Seven Years to Sin: Alistair Caulfield and Lady Jessica Sheffield
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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. . .
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, I had never read Sylvia Day. I saw it on NetGalley and knew it was by the same author that wrote Bared to You, which has come highly recommended to me by sources I trust. I hadn’t yet gotten to Bared to You but thought this book would be a good step to get my feet wet from Sylvia Day. What I got was more than I ever thought.
Day did a great job building up the tension and the emotion. I knew this book was classified as erotica, but it was so much more. Both Jessica and Alistair had a depth to them that you don’t often find in the erotica genre. They had huge emotional roadblocks that they had to overcome before they could find peace in each other’s arms.
Jessica was heralded as an ice queen; she was a paragon of virtue and never did anything that was not socially acceptable. A hard childhood taught her, that anything less than perfection was not enough. When on the eve of her wedding, she witnessed something that changed her irrevocably. That night she realized something that she never knew about herself, that she had depths of passion and was not willing to let that go. Due to Alistair’s indiscretion she had 7 years of an enjoyable marriage, but she never forgot that night. When she is on the ship with Alistair, rediscovers that passion, thinking this affair will help her get over the passing of her husband, but becomes so much more. She finds herself.
Alistair, has a well earned reputation of a rake, but seven years ago, he found that maybe being a rake is not all that it is cracked up to be. He finds that a willing body is not always enough. Knowing he wanted what he couldn’t have as well as to get away from his “father” he left England and made his fortune. Seven years later there is little left of the young man Jessica once knew. His passion still raged hot, but there are depths to him that she never expected. He is loyal, intelligent, motivated, successful, sexy and incredibly open, all things she never thought she would find from him. Alistair is the fourth in line to the dukedom, a title he never wanted nor did he deserve. The lack of support from his family led him to make some decisions as a young man, which he couldn’t quite regret because they brought him to where he is today, but knows these same decisions may cost him the thing he wants most in the world… Jessica.
The story will take you on a whirl wind of emotion as well as an incredibly steamy connection between Alistair and Jessica. I founds that once I picked this book up I had a really hard time putting it down, even when I found myself still reading at 4:00 am. And extra bonus is the story of Jessica’s sister Hester and her husband as well as an admirer that finds himself in a similar situation as Alistair had once found himself. I enjoyed the subplot almost as much as I was enjoying the main plot line!
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