One with You: Crossfire Series, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SYLVIA DAY
The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet
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.
Heartbreakingly and seductively poignant, One with You is the breathlessly awaited finale to the Crossfire saga, the searing love story that has captivated millions of readers and listeners worldwide.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 31 minutes|
|Narrator||Jill Redfield, Jeremy York|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 05, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,164 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I, on the other hand, feel extremely disappointed and left with far more questions, than remotely any plausible answers.
If Sylvia Day had taken out one or two sex scenes (trust me there's more than enough), then she could have used those pages to actually finish a storyline or resolve some issues. The last 3 books she just kept throwing these curveballs out there (out of nowhere), and just let them fly in the wind. We never find out resolution to major storylines with major supporting characters. Not even resolutions to small plots. I really feel that no plots were resolved in the making of this series.
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Ok, then on the the "BIG" curveball storyline, that I truly believed was pulled out of Sylvia Day's ass. Monica.......At around 80% into the book, you get this convoluted question about Monica and what big secret she's hiding. I had to reread that section and was still scratching my head. Literally made no sense. And the asinine, obsured, implausible, completely ridiculous explanation at 95% of the book.(and no, that storyline doesn't last from 80% thru 95%, it's brought up on 1-2 pages at around 80%, then a convulted answer that's 2-3 pages at around 95% into the book. I'm still not sure why this was even a storyline. I'm still saying WTF!!!!!!
I guess the only good thing that came out of this story is Eva's dad is coming to town to help. I would have loved to see that dynamic play out.
That may be the only plot line you do get an answer to.
I'm heartbroken that we don't get a resolution to the Cary/Tat/Trey storyline that's been going on for most of the series. Ball completely dropped on this one. I guess it's the readers job to just imagine what you want to happen because Sylvia's not talking.
Everything else is left completely unresolved. Before I got to the last 10-20 pages, I was actually thinking she was setting up for a sixth book to get resolution for the secondary plot lines and get more money out of us. But the last page she says this is the final crossfire book and then starts peddling her new series. Which I'd rather eat glass than start another series by her again. She's shown her colors as a writer, and I'm not taking the bait any longer.
I just cannot express how gypped off I feel and completely unsatisfied.
The sad thing, for me at least, is this series started off soooooooo strong. I was invested in these people. I loved the first two books. Then it's like the ball was dropped in the ocean (along with that diamond from titanic), never to be recovered again.
Such promise that lead to a huge disappointment.
That's why it was such a surprise when Day phoned every one of them in.
Monica's resolution was an utter cop-out (I can't emphasize that enough.) It's like Day couldn't truly confront her and so she chose THAT as a convenient sidestep of every issue we had with the E/M relationship - W.T.F.
Corrine and Anne final resolutions happened off-screen and there is NO EXCUSE for that. Day switched us to dual POVs after the third book... GIDEON could have allowed the reader to be present for those confrontations. For God's sake, after all the heartache and pain, WHY DIDN'T SHE LET US SEE IT????
And Cary... (sigh) This one threw me for a loop. Second to Monica, it was the biggest over-sell, under-deliver of the entire series.
This was obviously the book where the editor said "Screw it. The sales are guaranteed."
I think the really weird "what???" was the storyline turning to Monica and her life, or rather prior life. The explanation was rushed and didn't add a lot to the story.
If you are looking for "What happened to Cary/Trey/Baby Mama", you won't get that answer. There is no conclusion there. Who knows if she has the baby, if there really is a baby, if the baby is really Cary's??? Trey is around but not in the picture at all. Cary was just kind of left in the wind.
Gideon and his mother's relationship never resolved. There was a hint of why his brother Christopher hated him so much, but really no resolution there either.
At one point, Eva shows up with a dog, like Gideon is the type to have a dog, any dog. But she shows up with what I assume is a small dog, a puppy from the description. Somehow, the dog has the miraculous sixth sense of a well trained, much older, much bigger, therapy dog for people with PTSD. This dog knows to wake Gideon and even at one point Eva from bad dreams and comfort them. This dog pops in and out of the story like an after thought. Another storyline without a lot of substance.
And of course, there was the usual pop up of the scorned females Gideon had been with, constantly being thrown in Eva's face, and leaving us with more questions. Was the tell all book written? What happened to Anne after her latest stunt? More snips of small pop up storylines that were left incomplete.
In the end, I was left with one big question mark and disappointment. I truly believed Sylvia Day would finish this series off in grand fashion, showing Gideon and Eva has a strong, powerful couple that fiercely ruled New York. Instead, she went with Groundhog Day and nonsense.
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The book is split between chapters written in Eva's point of view and Gideon's. Personally, I preferred Gideon's point of view as he is a much more interesting character and I liked reading it like this in this book and the fourth one (captivated by you). I found myself hurrying through Eva's parts just to get to Gideon's. I felt the book should've been written solely in Gideon's point of view because we have had three books of just Eva.
Furthermore, there isn't a real "hook" in this book. Trying to describe it is essentially two people trying to work out their love life. There are a few twists and turns, some interesting and some really weren't needed -SPOILER: I did not see the point in killing off one of the characters. It looked like a desperate plea at the end to provide something to move the plot along. And after all of this, we still didn't get the big white wedding. Instead, it jumped to the honeymoon. I felt that the big white wedding was the purpose of the book as it was what they mostly talked about, but we didn't get it. I found that disappointing.
I will always enjoy Eva and Gideon. There are many hot sex scenes as standard with these two which i feel is the main pull of the books. Even though there is drama in the novels, there isn't much to write a blurb about. Maybe something about the ex-girlfriends who are involved but essentially if you read the back of the book to get a feel for it, you can't get anything from that either. You can't report any major scene as it all just flows through to another dramatic scene.
Got get me wrong, I love a bad boy billionaire. There is clearly interpretation from 50 Shades in this series. I believe the writers are even friends. That doesn't discourage me from the books at all but this wasn't an overpoweringly dramatic finale to a series that I really love. The ending, whilst chaotic was so much more interesting written from Gideon. The panic he felt, watching his emotions run riot. So interesting. By the 4th book, i believe Eva lost her ability to tell the story and Gideon (as he would!) took over.
This really isn't a "wrap up book". It closes the series without much of an ending. So they live happily ever after. We don't get the wedding. Someone dies who shouldn't have, Cary may or may not be the father of a baby. There are quite a few loose ends. I think if the characters were to have a child as a reason not to have the wedding would've been better than a death. It would've grown them as a couple.
Nevertheless, if you love the rest of the series, naturally you will love this too. It's a shame the ending isn't quite as impactful as the rest of it. The third book is definitely the best one. But I did really enjoy the book. Full of secrets and lots of Gideon. I would recommend it to a friend, but I know that as I read through the series there won't be so much to look forward too.
The final few chapters left me shocked, and without giving anything away, there were tears and tissues were required. I still haven't quite come to terms with everything that happened! This book was needed to say good-bye to the characters, in more ways than one, and I would definitely recommend the series to anyone who likes to get invested in a fictional relationship!
I honestly don't know what went wrong with the book but something obviously did. I find my self not at a satisfied conclusion of one of the best stories ever, but with more questions than answers.
For instance, did the baby belong to Cary after all? Or are we to infer that it did and he transformed into a good father/parent. I would have loved to have seen how he managed fatherhood if that was the case. Also how did the relationship with Tatiana pan out, I can't envision her making it easy for him to be a good father, in fact I sort of envisaged her dumping the baby on him if it was his and doing a runner once she realized she could no longer use the baby to control him. What about Cary and Trey's relationship? Loose ends everywhere......
About Gideon's mother, are we to infer that their relationship never mended or improved after the words were exchanged in his office? What about Corinne and the book? Was it published or was the appearance Gideon did supposed to squash the point of it? We're the Lucas's ever bought to justice? What was on that mofo usb stick??????!!!
How on earth did Stanton cope?
I don't know if it's just me, but from what was read I also gathered the notion that there was the possibility that Gideon's brother Christopher Vidal Jr had also been abused as a child and that this was linked to his hatred towards Gideon, as he is unaware of the abuse Gideon suffered. We only see that he started some form of minimal contact with Gideon near the end. Are we to infer that they became good friends. I am one who agrees to confirmation rather than telling by omission.
What about Gideon and his nightmares? Are we to imply that he got better the more he opened up to the therapist and they eventually went away? Or are we to infer that they stayed at bay only with the therapists help?
To be quite honest I did enjoy the book, but not as much as the first three. I feel as if the fourth was ok, but added little substance to the series. On top of the fact the story was changed into a five book series due to the book's success, you'd think the author would have more substance as to it requiring more books, but that does not seem to be the case, it seems to be a way of keeping fans on the hook to spend their money and grant them disappointment. The point of this fifth book seems to be what I considered the far fetched mystery of Eva's mother. I'm still a tad confused about that and I can see you wanted to add a wow factor to the book but I was left quite devastated and not in a good way when that incident happened. I honestly believe you got rid of the wrong character, I feel like there was room for her and Eva to still grow and that there was no need for her absence in order for Eva to find out about another relative.
I was hoping against hope that there would be a detailed happy ending, I hoped this would include whether or not Gideon and Eva had children (imagine Gideon as a father though? Lol) and if so how would Gideon cope if they did have kids? Would fatherhood instincts kick in and he now have more love for the child/children they created than Eva? Or would he or could he love them equally?
I had a lot of expectations for this book which I had the right to, with the almost 2 year waiting period.... and I am not happy at all with the outcome.
I mean fine if you've left questions but there's been no announcement as to whether we will be getting answers, if we are to imply all the things stated above then it's best I just wrote my own ending to the story as there was not much point to this book.
I hate to be so critical and negative, but the unjust ending impacted me. This is my favorite series ever and it ended like that! What on earth were you thinking?
Also there's been no update as to the tv show that the books are supposed to be turned into. Even if you said all answers would be addressed in the tv series then that would have been at least some form of assurance and excitement of what's to come than to just dump this.......in our laps. I understand you have other books and projects in the works but I'm a true fan...or was! I would've waited another two years if I had to in order to get a good ending, not perfect but decent at least.....
I for one won't be reading another book of yours....fool me once and all that.