5 Best Books by Sylvia Day To Add To Your Library

Expand your literature knowledge by reading the best books by Sylvia Day in our guide.

Celebrated as one of the world’s most successful romance authors, Sylvia Day has sold more than twenty million copies. In addition to writing ten New York Times bestsellers, Day has served as the President of Romance Writers of America. In October 2018, a documentary entitled Beyond Words: Sylvia Day was released, detailing the day-to-day rigors of Day’s 2016 world tour. In addition to the time she spends writing, Day also works to connect with fans as often as possible. She’s a well-known public speaker and meets with fans at large events like Comic-Con and Booklovers Con. 

Here, we’ll take a book at Sylvia Day’s most famous novels. 

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1. Bared to You

Best Books by Sylvia Day: Bared to You
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The first novel in Day’s Crossfire series, Bared to You, introduces readers to Gideon and Eva, a couple who can’t seem to stay away from one another. Many readers compare the novel to Fifty Shades of Gray, exploring the dark side of an intense romantic connection. In this novel, readers get to know the pair and learn how their deep connection begins. The two discuss trauma and long-standing secrets and find they’re more alike than they initially realized.

Written in 2012, Day self-published the novel before publisher Berley Books picked it up a few months after its initial release. Initially, the book sold half a million copies. Eventually, more and more fans began to dig into the Crossfire series, with the books selling more than five million copies in English alone. 

“His dress shirt and suit were black, but his tie perfectly matched those brilliant irises. His eyes were shrewd and assessing, and they bored into me. My heartbeat quickened; my lips parted to accommodate faster breaths. He smelled sinfully good.”

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Bared to You (A Crossfire Novel)
  • Bared To You By Sylvia Day
  • Day, Sylvia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 02/04/2014 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

2. Reflected in You

In the second book in the series, Reflected in You, it becomes clear that there are issues in Gideon and Eva’s relationship, and readers are left on the edge of their seats wondering whether they’ll be able to work through their issues and continue on their path through life together. The book makes it clear that what’s happening between the two is a long-term relationship, not a quick fling, and sets the story up for continuing throughout the series. Gideon and Eva realize they love one another and want to be together, but they face many outside forces that make it harder and harder to maintain their relationship.

This follow-up to Bared to You was released in October 2012, just six months after the initial book’s debut. In the week following the book’s release, Reflected in You sold 286,000 digital copies and debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list, even though the physical paperback version of the book had yet to be released. 

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“He was Gideon Cross, of Cross Industries, and at the ridiculous age of twenty-eight, he was one of the top twenty-five richest people in the world. I was pretty sure he owned a significant chunk of Manhattan; I was positive he was the hottest man on the planet. And he kept photos of me everywhere he worked, as if I could possibly be as fun to look at as he was.”

Reflected in You (Crossfire, Book 2)
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  • Day, Sylvia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 10/23/2012 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

3. Entwined with You

The third book in the Crossfire series, Entwined with You, delves into the risks that Eva and Gideon must take to continue their relationship. Readers struggle to decide if Eva and Gideon should continue their relationship, as their passion for one another is clear, but their problems are beginning to surface. Readers also get to know Eva deeper in this part of the series, witnessing how she’s learning to stand up for herself and grow her confidence.

This installment was released in 2013 and serves to bridge the gap from Gideon and Eva’s red-hot beginning to how they work together to begin to deal with the pressures of day-to-day life as a team. This book sold over half a million copies during the first six days it was available to readers, debuting at #1 on the New York Times print & eBook fiction list. 

“Gideon stood just inside my closed bedroom door. The sight of him spurred a reaction so abrupt it was like a physical blow. My breath caught and my heart lurched into an excited rhythm, my entire being responding to the sight of him with a potent rush of yearning. It felt like years since I’d last been with him, instead of a mere hour.”

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Entwined with You (Crossfire, Book 3)
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  • Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
  • Day, Sylvia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

4. Captivated by You

The fourth book in the Crossfire series, Captivated by You, allows readers to get to know Gideon on a new level, as this book is told from his perspective. Readers learn exactly what drives Gideon in life and love, helping them feel a new connection to him and Eva. In addition, readers learn how Gideon struggles with self-acceptance and how he deals with another man trying to pursue Eva. Released a year after the previous installment in the series, readers were waiting to find out where Day would take Gideon and Eva next.

This novel debuted at #1 on the USA Today bestseller list. In addition, the book hit #1 in 16 countries. In the United States, Captivated by You hit the top spot on several bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Captivated by You was also heralded as one of the Top 100 Bestsellers of 2014 by USA Today just six weeks after the book’s release.

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“My gaze slid over her features–the curve of her brows, the brightness of her gray eyes, the fullness of her lips. In the moments when I let myself think of it, I could almost feel those lips against my skin. Her kisses were benedictions, promises from my angel that made life worth living.”

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Captivated by You (Crossfire, Book 4)
  • Captivated By You Book Sylvia Day
  • Extras-Adult Books
  • Day, Sylvia (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 11/18/2014 (Publication Date) - Berkley (Publisher)

5. One with You

In the final installment in the Crossfire series, One with You, the pair share their secret matrimony with the people who matter most. The pair works to battle against those working to publicize their marriage before they’re ready, and readers see the two become more and more of a team as they work to keep enemies from the past at bay. It’s always been clear that Eva and Gideon trust one another, but in the series’s final book, readers see how the two work to overcome all that life has to throw at them.

The book was celebrated as Day’s fourth straight bestseller to take the #1 spot in the United Kingdom. According to USA Today, One with You was seriously cemented in the #1 bestseller’s spot, with triple the sales of the book that came in at #2. 

“Gideon Cross was as deep and vast as the ocean, and I had feared drowning in him from the moment I first saw him. I couldn’t be afraid of that anymore. Not after realizing that what I feared more was losing him.”

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One with You (Crossfire, Book 5) (Crossfire, 5)
  • Sylvia Day (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 480 Pages - 04/05/2016 (Publication Date) - St. Martin's Griffin (Publisher)

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