CAPTIVATED BY YOU – Excerpt #1

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If you haven’t read Entwined with You, the below excerpt contains spoilers! Read at your own risk…

“Ask me to come with you,” Gideon said.

It was so hard to say no to him. I knew he hated the thought of being apart from me for an entire weekend. I hated it, too. And it was much worse knowing that he’d worry and be unhappy the whole time.

My smile faded. “I can’t. If I’m going to start telling people we’re married, I have to start with Cary, and I can’t do that with you around. I don’t want him to feel like he’s on the outside of a life I’m creating with you.”

“I don’t want to be on the outside either.”

I linked my fingers with his, trying to convey how connected we were and always would be. “Spending private time with friends doesn’t make us any less of a couple.”

“I prefer to spend time with you. You’re the most interesting person I know.”

His words, spoken so matter-of-factually, sent me reeling. Of all the things he could say to me… all the ways he could tell me he loved me… that was the jackpot right there.

Overcome, I hitched up my skirt and straddled his lap before I realized what I was doing. Cupping his face in my hands, I kissed him desperately, needing to show him how easily he shredded me in all the best ways.

He moaned when I pulled away, his fingers flexing possessively into the curves of my buttocks. “Do that again.”

“I’m so hot for you right now,” I breathed, using the pad of my thumb to rub his lips clean of my gloss.

“That’s okay. I’m good with that.”

I laughed and pure joy filled me when he smiled in return. “I feel so awesome right now.”

“Better than you did in the hallway?”

“That’s a different kind of awesome.” My fingertips tap-danced on his shoulders. “That was the best compliment, ace. Especially coming from the Gideon Cross. You meet fascinating people every day.”

“And wish they’d go away so I can get back to you.”

My eyes stung with tears. He made me feel so… treasured. “God, I love you. So much it hurts.”

I hugged him tightly and picked up a tremor in his hold that told me how much I affected him, too. I wanted him to feel love all the time, all around him. He deserved it. Needed it.

“I want you to do something for me,” I murmured.

“Anything. Everything.”

I smiled against his cheek. “Let’s have a party.”

“Great. I’ll set up the swing.”

Pulling back, I shoved at his shoulder. “Not that kind of party, fiend.”

He sighed. “Bummer.”

The thought of being restrained made me nervous, but that wasn’t going to stop me from giving my best shot at making all of Gideon’s fantasies reality.

I gave him a wicked smile. “How about I promise the swing in return for the party?”

“Ah, now we’re talking.” He settled back with an indulgent smile. “Tell me what you have in mind.”

“Booze and friends, yours and mine.”

“All right.” His eyes took on a calculating gleam. “I’ll see you your booze and friends, and raise you a quickie in a dark corner somewhere during.”

I swallowed hard. He knew how to get to me, knew how much I wanted him when he was relaxed and enjoying himself, how much I wanted to stake my claim on him in the most immediate and primal way possible.

“You drive a hard bargain,” I said.

“Exactly my intention.”

“Okay, then.” I licked my lips. “I’ll see you your quickie, and raise you a hand job under the table.”

His brows rose. “Clothed,” he countered.

I hummed softly in disagreement. “I think you need to revisit and revise, Mr. Cross.”

“I think you’ll need to work harder to convince me, Mrs. Cross.”

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  • Felicia Moore

    I love it! I miss them sooooo much!

  • Aishwarya Mishra

    Now its just torture.Give me more

  • Jayne Jays

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR i need more, much more. I can’t wait for this book. I love Gideon and Eva.

    • Magfly926

      Me too! I have reread them three times already! I hope she continues with Gideon bad Eva.

  • Heather Winfrey

    I cannot wait for more Gideon and Eva..

  • rose love

    Thank you!!! Just give us an approximate date…I feel like I am dying a slow death.

  • http://madalynbeck.com Madalyn Beck

    I need more Gideon Cross!! Just a taste is never enough…. ;)

  • suzanne alamilla

    Oh god I cant wait. Miss #MyGideon

  • Pasqualina Tekaucic

    cant wait till it comes out

  • Stephanie Langley

    Thank you for that snippet! I just finished reading the first 3 in the series and I’m hooked!!! Can’t wait for Captivated By You!!

  • Ace

    Jesus I’m starving for this. It’s like rain after a very long draught. Give us Gideon soon please

  • Lynn Houghtaling St Jean

    So looking forward to reading tis new book. Hurry! Craving for more!

  • Ms_Delgado

    Ahhhhhh! This makes the waiting so much more exciting! Can’t wait!!

  • bfoster1206

    I have to agree. I have run out of books to read and waiting for this one. Reading these, I CANT WAIT!!!!

  • Ticia Metheney

    I’m waiting patiently …do you have cover art yet? Would love a look! Keep the snippets coming and HURRY with the release!!! We’re dying here!!

    • http://www.sylviaday.com/ Sylvia Day

      Yes, I have the covers for both US and UK editions. They’re gorgeous! We’ll release them along with the publishing date when it’s set. :)

  • Nicole

    Torture!!!! I can’t wait for the release !!!!

  • June Taylor

    Can’t believe we have to wait this long for this book. It was bad enough having to keep waiting for entwined with you. Seriously going off her as an author because she keeps making promises that she can’t keep

    • Ace

      Sylvia didn’t make promise for this one though that’s why there’s no date she avoided to repeat what happened to EWY she said once it’s announce we will not wait that long

      • Consummate Reader

        In a recent Q&A the reason there’s no release date as of yet is because the publishers decided to release 4 and 5 close together. So in order to do that, Sylvia has to finish up book 5.

  • Ace

    I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been reading this over and over . I love to torture myself. I’ve been reading a lot of amazing books, I fangirl over it but 1 excerpt from Gideon Cross he knocked them out with a snap .

  • Renee Mendieta-Schafer

    I am in Gideon withdrawal!!! Can’t wait for this book to be released :)

  • Amber Lingley

    Ahhh, I missed Gideon and Eva :)

  • Natalie Drew

    Thank u for this!!!!! God I feel like a junkie or something. Please hurry with the release this is just torture.

  • Leah

    Please please please publishing house!! We need a release date like Gideon needs Eva!! It’s killing us all here!!

  • Jackie

    thank you and can’t wait for the book.

  • Hijinee Martinez

    OMG…..I cant wait….im going to stakeout at Barnes n Nobles the day before i comes out just so i can be the first to get it….Im dying without my Gideon and Eva fix….

  • Angela Willis

    I loved this I also need a date it can’t read anymore excerpts it hurts

  • Sofy

    God !! I love you !!!!! thanks for some Gideon and Eva action ,…. i need it !!! now i am having a great weekend ahead with a dirty mind turned on !!! thanks, thanks and more thanks !!!!

  • Angelica Quintero

    OMG!!!! i wanna read the new book now!!!! i hope we can have a publish date soon!! tnks for sharing this with us Sylvia!!! <3

  • Bitch Survivor

    MORE ! I.WANT.MORE !

  • Ash Graham

    The book will be worth the wait xxxx

  • Laura Pearson

    OMG…….Cant wait!!!!

  • Supermaz

    Ahhhhh… I’m waiting to pre order this book! Lol I love you gideon! Lol

  • Steph

    SO GOOD. Please, please put up a full chapter!!! Just something to get us through!!!

  • Tara

    Oh my!! I can’t wait!!!!! I am waiting very patiently, but this teaser has me even more excited for more Gideon!

  • imahJoong

    Oh..my good really waithing this next ^_^ When realis? really miss this hot couple Mr.Gideon Cross and Mrs.Eva cross

  • Rachel Reed

    I love this story and cannot get enough of these two characters. Sylvia, you are a wonderfully talented artist who is able to develop and stay true to the characters. Your books are truly a treasure to read.

  • Via Cross

    Oh My… thank you…. i love Gideon-Eva

  • Rei Richardson

    I can’t wait to read it, Do you give us the approximate date in english and spanish please.

  • Maria

    I so can’t wait. Thank you for the little insight to the next breathtaking installment. You are an amazing novelist keep writing we need these books like we need water xx

  • Wilmarie Rodriguez

    OMG, I NEED Gideon to be out like yesterday!!

  • Cynthia Carolina Cambero Gamio

    Neeeeeed book 4 now. I keep reading 1-3 to scratch the itch but wont work after this little bit.

  • Tovah Levine

    Omg I just hope that they stay together I dont anyone else coming in between them…

  • Coolatas

    I cannot wait for this book to come out. I hope she will at least give us more excerpts and snippets until it is released :)

  • Patti

    OMG! We need this book like yesterday. Please tell us that we don’t have to wait too much longer to read this book? This book is going to be so hot that it will set us all on fire.

  • Sylvia’sBookworm

    I’ve read all of the current crossfire series 5 times, I’m trying to be patient here but my patients is running out by the second. I must have more, I’m craving this book from
    you Slyvia…x

  • Mel

    OMG!!! I can’t wait for book 4 & 5 but PLEASE let there be a HEA!!!! I love this couple!!!

  • Rose Zayas

    Thanks Sylvia! Can’t wait for the rest.

  • intrigued

    I just finished the third book Entwined with you , I read all three books a day in a half could not put them down I had to keep reading to find what happened next. I love every book now I am so stoked to read the next one so I need to know when it is coming out. I will go crazy with anticipation waiting so I hope it’s really soon.

  • Janet

    More, more, more pleeeeease. I need captivated……………

  • berries

    It was good to read the excerpt especially when you’re dying so bad to know when will Mrs. Day release CBY :(

  • Crossfire

    Thank You! Thank You! THANK YOU! Just one question, and it’s not for a release date, will the same person be reading the books for the audio book? I REALLY hope so. Like so may others, I have read and reread this series over and over again, but I also listen to it EVERYDAY on my audio book collection as well. I can’t imagine anyone else reading Eva and Gideon’s story. Thank you again for such an amazing story, your the best. I don’t say that lightly. I was/am a HUGE FSOG fan and never really thought I would ever find another book or series to get me over that, but you most definitely have!

  • kristy

    i can’t wait for the next book to come out

  • Jill

    Pure torture and i love it, cant wait!!!!

  • laquinda

    Finally but I need more Gideon Cross!!!!

  • AudioBookaHolic

    We Want Gideon!!! PLEASE!!!

  • Janica Irish Militar-Alonzo

    i also can’t wait for this and the 5th book. i love gideon and eva. i hope it doesn’t end on the 5th book. wishing there could be more

  • becks8500

    i need more of this and aftershock

  • Annanya

    Painstakingly torturous doses!!! Can we have all the him… Like SOON!!! Pretty please??? :)

  • BDiaz

    Why are there never links to find the snippets/excerpts on this page? Loving the Crossfire series! Gideon is such an enigmatic character. Looking forward to seeing his character unfold more!

  • Anita Medeiros

    WOW..waiting is very frustrating, and that snippet just made it more so…..thank you for sharing it with us.
    Patiently waiting (sooooo not) LOL
    Happy Valentines Day ( in US) to everyone! I hope love fills all our hearts, and lives ♥♥♥♥ 

  • Raijilli

    OH EM GEE! Thank you, thank you! I’m so desperate! I need this book soon…pretty please. I miss Gideon and Eva.

  • Bella

    Oh my o my soooo can’t wait!!!

  • Sammie

    I am waiting.. please I am dying… NEED the BOOK! NOW! (Gideon’s voice)

  • Lorrie

    Torture not getting captivated by you ,of all the erotic novels and series I’ve read Gideon cross is by far number one ,, Sylvia Day you are amazing ,, please please release the other two !,,

  • Sharon Mitchell-Bourque

    Oh sylvia you are quite the cock tease! Get us all wet and excited and the pull out leaving us wanting more! Very dirty move!! Lmao

  • Ladybug

    Jan, I have to agree with you and in addition Sylvia is everywhere doing book signings and whatever so there appears to be no urgency to complete this series.

    • jan

      Hey Ladybug, I’ve not been following the progress or rather lack of, in relation to the 4th book. Am reading some of Michael Faber’s books & they’re good! Replying to you because my email pinged a message. I suspect CBY will be released at a time that capitalises on people (mainly women) buying summer reads and that’s not quite the right time just yet. I find it impossible to believe that neither SD or her publishers are clueless about a release date- they’re just not saying yet. I think it all boils down to cynical hard nosed marketing that has nothing to do with pleasing a loyal fan base and everything to do with raking in as much cash as humanly possible…and they’ll achieve that. Enjoy the book when it gets here

      • Ladybug

        Sad but true.

        • jan

          Yeah these books will appear when most commercially viable. & people will take to them again or not. The publishers schedule is their own, SD won’t give a real straight answer about the books release (maybe she’s not allowed) and neither will her publishers (I’ve tried). No amount of faffing around the edges with flogging Crossfire T -Shirts, ‘open’ Q&A’s from SD, snippets answers the most simple question people are interested in. Big movies are released with less of a fuss & farce than these books!! I hope they’re worth the wait. Personally I’ve decided not to buy them, it’s my little way of protesting about the lack of honesty, I’ll wait & borrow next time; they’re not getting any more of my money!!

          • Ladybug

            Right on the money as usual. EWY was released a few days before my cruise so I cancelled my on-line order and paid full price from BAM. It’s safe to say I’m one of the suckers. I think it really sad that we are even having this discussion because I really enjoy other books from SD such as The Stranger I Married, Seven years to sin and Ask for it. I’m a James Patterson die hard fan but after 50 shades x 7 (lol) needed a fix real bad and a sales person at BAM recommended Bared to you….saying this is what everyone else is reading and it’s getting great reviews but to stretch the series out over years is ridiculous and a shame.

          • jan

            Yeah it is indeed sad we’re having this discussion. I’ve read a few of SD’s books and liked, but have to say this is the only story of her’s that’s really grabbed me. You’re not a sucker at all, don’t think that, just a loyal fan like the rest of us. It’s exactly that kind of loyalty that I think is being disregarded by the lack of a straight answer!!
            I chuckled at your reply…I’ve read 50 shades trilogy a few times too. It’s got some really dry, witty sweet humour to it in places, like their emails to one another :) let’s see what the first movie makes of the 1st book…& at least we have a date for its frickin’ which is more than can be said for…you get my point, I’ll shut up now.

          • Ladybug

            Yeah, I got it. I’ve already decided not to go see the movie unless the reviews are great. Don’t want to spoil the images in my head. Maybe CBY will be released around the same time. I think they are both monumental love stories, 21st century version of Romeo and Juliet and they have given much hope to tons of single women. For those of us who are married, makes us wish to have a spouse like either Christian or Gideon. I read comments made by a fan saying she was married twice but has never experienced the love and passion captured in both series. Neither have I. A girl can dream. Lol.

          • jan

            Hey Ladybug, sorry for the delay in replying been busy here. I’m neither married or single. Yep I love the stories in 50 & Crossfire. In reality I’m not sure whether day to day I would tolerate either Christians or Gideon’s controlling behaviour very well…they’re both self obsessed pains in the butt at times. But their passion, wouldn’t argue or complain about that EVER!! ;)

          • Ladybug

            No worries Jan. most of us are quite busy in the real world. Thank God we’ve got out real lives once we leave the make believe of these characters. I looked at SD’s schedule today and have to assume both books 4 & 5 must be completed cause it appears she’ll be on the road for sometime to come which makes your point crystal clear. It’s all about marketing and the almighty dollar.

          • jan

            Hey Ladybug. You’re right about SD’s up & coming busy schedule. If she hasn’t finished those books by now we probably won’t be seeing them this side of summer either!! She has replied to fans directly on this site previously and whether she’s finished writing the 5th book or not is answerable by someone. Either she’s choosing not to or can’t because of a publishing agreement. Either way it stinks and as you say, isn’t funny any more.

          • Ladybug

            Jan,
            I do recall SD saying on you tube the books will definitely be released this year not this summer, so you’re definitely onto something here. I plan on revisiting 50 shades just before the movie is released and wait for reviews and I have a new James Patterson waiting in the wings. There is tons of stuff out there to read. I hope I’ll still be interested when 4 and 5 are released. Something good resulted from this fiasco, I met you and have enjoyed our interaction. But this is it for me with this vigil if you will. Enough already. My family life can get quite hectic at times, but I feel really bad for some folks. Hope they’ll be able to move on and I surely hope to catch you later (maybe next year sometime). Real pleasure knowing you (sort of). Lol. Stay well.

          • jan

            Enjoyed chatting with you too. Have fun being a book worm wherever that takes you next.

          • Ladybug

            Just read a few comments of other fans and it’s almost cruel the way some are begging for a release date. So not funny any more.

  • Chris Bellam

    Sylvia, please throw me a bone (lol). I must have book 4. I have been on a leave from work and have re-read the threesome, but must have book 4. Am ready to return to work but I sure would like to go back with book 4.

  • Fabiola

    I´m really about to cry Sylvia. Please…. PLEASE tell us an approximate date. Can´t deal with this expectation any longer hahaha feel like I´m going crazy, really. I check your Twitter account EVERY single day, sometimes various times a day wating for this news. I love Gideon, love Eva and love YOU. Please respond

  • Ginger

    Captivated by You? Release date? Riiiight. like that’s gonna happen. I really enjoyed the first three boxes, but have been waiting so long the the fouth that I’ve played out enough scenarios in my head that I’m satisfied with MY ending. at this rate I could conceivably die of old age by the time the next book comes out. Sooo…Gilligan, finally giving up on his obsession to remain at the periphery of his past lover’s lives, comes to civil war torn NY, which had been burned by the Yankees (not to be confused with the baseball team) figuring he would find MaryAnn pining piteously,waiting for him to return. Wanting to look his best, but unable to afford designer suits as the Yanks stole his fortune, makes a suit out of a boat sail. MaryAnn, footloose and fancy-free, agrees to see him. they meet in the decimated shell of the once former glory that is the Crossfire building. “You look like a goddess.” Gilligan says in awe. MaryAnn says, “I know, right?” “I stills love you MaryAnn, I NEED you.” Tsk Tsk Tsk. “Frankly, Gilligan, I don’t give a damn.” MaryAnn makes a majestic exit. Gilligan is devastated. Standing in the shadow of the Crossfire, amidst the ruins, He shakes his fist at the sky and declares, “As God is my witness, I’ll be back on top and restore the minnow, er, Crossfire to its former glory! I’ll never go hungry again! Tomorrow is another day!” Off-screen, the Skipper shakes his head sadly and says, “three hour tour my ass!” Just sayin’

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