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  1. I agree. I imagine Gideon and Eva will be very careful about who has access to their children! And rightly so.  Also, responding to something I think I read way upthread . . . I didn't read anything in the series to suggest that Monica and Elizabeth were uninvolved parents. Eva told her father that there was no way Monica could have known what Nathan was doing to her. Eva doesn't blame her mother for not noticing; she says she was very good at hiding it (she was scared of what would happen if anyone found out). Similarly, Gideon was troubled and his mother arranged for him to see a therapist. It wouldn't be unusual or neglectful for a preteen/early teenaged child to have individual therapy sessions without the parent always in the room.  Of course we can fault how ECV handled the situation after Gideon told her what was going on, but before she knew . . . I'm really hesitant to blame the mothers for what happened to Gideon and Eva as children. Unfortunately, you could be the best parent in the world and not be able to keep your child safe from everything.
  2.  It's true; I've only been reading here for a few months (since Entwined).  I should have included quotes in my original post for clarity:  "I don't think GidEva will have nannies it will be all hands on parenting!" "I don't think they will have nannies either. They will be hands on parents."  And I specifically said that I thought those comments were NOT meant to be insulting to parents who use nannies/babysitters.Â
  3. Gideon Cross 45 Eva Tramell Reyes Cross 45 Victor Reyes 45 Monica Stanton 18 Cary Taylor 42 - 1 = 41 Mark Garrity 10 Steven Ellison 7 Shawna Ellison 2 Elizabeth Cross Vidal 8 Ireland Vidal 36 Angus McLeod 44 Benjamin Clancy 32 Arnoldo Ricci 34 + 1 = 35 Martin Stanton 12 Trey 11 Â Â Â Â RIP List Nathan Barker RIP Gideon Cross Corinne Giroux R.I.P 02/07/2013 azmich Anne Lucas R.I.P. 06/07/2013 Rogue Tatiana Cherlin RIP 7/7/2013 shazscott1980 Deanna Johnson RIP 7/8/13 Barb55 Brett Kline RIP 7/11/13 Barb55 Terence Lucas RIP 7/12/2013 ShazScott1980 and GiGi too Sam Yimara RIP 7/12/2013 Rogue Christopher Vidal jr 7/15/2013 ShazScott1980 Jean Francois Giroux RIP 7/16/13 Barb55 Shelley Graves RIP 7/16/13 - jls1216 Richard Michna RIP 7/17/13 ShazScott1980 Daniel 7/21/12 ShazScott1980 Erik RIP 7/22/2013 Barb55 Magdalene RIP 7/24/2013 Barb55 Richard Stanton RIP 7/25/2013 Barb55 Lacey RIP 7/28/2013 azmich Christine Fields RIP 7/31/2013 azmich Michael Waters RIP 8/2/13 Barb55 Christopher Vidal Sr RIP 8/4/2013 Barb55 Walter Leaman RIP 8/6/2013 Barb55 Parker Smith RIP 8/17/2013 Barb55 Megumi RIP 8/21/2013 ShazScott1980 Dr Peterson RIP 8/22/2013 ShazScott1980 Scott (Gideon assistant) RIP Barb55
  4. I finished the series last night (the third book took me about 3 hours to read; they're fairly short). I think Maya Cross has a great imagination; I imagine the world she built for these books has been in her head for a long time, and I think it's a good start for a new author. But I think the books could have been stronger with an editor. I'm not talking about grammar and idiom, here, I'm talking about developing and fleshing out the story in places so that we can experience the world as clearly as she does. One thing I love about Day's novels is that they stand up to pretty close scrutiny and seem very professional. Of course, she's been doing this for quite a while, now!
  5. It occurs to me that perhaps there's some confusion about what the term "nanny" means. A nanny is a babysitter who works in your house. A live-in nanny or overnight nanny stays overnight, but simply saying that there's a "nanny" doesn't imply that there's an overnight or a 24-hours-a-day sitter. And I'm sure that the posters who suggested that Eva and Gideon wouldn't have a nanny "because they'll want to be involved parents" didn't mean to be so offensive. Obviously most parents want to be involved. And one can absolutely be an attentive, caring, involved parent while still working outside the home.Â
  6. Thanks! (And Dr. Travis is in San Diego, not San Francisco. A difference of 500 miles. )  Gideon Cross 45 Eva Tramell Reyes Cross 45 Victor Reyes 45 Monica Stanton 18 Cary Taylor 43 - 1 = 42 Mark Garrity 10 Steven Ellison 7 Shawna Ellison 4 Elizabeth Cross Vidal 8 Ireland Vidal 36 Angus McLeod 43 Benjamin Clancy 31 Arnoldo Ricci 33 + 1 = 34 Martin Stanton 12 Trey 11     RIP List Nathan Barker RIP Gideon Cross Corinne Giroux R.I.P 02/07/2013 azmich Anne Lucas R.I.P. 06/07/2013 Rogue Tatiana Cherlin RIP 7/7/2013 shazscott1980 Deanna Johnson RIP 7/8/13 Barb55 Brett Kline RIP 7/11/13 Barb55 Terence Lucas RIP 7/12/2013 ShazScott1980 and GiGi too Sam Yimara RIP 7/12/2013 Rogue Christopher Vidal jr 7/15/2013 ShazScott1980 Jean Francois Giroux RIP 7/16/13 Barb55 Shelley Graves RIP 7/16/13 - jls1216 Richard Michna RIP 7/17/13 ShazScott1980 Daniel 7/21/12 ShazScott1980 Erik RIP 7/22/2013 Barb55 Magdalene RIP 7/24/2013 Barb55 Richard Stanton RIP 7/25/2013 Barb55 Lacey RIP 7/28/2013 azmich Christine Fields RIP 7/31/2013 azmich Michael Waters RIP 8/2/13 Barb55 Christopher Vidal Sr RIP 8/4/2013 Barb55 Walter Leaman RIP 8/6/2013 Barb55 Parker Smith RIP 8/17/2013 Barb55 Megumi RIP 8/21/2013 ShazScott1980 Dr Peterson RIP 8/22/2013 ShazScott1980 Scott (Gideon assistant) RIP Barb55
  7.  Sheens, IIRC, that was the red-haired woman in Bared to You, not the red-haired woman at the end of Entwined with You. I'm just going by what I've read here; I missed that note from Day.
  8. Gideon Cross 44+1=45 Eva Tramell Reyes Cross 45 Victor Reyes  44 Monica Stanton 18 Cary Taylor 44-1=43 (I wasn't going to play but I had to!) Mark Garrity 10 Steven Ellison 7 Shawna Ellison 7 Elizabeth Cross Vidal 6 Ireland Vidal 36 Angus McLeod 43 Benjamin Clancy  31 Arnoldo Ricci 33 Martin Stanton 12 Trey 11     RIP List Nathan Barker RIP Gideon Cross Corinne Giroux R.I.P 02/07/2013 azmich Anne Lucas R.I.P. 06/07/2013 Rogue Tatiana Cherlin RIP 7/7/2013 shazscott1980 Deanna Johnson RIP 7/8/13 Barb55 Brett Kline RIP 7/11/13 Barb55 Terence Lucas RIP 7/12/2013 ShazScott1980 and GiGi too Sam Yimara RIP 7/12/2013 Rogue Christopher Vidal jr 7/15/2013 ShazScott1980 Jean Francois Giroux RIP 7/16/13 Barb55 Shelley Graves RIP 7/16/13 - jls1216 Richard Michna RIP 7/17/13 ShazScott1980 Daniel 7/21/12 ShazScott1980 Erik RIP 7/22/2013 Barb55 Magdalene RIP 7/24/2013 Barb55 Richard Stanton RIP 7/25/2013 Barb55 Lacey RIP 7/28/2013 azmich Christine Fields RIP 7/31/2013 azmich Michael Waters RIP 8/2/13 Barb55 Christopher Vidal Sr RIP 8/4/2013 Barb55 Walter Leaman RIP 8/6/2013 Barb55 Parker Smith RIP 8/17/2013 Barb55 Megumi RIP 8/21/2013 ShazScott1980 Dr Peterson RIP 8/22/2013 ShazScott1980 Scott (Gideon assistant) RIP Barb55
  9. I don't know. I really don't see Gideon quitting his job to stay home with young children . . . and I don't think working full-time means they can't be "hands-on parents." YMMV.
  10. One note on the Maya Cross Alpha Group Trilogy -  It's not that big of a deal now that all three books are out, and it's good that they're only about $2.99 each, because each isn't really a standalone novel. Cross explains that the whole thing was going to be too long for one novel (as per usual wordcounts in the genre) so for that and a few other reasons, she decided to split the story into three shorter books (full explanation on her website). The first book doesn't quite wrap up its story, the second book ends in a massive cliffhanger, and the third just published this week (I haven't read it yet). They're fun, but I'd recommend going into book one expecting to read all 3 in a row if you want a full story arc.  Actually, there's so much unexplored in this world, I hope Cross decides to write more books involving different characters and getting into some of the background details.
  11. I think they'll have nannies because I think they'll both want to continue to work! Probably not live-in help, though.Â
  12. The photo of The Man of Steel in front of the cameraman is adorable. Cavill looks like he's laughing at himself, thinking, "I look ridiculous in this suit."  (He does not look ridiculous in that suit.)
  13.  I don't think so. I think Day has been good about making sure both Gideon and Eva have the time they need to recover and Gideon still has a lot of work to do. Also, I think Crossfire reads like a direct response to Fifty Shades in a lot of ways. There are a hundred examples, but for one, is there anything Christian doesn't know? He's proficient at everything (except relationships) and knowledgeable about nearly everything, too. In Crossfire, Carey wonders aloud why there are always pianos in high-roller suites (which made me smile) and Eva once asked Gideon who sings a particular song and he said something like, "I have no F(&^*** idea," (which made me laugh aloud).  In Fifty Shades, Ana could never quite manage her birth control competently. In Crossfire, Gideon asked Eva once if she was on birth control, she said "of course," and that's the end of it. I don't see any "mistakes" happening to these two. I hope they don't start a family right away . . . but I wouldn't mind an Afterward that jumped ahead a couple of years to give us a sneak peek. Â
  14. A post from Sylvia advertising her novella, Razor's Edge. In the comments . . .  "Will u have a little tease of the first two chapters of 4th crossfire in ur webpage? Getting anxious here..."  Sylvia Day: Sept 24  Of course, she might have been answering a question from several hours earlier about when the novella is available to download. That date is 9/24, so it seems most likely. Drat.
  15. Young Adult. This is a bookstore shelving designation, usually featuring characters under age 18. It used to be that certain topics or amount of graphic content wasn't sold as YA (less swearing, less sex, less drug use, certain topics taboo, etc.) but that's no longer the case for the most part. I'm not aware of any YA erotica or erotic romance, though.
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