captivated by you, by sylvia day

captivated_450I bought the first book in this series, Bared to You, during a weather delay in the Miami airport. Loved it! I have been a devotee of the Gideon/Eva story and subsequently Sylvia Day, ever since. Since I loved Entwined With You so much I was happy that there were more books forthcoming (unlike some…see Saturday’s post) and Captivated By You did not disappoint.

At this point, Gideon and Eva are outwardly together and living together full-time. They’re beach-side nuptials remain a secret and they continue to plan a wedding and move forward with their lives. But settling into life together isn’t as easy as one would expect even though money and beauty are a plenty.

The obstacles that Gideon and Eva face in this book feel real. Job pressures for her. New relationship angst for both of them. Controlling tendencies for Gideon. Captivated By You focuses more on Gideon’s struggles–with his past, his company, his family, and of course, how he deals with all of it in the face of being married to Eva.

This book was a very fast read for me. And while it does end in a cliff hanger–it’s a sweet cliff hanger that has me anxiously awaiting the next book, not only because I want to know what happens, but because I love the characters and want to see them get their HEA (happily ever after).

For the die-hard fans of this series, you will not be disappointed! And for the haters–to Sylvia Day I say, Shake It Off! (Come on, you had to see that coming…)

tara’s tips: Finally! I’m implementing a rating system. And this book gets 3 hearts.

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why are readers so angry with authors?

dog-confused-huh-150x150Let me start by putting it out there–I’m confused?!?! Said confusion was incited by the many posts I came across in reference to Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Readers/fans of this series are complaining about the fact that it’s been extended from 3 books to 5. WHY?!?! If you love a series, the writing, the characters–why are you flat-out angry that some of your most beloved heroes and heroines are having their lives extended by the author??? In many cases, like Raine Miller’s Blackstone series, Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno series, and Belle Aurora’s, Raw Family–the true fans were clamoring for more books; Reynard stated that was the whole reason he wrote the last book in the series–for the fans.

What about the Rizzoli & Isles books from Tess Gerritsen? James Patterson’s Alex Cross series? What if those were one and done? These writers have more story to tell so they do–because it’s what they do and what their readers want. Good plot-lines extending the sagas of the characters they love.

Yes, some series may have a natural end to them–it’s why my one of my most beloved tv shows, Sons of Anarchy, had its series finale last month (still haven’t recovered from that one…). But in the case of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, we’re talking 5 books–FIVE.

I have seen so many write ups about this series, in particular, being extended just for money, and/or in spite of it originally being slated to end after 3 books.

  1. Day is a professional writer (i.e. she writes to make money), books are the way she does that.
  2. Seriously, if you’re going to complain about an author doing the best she can to provide readers with a good book to read, maybe reading isn’t really your thing.
  3. Lastly, you don’t have to read the book! (Something tells me Day’s books aren’t on many ‘required reading’ lists. Solely due to subject/content matter, not because they aren’t awesome–which they are!)

There you have it. My first rant of 2015. I will now step off my soap-box. For authors out there, especially the independent ones–good luck to you all!

tara’s tips: My actual review of Captivated by You is forthcoming.

Book Review: Entwined With You

entwinedWell, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Therefore, it’s no surprise that once I was able to download it onto my Nook–thank goodness for the immediacy of e-readers–I devoured it in one day. Yes, one day. So let’s just get to it.

When last we saw Gideon and Eva they were outside his apartment because Eva had just discovered–from the police–that Gideon had murdered her childhood abuser, Nathan. (This is not a spoiler because we knew this in Reflected in You.) Now that the cat is out of the bag for Eva and she understands Gideon’s actions in the last book, they can start the process of publicly coming back together. Of course, this can’t be done over night or further suspicion will be cast on Gideon. But the police seem to have a new suspect–someone from the Russian mob–and no, Gideon does not have Russian mob connections–but I wonder if Stanton does… Anyway, we have Brett–who wants Eva back; Corinne who is so desperate for Gideon’s attention she goes to extremes that bring Gideon and Corinne’s husband–the Frenchman–to blows while in a hospital. Not to mention the reporter that’s trying to ruin Gideon because of the way he treated their one night stand and can you say OMG to the curveball thrown in by Cary, Eva’s roommate? Plus, everything that happened to Eva as a child finally comes to light for her father–who never knew anything; bringing a showdown between him and Eva’s mother. There are so many story arcs in this one it’s not surprising I couldn’t put it down. In spite of that, I will say it wasn’t hard to follow and the way they were all weaved together–kudos to Sylvia Day for a job well done. Speaking of the many plot twists–SPOILER ALERT: I’ve heard rumblings that people are upset because this series was supposed to be a trilogy and the ending has a clear set up for the next book. My question: If you love the characters and story lines, why wrap them up in 3 books when they could go on and you could continue to engage with them?

Personally, I loved this book so much more than Reflected in You–which I thought spent most of its time listening to Eva whine. I am looking forward to the next book in this non-trilogy and I am so happy that the author has decided to step away from that cookie-cutter approach a la Fifty Shades of Grey. While on the subject of Fifty and books similar, I am very happy to have heard that Sylvain Reynard will be continuing the story of Gabriel and Julia. And as a writer myself, I am very happy for the author to be able to continue writing and publishing books for his, yes, his–did you not know that the Gabriel and Julia love story is written by a man?–audience to love. The next one comes out in December, I believe–can’t wait! gabriels-redemption