Review: One with You

One with You
One with You by Sylvia Day

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I almost skipped reading Captivated by You (CBY) because I knew it was going to be a filler book. Almost. I read it anyway, against my better judgement. I was right. There was nothing pertinent to the main story in that book. When there was finally a release date set for One With You (OWY) I decided to read Bared to You (BTY), Reflected in You (RIN), and Entwined With You (EWY) without reading CBY, then read OWY. It made no difference. I loved the first three books, i’ve read them 3-4 times already. I was one of the fans who was not happy when it was announced this trilogy was now a series. Naturally, I was eager to read OWY because I wanted to know how it all ends. I should have stopped at EWY.

Sure this book gives us closure but didn’t we already know what was going to happen? They were already married, they were already going to live together. What happens when there are 480 available pages? Tangent story lines pop up. For instance…Monica Stanton. What was the point of all of that? All that showed is how selfish and self involved Eva and Gideon are. Even in death they seemed to make it about them. Where did that come from? Why was it necessary? How did that add to the story line? How did someone who bugged a makeup compact and a Rolex miss a whole hidden personality??

Speaking of “in death,” the author mentions earlier on in the series that Eva calls him Ace because of some character in series of books she reads. The In Death series by J.D. Robb happen to be one of my favorite series. When I finished OWY I started thinking about how Eva and Gideon are so similar to Eve Dallas and Roarke in the JD Robb books. Eve is introverted and has had her life a certain way for so long she has to make a conscious effort to respect Roarke and his very social personality, that is exactly what Gideon goes through in OWY with Eva. This whole book felt like I was reading some fan fiction excerpt of the In Death series.

What did I miss? Don’t get me wrong. I like the story, it’s really sweet. I love Eva and Gideon (Eve and Roarke, yes i’m still stuck on that), I even like the writing. Maybe there was just too much that took away from the heart of this love story that is making me not love it as much as I did up until the end of EWY. Right until that last bit where it said there’s more to their story.

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Sequels, Trilogies, Series, and Novellas…OH MY!

I am not sure how I feel about these new self published authors writing books which end being Sequels, Trilogies, Series, and Novellas. Why can’t they just write one really good, even if it is 600 pages, which tells the story start to finish. That is a concept maybe the authors need to re-visit. I am sure it is possible to write one  really  good book which will sell millions and billions of copies. right?

Did J.K. Rowling start it with the whole Harry Potter craze? Come to think of it, no she didn’t.  When I read those book I was really interested in the story until book 6 and 7. At that point it just seemed she was writing screen plays and not writing in the same style as in the first five books. I can’t be the only one imagining this.

James Patterson does the same thing. When I started reading the Alex Cross series, I loved them. Then he started getting movie offers, which then lead him to start writing big car chases and more blow ups. I have invested so much of my time and money into the Alex Cross franchise now i feel like a quitter if I don’t read the new books, but I really don’t want to read them. Is that bad?

While I am on this rant, I am going to go to the first author I remember saying this about. John Grisham. A Time to Kill, AWESOME overall. Now there is a sequel??? REALLY? Why not leave well enough alone. Yes you wrote a fantastic book. Yes it was a great movie (how could it not be with shirtless Matthew McConaughey in it?) but come on. Why not leave on a high note? Then his other great books (The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Pelican Brief) become movies then his books started be coming screen plays. Everyone was chasing everyone, cars were blowing up, everything was a Hollywood production. I stopped reading his books. I used to make it a point to get the books on the date they were realsed because I loved his writing. That stopped about 6 books ago. Nope, can’t do it.

Then comes along E.L. James with the 50 Shades trilogy. I loved the books. Could that story have been told in one book…YES. In Fifty Shades Freed, it just seemed like the bok dragged and there were outrageous situations added to get to the word quota. Filler Stories. Totally unnecessary.

The last couple of authors I have read have been the same way. I am tired of it. I don’t wait to wait for the continuation (Sylvia Day, really? Turning a trilogy into a five book series because the publisher wanted it? Really???) I want one book and to be done with it. I want closure. Is that too much to ask for?

When I read The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, it took me forever to read it. It was in paperback, over 1000 pages (not double spaced, 12pt font). It was PERFECT! I didn’t have to wait 6-12 months to see how the story would end. I knew when I read the final page.

Can we please go back to that? I am also to blame. I keep reading the books which are part of a series. Can I take a stand and read only stand alone books? Not right now I can not! There are three series, at the very minimum, I am emotionally invested in that I can’t just give up on. BUT I can from now now only read the books which I know are not going to trick me and tell me Stayed Tuned Because the Story Continues…It’s not over. I need more money. UGH!

Am I done with this rant? I think so. I might need to step away and revisit. But I am sticking to my vow to not read any more books which will lead to a series. I have had enough! There are way too many books out there, well written books, which I need to dedicate my time and money to.

Entwined with You

I was very anxiously waiting for this book for what seemed like a very long time. When I first read Bared to You by Silvia Day last year, I was not too crazy about the book. In fact the review I wrote was less than complimentary. Then I read the book again, and then again because the story really grew on me. It was at a time in when I really needed to read a love story. I went back and forth from Bared to You and Fifty Shades of Grey. 

I really stated started falling for the love story. There were still some parts of the writing which I felt were not the best but the story was sweet. Then I moved on to Reflected to You and I as really hooked. Yes, we can do without all the side stories which somehow hold no relevance to Eva and Gideon’s story but it’s a good break. I really looked for closure with the third installment of what was originally supposed to be a trilogy. I have read the other reviews and I see some readers are seriously pissed about there being five books instead of three. I am sure there would have been a way to close out this love story in this book.

With two more books what we can only look forward to is more hot love scenes and more drawn out drama with the ancillary characters. Do we really need to know about her boss and his boyfriend? No. That could be another book. Do we need to know about her mom and dad? No. Cary and his indecision being gay or bi? No. Take all these out and we would have had the end of a great love story.

What we can expect from book 4? The unnecessary story about Eva wanting to be “friends” with her ex-boyfriend who when she sees him she just wants to throw herself at him all the while telling herself she loves Gideon. Really? So twenty-five percent of the book will be about that. Then all the mess with her mom and dad. And how could be possibly for the mob story twist? This just makes the story more convoluted.

Book 5? A big ass wedding, all the works. Everyone lives happily ever after. Of course the sadist in me will wait for all these books and will read them and love the story after all. That’s just how fickle I am.

I liked this book. I will probably read it a couple of time before book 4 comes out. The story is sweet. I love Gideon. Who does not. I think Eva is too needy and selfish. But that is what we are supposed to think, right? Everyone else just fills the word requirement.

I have already recommended this book to a few of my friends, it’s a good story.
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Here’s the summary:

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession…

http://www.sylviaday.com/books/entwined-with-you/

Bared to You

I read this book because of a casual recommendation from a friend. It captured my attention in the beginning but the theme of this book, similar to the theme of Gabriel’s Inferno (Sylvain Reynard), seems to be over emphasized. The needs of the subjects were discussed towards the beginning but does it need to go on over and over and then to end it with such a typical ending…a lead up to a sequel. If the author trimmed some of the unnecessary parts of this book I am sure whatever will be covered in book two could have been finished in book one. Just because it worked for Fifty Shades does not mean it will work for all the others riding the on the wake if it’s success.
While reading this book does no one notice the workplace sexual harassment? What person get’s away with saying to his subordinate ‘I want to fuck you” and gets away with it? Often crude in its vocabulary it builds a semi decent love story. Lots of convoluted stories which I am sure will work themselves out in the next book but with the way this book left, I am not sure I will be anxiously waiting for the October release of Reflected in You (remained from Deeper in You).

Summary:
Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…