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.…
©2012 Sylvia Day (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A steamy read that will have you furiously flipping pages." (Glamour)
"When it comes to brewing up scorchingly hot sexual chemistry, Day has few literary rivals." (Booklist)
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Hot, sexy, fit, late twenty-something billionaire who built his empire from scratch before turning 30 despite having a traumatic past immediately becomes obsessed with young twenty-something girl who is pretty and doesn't know it and despite beginning the sexcapades more like a business transaction and swearing he doesn't do the relationship thing, he immediately fall in love, plasters his walls with giant pictures of her and become super possesive, stalkerish, and jealous of anything with a penis.
Wait. What book am I reviewing? Oh yeah.
Christian... Oops! I mean Gideon... is the kind of guy who ignores a girl then when she gets upset tells her he wasn't that he only sees her, then screws her brains out and goes back to ignoring her. Her is Eva, not Ana, and she's constantly looking for something wrong with this guy she's so drawn to. The nightmare rape and real rape while the guy is having a nightmare only bothers her for a few hours before they do it again. Drama drama drama. There was so much forced drama that lead to sex that it really got old quick. Too much sexy time can chafe. These kinds of relationships are so friggin unhealthy and if it were real life there'd be a restraining order involved.
But it's not real life, it's an erotic novel. And as my friend tells me, I need to quit analyzing this stuff as a real story and just appreciate it for the hot and sexy romp that it is. I try, I really do. But I can't help myself... like... you may notice that every single person, even the bit players in the book, are sexy. The roommate, the cab driver, the boss, the boss's boyfriend, the secretary at the front desk... the office assistant... EVERYONE is HOT.
So if that doesn't bother you, enjoy :)
I couldn't wait to hear what happened Gideon and Eva, so I purchased "Reflected In You" for my kindle and read the book at one sitting. I enjoyed Jill Redfield's narration of "Bared to You" so I decided to purchase the audiobook of "Reflected in You" when it became available. I much prefer Jill Redfield's narration to reading the book to myself. This book is fairly well written and moves the story forward toward the hopefully happy ending in book three.
This one was not nearly as hot or sexy as the first book. He's broken she's broken, everyone is broken....now how do we get our neuroses to all live happily ever after together.
It wasn't bad, I was just expecting much more.
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.
After a few good reactions from bloggers whose opinions I respect, I decided to give Reflected in You a shot.
I find it peculiar that after listening to this installment I like Bared to You much more than I originally did if this makes any sense to you.
This is the continuation of the hot, but rocking relationship between Eva and Gideon.
The novel takes place right after the ending of Bared to You, and right off the get go we find Eva suffering anxiety from the fact that Gideon still hiding something, and won’t come clean to the point where they both can put their tragic past behind, and set their relationship on a good and healthy track.
On the other hand, Gideon, as much as he seems to love and need Eva, he still is not showing her (outside the bedroom) how strong his feeling for her really are.
We do have a little mystery - well I say “little” because quite frankly it’s very predictable; nevertheless, I enjoyed their interactions in and out the bedroom a lot more this time around, and I’m really beginning to have a true appreciation for the characters, as well as, Ms. Day’s writing style, which btw, it’s easy, fluent, smart, and it involves you in the drama; making you experience and suffer right along Eva the angst, and the emotional uncertainty.
After listening to Reflected in You, I’m highly recommending these novels to anyone that expects a lot more than just sex in an erotica novel, and don’t mind spending some time with challenging, and deeply scarred characters that make you thank God you have a semi-normal life. I will also strongly advise to listen to these novels in the right order; I don’t see any way how this could be enjoy as a stand alone book without having all the facts of this ongoing dramatic roller coaster.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable listen, and I’m looking forward to, Entwined With You, expected to be release on June/2013.
Genre - Contemporary Erotica
Sensuality - Burning
I really enjoyed Jill Redfield’s narration; she does an excellent job transferring to the listener the angst, distress, uneasiness and don't let me forget the sensuality in the emotionally charged relationship between the protagonists.
Her approach to Eva’s character is right on target-I really got a clear picture of her personality. Eva’s insecurities, as well as, her strengths are skillfully conveyed.
This is an emotional listen, and Ms. Redfield perfectly hits the mark with her delivery.
Even though, I’m still not thrilled with any of her male voices, I have to give her good marks for her ability to convey Gideon’s vulnerable moments in a real and believable manner.
All things considered; this is a very good performance by Jill Redfield, and I can’t wait for her delivery of Entwine With You.
Still love the story but disappointed with the second book in the series - not as good as book one. Hope the final book will meet my expectations.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I loved Bared to You, so perhaps my hopes were a little too high for Reflected. This book ran both HOT and COLD for me. At times it was amazing (the sex) but mostly it was just so-so. Gideon and Eva are all over the place. There were times in this book that I really wanted them to work out there differences and just be happy together. Other times I hated one or the other so much I almost gave up listening. There were too many places in the story that just made me roll my eyes and say "really?".
Like the first book there are still too many unanswered questions (Gideon's past for example) and there needs to be a little more character development. Overall I still enjoyed the book and plan to read the next one.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
Seventy five percent of this book annoyed the hell out of me. It was a lot of filler material to stretch the story to three books when two books would have been enough. All the passion and love I felt between Eva and Gideon in the first book turned into obsession and darker than I would have liked. These are two people with what sounds like borderline personality disorder in a very disfunctional relationship were both used sex instead of talking. Sex to show love, sex to punish...
The last two hours of the audiobook is when things pick up in a very unexpected way. I never expected what happened and although some questions are answered I was left with a million more questions. I found it funny how insane several characters are. Eva, Gideon, Cari, Eva's mother and Gideon's brother all need to be medicated. So basically if you start getting annoyed by their constant fighting, jealousy and immature tantrums, please keep listening because the end is well worth it.
Narration: Jill Redfield did a very good job again. I give her five stars but four to the producers because there was some background noise and she sounded too low sometimes. She's so good as a narrator that she made Eva extra annoying with how needy and immature she sounded and Gideon so so so criptic.
The last book of the series should come out in December and I can't wait to see how Eva and Gideon can make their relationship work on the long run with less drama, if Cari will be able to be monogamous and what's up with Gideon's strange brother...
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
I loved this book - yes their relationship was like a rollercoaster ride of emotions due to their obsessive and dysfunction love for each other. Then the break-up period was just heartbreaking and I felt really sorry for each of them even tho I knew why Gideon was doing it sadly Eva didn't. I won't give the ending away, but I thought the last 1hr was soooo touching.
I think it was a sexually charged, romantic, dark and compelling listen which had great characters who were all involved in a tense but joyous love story that's totally addictive - for me anyway.
My patience is going to be severely tested as I will have to wait until next May for the third installment Entwined With You.
Worth a credit? Yes absolutely and after I finished it I could have listened to it again.
Talk about a roller coaster of love and angst! I was so engulfed in this story I listened to it start to finish in one day!! The narrator does such a fabulous job! I was living the story vicariously. Can't believe we have to wait until December for the next (or last) book. :(
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
i listened to this book several times and i couldn't get enough. if you loved the first one in the series (Bared to You), then this won't disappoint. Gideon's story takes shape in this book and the ending about sent me over the edge, making me so excited for the third book. i loved this! couldn't get enough!
"Getting better by the book"
I'm loved book two. Sylvia Day is keeping you hanging on a string wanting to no where Ava and Gideon are going to end up. The first big hurdle they have got passed but you just no that's going to lead them to more. Also I'm enjoying seeing how some of the smaller but just as interesting people in there lives how there stories are moving along and developing. I'm interested in what will happen to both Kerry and Irland. I also can't wait to see the step brother and Doctor get there come u pence.
Jill Redfield's narration again was brilliant she breaths life and soul into the story and makes it easy to get lost into the world of Ava and Gideon and the colour smell and life of New York.
this series is killing me how can put 2 be better then part one? well it is unbelievable awesome the bizz put 3 here is come
"More dirty, more deliciousnesssss"
How do you stop spelling deliciousnesssss... :-)
Once again, the quality of the writing when compared to 50 Shades is unmistakable.
The plot takes off in unexpected directions and is interesting enough to keep your attention. I was a little surprised by how much I'd invested in the characters when I got all teary eyed.
Quick synopsis: Ava and Gideon continue to stumble around in their relationship, both completely clueless. Things get very shaky when Ava's past comes back to haunt them both and Gideon is forced to do some terrible things to protect her.
There's a wonderful 'nose pressed to the window' feeling when reading about the gorgeous clothes, gorgeous people and gorgeous functions that people with oodles of money attend.
And again... Carey Taylor, Ava's best friend is so, so wonderful. I want me one, just like him!
"new day fan"
Yes really brought the characters to life
Has to b all of it live tray yum. GIGEON MMMM, Ava is every womens advocate.
Has to b this womens inner strength yet vulnerable personality
It follows on nicely from book 1 good story line, could not put it down.
Fifty Shades fo grey.
She really reads this well, and you get so lost in the book you forget that she is reading fictional characters!!!!
"Can't wait for book 3!!"
I couldn't wait to listen to the next installment and wasn't disappointed! The characters drag you into the story further and you fall in love with the depth of love the 2 characters have for each other. The story is left we a big cliffhanger at the end which adds to the suspense for the next book. Narrating good job as always although sometimes her characters can seem to roll into 1 but that only happens a handful of times. I can't wait for number 3.
"Very fifty shades"
If you enjoyed the fifty shades books you will like this but is based on a very close story line but worth a listen to pass time at or on the way to work!!!!!!!!
"Very good read"
I was absolutely glued to this audio book. I couldn't stop listening to it.
I was swept along with Gideon and Ava on their story.
From start to finish I couldn't put it down.
I prefer this book to the fifty shades trilogy which I read on my kindle.
You can feel the emotions with Ava as well as her frustration with Gideon and want them to work out their problems, also very steamy during parts.
I found this book to be even better than 50 shades of grey in character plots and back grounds.
"Scandalous rip off"
I'm surprise that nobody was choked by the end of the book ! The hero become a murder, and everybody, even the police say "thank you" to him ???? Is that the definition of a romantic hero ? Did Sylvia Day and her Editor totally insane ?
It's a shame to compare this book with the brilliant 5 shades of Grey. The first 'bared to you" is just a plagiarism without talent, but this one is depressiv and immoral. Does Sylvia Day and readers really think that one can be a murderer and go to sleep like a baby ? The poor heroïn will married someone who can kill without scrupules and be happy, have baby with him ??? We are defenetly living in a different world.
If you want to read good erotics autors, go listen Olivia Cunning or read Kate Gray, you will find women with a lot of talent and creativity.
However, I must say Jill Redfield made a great job (except for Gideon who speak lige a mafia godfather), it's a pity her talent serve a so creepy story.
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