Review: Seven Years To Sin by Sylvia Day


Seven Years To Sin by Sylvia Day
Historical / Erotica
2012-08-28 (Kensington)

Rating: A
Heat: Sizzling

Heroine: Jessica Sheffield – Lady, Widow
Hero: Alistair Caulfield – Fourth Son, Merchant 
Setting: England



The night before Jessica Sheffield is to be married, her pug Temperance leads her on a merry journey through the woods to find the perfect spot to piddle. Said spot happens to be near a gazebo—one that is… quite occupied. When the moon reveals to her who exactly is fornicating in said gazebo, her startled gasp catches Alistair Caulfield’s attention.

From the moment that their eyes lock, something within both of them changes. Jessica is awakened to desires and urges she never knew existed. Alistair is captivated and consumed by a woman he cannot have. And the memory of that moment will haunt them both for seven years.

Jessica Sheffield has been hidden away behind a mask of propriety and manners and expectations. The whole of her life has been dedicated to being a proper daughter and a dutiful wife. When she boards Alistair’s ship to Jamaica, Jess is free to become the woman she has long hidden. And that woman is delightful. Fiery and strong. Wanton. Jessica really comes into her own after a lifetime of being who others expect her to be.

Alistair Caulfield stole my heart. And my panties. He pretty much oozes sex from his pores—the man is all things virile. I think he may even have carnality in his very bones. But even though his machismo is very potent stuff indeed, that is definitely not all there is to him. Alistair is compassionate and stoic and… patient. Jessica manages to stir up longings and desires in him that really squeezed at my heart. I loved watching a man who puts most of his self-worth on his prowess between the sheets simply… unravel… under the force of her love for him.

One of my favorite things about this couple is how there was never any indecisiveness on either Jessica or Alistair's sides. It was never a matter of if they want each other or if they'll give in to their passions. The lack of angst was refreshing and very, very welcome. I like that Jessica was no simpering miss, fretting over her attraction to Alistair. She wants him, he wants her, they just have to figure out how to make it work.

Which is not to say that their journey is easy. They both have obstacles, internally and externally, to overcome. Jessica and Alistair have both suffered at the hands of their parents. Jessica, physically. Alistair, emotionally. It was deeply gratifying to see them come together, to voice their demons, and to find acceptance for them in one another. It felt very honest and true. And added dimension and layers and meaning to their relationship.

Seven Years to Sin is as sensual as it is sexual. It manages to stir your heart as it heats your blood. Miz Day has written Jessica and Alistair’s story so beautifully. It was filled with such deep emotion that you can’t help but become invested in all the characters. I loved this book. Plain and simple. And I’m already eagerly anticipating a reread—I simply didn’t want to leave these characters and their world.

Favorite Quote:

“If I could,” he went on, “I would remain like this indefinitely—clasped by you, held inside you, a part of you—without moving at all. When we make love, I fight climax with everything I have. I don’t want to come; I do not want it to end. No matter how long I make it last, it isn’t nearly long enough. I am furious when I cannot hold back any longer. Why, Jess? If all I seek is the physical relief of natural lust, just as I would seek sleep or food, why would I deny myself?”
She turned her head and caught his mouth with hers, kissing him desperately.
“Tell me you understand,” he demanded, his lips moving beneath hers. “Tell me you feel it, too.”


Thoughts While Reading:

5.0% - "That may be the most titillating prologue ever."
27.0% - "Hottest HR ever? So far, I'm thinking 'yes!'"
49.0% - "Oh... my... Alistair. Wow. I will have sweet dreams tonight."
100.0% - "Love, love, love. Alistair, Jess... So combustible."


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