Author Sylvia Day has shared a sneak peek at a tiny portion from her draft of the highly anticipated third installment in the Crossfire Series, Entwined with You. Currently set for release in early May 2013, Entwined with You follows in the wake of the wildly successful Bared to You and Reflected in You.
I’ve noticed some comments around the web regarding the events in the following excerpt, specifically regarding what some view as Eva intentionally ’playing games’ with Gideon. I personally think Eva is being more playful and teasing with Gideon than anything else. Also, I’m getting a ‘clandestine meeting’ vibe from this scene. I’m interested in hearing other’s thoughts …
Follow the jump to read ENTWINED WITH YOU Snippet #6
As a special treat for New Year’s, author Sylvia Day posted a ‘teaser’ from her highly acclaimed Crossfire Series The third installment, Entwined with You, is set for release in May 2013. This new excerpt is exclusive to Sylvia’s website.
The unexpected thing about this ‘teaser’ – it’s from Gideon’s point of view! The first two books, Bared to You and Reflected in You, were exclusively from Eva’s POV. Coupled with the placeholder cover on the publisher’s website that bears tagline: “Gideon’s story is finally here”, does this mean we’ll be reading more of Gideon’s POV in Entwined with You? I certainly hope so! Hearing the story from Gideon’s side would be a powerful (and delicious) experience.
Warning: Explicit language and sexual situation — nom nom!
Shifting carefully, I propped my head on my hand and studied the decadent man who graced my bed. His arms were wrapped around his pillow, showing off chiseled biceps and a muscular back adorned with scratches and crescent depressions from my nails. I’d gripped his ass, too, insanely turned on by the feel of it clenching and releasing as he fucked me tirelessly, stroking his long, thick cock deep inside me.
Again and again…
My legs shifted restlessly, my body stirring with renewed hunger. For all his polished urbanity, Gideon was an untamed animal inside, a raw and primal lover who bared me to the soul every time he made love to me. I had no defenses against him when he was touching me, helpless to resist the drugging pleasure of spreading my thighs for such a virile, passionate male—
His eyes opened, stunning me with those vivid blue irises. He gave me a lazily seductive perusal that made my heart skip a beat. “You’re wearing the fuck me look,” he drawled.
“You’re looking extremely fuckable,” I shot back. “Waking up to you is like… presents on Christmas morning.”
His mouth curved. “For your convenience, I’m already unwrapped. Batteries not required.”
My chest tightened with terrible yearning. I loved him too much, too. I was constantly worried that I wouldn’t be able to hold on to him. He was lightning in a bottle, a dream I tried to hold in my hands.
I let out a shaky breath. “You’re a delicious extravagance for a woman, you know. A luscious, mouthwatering—”
“Shut up.” He dragged me under him before I knew his intent. “I’m filthy rich, but you just want me for my body.”
Please remember, this excerpt may be edited or deleted prior to publication.
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Ascalon is named after the legendary sword St. George used to slay the dragon and rescue the princess. Rather fitting for a noble modern-day knight in a three piece suit like Gideon Cross and his tenacious Lady Eva, as they fight to protect one another… and their love.
My review of Reflected in You can be found here.
Sylvia Day begins her teasing … the first snippet from Entwined with You (US release date May 7, 2013) has been shared:
“What the hell was I supposed to do, Eva? I didn’t know you were out there.” Gideon’s voice deepened, roughened. “If I’d known, I would’ve hunted you down. I wouldn’t have waited a second to find you. But I didn’t know, and I settled for less. So did you. We both wasted ourselves on the wrong people.”
Hmmm … I think Eva’s jealousy is rearing its ugly head again. I LOVE Gideon’s reaction. *sigh*
Also, Penguin Books, the publisher of the Crossfire Series, has an interesting cover image place holder for Entwined with You on their website. While it clearly states that the cover is to be unveiled, the place holder image states: “Gideon’s story is finally here…” Hell yeah!
It also looks like a box set will be available in May 2013 for $45.
Entwined with You, the third book in the New York Times bestselling Crossfire Trilogy, following Bared to You and Reflected in You, now has a new release date: May 7, 2013. The much anticipated novel was previously set to be released December 31, 2012.
According to penguin.co.uk, the UK release date is now May 9, 2013.
I posted earlier that I wouldn’t be surprised if the release date ended up getting pushed back. With all the demands on an author in promoting a new book (Reflected in You), I don’t know when Ms. Day would have found the time to write/edit Entwined with You. I’d rather wait and have a quality product then have it rushed and fail to meet expectations.
What are you hoping to see in Entwined with You?
Title: Reflected in You (Crossfire Series #2)
Author: Sylvia Day
Availability: October 2 ebook, October 23 trade paperback (Berkley Trade)
In this highly anticipated sequel to the NEW YORK TIMES best selling Bared to You, Gideon Cross and Eva Trammel continue to try to work through their troubled pasts, searching for a future they desperately want … and need.
Unfortunately it’s one step forward and two steps back as Gideon and Eva are confronted with specters of the past, as well as their own jealousies and insecurities. When tragedy strikes and Gideon inexplicably pulls away, Eva is forced to decide if she can trust what she knows in her heart to be true over what she sees.
Gideon’s noble determination to slay the dragons of Eva’s past may cost him the one thing he can’t live without – Eva.
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction… my every desire… mine.
My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful… except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.
We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession…
“I’d kill for you,” he whispered, “give up everything I own for you … but I won’t give you up.”
Fasten your seatbelt and hold on tight, as Reflected in You takes you on a powerful, sensual roller coaster ride. At times you’ll want to cringe at what’s coming next, other times you’ll squeal with delight. No matter what, you are guaranteed an exhilarating trip – one that you’ll want to repeat as soon as you are finished.
At times I wanted to rail at Gideon for his high-handed behavior, then of course five pages later I wanted to cuddle him and assure him of his worth. And Eva’s no innocent here either, her jealousy takes on a life of its own and eventually her behavior sparks one of the hottest, most intense confrontations I’ve ever read. Through it all I felt for them, cheered for them, and gave myself over to Ms. Day’s skilled narrative. This is the rare sequel that holds its own with the original.
It’s not all dark and heavy the entire book, they have dinners with friends, a romantic getaway, times to act like a ‘real’ couple. There are much needed moments of levity and normalcy for the couple. A little too ‘normal’ for Gideon at times:
“What’s wrong? Do you need a doctor?”
“It’s my period, I whispered, not wanting Angus to overhear. “It should start any day now. I don’t know why I didn’t realize it before. No wonder I’m so tired and cranky; I’m hormonal.”
He stilled. After a heartbeat or two, I tilted my head back to search his face.
With his lips twisted ruefully, he admitted, “That’s a new one for me. Not something that comes up in the course of a casual sex life.”
“Lucky you. You get to experience the inconvenience reserved for men with girlfriends and wives.”
“I am lucky.”
Eva spreads her wings and makes steps to have more of a life separate from Gideon, taking a trip with Cary and making it a point to cultivate new female friends. Eva’s reckless past is brought into the forefront with the return of a former beau. We also see more of Eva’s relationships with her parents (as an aside, her dad, Victor Reyes? Hot Dayum! *fans self*).
Eva’s extended support system gives her the strength to persevere when Gideon is no longer a daily presence in her life. Sure she has her moments of pity, but she proves herself to be stronger than she realized. We don’t find out until the end of the book why Gideon was pulling away – it was an “a-ha” moment that made me want to race back through the book looking for clues.
Gideon’s mixed signals about his emotional commitment to their relationship present the most difficult challenge to Eva as she contemplates moving on. She was no shrinking violet before and continues to stand up for herself (while also knowing moments of great weakness). I loved that she told Gideon off and let him know his behavior was unacceptable – no curling up in a ball for our Ms. Trammel. (“I don’t know what the fuck you’re doing, ace, but this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde shit ain’t cutting it with me.”) Eventually Eva assures Gideon that he has her trust, but without it being mutual, they have nothing.
“There is no us.”
“Stop saying that.”
“You wanted my blind trust and you have it, but that’s all I can give you. You’ve shared so little of yourself and I’ve lived with it because I had you. And now I don’t–”
“You have me,” he protested.
“Not the way I need you.” I lifted on shoulder in an awkward shrug. “You’ve given me your body and I’ve been greedy with it, because that’s the only way you’re really open to me. And now I don’t have that, and when I look at what I do have, it’s just promises. It’s not enough for me. In the absence of you, all I have is a pile of things you won’t tell me.”
“If I lose you, Eva,” he said hoarsely, “I have nothing. Everything I’ve done is so I don’t lose you.”
“I need more.” I rested my forehead against the glass. “If I can’t have you on the outside, I need to have you on the inside, but you’ve never let me in.”
And so he does let her in, sharing his some details of his trauma, and all of his heart, in a touching, gut-wrenching scene. (“People get over love. They can live without it, they can move on. Love can be lost and found again. But that won’t happen for me. I won’t survive you, Eva.”)
As determined as Gideon is to protect Eva, she’s just as intent on fighting for him – facing down his demons when he won’t to do so himself. I wanted to cheer aloud when she told off Corinne and confronted Gideon’s mom for failing to protect Gideon as a child. Add in creepy Dr. Terry and asshat Christopher, and it was all kinds of Eva empowerment. I loved her righteous indignation and her refusal to allow Gideon’s pain to be trivialized.
I think Eva’s strength is what sets her apart from most heroines of this sub-genre and makes Reflected in You such a compelling read. While the dynamics of their sexual relationship leaves no doubt about Gideon’s dominance, this situation does not translate to their interactions outside of the bedroom (or wherever else they decide to shag).
“You’re completely unmanageable.”
“When I’ve got clothes on. Get used to it.”
Despite their mutual obsession, Eva maintains her independence. Indeed, her need to do so is integral to her personality and Gideon’s acceptance (and ultimate respect) of this trait demonstrates the growth of his character and their relationship.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the character development arc. Gideon and Eva are not the same possessive control freaks they were at the beginning when they could barely contemplate spending two days apart. By the end of the book, they had learned to communicate and trust one another, knowing they didn’t have to be each each other’s pockets in order to be in each other’s heart.
“Do you realize that your reaction to my lunch with Christopher is very calm? And my reaction to you spending time with Corinne? We’re both reacting totally different from the way we would have just a month ago.”
He was different. He smiled, and there was something unique about that warm curving of his lips. “We trust each other, Eva. It feels good, doesn’t it?”
I’d be remiss if I didn’t address the more erotic aspects of this book. It is smoking hot at times – melt your e-reader, singe your hands hot. There are no barriers between Eva and Gideon anymore and (just about) anything goes. There is a scene in the first half of the book that really demonstrates Gideon’s sexual mastery and dominance over Eva’s body. No ropes or spanking or anything like that, yet still not for the faint of heart. No matter if it’s fierce, raw fucking, tender lovemaking or playful foreplay, Sylvia Day manages to infuse each encounter with an abundance of emotion and a true sense of the characters – it’s not gratuitous sex, every time they come together, you care about Eva and Gideon and it’s obvious they care about one another.
Eva and Gideon are an exhausting couple whose journey keeps you on the edge of your seat, in less masterful hands than Ms. Day’s, the result would not be nearly so satisfying.
The third book in the Crossfire Trilogy, Entwined with You, is expected to be released December 31, 2012. Luckily we don’t have to wait too long to enjoy Eva and Gideon’s happy ending – I refuse to contemplate the notion they won’t get one.
If this book were a nail polish it would be: Ascalon by a-england
A reflective grey shot through with flecks of blue and lavender, brightening what could otherwise be too gritty and dark. Ascalon is named after the legendary sword St. George used to slay the dragon and free the Princess Sabra. Rather fitting for our noble modern-day knight in a three piece suit and his tenacious lady, as they fight to protect one another… and their love.
(I’ll post better pictures once I discover where my 4 year old hid my good camera )
My Rating: 5/5 bottles of polish.
This is everything an erotic romance should be: engaging, sensual and evocative, with characters whose fate you truly become invested in.
*I received a digital advance copy via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
The ever generous and über-talented Sylvia Day has shared another Reflected in You snippet! She offers her usual disclaimer, the following excerpt may be edited or deleted prior to release.
“Let go, Gideon.” I caught his wrists to pull his hands away.
He buried his face in my neck, obstinately holding on. “We’ll get there. Okay? Just— We’ll get there.”
I deflated, feeling little of the triumph I had hoped to feel when I’d first asked and anticipated his answer.
“Can we give it a rest tonight?” he asked gruffly, still clinging tight. “Give it all a rest? I just want to chill with you, all right? Order something in for dinner, watch TV, hold you when I sleep. Can we do that?”
Realizing something was seriously off, I twisted to face him. “What’s wrong?”
“I just want some time with you.”
My eyes stung with tears. There was more he wasn’t telling me, so much more. Our relationship was swiftly becoming a minefield of words left unsaid and secrets not shared. “Okay.”
“I need it, Eva. You and me with no drama.” His fingertips brushed across my cheek. “Give me that. Please. Then give me a kiss.”
I turned around, straddling his hips. Cupping his face in my hands, I angled my head to find the perfect approach and pressed my lips to his. I started out soft and slow, licking and suckling. I tugged on his bottom lip; then coaxed him to forget our problems with teasing strokes of my tongue along his.
“Kiss me, damn it,” he growled, his hands bracketing my spine and kneading restlessly. “Kiss me like you love me.”
“I do,” I promised, breathing the words into him. “I can’t help it.”
Sylvia Day’s Facebook page has once again provided a teasing excerpt from Reflected in You, the much anticipated sequel to Bared to You, set for release October 2, 2012. Just a reminder, this excerpt may change or be deleted prior to printing.
Megumi and I had just stepped out into the lobby when I felt my purse vibrate beneath my arm. As we passed through the turnstiles, I dug for my phone and felt my stomach tighten at the sight of Gideon’s name. He was calling, not sexting me back.
“Excuse me,” I said to Megumi before answering.
She waved it off nonchalantly. “Go for it.”
“Hey,” I greeted him playfully.
I missed a step hearing the way he growled my name. There was a wealth of promise in the roughness of his voice. Continue reading →