Surprise Surprise: Reflected in You Chapter 9

Previously, Eva and Gideon decided to keep working on their relationship, which is the same thing they always decide! Filler chapter, much? Wait, all these chapters are pretty much filler chapters.

Chapter 9 

It’s Friday afternoon, and as I’m sure you all remember, tonight Eva is going to that concert with Shawna and Gideon and A Friend of Gideon Who Has Yet to Be Determined! Super exciting. We open with Eva and Cary meeting up for lunch and Eva feeling bad they haven’t spent too much time together.

One really annoying thing that keeps happening when they talk about Six-Ninths (I can’t get over how stupid this name is, but that’s pretty normal for band names) is that everyone keeps saying “alt rock.” Does anyone actually fucking call it that out loud and not just in writing? Is this Sylvia Day trying to be hip-to-the-max with da kids? I don’t even know.

Surrounded by idiots
Well, one idiot in this case I suppose. But I feel like these characters are real live idiots as well.

“Can’t see Cross liking alt rock.” Cary sank fluidly into the chair across from me. “Does he know how much you like it? Especially the musicians who play it?”

This quote is useful to me for two reasons. One, it shows you what I mean by that “alt rock” bull shoop, and two it leads into how Eva used to have a boyfriend who played some of that alt rock all the kids are talking about.

Later, on the way to the rock show, Eva informs Gideon that she’s no longer on her period. Thank fucking God, you guys! It was the never ending period. I don’t know if any of you are familar with the history of Hannukah, but basically it’s founded on some oil that lasted eight whole nights. Well, if that’s all it takes to make a holiday, then we should create one based on Eva’s period lasting for fucking ever.

Gideon, Eva and Shawna head to a restaurant first where we get to meet Gideon’s friend! Who better to introduce a minor character than another minor character? I’ll let Shawna do the honors.

“Oh my God.” Shawna bounced on her feet. “That’s Arnoldo Ricci! He owns this place. And he’s got a show on the Food Network!”

For some reason at dinner Eva starts rubbing Gideon’s penis under the table to see if she can make him flustered.

Gideon draped his arm along the back of my chair and toyed with the hair at my nape. His other hand lifted a glass of red wine to his mouth and when he licked his lips, I knew he was thinking about tasting me instead. His desire was charging the air between us. I had been falling under its spell all through dinner.

Reaching beneath the tablecloth, I cupped his cock through his jeans and squeezed. He went from semihard to stone instantly but gave no other outward indication of his arousal.

I couldn’t help but see that as a challenge.

I began to stroke the rigid length of him with my fingers, careful to keep my movements slow and easy to prevent detection.

That’s certainly one way to pass the time at dinner and fill up pages of an erotic novel! It doesn’t go much farther, though. Eva starts to unbutton his jeans and he stops her, and then she muses on how many layers he has. Sure, let’s go with that.

At the concert Eva and Gideon dry hump on the dance floor until Eva is distracted by the fact that her ex-boyfriend, Brett, is, surprise surprise, the lead singer of Six-Ninths! She tells us about six hundred times that he’s really sexy, and Gideon fingers her (seriously) while the band performs. I bet he wouldn’t be too happy that Eva’s turned on by the combination of Gideon and her ex-boyfriend’s sexy voice.

You guys. I can’t stress enough that the best part of this whole thing is the song that Brett sings. We get to read the whole entire fucking song, which may or may not be about Eva. You tell me. Here’s a portion of the song:

 Golden girl, there you are.

Dancing for the crowd, the music’s loud.

I want you so bad. I can’t look away.

Later, you’ll drop to your knees. You’ll beg me please.

And then you’ll go, it’s only your body I know. Golden girl, where’d you go?

Please don’t go. There’s so much more I want to know.

Eva, please. I’m on my knees.

Golden girl, where’d you go?

I’m singing for the crowd, the music’s loud.

And you’re not there , with sunlight in your hair.

Eva, please. I’m on my knees.


I don’t know about you guys, but I am moved as fuck. Did you see the way he changed the words? At first Eva was on her knees blowing him, but now he’s on his knees begging for her to come back! And the sunlight in her hair? It’s beautiful.

The cherry on top? Gideon’s reaction:

“That song,” Gideon growled in my ear, his fingers fucking me forcefully, “makes me think of you.”

HAHAHAHAHAHA. A song with your partner’s name in it makes you think of them? What an odd coincidence, Gideon!

Eva is upset after the show ends. She’s mad at Cary because obviously he knew Brett was the lead singer but didn’t tell her. She’s shocked that Brett sang a song which made her seem like way more than a fuck-buddy (well, I mean, he only really talks about her blowing him and then missing her when she leaves, but okay!), and she just wants to go home.

Gideon tells Eva that he has backstage access, of course. The smart thing would be for Eva to say, “Let’s just leave,” and forget it. But of course she’s like, “Oh well, I want Shawna to have fun, and I can see Brett, but he won’t see me.” Because that will totally be how things go down.

They’re invited to go meet the band, but Eva quickly declines. She goes to the bathroom, and then heads outside to the limo, but surprise surprise, Brett is outside smoking. He sees her, so she runs and hide, but he finds her. And this happens:

“You owe me an explanation,” he bit out.

“It’s not—”

He kissed me. He had the softest lips, and he sealed them over mine and kissed me. By the time I registered what was happening, he’d tightened his grip on my arms and I couldn’t move away. Couldn’t push him away.

And for a brief span of time I didn’t want to.

I even kissed him back, because the attraction was still there and it soothed something hurting inside me to think I might’ve been more than a convenient piece of ass.

Maybe she’ll leave Gideon for Brett! He sounds sexy!

Anyway, after that moment of weakness, Eva pulls away because she loves Gideon super a lot, and, surprise suprise, Gideon is charging at Brett like an insane person as the chapter comes to an end.



  1. Bellomy Reply

    First off, for kissing him back, Eva is kind of a bitch, I’m just saying.

    But you have no idea how much their publicly ultra-sexual behavior would make me in real life. It’s personality thing, but I would feel SO awkward if my girlfriend started feeling me up in public. Even if people couldn’t see what she was doing. It would just creep me the fuck out.

    Like, ever actually watch a movie with your significant other? You know how in shows and movies people are always making out in the movie theater? In real life my experience has been that you’re very conscious that other people are there, plus there’s a movie on. You’re watching a movie. Sometimes you just want to see the damn movie.

    Similarly, I’m in a restaurant. I’m eating. I don’t want you grabbing my dick, and if I don’t react it’s not a challenge. It’s because I’m in a public place and what you’re doing is fucking embarrassing. Context, people.

    I don’t know. I’m just not comfortable being overly sexual in public. I guess I’m kind of prudish, but on the other hand I don’t really care what other people think about it.

    Basically, Gideon and Eva are creepy as fuck, is what I’m getting at.

    • 22aer22 Reply

      I don’t think that’s prudish at all! I think it is pretty normal to think that sex should be a private thing. I don’t care if it’s between two people or three or seven, I’d prefer not to see it/experience it in a restaurant or a movie.

      The whole Slane guy/Slane girl shizzy that went down recently (slut shaming and all that aside) I think giving/receiving blow jobs in public is in poor taste. Same goes for finger your girlfriend at a rock concert, GIDEON. Just because you think some things should be kept out of the public eye (not discussions about sex but the actual sexing of the sex itself) doesn’t make you a prude. It makes you not gross!

    • 22aer22 Reply

      I must read them all!! For his Forever seems the most idiotically promising.

      • Ali Reply

        I only read the synopsis of the first one. I immediately thought of you and matt

  2. Quinn Reply

    Can you two please do “Walking Disaster”? It was pretty damn horrible in ways I thankfully mostly blocked from my memory, and I only refrained from throwing it across the room because it was a library book. Which probably qualifies it for this blog.

  3. bookbaron Reply

    If you guys get sick of erotica, I recommend reading Witch & Wizard. Freaking hated that book. Would love to hear your thoughts.

      • bookbaron Reply

        I actually just joined that goodread’s group. I think my username there is Turtle. I’ll be sure to throw in a few books there. Goodness knows I’ve bitched about books on goodreads to have some to add.


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