Book Review – CAPTIVATED BY YOU by Sylvia Day

Book Review – CAPTIVATED BY YOU by Sylvia DayCaptivated By You by Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #4
Published by: Penguin
on November 18, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
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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...

my thoughts


With all of the mixed reviews about Captivated by You by Sylvia Day, I was hesitant to display my own feelings about this book. Some reviewers absolutely LOVED it and some absolutely HATED it. I understand those hardcore fans that absolutely LOVED it! They love the intensity of Gideon and Eva’s relationship. They love Gideon’s protectiveness and broken-ness. I think they could care less if there was an actual storyline in the mix, as long as they got their Gideon fix. Those who hated Captivated by You had some good reasons and some really horrible reasons, like the fact that they had to wait so long for the book. I mean WOW! Don’t rate the book by how long you had to wait for it. That is just ridiculous. The content! The storyline! The characters! How did the book make you feel? THAT is what you should rate  the book on! Anyway…

I sit in the middle when it comes to the latest installment of the Crossfire series. I’ve always been a fan of this series, of Gideon and Eva’s love for each other. It’s intense, raw, gritty, and emotional as hell, and it gives me anxiety just thinking about it. The problem I had with this book, and the reason I’m not singing its absolute praises and giving it a high rating is because I feel like nothing moved forward in the book. Unfortunately, I felt like this was a filler of some sort. I didn’t learn anything new. Gideon and Eva are still dealing with the demons from the past. Everyone is still broken, but together they are some what whole. I just feel like they are stuck, and I’m wondering if Ms. Day released this because her fans where so adamant about wanting something now! I rather an author take as much time as needed to give us a story full of substance, of progress, and of something they poured their heart and soul into. I didn’t get that from this book at all.

Yes, it was still erotic. Yes, Gideon is a broken, sexy piece of meat. Yes, I’m still in love with this couple, but I’m not sure that this story was needed. Although, some fans would disagree, I would have held out for something more. Something that would have made me catch my breath, something that would have reached my heart, something that I would always remember.

Will I read the next Crossfire novel? HELL YEAH! I just hope that it will be a heartbreaker, like the first three books in the series.

About Sylvia Day

SYLVIA DAY is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels. A wife and mother, she is a former Russian linguist for the US Army Military Intelligence Corps. She’s been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the EPPIE Award, the Readers’ Crown, and multiple finalist nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award of Excellence.

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