Spoilers ahead! I'm not recapping these chapters in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, but I do refer to some things that happen in them. These posts are to give some commentary and behind-the-scenes info for people who want to read along (or re-read) with me or walk down memory lane. If you haven't read the books, you might have some surprises ruined. So maybe go grab a copy and read along as we count down to The Indigo Spell! :)
THESE POSTS ARE NOT ABOUT THE INDIGO SPELL! You're safe if you've read the first two books in the series.
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The Golden Lily, Chapter 18
Oh, Sydney. Sweet, oblivious, adorable Sydney. Eddie's spelling it all out there for you, in explaining that he doesn't think it's right to engage in hand-to-hand stuff with Jill when he has feelings for her. (This is also me helping anyone out who was puzzled by Adrian being nervous around Sydney in self-defense class). Does Sydney make a connection between Eddie's case and hers, though? No, of course not.
Sydney and Adrian breaking into some rich person's backyard was a scene added at the last minute in this book. It has no real part of a major plot, except to give us more chance to build the rapport between Adrian and Sydney. He lets himself suffer in the sun in order to let her enjoy her little poolside break, and we also get to see her relax and be at peace. This isn't something that happens a lot to Sydney--and the fact that Adrian is one of the few people we see it happen with in her life is important.
Sydney and Brayden's Mojave vs. Colorado desert discussion got trimmed in the dinner scene. It's another of those obscure topics I had to do research on, and I had all sorts of geology mumbo jumbo to throw in. At this point in the book, though, we know the deal with them, so it's time to dial it back before nerdy funny becomes nerdy boring.
The unpassionate kiss at the end there is probably the last nail in Sydney and Brayden's relationship. I love especially that he thinks he lost control in the moment and is totally scandalized by it...while the rest of us get the impression that Sydney, who's underwhelmed to say the least, might secretly like a little scandalous loss of control. If only we knew someone who could deliver on that.