Our discussion will run over these next four Saturdays, so we hope you’ll join in and read along with us…
Today Elena and I are discussing chapters 1-5
In chapter 1 Eva runs into an unbelievably gorgeous man, “Dark and Dangerous” as she calls him. We don’t know his name yet, but he’s described as the most beautiful man that ever existed. What do you think of Eva’s reaction and how would you have reacted in front of him?
Elena : I completely get Eva’s reaction. I mean…you find yourself in front of the most gorgeous man you’ve ever seen who elicits strong feelings in you just by watching you…How not to be speechless and completely lose perception of time and space? My heart rate would have quickened for sure and I’d have been at loss for words.
Tamie: I loved the first meeting between Gideon and Eva because it was both humorous and sexual. I probably would’ve passed out if I’d been in Eva’s place. To have that kind of reaction to someone you’ve never met before? I had a reaction to meeting him as well for the 1st time…I believe it’s called literary swooning. I knew instantly that he was gonna be on my fantasy boyfriend list.
What are your thoughts on Cary, Eva’s roommate and friend?
Elena: I love him! He’s so funny, witty and charming all at the same time. I wouldn’t object to having him as a friend
Tamie: I liked Cary immediately as well Elena…if I was going to have a non-family roommate that was a guy? Cary would definitely be right up there at the top of my list. Even before we really get to know him I could understand why Eva feels so close to him. He’s a truly fabulous character.
Gideon knows Eva for only a couple of hours, yet he bluntly tells her that he wants to have sex with her. What did you think of this kind of approach?
Tamie: I have to admit that I was really surprised…but in a good way when this scene happens…kind of an OMG yet hell yes reaction from me. The proper me was thinking that Eva handled it in the right way, but the naughty me was thinking ” Holy crap!…jump on that offer…NOW!.”
Elena: I’ll be honest here and say that I was taken aback by his proposition. It’s all kind of hot, yes, but it kind of creeped me out a bit. Eva was surprised and irritated as well. I would have reacted as she did.
In chapter 3 Gideon says this to Eva. “You don’t strike me as the kind of woman who wants bullshit and flattery instead of the truth.” How do you feel about this statement? Do you think he is right?
Tamie: Hmmm…can I have both please? Well…not the bullshit part, but a little bit of flattery isn’t necessarily dishonest. I mean if you’re attracted to someone the way these two are to each other I don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying it. I understand where Gideon is coming from however, and yes…I’d rather have the honesty than just a bunch of pretty words.
Elena: Eva is definitely a woman who wants the truth. I think Gideon saw right through her. Flattery is nice of course and what woman wouldn’t like to have a man say beautiful words to her? But it might end up being deceiving when it’s not accompanied by honesty. I’d need the man to mean the words he says.
In chapter 5 When Gideon and Eva’s sexual encounter in his office is interrupted, he uses some crass language in regards to sex. How does this make you feel?
Tamie: Had I been in Gideon’s place I think I would’ve used some pretty colorful language myself, and coming from him it seems exactly right.
Elena: It’s in Gideon’s character and given the situation I think he couldn’t avoid it.
Gideon is an extreme Alpha male…discuss
Tamie: I think by now everyone understands that I love the extreme Alpha male in my books. I was once asked if that’s the type of guy I’m attracted to in real life, and it’s a yes/no answer for me. I like a man who is confident and has a strong personality. Would I like the extreme of someone like Gideon outside of the fantasy? Probably not, but I need a personality that is at least my equal in temperament.
Elena: I too love the Alpha male in books. In reality though, I don’t know… It’s a tricky situation. I like men who are confident, of course, but that also know how to be nice and sweet, how to listen to their partners and understand them. I like it when there’s equality between a man and a woman in a relationship.
Eva wants Gideon as much as he wants her yet she resists. She doesn’t want a relationship per se, but she wants more than just an “emotionless transaction”. Thoughts?
Elena: I agree with Eva. I’d need more than just a passing fancy. Much more. I’m for commitment, so…
Tamie: Me too…even if I was going to be involved in a strictly sexual relationship…I’d still have to like the guy as a person, be able to have a conversation outside of the bedroom…something.
Your favorite scene, paragraph and sentence in these chapters.
Elena: favorite scene : The first time Eva meets Gideon.
favorite sentence: “I loved the way he kissed me, as if he had to, as if he’d go crazy if he didn’t and had nearly waited too long.”
favorite paragraph: “There was no denying I was in trouble where Gideon was concerned. I craved the way I felt when he touched me, and I loved the way he responded when I touched him back. When I tried to think of what I wouldn’t agree to do to have his hands on me again, I couldn’t come up with much.”
Tamie: favorite scenes: Hmmm…have to choose two…when Gideon and Eva first meet, and the scene in Eva’s apartment at the end of chapter 5…YOWZA peeps!
favorite sentences: “I loved the way he kissed me, as if he had to, as if he’d go crazy if he didn’t and had nearly waited too long.”
“I had never seen hair that purely black. It was glossy and slightly long, the ends drifting over his collar. That sexy length was the crowning touch of bad boy hotness over the successful businessman, like whipped cream topping on a hot fudge brownie sundae. As my mother would say, only rogues and raiders had hair like that.”
favorite paragraph: “Gideon: We’ve established some talking points: we have an intense sexual attraction and neither of us wants to date. So what do you want – exactly? Seduction, Eva? Do you want to be seduced?
Eva: Sex that’s planned like a business transaction is a turnoff for me.
Gideon: Establishing parameters in a merger makes it less likely that there’ll be exaggerated expectations and disappointment.
Eva: Why even call it a fuck? Why not be clear and call it seminal emission in a pre-approved orifice?”
Alright peeps…this is your chance to discuss chapters 1-5…feel free to talk about anything you’d like to that happened within these chapters.
You can read our joint review here
Tamie and Elena