Entwined with You by Sylvia DayEntwined with You by Sylvia Day

Entwined with You

bySylvia Day

Paperback | June 4, 2013

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The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires in the third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Crossfire series.

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also 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.

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...
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 42 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 28 countries, with over 18 million copies sold. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit Sylvia at sylviaday.com, Facebook.com/Aut...
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Title:Entwined with YouFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.23 × 5.48 × 0.96 inPublished:June 4, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read Adult reading at its finest.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series! I could not put this book down! This series is much better then other similar series. The love story is strong and you fall in love with the characters.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined with You I couldn't put this book down!! Love this series!!
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This series is my guilty pleasure.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series! So much drama!!! I loved this book in the series
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit. So glad that I have stuck with this series as the books seem to get better and better. The characters are getting better too.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE ! Each book in the series gets better and better. I am in love with the crossfire series and you will be too !
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the first two I liked all the the "troubles" that came across Gideon and Eva. It's much more entertaining than the first 3 books.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! First trilogy I've read where each book gets better rather than redundant.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok i'm in love After reading the first and second book of the Crossfire series; now the third i really cant stop reading, i just have to know are Eva and Gideon going to get married or is the brillant Gideon going to prison for the death of Eva's step brother after all that he had done to her. I dont think that this book can get any better but as i read more; Gideon is a real hero and a keeper.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from definite lack of closure ENTWINED WITH YOU is the third storyline in Sylvia Day’s erotic, contemporary Crossfire series focusing on Gideon Cross and the woman he would kill for-Eva Trammel. At the end of REFLECTED IN YOU Gideon and Eva’s life had been cemented together with the knowledge about who killed Eva’s step-brother and the secrets from each other’s past-pasts filled with betrayal, abuse and questionable parenting from all concerned. Entwined With You furthers the storyline yet does very little in the way of developing a different direction for the leading couple or continuing the story. Many questions from the second book have been answered-questions regarding some of Gideon’s behavior and Eva’s mistaken beliefs. But a good portion of this particular novel involves sex and issues of trust-and there is plenty of sex between our leading couple-in the bedroom; in the kitchen; on the couch; on the floor; in the shower; on the plane; in the office and….well, you get the idea ! Sex in this series has always been prevalent and a major part of the storyline but I felt overwhelmed very quickly. Issues of trust, once again, come to the forefront as past lovers continue to force themselves into Gideon and Eva’s lives. Whether in the guise of love or obsession, these ex-lovers will wreak havoc for our couple. From Corinne to Brett and another from Gideon’s past, as well as some revealing video, Eva and Gideon must weather the firestorm that continues to burn hot and bright. But I am not sure where Sylvia is going with this particular series. She was originally contracted for a trilogy -3 books- but now there are plans for a total of 5. Most (but not all) of the major issues between Gideon and Eva have been solved as well as some important aspects of their future, therefore, Sylvia has ventured into secondary character storylines. The secondary characters including Eva’s parents, Megumi and especially Cary’s love triangle with Trey and Tatiana, will all play a much more prominent role in future storylines. Sylvia Day has used Entwined With You as the building block to several potential story arcs in the series that may or may not directly involve Eva and Gideon (although all secondary characters are connected to the couple) and, therefore their stories will reflect directly back. The relationship between Gideon and Eva continues to be very physical and co-dependent. There is rarely a moment where they were not touching or kissing or enticing the other into another round of steamy sex or forbidden touch. They risk public disclosure and decency laws on more than one occasion. The bond between Gideon and Eva is one of need and want; love and obsession. They are each other’s addiction. Regardless of Gideon’s need to protect and defend, there is also his need FOR Eva as well. He is a man who is unable to function without the woman that he loves. At some point Gideon will want to take their relationship to the next level. Overall, Entwined With You is an interesting storyline but one that I found not to be on the same level as the previous two books. Perhaps there is the issue of expanding the trilogy into a series of five and therefore a different approach and direction was required to shape and construct the new storyline arc but there is a definite lack of closure and satisfaction in book three. It was like running on a treadmill when you needed to get somewhere else.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Stop I bought. I read. I couldn't put it down. I found this book to be a great read with enough detail to keep my interest peaked. Unlike most books where there is usually a section where you want to just speed through because it feels like it doesn't belong, this book didn't fall flat anywhere in my opinion. Sylvia has me hooked.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Stop I bought. I read. I couldn't put it down. I found this book to be a great read with enough detail to keep my interest peaked. Unlike most books where there is usually a section where you want to just speed through because it feels like it doesn't belong, this book didn't fall flat anywhere in my opinion. Sylvia has me hooked.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This series is so much better than the 50 shades one. Story is better written, characters and story more interesting. Worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series Even better than FSOG. The characters are deeper and well developed. The intimate scenes are red hot and there's not even one handcuff in sight!
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined with you Excellent novel, very well written. Will start reading part iv.
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome author A little disappointed in this book but still a good read & left me anxious for the release of the next one Keep up the good work Sylvia I love reading your work
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined with you I love love love this series!!!!
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined with you Pretty good little heavy on how many times you can find time to make love during a work day but I loved it U hy
Date published: 2014-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addiction Absolutely love all of these books!!!! Can not get enough!!!!!
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Crossfire novels Amazing books! I'd dare say best in romance novels.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined with you On of the best romance books. I did not want the story to end.
Date published: 2014-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. Cross I'm obsessed with this novel
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined with You Loved this series - Great!
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crossfire How long until the next one........
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I read it in two days. I could not put it down. The characters and story line had me so intrigued. I did not want this book, or the series to end, and Im glad it hasn't. I enjoy the style of writing. Great book! ensure to read Bared to You and Reflected in You.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crossfire novel Can't wait till the next one .
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entwined with You I as so excited to stat reading this book after reading the other two in the series. But I was some what disappointed. Now I gave to wait for the next book to come out. I feel like this book dragged on. Everything probably should of been done in this book.
Date published: 2014-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok, then The ending was anti climatic, like I know you want to sell more books, but u could have found a more decent way to end this chapter... it feels like pages were left off by accident.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok, then The ending was anti climatic, like I know you want to sell more books, but u could have found a more decent way to end this chapter... it feels like pages were left off by accident.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok, then Love these books!!!! Can't wait for the rest of them to be released.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok, then great end to good trilogy.relly enjoyed it
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok, then Absolutely 5 star. Gideon and Eva has me gripping on to my ereader. The crossfire novels are amazing from beginning to end. Way better than fifty shades of grey. Beautiful story that captures you into the book. Absolutely love it. So addicted.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok, then I couldnt put the book down, I have loved reading all 3 so far just waiting on next one definitely recommend you read this if you like romance.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ok, then Brillian a must read, very goid story line
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect ! The third book of the Crossfire series is perfect. It is a perfect continuity to the story. Once again they have a magical, rocky and intense relationship which makes you crave for more and need to know what will happen next. Sylvia Day once again got me hooked from the beginning of the book to the end. Gideon & Eva's relationship is so great, there is no possession of Eva which makes me enjoy this book to the fullest, she has an attitude, she has a say into what she wants to do and what she does not want to do. The surprises that happen and the development of the characters is really worth the read if you have read the other books. I am glad I got to learn more about the characters and that I feel some sort of attachment to them. The storyline is great and there is actually something going on other then sex, don't get me wrong the sex is wonderful but it feels great to actually have a story and something to help us relate to the characters. I love love this series and I recommend it to anyone that loves romance and erotica.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than 50!!! I really enjoyed all the books...better storyline than 50 & just the fact that there was respect of a woman & not possession of a woman was great....yes, there was some possession but not to the extreme as 50....this should also become a movie & I can't wait for the next book/s in this series....loved the interrelationships with the other characters.
Date published: 2013-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Cannot wait till the next book
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entwined and Entranced Love this!! Now.......where is the next book??? I can't wait!! I'm entranced!! The whole collection has been fabulous!!
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of naughty stuff, not much plot The Good Stuff This author has a true gift for writing erotic scenes Impressed with the emphasis on therapy for their troubles. They keep making mistakes, but they talk them through and work at it everyday - very refreshing Nice addition of some lighter moments between Eva and Gideon and scenes with them spending time together without mind blowing, tear inducing naughty stuff Monica is such a despicable mother, she makes me feel like I am the best mom in the world Enjoyed the fleshing out of the characters background stories The Not So Good Stuff I can't help it but when I got to the end I was like wtf - I thought this was only going to be a trilogy. I know it's my fault for not knowing but I just wanted a conclusion. I actually threw down the book I was so frustrated - hmm note to self, must get out more Also even-though the s** scenes are seriously steamy, there were way too many of them, I like a little more plot with my naughty stuff Worried about poor Cary - he obviously needs help and Eva needs to more of a friend to him, especially since he is always there for her Favorite Quotes/Passages "Shut up." I slid off him and smacked his shoulder. "We are totally dysfunctional." "I prefer 'selectively deviant.' But we'll keep that to ourselves." "And I really want you to stop hurting yourself over what was done to you. You were raped. You were a victim and now you're a survivor. There's no shame in that." "You and me, we're both guilty of tiptoeing around Mom-Oh no, don't upset Monica!-because we'd rather just give in than deal with her meltdowns. But that's emotional extortion, Richard, and I'm done paying out." Who Should/Shouldn't Read If you read and loved the first two books most likely you will eat this up Need some inspiration for the bedroom - this could be very helpful If you want something fast paced, this probably isn't your thing Need some new fantasies or feeling unsexy - definitely some ideas here Great beach read or if you just finished a sombre book, this is a nice change of pace 3.75 Dewey's I received this from Penguin UK in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not over yet ... This was a decent read, definitely steamy, and it took great strides to separate itself from the 50 Shades plotline that the first book patterned a little too closely. Control and possessiveness continue to be the focus, but the story is less of an emotional rollercoaster than previous installments. I thought this book would be the end of the series, but we ultimately learn that the Crossfire series will continue. While I was ready for the series to be over, this book ended with alot of loose ends and so I'm looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! well after reading soo many mix review of this book cuz people didn't really like and some people love it ...me im in between cuz i did like it and it kept you hanging for the next book to come out so i did enjoy it and i read it in 2 days i didn't want to stop reading it .
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was hoping for :( As some of the others have said this book was a little disappointing especially given the release date was delayed by 2 months. I found it to be quiet slow, I think it was only a period of 2 weeks in the lives of Eva and Gideon that passed in this book. Don't get me wrong, it opened up some good story lines to come and I did enjoy parts of it and I can't wait to read the next one, I just wish it had have been a little less slow. Hopefully we don't have to wait too long for the next one and the pace picks up a little and is more in line with the first two books.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a little disappointing I enjoyed the first two books but found this one very slow. Not much happened. I thought that this was the final book in this series... it's not. I like Gideon and Eva, and I will read the next book, since I have to find out what happens, but I thought their story could have been wrapped up in this book.
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to keep reading... I loved this newest edition in the Gideon & Eva saga! They continue to fight for each other and their love grows stronger. Many new plot lines are introduced that will be dealt with in the next 2 novels in the series. I can't wait to read them! :-)
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! Nowhere near as good as Book 1 or 2. Not worth the wait or the money. I agree with KD - should have stuck to trilogy for the sake of the reader and the story not the bank book.
Date published: 2013-06-09

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Chapter 1New 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.The blare of a horn snapped me back to the present.Through the windshield, I saw my roommate’s million-dollar smile flashing at me from the billboard on the side of a bus. Cary Taylor’s lips had a come-hither curve and his long, lean frame was blocking the intersection. The taxi driver was hitting his horn repeatedly, as if that would clear the way.Not a chance. Cary wasn’t moving and neither was I. He lounged on his side, bare-chested and barefooted, his jeans unbuttoned to show both the waistband of his underwear and the sleek lines of his ripped abs. His dark brown hair was sexily mussed and his emerald eyes were bright with mischief.I was suddenly struck with the knowledge that I would have to keep a dreadful secret from my best friend.Cary was my touchstone, my voice of reason, my favorite shoulder to lean on—and a brother to me in every way that mattered. I hated the thought of having to hold back what Gideon had done for me.I wanted desperately to talk about it, to get help working it out in my head, but I’d never be able to tell anyone. Even our therapist could be ethically and legally bound to break our confidence.A burly, neon-vested traffic cop appeared and urged the bus into its lane with an authoritative white-gloved hand and a holler that meant business. He waved us through the intersection just before the light changed. I sat back, my arms around my waist, rocking.The ride from Gideon’s Fifth Avenue penthouse to my apartment on the Upper West Side was a short one, but somehow it felt like an eternity. The information that NYPD detective Shelley Graves had shared with me just a few hours earlier had changed my life.It also forced me to abandon the one person I needed to be with.I’d left Gideon alone because I couldn’t trust Graves’s motives. I couldn’t take the chance that she’d told me her suspicions just to see if I’d run to him and prove that his breakup with me was a well-crafted lie.God. The riot of emotions I felt had my heart racing. Gideon needed me now—as much as, if not more than, I needed him—yet I’d walked away.The desolation in his eyes as the doors to his private elevator separated us had ripped me open inside.Gideon.The cab turned the corner and pulled up in front of my apartment building. The night doorman opened the car door before I could tell the driver to turn around and take me back, and the sticky August air rushed in to chase the air-conditioning away.“Good evening, Miss Tramell.” The doorman accompanied the greeting with a tap of his fingers to the brim of his hat and waited patiently while I swiped my debit card. When I’d finished paying, I accepted his help out of the back of the cab and felt his gaze slide discreetly over my tearstained face.Smiling as if everything were okay in my world, I rushed into the lobby and headed straight for the elevator, with a brief wave at the front desk staff.“Eva!”Turning my head, I discovered a svelte brunette in a stylish skirt-and-blouse ensemble rising to her feet in the lobby seating area. Her dark hair fell in thick waves around her shoulders, and her smile graced full lips that were a glossy pink. I frowned, not recognizing her.“Yes?” I replied, suddenly wary. There was an avid gleam in her dark eyes that got my back up. Despite how battered I felt and probably looked, I squared my shoulders and faced her directly.“Deanna Johnson,” she said, thrusting out a well-manicured hand. “Freelance reporter.”I arched a brow. “Hello.”She laughed. “You don’t have to be so suspicious. I’d just like to chat with you a few minutes. I’ve got a story I’m working on, and I could use your help.”“No offense, but I can’t think of anything I want to talk to a reporter about.”“Not even Gideon Cross?”The hairs on my nape prickled. “Especially not him.”As one of the twenty-five richest men in the world, with a New York real estate portfolio so extensive it boggled the mind, Gideon was always news. But it was also news that he’d dumped me and gotten back together with his ex-fiancée.Deanna crossed her arms, a move that accentuated her cleavage, something I took note of only because I was eyeing her again with more care.“Come on,” she coaxed. “I can keep your name out of it, Eva. I won’t use anything that identifies you. This is your chance to get a bit of your own back.”A rock settled in the bottom of my stomach. She was so exactly Gideon’s type—tall, slender, dark-haired, and golden-skinned. So very unlike me.“Are you sure you want to go down this road?” I asked quietly, intuitively certain she’d fucked my man at some point in the past. “He isn’t someone I’d want to cross.”“Are you afraid of him?” she shot back. “I’m not. His money doesn’t give him the right to do whatever the hell he wants.”I took a slow, deep breath and remembered when Dr. Terrence Lucas—someone else who was at odds with Gideon—had said something similar to me. Now that I knew what Gideon was capable of, how far he would go to protect me, I could still answer honestly and without reservation, “No, I’m not afraid. But I’ve learned to pick my battles. Moving on is the best revenge.”Her chin lifted. “Not all of us have rock stars waiting in the wings.”“Whatever.” I sighed inwardly at her mention of my ex, Brett Kline, who was front man for a band on the rise and one of the sexiest men I’d ever met. Like Gideon, he radiated sex appeal like a heat wave. Unlike Gideon, he wasn’t the love of my life. I was never going to wade in that pool again.“Listen”—Deanna pulled a business card out of a pocket of her skirt—“pretty soon you’re going to figure out that Gideon Cross was using you to get Corinne Giroux jealous enough to come back to him. When you smell the coffee, call me. I’ll be waiting.”I accepted the card. “Why do you think I know anything worth sharing?”Her lush mouth thinned. “Because whatever Cross’s motivation was for hooking up with you, you got to him. The iceman thawed a bit for you.”“Maybe he did, but it’s over.”“That doesn’t mean you don’t know something, Eva. I can help you figure out what’s newsworthy.”“What’s your angle?” I’d be damned if I would sit back while someone took aim at Gideon. If she was determined to be a threat to him, I was determined to head her off at the pass.“That man has a dark side.”“Don’t we all?” What had she seen of Gideon? What had he revealed in the course of their . . . association? If they’d had one.I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to the point where thinking of Gideon being intimate with another woman didn’t trigger ferocious jealousy.“Why don’t we go somewhere and talk?” she cajoled.I shot a glance at the staffer at the front desk, who made a good show of politely ignoring us. I was too emotionally raw to deal with Deanna, and was still reeling from the conversation with Detective Graves.“Maybe some other time,” I said, leaving the option open because I intended to keep tabs on her.As if he sensed my uneasiness, Chad, one of the night crew at the front desk, approached.“Ms. Johnson was just leaving,” I told him, consciously relaxing. If Detective Graves hadn’t been able to pin anything on Gideon, a nosy freelance reporter wasn’t going to do better.Too bad I knew what kind of information could be leaked from the police, and how easily and often it was done. My father, Victor Reyes, was a cop, and I’d heard plenty on that subject.I turned toward the elevators. “Good night, Deanna.”“I’ll be around,” she called after me.I stepped into the elevator and hit the button for my floor. As the doors slid shut, I sagged into the handrail. I needed to warn Gideon, but there was no way for me to contact him that couldn’t be traced.The ache in my chest intensified. Our relationship was so fucked up. We couldn’t even talk to each other.I exited on my floor and let myself into my apartment, crossing the spacious living room to dump my purse on one of the kitchen bar stools. The view of Manhattan showcased through my living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows failed to stir me. I was too agitated to care where I was. The only thing that mattered was that I wasn’t with Gideon.As I headed down the hallway toward my bedroom, the sound of muted music floated outward from Cary’s. Did he have company over? If so, who was it? My best friend had decided to try juggling two relationships—one with a woman who accepted him the way he was and one with a man who hated that Cary was involved with someone else.I shed my clothes across the bathroom floor en route to the shower. While I lathered, it was impossible not to think of the times I’d showered with Gideon, occasions when our lust for one another had fueled starkly erotic encounters. I missed him so much. I needed his touch, his desire, his love. My craving for those things was a gnawing hunger, making me restless and edgy. I had no idea how I was supposed to fall asleep when I didn’t know when I’d get a chance to talk to Gideon again. There was so much that had to be said.Wrapping a towel around me, I left the bathroom—Gideon stood just inside my closed bedroom door. The sight of him spurred a reaction so abrupt it was like a physical blow. My breath caught and my heart lurched into an excited rhythm, my entire being responding to the sight of him with a potent rush of yearning. It felt like years since I’d last been with him, instead of a mere hour.I’d given him a key, but he owned the building. Getting to me without leaving a trail that could be followed was possible with that advantage . . . just as he’d been able to get to Nathan.“It’s dangerous for you to be here,” I pointed out. That didn’t stop me from being thrilled that he was. My gaze drank him in, roaming avidly over his lean, broad-shouldered frame.He wore black sweats and a well-loved Columbia sweatshirt, a combination that made him look like the twenty-eight-year-old man he was and not the billionaire mogul the rest of the world knew. A Yankees ball cap was pulled low over his brow, but the shadow cast by its brim did nothing to diminish the striking blue of his eyes. They stared at me fiercely, his sensual lips drawn into a grim line. “I couldn’t stay away.”Gideon Cross was an impossibly gorgeous man, so beautiful that people stopped and stared when he walked by. I’d once thought of him as a sex god, and his frequent—and enthusiastic—displays of prowess constantly proved me right, but I also knew he was all too human. Like me, he’d been broken.The odds were against our making it.My chest expanded on a deep breath, my body responding to the proximity of his. Even though he stood several feet away, I could feel the heady attraction, the magnetic pull of being near the other half of my soul. It’d been that way with us from the very first meeting, both of us inexorably drawn together. We’d mistaken our ferocious mutual captivation for lust until we realized we couldn’t breathe without each other.I fought the urge to run into his arms, the place where I so desperately wanted to be. But he was too still, too tightly reined. I waited in exquisite anticipation for his cue.God, I loved him so much.His hands fisted at his sides. “I need you.”My core tightened in response to the roughness of his voice, the rasp of it warm and luxurious.“You don’t have to sound so happy about it,” I teased breathlessly, trying to lighten his mood before he got me beneath him.I loved him wild, and I loved him tender. I’d take him any way I could get him, but it’d been so long . . . My skin was already tingling and tightening expectantly, craving the greedy reverence of his touch. I feared what would happen if he came at me full force when I was so starved for his body. We might tear each other apart.“It’s killing me,” he said gruffly. “Being without you. Missing you. I feel like my fucking sanity depends on you, Eva, and you want me to be happy about that?”My tongue darted out to wet my dry lips and he growled, sending a shiver through me. “Well . . . I’m happy about it.”The tension in his posture visibly eased. He must’ve been so worried about how I would react to what he’d done for me. To be honest, I’d been worried. Did my gratitude mean I was more twisted than I realized?Then I remembered my stepbrother’s hands all over me . . . his weight pressing me into the mattress . . . the tearing pain between my legs as he rammed into me over and over . . .I trembled with renewed fury. If being glad the fucker was dead made me twisted, so be it.Gideon took a deep breath. His hand reached up to his chest and rubbed at the area over his heart as if it hurt him.“I love you,” I told him, my eyes stinging with fresh tears. “I love you so much.”“Angel.” He reached me with quick strides, dropping his keys on the floor and shoving both hands into my damp hair. He was shaking and I cried, overwhelmed by the knowledge of how much he needed me.Tilting my head to the angle he wanted, Gideon took my mouth with searing possession, tasting me with slow, deep licks. His passion and hunger exploded across my senses, and I whimpered, my hands tangling in his sweatshirt. His answering groan vibrated through me, tightening my nipples and sending goose bumps racing across my skin.I melted into him, my hands pushing the cap from his head so that my fingers could sink into the silky black mane of his hair. I fell into the kiss, swept away by the lush carnality of it. A sob escaped me.“Don’t,” he breathed, pulling back to cradle my jaw. He looked into my eyes. “It shreds me when you cry.”“It’s too much.” I trembled.His beautiful eyes looked as weary as mine. He nodded grimly. “What I did—”“Not that. How I feel about you.”He rubbed the tip of his nose against me, his hands sliding reverently along my bare arms—hands with proverbial blood on them, which only made me love his touch all the more.“Thank you,” I whispered.His eyes closed. “God, when you left tonight . . . I didn’t know if you’d come back . . . if I’d lost you—”“I need you, too, Gideon.”“I won’t apologize. I’d do it again.” His grip tightened on me. “The options were restraining orders, increased security, vigilance . . . for the rest of your life. There was no guarantee you’d be safe unless Nathan was dead.”“You cut me off. Shut me out. You and me—”“Forever.” His fingertips pressed against my parted lips. “It’s over, Eva. Don’t argue about something that’s too late to change.”I brushed his hand away. “Is it over? Can we be together now, or are we still hiding our relationship from the police? Are we even in a relationship?”Gideon held my gaze, hiding nothing, letting me see his pain and fear. “That’s what I’m here to ask you.”“If it’s up to me, I’ll never let you go,” I said vehemently. “Never.”Gideon’s hands slid down my throat to my shoulders, blazing a hot trail across my skin. “I need that to be true,” he said softly. “I was afraid you’d run . . . that you’d be afraid. Of me.”“Gideon, no—”“I would never hurt you.”I caught the waistband of his sweats and tugged, even though I couldn’t budge him. “I know that.”And physically, I had no doubts; he’d always been careful with me, always cautious. But emotionally, my love had been used against me with meticulous precision. I was struggling with reconciling the absolute trust I had in Gideon’s awareness of my needs and the wariness that came from a shattered heart still healing.“Do you?” He searched my face, as attuned as always to what wasn’t said. “Letting you go would kill me, but I wouldn’t hurt you to keep you.”“I don’t want to go anywhere.”He exhaled audibly. “My lawyers will be talking to the police tomorrow, to get a feel for where things stand.”Tilting my head back, I pressed my lips gently to his. We were colluding to hide a crime, and I’d be lying if I said that didn’t seriously bother me—I was the daughter of a police officer, after all—but the alternative was too awful to consider.“I have to know that you can live with what I’ve done,” he said softly, wrapping my hair around his finger.“I think so. Can you?”His mouth found mine again. “I can survive anything if I have you.”I reached under his sweatshirt, seeking and finding his warm, golden skin. His muscles were hard and ridged beneath my palms, his body a seductive and virile work of art. I licked his lips, my teeth catching the full curve along the bottom and biting gently. Gideon groaned. The sound of his pleasure slid over me like a caress.“Touch me.” The words were an order, but his tone was a plea.“I am.”Reaching behind him, he grabbed my wrist and pulled my hand around. He thrust his cock shamelessly into my palm, grinding. My fingers curled around the thick, heavy length, my pulse quickening at the realization that he was commando beneath his sweats.“God,” I breathed. “You make me so hot.”His blue eyes were fierce on my face; his cheeks flushed and his sculpted lips parted. He never tried to hide the effect I had on him, never pretended that he had any more control over his response to me than I had to him. It made his dominance in the bedroom all the more exciting, knowing that he was similarly as helpless to the attraction between us.My chest tightened. I still couldn’t believe that he was mine, that I got to see him this way, so open and hungry and sexy as hell . . .Gideon tugged my towel open. He inhaled sharply when it hit the floor and I stood before him completely naked. “Ah, Eva.”His voice throbbed with emotion, making my eyes sting. He yanked his shirt up and over his head, tossing it aside. Then he reached for me, stepping carefully into me, prolonging the moment when our bare skin would touch.He gripped my hips, his fingers flexing restlessly, his breathing quick and harsh. The tips of my breasts touched him first, sending a sudden rush of sensation through my body. I gasped. He crushed me to him with a growl, lifting my feet from the floor and carrying me backward toward the bed.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Sylvia Day and the Crossfire series“The rush of erotic fiction into the hands of mainstream readers invites consideration of whether twenty-first-century society is flirting with a new normative sexual epoch. Day’s novel explores this issue unflinchingly and compellingly by pairing her narrative of sexual temptation and emotional risk with character studies that mirror divisive social and cultural issues of identity, trauma, repression, and liberation.”—Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author   “You know you’re in for a good book when other authors—and I mean LOTS of other authors—recommend it.”—USA Today   “A page-turner!”—Access Hollywood Live   “Bared to You takes a sensual look at a darker side of love.”—Shelf Awareness   “[A] highly charged story that flows and hits the mark.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Full of emotional angst, scorching love scenes, and a compelling story line.”—Dear Author“Will have you furiously flipping pages.”—Glamour“Sophisticated, engaging, clever and sweet.”—The Irish Independent “Superb writing...I can’t wait to see what Day does next!”—RT Book Reviews “When it comes to brewing up scorchingly hot sexual chemistry, Day has few literary rivals.”—Booklist