Author: Sylvia Day
Book: One With You
tl;dr recommendation: the passion is on point and the rest was just clutter. One With You gets 3.5 stars. Gideon gets a million.
Gideon 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.
I might cry a little bit. That’s a perfectly acceptable response to finishing a book series, right? I mean, flipping through the last page, sighing and then falling into almost hysterics because The Series has ended.
I’m going to try to be objective about my review, which is really motherfucking hard because this is Gideon we’re talking about. THE GIDEON CROSS. The man that all other book boyfriends are compared to.
If Gideon wasn’t in this book, would I have loved it? ehhhhhh probably not. Yet, Gideon is everything. I feel that Sylvia had a huge task to write this book. The fans of this series are rabid and loyal. I’m one of them. Did Gideon disappoint? Hell no. He was the star of this book. He was EVERYTHING.
But the rest of it? ehhhh. There were things that happened in the book that I didn’t think were necessary. I won’t give you spoilers, but I was just like ‘WHAT!?’ It made it seem like she was just trying to fill the pages rather than organically tell the story. There was seriously no need for some of it. And then the fact that the one thing I really wanted to see never came to fruition totally bummed me out. The ending was not one that I loved. I just didn’t. There were a lot of things that felt unresolved. I didn’t get all of the answers that I wanted and the drama that she had spent FOUR BOOKS building up fell flat…because the story just basically let these issues go.
The twists in this book felt a little more like yields. While they were surprising in so much that I was surprised that they happened, my reaction was more of an ‘okkkkkk….AND?’ rather than a ‘OH. HOLY SHIT THAT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.’ See the difference?
The only part of this story that I truly loved was Gideon and Eva and their journey together. I loved how far they came. I loved watching them together. I loved that Eva grew a pair of lady balls and stood up for Gideon when it was necessary. I loved their romance. I loved their passion. I LOVED THEM. The rest of it didn’t blow me away.
So the verdict is that the passion is on point and the rest was just clutter. One With You gets 3.5 stars. Gideon gets a million.