In chapter nine, Eva’s ex-boyfriend Brett turned out to be the lead singer of the band Eva, Gideon and their friends went to see. He sang a moving song about how he missed Eva getting on her knees for him, and when he sees her outside after the show he kisses her. Eva kisses back like a total bitch. GIDEON CHARGES FORTH TO BRING DESTRUCTION TO BRETT!
Eva freaks out as Gideon beats the shit out of Brett. Arnoldo shows up and becomes Jose from Fifty Shades. He’s just like, “Cross! Dios mio.” But otherwise he does nothing to really stop the situation.
Brett’s band-mates show up to help, but then they realize he’s fighting the guy who owns their record label, so they’re like, “Kline, you fuckhead!” Which is very supportive of them.
Gideon has somehow evolved into Chuck Norris:
Gideon lashed out with a roundhouse kick and followed with a lightning-quick jab to the gut.
Gideon’s driver Angus makes Eva get back into the limo so they can take Shawna home. Eva is not pleased.
I grabbed Angus by the arms. “What’s the matter with you?! Stop them!”
His pale blue eyes softened. “He knows when to stop, Eva.”
Am I really expected to believe that? I call bull shit. It doesn’t seem like Gideon knows when to stop let alone when he shouldn’t have started in the first place.
Arnoldo swings Eva over his shoulder and carries her to the limo, because that’s what you do when a woman won’t obey you! Eva isn’t pleased, but that never really changes much.
“He’s your friend! You’re just going to leave him like that?”
“He’s your boyfriend.” The calm neutrality in Arnoldo’s voice cut me deep. “And you are the one who left him like that.”
I’m not at all on Eva’s side here (or anyone’s really…EXCEPT THE SIDE OF JUSTICE), but Gideon could have just landed a solid punch or two on Brett and then gotten in the limo and had it out with Eva. No one but Gideon left him beating the shit out of Brett.
Shawna has some intelligent information to add to the conversation:
“You’re the Eva in the song ‘Golden,’ aren’t you?” Shawna asked quietly, from her position on the opposite bench seat.
How the fuck did detective Shawna put two and two together? I wonder how she figured it all out so quickly.
Anyway, we all already know that the only way this, or any problem between Gideon and Eva, can be resolved is through sex. The problem is the kind of sex they have is really fucking disturbing right now.
Angus and Eva pick up Gideon in the limo, and Eva is just sobbing away while Gideon regards her coldly. Gideon asks questions like, “Do you want him?” and “Did you come earlier because of me or his song?” Well, obviously she came because of the brilliantly crafted lyrics and the ukulele. I don’t know what else it could have been.
Gideon expresses his anxiety over Eva’s past with Brett eloquently:
“He’s had his dick in you. He’s fucked you . . . blown his load inside you.”
My boyfriend pointed out to me recently that what’s so creepy about Gideon is how he always describes sex in either this really blunt, crude way or in a straightforward and clinical way. He also added that the way Gideon talks about sex or talks dirty to Eva kind of makes him sound like a serial killer describing his plans; he’s always saying things like, “I’m going to get so hard for you Eva, then I’m going to stick my erect penis inside of you. Then I’m going to move my dick in and out of you until I blow my load in you.”
Desperate to get back on Gideon’s good side, Eva drops to her knees (which, according to Brett’s song, she’s very good at) and begs Gideon to let her give him a blow job so that his cum can wipe away Brett’s kiss.
Gideon tells Eva to “slide [her] tight cunt around him” after he cums the first time, because he’s such a man and can come like a thousand times. Eva tells us that he’ll do anything he tells her to prove she loves him. She lets him torture her with sex basically – he refuses to let her cum, treats her like a whore. It’s all pretty terrible to read. Oh. And to top it all off while he’s doing all this to her he keeps demanding to know why she kissed Brett. It happens like six times, and each time she can’t/won’t answer he just tortures her more.
Slightly in Gideon’s defense, he reminds Eva of their safeword, but she refuses to use it. Even at points like this,
He pulled out at the first grasp of my sex and left me hanging on the precipice again. I screamed with frustration, fighting to get up and away from the lover who’d become the source of unbearable torment.
The most annoying and infuriating thing about this scene is that when Gideon finally gets Eva to admit that she kissed Brett to make Gideon jealous because she wants him to know how it feels to be jealous (FUCKING HELL EVA, YOU SUCK), Gideon’ acts like he knew this all along and isn’t even really mad. He just wanted to get her to admit it? I don’t even understand.
Bending over me, he gasped in my ear, “Tell me why, Eva.” Fury boiled up inside me and spewed out.
“Because you deserved it! Because you should know what it feels like! How bad it hurts, you self-centered asshole!”
“Angel.” His lips brushed over my shoulder blade, his hands releasing my wrists to slide beneath me and cup my full, heavy breasts. “My stubborn, beautiful angel. Finally, we get to the truth.”
He understood, as I hadn’t, that the night had fallen apart because of my jealousy and the deep-seated need I had to make him feel it for himself.
So Eva comes like a million fucking times and falls asleep. When she wakes up they start kind of joking about the whole situation. What the even fuck is going on?
They’ve apparently driven ten hours and are now in North Carolina, spending the weekend together alone. Eva examines Gideon’s wounds from his epic battle with Brett and finds he’s not all that injured. Except, he tells her, in his heart. BARF.
After giving a spiel about how no matter what he couldn’t let Eva go, he runs them a bath and carries her into it. Epic love? What did I just read? I am scared of what the next chapter will bring if Gideon and Eva are just hanging out alone together for the weekend…