he was the complete opposite. Subtle and dangerously quiet. If he spoke, you’d better hope he liked you because otherwise you’d be falling at his feet begging for mercy. Except me … I don’t beg—ever. 
But when our eyes locked, it was Ream’s steady confidence that had my nerves shooting off like jet sprinklers. 

Then…

Ream told me he didn’t need a second chance because he was still working on his first.

REAM

Sex is ugly. It’s using someone for your own narcissistic pleasure. I did it, but hated it—until her. She was unfuckinexpected. Then I had to wreck our beginning with my screwed up past. I don’t deserve her, but I’m selfish and I’m taking her anyway. This is who I am and it’s too late to change me.


*Warning contains violence, sexual content, and coarse language. Some scenes may be triggers. Mature audiences 18+ 

A contemporary romance with lots of angst.

♫´ ♫

Overwhelmed

Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

✯✯✯✯ 1/2 Stars

“We’ve just lost our way.”

We’re still trying to piece together our hearts after the heart-breaking roller coaster ride that is Overwhelmed By You. Honestly, our hearts feel like they’ve run a marathon then gone through a spin cycle followed by a pummelling through the words penned by the brilliant Nashoda Rose.

It was almost too much….but not quite. Kat and Ream were bloody brilliant characters which we knew already they were going to be. Both have experienced and are experiencing such heart ache and trauma that left us thinking enough is enough please, just give them the happiness and peace they so truly deserve. Let them learn to love and be loved in return.  Both made us cry in equal measure but Ream; gorgeous – sexy bad arse – loving – fucked up Ream. Our hearts…..seriously his pain was overwhelming. And his heart; his heart is so big! This man both broke and stole ours. What a hero; Nashoda sure knows how to write them!

“I can breathe easily with you…When we were apart…You ever feel like your body is silently screaming?”

Again, we’ve said this before and we’ll say it again; we LOVE this Author’s vivid and flawless writing. The emotion is intense; the darkness eerily shrouds you as you read and unravel a past so haunting and emotionally devastating it takes a pretty strong person to break through this wall of hurt and pain.

“Fire playing with fire only leads to an uncontrollable inferno. You ready for that, Kitkat?”

Kat is sweet, strong and very loving. She’s got a great head on her shoulders yet suffers in silence.  We fell in love with her even more and never faltered as her character strength and vulnerability was spot. In all the drama and darkness her and Ream realised that in order to trust and build on your love truth and revelations play the most important part. Ream and Kat’s journey individually and their relationship wasn’t easy nor was it pretty. It was gritty and raw with violence and terror. It was intensely emotional.

“If I tell you I might lose you.”

“You’ll lose me if you don’t.”

It was brilliant to catch up with the characters again and to get snippets of what’s to come from Deck and Georgie’s story. Deck when he appears steals the show so how can we not move straight on to Perfect Chaos next. This group of friends have fantastic banter and a bond so strong. You feel like you’re a part of this group friends and you want and need them to be happy and safe.

“I belong with you. I belong to you. And I love you.”

Right; we’re on the Nashoda Rose reading train…Perfect Chaos next and we can’t wait for more Deck and to finally get his and Georgie’s story!

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author via Netgalley with thanks**

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Purchase the TEAR ASUNDER SERIES here
BOXED SET INCLUDES
* WITH YOU (Prequel Novella)
* TORN FROM YOU (Book One)
* OVERWHELMED BY YOU (Book Three)
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Tear Asunder

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PERFECT CHAOS (Unyielding #1) 
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