Title: Seven Years to Sin
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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 . . .”
The above blurb explains really well what Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day is about.
Lady Jessica’s father was a violent man who wanted a perfect daughter; by force and punishment he made Jessica a perfect lady of the Ton. She followed her father’s orders to the tee until her marriage to Viscount Tarley.
The book starts the day before Lady Jessica is to marry Viscount Tarley; during that short chapter we get to meet him and realize he is a good man who loves and values Jessica. The next chapter moves seven years in the future, Jessica is a now widow and is trying to get her bearings in her new life.
One of the things I really liked about Seven Years to Sin was that Jessica’s first husband was a good man who loved her and respected her; sadly he died but he always thought about her and her future, considering this, he left Jessica a property in Jamaica, he did it to secure her future as an independent woman. I liked that Mrs. Day didn’t feel the need to make him a bad man; it was nice for a change.
Jessica has always hid behind the façade of propriety and has never “let her hair down”, until her reencounter with Alistair. Now she is alone with him on a ship to the West Indies, far from her family and society’s prejudices; it’s her time to feel and experience what she has repressed for years… and feel she did!
Alistair is another one that hasn’t had an easy life. As the fourth son of a Duke there is not much expected from him by his family or by society; if that wasn’t enough his father can’t stand him and has made his life a living hell. Everything Alistair has he has earned with lots of sacrifices and without anybody’s help.
Jessica and Alistair are two tortured souls that find solace in each other. But they not only find understanding and acceptance; they also find sparks that can ignite the pages. There have been an attraction between them since the first time they saw each other, before Jessica was married and Alistair was barely a man, an attraction they never acted upon, until now that Jessica is free again and Alistair has something to offer her.
They relationship felt real because of the connection and attraction they shared but still it felt like Jessica accepted Alistair advances a little too fast.
The steamy scenes were hot, hot, hot… but Alistair was sometimes a little too crude for my taste.
Another thing I had a little problem with was that great part of the story happened during their trip to the West Indies. That part was a bit too long for me, the setting was getting boring to the point that I would have preferred for them to arrived to land sooner, to a new and different setting.
There is a side story about Jessica’s sister Hester, I don’t always like secondary stories but in this case it works. I thought it provided a better understanding of the abuse Jessica and Hester were submitted by their father, it also provided a more realistic understanding of the times, in which a wife is the husband’s property and he can do with her as he pleases.
If you like your historical romance so hot that it’ll burn your pages Seven Years to Sin is a book you need to read.
I’m looking forward to read more books by Mrs. Day.
My Verdict: 4 Stars
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