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Now Available…Reflected in You by Sylvia Day (paperback release)

Reflected in You in now available in paperback. You can find my review of Reflected in You (Crossfire Series #2)- Sylvia Day –>here.

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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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Reflected in You (Crossfire Series #2)- Sylvia Day

An Epic, Action Packed, Sizzling follow up to Bared to You

We once again meet up with Eva and Gideon in the second book of the Crossfire Trilogy. Eva and Gideon are still struggling to figure out their intense relationship. At times their relationship is steamy hot and appears to be moving in a forward and healthy way. Then just as suddenly the distance between the two is cold as ice, leaving Eva struggling to figure out the man with so many secrets whom is so deeply damaged inside yet consumes her heart and desires like an addiction.

Stuck in the emotional upheaval, Eva tries to focus on establishing herself as an individual, separate from her tumultuous relationship with Gideon and her bisexual best friend and roommate Cary, by cultivating new friends and relationships in New York. When Shawna invites her to a concert, Eva finds it to perfect opportunity to make a new girlfriend. But Eva’s past is haunting her and Gideon is there to witness the climax of when the past meets the present.

The constant emotional back and forth and secrets, paired with explosive sex scenes, highlights the character development we see in this second novel and proves without a doubt that Sylvia Day has created a trilogy worthy of reading. A violent attack on someone Eva loves, the reappearance of ex’s, and the truth behind some of Gideon’s past is revealed adding greater depth and complexity to both the plot and characters. Day leaves both Eva and the reader guessing what will happen next and if Gideon and Eva’s relationship can survive. Readers will not be disappointed by Reflected in You, only sorry that they will have to wait until the concluding and final novel in the Crossfire series, Entwined with You, which is scheduled for release December 31, 2012.

The e-book edition of Reflected in You is currently available, but the paperback will not be released until October 23, 2012.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Not Yet Released

 

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Bared to You- Sylvia Day

Erotic and intense…leaving you panting for more

Eva Tramell moved to New York with her best friend Cary Taylor to work at the renowned advertising agency Crossfire. Even before her first day at work, Eva literally stumbles into the billionaire owner, and sexiest man she has ever laid eyes on, Gideon Cross. She instantly feels the animal magnetism of him pull her in to the depths of erotic desire, leaving her craving more.

But Eva has a tragic past, an over protective mother, and a best friend who is just as damaged and broken as she is, that makes the titillating yet emotionally intense Gideon completely wrong for her. Despite her protests, Eva’s desire for Gideon might be exactly what she needs, especially when he has skeletons of his own hiding in the closet. Gideon is used to power and control, but Eva is upsetting his normal routine and stimulating emotions in him that he has long since hidden deep within himself. Tumultuous and passionate, their fragile relationship develops as they try to fill a deep seated need that only the other can provide.

Seeking love and trust between one another, their relationship is intense, complicated, and emotional which creates the perfect setting for explosive and fantastic sex, that leaves the reader nearly as satisfied as Gideon and Eva. Sylvia Day has created an addictive read that promises to get even better.

One of the few issues I had with the book was the lack of resolve of the issues between the two characters. Sex was used as a Band-Aid, and while as fantastic as it was, the characters simply passed over issues without coming to any resolutions.

Readers looking for a Fifty Shades of Grey fix should not pass up Bared to You. While there are many similarities between the two books, particularly with the characters, they are two completely different plots with Bared to You having superior writing, better dialogue, and more creative sexual encounters.

The second book in this trilogy, Reflected in You is currently available to purchase as an e-book. You can find my review of Reflected in You (Crossfire Series #2)–> here. The paperback version is going to be available October 23, 2012.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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My thoughts on the Fifty Shades Trilogy

So I was at work the other day, and a few of my coworkers were discussing the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Some had read them, others were starting, and a few had not.

Yes, I have read them, one a day for three days. As agreed by a majority of bloggers and reviewers, yes I concur the writing itself is amateur at best. At some times the writing and dialogue was so repetitive, I wanted nothing more than to dive into a thesaurus or take a sharpie and edit myself. All that being said, I actually rather enjoyed the story.

Take away the fantasy virgin and the billionaire and you are left with the relationship between the main characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and the myriad of emotions and countless trials they faced that is far more stimulating than the sex scenes themselves. Opening up the reader to think about their own relationships and creating a path for discussion and exploration.

As far as erotica, yes there was sex and the elevator, but my imagination and I am sure countless others have a greater imagination. Maybe, it was the controversy surrounding the books that brought readers to E.L. James, or the Twilight fans, but either way the success of Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy cannot be ignored.

If you are looking for superior award winning writing, amazing sex scenes, and realism, you will not find it here. But if you are looking for a decent romance with some steamy sex and a mild mystery, then the trilogy will meet your expectations and hopefully open your mind to exploring some fantasies of your own.

Some better reading I would suggest for their overall quality, including plot and sexual content…

Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey

The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Book Review, Books, Random

 

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If I Were You- Lisa Renee Jones

Sexy, exciting, and satisfying…

Her first novel in a new trilogy, If I Were You, has a captivating storyline, steamy sex scenes, and strong character development. Sara’s is on summer break from her teaching career, when her neighbor runs off to get married leaving Sara with the key to a storage unit, that has to be cleaned out. In the storage unit, Sara becomes immersed in this mystery woman’s life.  She has furniture, art, and dark erotic journals, which appeal to Sara on an unknown level, tempting to her to discover where this woman is and what happened to her. As Sara follows the clues, she ends up discovering the Rebecca is living Sara’s dream life, in the art world.

For Sara it is a fantasy come true. She replaces Rebecca at the art gallery, under the mission to discover what happened to her, while at the same time Rebecca’s intimate journals, bring out a hidden desire in Sara. Aroused by the sexy artist Chris, Sara engages in a sexually explosive relationship that has all the push and pull, desire, friction, and range of emotions that a new relationships inspires.

Surrounded by sexy and possibly dangerous men, not knowing if Rebecca came to a deadly finale, and who is responsible, Sara places herself in the middle to discover the truth about Rebecca as well as her own sexual desires. With a well thought out plot and cliff hanging ending, the story leaves the reader panting for more. In a similar genre and style of Fifty Shades of Grey, this novel had better developed characters that had substance and merit as individuals, creative writing, and exciting sex scenes. The relationship between Sara and Chris is tumultuous, but realistic. The supplemental characters added to the story rather than distracted from it, and the pop culture references bought about some fun quirks. Overall, Lisa Renee Jones makes a brilliant start to her newest trilogy with If I Were You.

If I Were You is now Available!!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Book Review, Books

 

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