Entwined with You (Crossfire, Book 3) by
The #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestseller.
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…
From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I 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.
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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…
Amazon Exclusive: Interview with Sylvia Day
After naming Sylvia Day’s Bared to You a 2012 Best Book of the Year in Romance and devouring Reflected in You, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the third book in Day’s scorching Crossfire series, Entwined with You. To whet our appetites and make waiting for the book’s arrival a little easier, Amazon Romance expert Alyssa Morris spoke with Day about what’s next for Gideon and Eva, her upcoming collaboration with Harlequin and Cosmopolitan, her all-time favorite romance novels, and much more.
Alyssa Morris: Now that you’ve had a bit of time to absorb the success of Bared to You, does it feel real? Or are you still surprised?
Sylvia Day: I’m still surprised! I’m glad I’m a veteran and that I’ve been publishing for close to 10 years, so I had some experience under my belt as far as dealing with it. But on the other hand, there’s no way to anticipate writing something that becomes a global phenomenon, you know. I don’t know about other writers–I didn’t even dream about anything like that. I always figured that it just happened to the Stephenie Meyers and J.K. Rowlings of the world. So, yeah, I don’t think I’ll ever get over being surprised that I had a series that struck such a chord.
AM: It just hit such a moment in our culture, where all of a sudden this is what everyone wants to be reading. It’s an interesting confluence.
SD: Right. We always talk about that, about right book, right time. Random House released Fifty Shades on the same day I self-published Bared to You, so talk about the right timing. Just… wow!
AM: Do you have a favorite moment in the Crossfire series so far?
SD: You know, I really loved the weekend that Gideon and Eva spent in the Outer Banks. These poor guys. When they’re alone, they’re fine. Life is perfect when they’re alone. Unfortunately, they don’t get a lot of time alone. [Laughs] So I just love that. I love seeing them together away from all of the distractions and intrusions and everything else that’s going wrong in their lives.
I can’t talk too much about Entwined with You because it’s not out yet. And that’s so hard, because I so want to talk tabout it! But there’s more alone time with Gideon and Eva as we move forward in the series and they grow stronger, so I’m really enjoying that as a writer.
Review Entwined with You by Sylvia Day AudioBook
A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance of 2013
“Day’s highly anticipated third Crossfire novel is worth the wait. Eva and Gideon’s relationship reaches a new level, and while they continue to struggle with mistakes from their past, there’s no denying the fiery passion that blazes between the two. It’s been a delight watching Eva grow into a strong, confident woman, and even Gideon makes some progress as a partner worthy of such a fantastic heroine.” – RT Book Reviews
“Day takes romantic love by the scruff of the neck and injects it with a Class-A drug for added intensity, but in Entwined with You also produces a love story that is ultimately sophisticated, engaging, clever and sweet.” – The Irish Independent
“… the characters are compelling, and the book itself is well written and the characterization is interesting. The sex scenes in this book are extremely hot and they do advance the connection between the characters.” – Dear Author
“The Crossfire series raises the bar… Although they may have been victims in the past, they are no longer. Strengthen by their resolve to take control of their lives, instead of being controlled by their past; both Eva and Gideon display great character development. I highly recommend Entwined with You.” – Night Owl Reviews
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REVIEW: Entwined with You (A Crossfire Novel) by Sylvia Day
Dear Ms. Day:
I think that your Crossfire series qualifies as “extreme romance“. Even though it portrays an incredibly screwed up, emotionally damaging relationship between two people, your writing and characterization make it a compelling read. Those who have read the previous two books in this series, Bared to You and Reflected in You know that Gideon Cross and Eva Trammel have been struggling through both of their difficult pasts to build their future together.
When we left the couple at the end of Reflected in You, Gideon had gone as far as someone could go to protect Eva, but the emotional fallout of his actions have made Eva wary. In order to carry out his plan, Gideon cut Eva out of his life, allowing the world, and Eva, to believe that they had broken up,and going so far as to be seen with a former flame to carry out the deception. Eva was devastated, and when she finally discovers the truth about what Gideon has done, she’s both deeply touched by his actions and horrified that he’s gone as far as he has. She worries that carrying out his plan has scarred him irrevocably. Gideon already suffers cruelly from his horrible past, and now his actions will only compound his angst.
Now Gideon is back in her life, but it must be a secret, as there is an ongoing police investigation. He takes the apartment next door to the one that Eva shares with Cary, her roommate. They sneak to see each other as often as possible, but must keep their relationship under wraps. Eva is struggling to forgive Gideon for hurting her, even as she can’t seem to stay away from him. As the two are finding their way, the usual dramas are playing out in Eva’s life. Her mother is still keeping too tight tabs on Eva’s whereabouts, her father has just found out about the abuse that Eva suffered as a child, and Cary is still messing around with the hot model and the hot vet, not making a choice, but seeing both.
What to say about this book? I gobbled it up and enjoyed every moment of it. That being said, I think it is problematic. The first issue being that this series was originally sold as a three book series, which has now been extended to a five book series. Which is great, except that this book had the feel of filler to me. When I started it, I wasn’t aware that the series had been extended, so when the book ended, I literally kept pressing the screen on my iPad, thinking there was more. The ending is ABRUPT, and mostly unfulfilling. The book meanders a bit, I think with the intention of building the bond between Gideon and Eva. But honestly? Their relationship is so remarkably dysfunctional that its unsettling to read. While I have no doubt they love each other, Gideon’s actions, in particular, are extremely stalkerish. He tracks Eva’s phone, he knows where she is at all times, he wants her to come work for him so he always knows what she’s up to. I would have liked to see the story move ahead more. It felt like there were all sorts of little dramas playing out without there being any definite climax (forgive the pun). It almost felt to me as if you’d written a larger book, and then split it into two parts.
All of that being said, the characters are compelling, and the book itself is well written and the characterization is interesting. The sex scenes in this book are extremely hot and they do advance the connection between the characters. Overall, I’m still interested to see the resolution of Eva and Gideon’s story, but I’m really hoping the next book has more action. Entwined with You gets a B- from me.