Reflected in You (Day)

Reflected in You (Crossfire Series, 2)
Sylvia Day, 2012
Penguin Group USA
432 pp.
ISBN-13: 9780425263914

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. (From the publisher.)

Reflected in You is the second in the Crossfire Series. Bared to You is the first installment.

Author Bio
Where—Los Angeles, California, USA
Awards—Readers' Crown Award (2), National Readers
   Choice Award (2), Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers'
   Choice Award
Currently—lives in San Diego, California

The #1 New York Times & #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of over a dozen award-winning novels translated into three dozen languages. With a few million copies of her books in print, her work has appeared on multiple international bestseller lists, including (but not limited to) USA Today, Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Irish Times, the Globe and Mail, Veja, Volkskrant, Nielsen, and Indiebound. Sylvia was elected President-Elect of Romance Writers of America in 2011 and took office as President in 2012.

Sylvia is a lifelong California resident who loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her to Japan, Holland, Germany, France, Mexico, Jamaica, and all over the United States. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Orange County (the O.C.), and later lived in Monterey, Oceanside, and the Temecula Valley.

She is a Japanese-American who enjoys the many Japanese cultural events in Southern California as well as frequent family jaunts to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and Sea World. Her childhood career aspirations were few—become a dolphin trainer at Sea World or a bestselling novelist. Obviously, the dolphin trainer career took a back seat. She is now a wife and mother of two, a full-time writer, and a former Russian linguist for the U.S. Army Military Intelligence.

A year after she first sat down at the keyboard, Sylvia sold her first book to Kensington Brava and three years later—to the day—she sold her 15-17th single title books. In addition to her novels, she’s written numerous novellas and short stories for both print and digital-first release. Sylvia’s work has been called an “exhilarating adventure” by Publishers Weekly and “wickedly entertaining” by Booklist. She’s been honored with the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice award, the EPPIE award, and the National Readers’ Choice Award, as well as multiple nominations for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® Award of Excellence.

Sylvia travels extensively in conjunction with various speaking engagements. In addition to presenting workshops before writing groups around the country, she is a frequent panelist at events such as the RT Book Lovers Convention, Romance Writers of America’s National Convention, and Comic-Con. (From the author's website.)

Book Reviews
The scorching sex scenes and fast-paced plot are strengthened by Day's superb writing, and readers will find themselves getting pulled deeper into Gideon and Eva's world. I can't wait to see what Day does next!
RT Book Reviews

The sensual saga of Eva and Gideon continues in the hotly anticipated follow-up to Bared to You.... The New York Times bestselling novel of “Erotic romance that should not be missed."
Romance Novel News

The steamy sex scenes and intriguing plot twists will have readers clamoring for more.
Library Journal

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1. Readers and reviewers have talked about the addictive quality of Reflected in You. Do you find the book addictive—was it hard to tear yourself away from its pages? Why or why not?

2. Despite his flaws, do you find yourself liking Gideon Cross? If so, how does the author manage to make a character likable who has so many dysfunctionalities?

3. Were there points in the story where you could guess what's coming next? If so, what are they? How did that affect your reading experience?

4. Did you tire of the back-and-forth of the relationship; the hot-cold, up-down, on-off? Do you want them to stay together?

5. Why are Gideon and Eva initially attracted to one another? What personality traits to the share? In what ways do their troubled pasts effect the relationship?

6. Would you ever—or have you ever—become involved with a "Gideon"? Or if you have a daughter, how would you feel if she brought him home?

7. Talk about Eva Tramell as a character. Has Gideon met his match in Eva? If so, in what way? Or do you see Eva as soft and submissive when it comes to Gideon? How has her character evolved since Bared to You?

8. Did you tire of reading the back-and-forths of the relationship; the hot-cold, up-down, on-off? Do you want them to stay together?

9. How would you describe Eva and Gideon's relationship? Many readers describe it as abusive or unhealthy. Do you agree? Or do you view it as a passionate love story with characters destined to be together? What do you think makes Eva stay with Gideon?

10. Both characters are young (24 and 28). Do their ages make the story less or more believable? For example, it believable that Travis is a multi-billionaire and such a young age?

11. Reflected in You has been compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. If you've read Fifty, what similarites do you see?

12. Did your opinion of Gideon change when you learned about his past?

13. Compare Reflected in You with Bared to You. Which novel do you prefer? Will you be reading the third installment, Entwined With You, when it is released in December, 2012?

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