Review: One With You (#5, Crossfire) by Sylvia Day

My Thoughts

An intimate and emotional finale to the
tempestuous love story that captivated our hearts for years.

5stars

Synopsis

One With You CrossfireGideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

My Review

Heartbreak, betrayal, passion, pain, lust, love and loss—the tumultuous romance between Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell has endured more than any relationship should, but in One With You, they face their ultimate test and one that only they can overcome. Everything they’ve learned about themselves and each other comes to a head now that vows have been promised. They’ve come a long way since that New York City morning in which fate pushed them together, when Gideon glanced out the window to see a disarmingly beautiful blond.

Sylvia Day delivers a final installment rife with emotion and intimacy—the culmination of so many explosive arguments, of times where trust was broken and trust was proved, of promises put to the test. Their life together was truly just beginning. They were now Gideon and Eva Cross, there wasn’t any going back or any problem solving through tangled sheets. Their past had always been a ruthless demon from which nightmares and insecurities stemmed, but together, they had proven they could heal from the abuse of their past. Gideon had shown Eva she could seize control and be loved wholly, intensely. Eva, in turn, had shown Gideon he was worthy, he was loved.

“You’ve changed my life, Eva. And you did the impossible: you transformed me. I like who I am now. I never thought that would happen.”

In the time they’ve been together—from June to September of a single year—Gideon and Eva had made many mistakes. They’d hurt each other deeply as many times as they’d made promises to each other. But now, the promises that had made them one were both elating and imprisoning. No secrets. No lies. No running away.

“I’m that guy for you, Eva. Every milestone, angel. Every rite of passage… Everything… And you’re that girl for me.”

To make matters worse, many still worked to drive a divide between them. And while external factors worsened the ever-present storm, it was their continued struggle to break free from their past, their fears, which spurred the fury of their tempest. The beauty of it all, however, was that they’d finally accepted each other’s love fully, deeply, to know that only together, could they overcome their problems.

“We’d been stronger than before, but now . . . Now, nothing could shake us. We were anchored deep.”

We see an Eva who fiercely protects, who begins to shed the control she had desperately sought, to become a partner in a whole. She proves to Gideon that she has his back, that when his credibility is tested, she loves him enough to believe him.

We see a Gideon who works to be so emotionally in tune with his wife that he anticipates her every need, soothes her every wound. They are fervidly determined to make their marriage succeed, come what may.

Unexpected twists and surprises, however, test their resolve in ways I found really fascinating psychologically—especially with Gideon, who in a show of love tries to further cement their commitment to each other, while in a testament of truth, still harbors fear that he could lose Eva with a single decision.

“I hadn’t known Eva was out there, had been afraid to even dream of finding the one person in the world who would accept and love every facet of me.”

What I loved best about this finale was how intimate and emotional it felt. There’s no denying Day has a prowess for tautly written storytelling that’s sensuous and deeply intense, but it was the truth and softness of so many moments in this narrative, that really held me captive. They made me reflect on everything that Gideon and Eva had gone through in a relatively short amount of time. I could see their growth, viscerally feel it. Their journey and success in achieving a functional, balanced relationship was evident and ongoing. We get that wonderful happy ending we’ve been longing for, cheering for, but their happily ever after is just beginning. They’ll surely encounter more difficulties, as well as celebrate many, many moments of happiness. And perhaps that’s what I most loved about this book… it may be the end of the series, but it’s not the end of their story, and that’s a wonderful thing to think about.

“For the rest of our lives, I would always run to him.”

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Comments

  1. What an amazing review!! Gideon and Eva are one of my fav couples…Haven’t read One with You yet but I will soon.

  2. Rita Dugan says:

    I just finished reading “One With You” for the third time. Even though I am sad to read the final chapter in Eva and Gideon’s story, I am so thrilled to have met them. Reading Eva and Gideon’s story transports me away from my stress and gives me hope for love and an understanding of living past abuse as a child. Thank you to Sylvia Day for her genius weaving of their story. There are no words to explain just “CROSSFIRE”

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