Author Sylvia Day has shared the first chapter of the much anticipated next installment in her Crossfire Series, Entwined with You… along with a special treat (a sneak peek at Chapter Two – which is smokin’ HAWT!). [highlight for spoiler]
Entwined with You will be available on June 4, 2013 in the US. Word is that Ms. Day is anticipating five volumes(!) in the Crossfire Series - so there’s lots more Eva and Gideon for fans to look forward to, in addition to the previously reported television series news. Entwined with You begins immediately following the events of Reflected in You.
This excerpt contains adult material and is intended for readers 18 years of age or older.
New York cabbies were a unique breed. Fearless to a fault, they sped and swerved through crowded streets with unnatural calm. To save my sanity, I’d learned to focus on the screen of my smartphone instead of the cars rushing by only inches away. Whenever I made the mistake of paying attention, I’d find my right foot pushing hard into the floorboard, my body instinctively trying to hit the brakes.
But for once, I didn’t need any distractions. I was sticky with sweat from an intense Krav Maga class, and my mind was spinning with thoughts of what the man I loved had done.
Gideon Cross. Just thinking of his name sent a heated flare of longing through my tightly strung body. From the moment I first saw him–saw through his stunning and impossibly gorgeous exterior to the dark and dangerous man inside–I’d felt the pull that came from finding the other half of myself. I needed him like I needed my heart to beat, and he’d put himself in great jeopardy, risking everything–for me.
You can read all of chapter one here.
Can’t wait to hear what people think!
Read it: You won’t be disappointed!
A Duke in Retreat
Gina was forced into marriage with the Duke of Girton at an age when she’d have been better off in a schoolroom than a ballroom. Directly after the ceremony her handsome spouse promptly fled to the continent, leaving the marriage unconsummated and Gina quite indignant.
A Lady In the Middle
Now, she is one of the most well-known ladies in London … living on the edge of scandal—desired by many men, but resisting giving herself to any one.
A Duchess in Love
Finally, Camden, the Duke of Girton, has returned home, to discover that his naïve bride has blossomed into the toast of the ton. Which leaves Cam in the most uncomfortable position of discovering that he has the bad manners to be falling in love—with his own wife!
In my case, Gideon and Eva will have to appear on my bedroom TV, since I don’t think it will be a kid-friendly production (at least I hope not).
According to author Sylvia Day, her Crossfire Series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate and is in the early stages of development. Lionsgate Television produces the critically acclaimed series Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and Boss, to name but a few.
The Crossfire books tell the story of the relationship and struggles of abuse survivors Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell as they navigate their individual recoveries and learn to love and trust. The series includes Bared to You, Reflected in You, Entwined with You (release date June 4, 2013) and an as-yet-unnamed fourth book.
Did you just say ‘fourth book’? Yes, I did! Sylvia Day has stated that since there are “still threads that need to be tied off and a lot more work ahead for Gideon” Entwined with You will NOT be the final book in the series.
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Title: Sins of a Ruthless Rogue
Author: Anna Randol
Availability: Mass Market Paperback and e-book (Avon); March 26, 2013 release
Source: I was provided a digital ARC by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Revenge never tasted so sweet . . .
When Clayton Campbell shows up on her doorstep, Olivia Swift is stunned. For long ago, Clayton was the boy who stole her heart. He’s also the man her betrayal had sent to the gallows. A man she believed dead, now standing before her, looking leaner, harder, more powerful than ever, his haunted eyes filled with a lust she had never seen—for vengeance . . .
Or burned so hot . . .
He has more than once faced death and escaped unscathed. Yet Clayton Campbell cannot deny that the sight of Olivia rouses in him something more than a thirst for revenge. Or that the bold beauty would lure him once more into a dangerous game. Only this time, Clayton plans to be the victor— with the tempting Olivia in his bed as his prize. But once passion ignites between them, the hard-hearted agent will face his greatest battle yet— for his heart . . .
[H]ow do you plan to free the heart of a man who doesn’t think he has one?
I recently posted my review of the first volume of Anna Randol’s Sinners Trio series, Sins of a Virgin. As much as I adored that book, I love Sins of a Ruthless Rogue even more!
Clayton Campbell escaped the gallows as a youth of 17 by promising to serve the Foreign Service as a spy. Now ten years later he his free to pursue his plan for revenge against the man who betrayed him. You see, Clayton Campbell doesn’t do forgiveness or second chances. Yet everything he now believes about himself is rocked when he is faced with the return of his former love Olivia Swift – daughter of the man who sent him to his death. Through a case of mistaken identity, Olivia is captured by thugs and dragged to Russia in order to decipher a coded message. Clayton puts their past behind him to race to her rescue.
I loved the glimpse of Clayton and Olivia as young lovers, it made their reunion all the more bittersweet and believable. Clayton came across a bit harsh (or rather, ruthless) at times, but at heart he remained the honorable man of his youth, one who believed in justice – and who loved Olivia above all things. Seeing the growth and maturity of Olivia was lovely and I definitely believe that character development translates to a convincing future for the pair.
I was going to add more quotes of some of my favorite bits but would have ended up citing the entire novel. You’ll just have to trust me when I say Anna Randol has a beautiful way of crafting a scene.
This book really did have everything you could ask for in a romance – especially if you like credible suspense plots. There are some wonderful secondary characters (I love Ian!) and the political intrigue and scenery of Imperial Russia made for a refreshing and exciting change of pace. Definitely looking forward to reading the next installment (and maybe –pretty, please–eventually finding out what happens with Princess Kate).
There wasn’t as much hanky panky in Sins of a Ruthless Rogue as in other books, but the sexual tension and affection was extensive and satisfying and it all felt authentic and appropriate. Don’t worry, once Olivia and Clayton let down their defenses there was definitely some well-deserved steam.
All in all, I highly recommend this Anna Randol novel – she’s racing to the top of my must buy author list (in fact, even though I received a digital ARC from the publisher for review, I went and bought my own copy for keeps)!
Lovely and exciting story involving the freeing power of forgiveness with well-crafted suspense plot.
Sylvia Day has released her tenth ‘snippet’ from her upcoming book Entwined with You, to be released June 4, 2013.
Disclaimer: May be edited or deleted prior to publication.
Brett smiled. “Don’t go anywhere.”
He bounded off. Cary and I walked over to the tent bearing the Vidal Records logo. Protected from the crowds by private security, it was a tiny oasis in the madness of Times Square.
“Well, baby girl, you’ve got your hands full with him. I forgot how it was with you two.”
“Was being the operative word,” I pointed out.
“He’s different from before,” he went on. “More… settled.”
“That’s great for him. Especially with all that’s going on in his life right now.”
He scoped me out. “Aren’t you even the slightest bit interested in seeing if he can still bang you brainless?”
I shot him a look. “Chemistry is chemistry. And I’m sure he’s had plenty of chances to bone up on his already fabulous skills.”
“Bone up, ha! That’s punny.” He waggled his brows at me. “You seem solid.”
“Ah, now that would be an illusion.”
“Well, look who’s here,” he murmured, turning my attention to Gideon, who was approaching with Ireland at his side. “And heading straight toward us. If there’s a brawl over you, I’m watching from the bleachers.”
I shoved at him. “Thanks.”
Oh no! Brett and Gideon in the same place–eep! Hopefully the new trust Eva and Gideon developed in Reflected in You is strong enough to keep the bloodshed at a minimum this time! No worries for me about them playing mind games. I think we’ll see a real evolution of their love and trust. And Yay! for Gideon being with his sister. Thoughts?
The Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, today announced the 2013 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists.
I’m thrilled to see so many of my favorite reads of the past year on the list, especially both Firelight and Moonglow by Kristen Callihan, A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean, and About Last Night by Ruthie Knox.
Follow the link for the full list: RWA Announces 2013 RITA & Golden Heart Finalists
Congrats to all the nominated authors!
Title: And Then She Fell
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Availability: Mass Market Paperpack and e-book (Avon); March 26, 2013 release
Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
He’d known so many women, yet she was unique. Unique and infinitely precious, so precious he wanted to seize and devour while simultaneously worshipping and protecting her, even from himself.
At the advanced age of twenty-nine (‘advanced’ at least by 1837 British aristocratic standards), Henrietta Cynster is fairly resigned to her perceived future as an old maid. This does not mean she does not believe in love and marriage, she just hasn’t found anyone who sparks her interest; she hasn’t found her hero. Henrietta uses her vast social circle and skills at gathering information to help other young ladies determine the motives of their prospective bridegrooms, i.e. if the young man has any ulterior motive for pursuing marriage or if he is courting a lady out of true affection. The ton refer to Henrietta as the ‘Matchbreaker’.
Unfortunately for James Glossup, best friend of Henrietta’s brother, his potential bride asks Henrietta to investigate his motives and once she learns theirs would not be a love match, James is left to find a new lady–and fast. James’ motives are in fact very honorable and Henrietta’s guilt induces her to assist him in finding a suitable alternate candidate.
Playing matchmaker instead of matchbreaker causes Henrietta and James to spend more time together, in closer proximity, then ever before. It isn’t long before James is wishing Henrietta would add her own name to the list of prospective brides and Henrietta is in turn growing increasingly jealous over the young ladies on their ‘list’.
James and Henrietta each recognized their attraction to the other, both physically and emotionally, so early in the story, I worried some Big Misunderstanding would come into play and the rest of the book would be spent trying to get them together. Thank goodness I was wrong. That’s not to say the path to happily ever after was easy once James and Henrietta decided on their future, but they both wanted it and were willing to fight for it against dark forces trying to prevent their happiness. I appreciated that this was a story of them working together:
We’re still here–as I see it, as I feel it–there’s no longer any me or you, only we and us.
Stephanie Laurens has given readers a wonderfully strong and capable leading lady with an honorable and honest hero. The romance between the two was beautifully executed, with wonderful dialogue and realistic emotions, sprinkled with a little magic and a big dollop of suspense.
James and Henrietta’s relationship is one of mutual love and respect:
Because you’re mine–but even more because you’ve made me yours.
My biggest complaint with And Then She Fell involved the rather large and confusing Cynster family. As far as I can figure, this is the 19th book featuring some branch of the Cynster family. At some points I felt I needed a score care to keep track of all the characters from previous books that made an appearance. It’s nice to revisit with familiar faces, but it seemed like too many to me.
The epilogue of And Then She Fell lays the ground work for the next Cynster novel, The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh, featuring Henrietta’s sister Mary. I’m very much looking forward to it’s June 2013 release, as it looks to be another winner!
Lovely depiction of an honest and mature relationship featuring mutual love and respect.
Title: The Lass Wore Black
Author: Karen Ranney
Availability: Massmarket paperback and e-book (Avon/HarperCollins)
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for my honest review
Summary: Catriona, a stunningly beautiful (and exceedingly selfish) young woman is scarred in a carriage accident. Believing she has nothing to offer the world without her looks, she allows herself to wallow in self-pity and despair. Fearful that Catriona has lost her will to live, her family consults young Doctor Mark Thorburn. Mark becomes determined to do whatever it takes to prove Catriona’s own worth to her – and in the process loses his heart.
“I see your beauty,” he said again. “Perhaps one day you will, too.”
When I first requested this ARC I didn’t realize that the heroine had originally appeared in Ms. Ranney’s previous book, A Scandalous Scot. I just remember thinking, “Oh, Karen Ranney – love her books, can’t go wrong here!” If I had known that this was the same bratty Catriona who so vexed older sister Jean in A Scandalous Scot, I might not have requested to review it since I would have doubted ever finding her a redeeming character worthy enough to hold my attention for an entire book. I owe Karen Ranney – and Catriona Cameron – an apology for my lack of faith.
The Catriona Cameron of A Scandalous Scot was a selfish, conceited brat – and she doesn’t start off any better in The Lass Wore Black. Following the scandalous circumstances surrounding their parents’ deaths, a now penniless Jean and Catriona work as housemaids in a Scottish castle. Jean works hard and makes the best of it, finding love with the Earl who employs them. Catriona spends most of her time using her looks and her body to shirk her responsibilities and better her lot in life, going so far as to run off with the Earl’s houseguest to become his mistress. The Earl intervenes and sends Catriona off to his aunt for finishing and preparation for a launch into Society. (All this happens in A Scandalous Scot and is succinctly recapped so the reader does not feel confused).
Due to the kindness and largesse of her new brother-in-law, the Earl of Denbleigh, Catriona soon finds herself on the marriage mart in London. Unfortunately London isn’t quite as exciting as she always imagined. Catriona actual bemoans the fact that Prince Albert (consort to Queen Victoria) hadn’t died a few years earlier, as “the whole of society seemed to be in mourning even though it had already been months since the man died. Was she supposed to spend all her time in London pretending a downcast air and speaking in a subdued whisper?”
A real saint, our Catriona.
Catriona doesn’t get to explore London long before she is the victim of a horrible carriage accident that killed her maid and permanently maimed Catriona, leaving her with a web of scars on one side of her face and a seriously damaged leg. Catriona choses to convalesce in Edinburgh with her chaperone Mrs. Dina MacTavish. Although her body eventually begins to heal, it is obvious to Dina that Catriona is far from recovered, as she leave her room or eat properly.
Concerned Catriona has lost the will to live, Dina consults with the young, unorthodox, and exceedingly handsome Dr. Mark Thorburn. Mark is the grandson (and eventual heir) of a wealthy Earl who divides his time between high society patients and caring for the destitute of Edinburgh’s slums. Since Catriona refuses to allow a doctor to examine her, Mark disguises himself as a footman to gain entry to her room. This is where the fun begins. Lurking in the background of their burgeoning relationship is a former paramour of Catriona’s who is all too intimately aware of her soiled past and could easily destroy her.
I found the whole Doctor MacHottie posing as a footman a bit of a stretch. Mark was already overextended juggling his patient load, visits to the poor and family obligations (including a less than half-hearted semi-attempt at courtship) to suddenly have time to pop over to Mrs. MacTavish’s house twice a day serve Catriona’s meals. That being said, I loved the interaction between Mark and Catriona when he was “employed” to oversee her meals. Mark didn’t tolerate Catriona’s attitude and highhandedness and she didn’t know how to deal with a man she couldn’t control with a mere fluttering of her lashes. The relationship has an interesting dominant male acting in subservient position dynamic that really worked.
One thing that I really must praise Ms. Ranney for is giving us a heroine who owns her sexuality. Catriona was aware of her power as a beautiful woman. She was even self-aware enough to recognize that she sought the affection of men as a balm to the pain of losing her parents and the hardships that followed. Catriona has been sexually active and she is unapologetic over it. After her accident, Catriona believes she will never again experience passion.
“How did she survive the rest of her life without the touch of another human being? How did she live without pleasures, kisses, or the stroke of trembling fingers on her bare skin?”
The attraction between Mark and Catriona is obvious from the start and Catriona takes charge of the situation, propositioning Mark. That’s not to say that Mark doesn’t take control of their encounters. (I’d have preferred if she lost the veil and Mark had been blindfolded instead – but I’m kinky like that)
Through all her experiences with Mark (and with the unwavering support and guidance of Mrs. MacTavish), Catriona finally looks at who she really is – and who she wants to be. Mark is the first person to look past the masks that Catriona has worn, whether it be her beauty or now her heavy veil.
The woman he knew, shrouded in a veil and silence, wasn’t the epitome of all things decent, good and kind. Neither was she evil. She was simply human, flawed and with failings.
If not for the accident, Catriona would not have found Mark and without Mark she never would have found herself. Mark loves and accepts Catriona for who she is and helps her to do the same for herself
“Neither of us is perfect. Together, we can help each other be better, don’t you think?”
Darn book actually made me cry!