From Goodreads: The longer the resistance…
Seven years ago, on the eve of her wedding, proper Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed a licentious scene no innocent young miss could imagine. Shocked, yet strangely titillated, she’d held her silence regarding scandalous Alistair Caulfield, and walked down the aisle as expected. But through years of serene, unremarkable marriage, Caulfield’s image remained burned into her imagination, fueling very illicit dreams. . .
…the sweeter the reward
Alistair ran far from the temptation of the prim debutante with the fire of passion in her eyes—all the way to the West Indies. As a successful merchant, he has little in common with the rakehell youth she knew. But when newly widowed Jessica steps aboard his ship for a transatlantic passage, seven years’ worth of denied pleasures are held in check by nothing more than a few layers of silk—and the certainty that surrender will consume them both. . .”
[Sylvia Day is] the undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance. ” —Teresa Medeiros
“Day plays on sensual themes with a lush grace. ” —Romantic Times
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Overall Rating 4.75
Character Rating 4.75
Story Rating 4.75
Hotness Rating 5++++
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NOTE: I have never read Sylvia Day before but after Sever Years to Sin, I will be picking up her back list! It was that darn good!
What I Loved: I am going to try to do this without giving anything away, so please forgive me in advance for being mysterious. Seven Years to Sin has all the elements I love in my historical reads: romance, adventure, family problems, hard times, unexpected pleasures, and characters who have to stretch out of their places in society to be happy. Alistair and Jessica are two shining examples of historical characters written right. They have an undeniable pull to each other and yet Sylvia takes us through a tender, not rushed, journey of them coming together. The side story of Hester (Jessica’s sister) was both heartbreaking and hopeful. I also felt it was a historically accurate view on things that women had to go through during that time.
What I Liked: Temperance and Acheron, the pugs in the story. I had a pug for 15 years so that really made me smile.
Complaints: Not really a complaint but I wanted a little more of Hester’s story at the end. I think this would be considered a “greed need” 🙂
Why I gave it a 4.75: Seven Years to Sin pulled at my heartstrings, made me laugh and cry, had me fanning myself at times, and delivered a terrific story to boot. I would highly recommend this to anyone who reads historicals that have a hotness factor!