Monday, October 15, 2012

Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day

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...

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. . .

Type: Historical Romance/Erotica, London
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Rating: 5 out of 5

If you haven't read Seven Years to Sin you need to buy this now! Seriously, it was amazing and ohmygoodness through the damn roof sexy! The characters were wonderful, the passion between them absolutely took my breath away and was incredible to watch and the secondary storyline grabbed my heart and had me near tears. All the way around this was just a damn fine read that'll have a permanent spot on my favorites list. 

There's a lot more to Alistair and Jessica than meets the eye and they quickly became one of my favorite couples. The rhythm and flow between the two was beautifully written and just felt right. And these two seriously heat up the pages with a little tie me up action, some role playing and a whole lotta dirty talking that'll leave you panting for more. Lordy it was good

I really just loved the characters and watching their journey with each other. They didn't play games which was really refreshing. Alistair definitely won me over. He's crude and honest in a bone meltingly delicious way that I just couldn't resist. Jessica was wonderful as well and other than briefly wanting to strangle her I really enjoyed her character.
“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.” 
“I feel you,” she breathed, as intoxicated by his ardency as she was by the finest claret. “You have become everything to me.” 
The secondary storyline, involving Jessica's sister, was surprisingly dark but very well written. It's definitely one that'll pull at your emotions and that would have made a fantastic full length novel. [That's really my only complaint...that Seven Years to Sin is a stand-alone and not a series.]

I'm so glad I picked this book up. Day is an incredibly talented writer and put me through the wringer with all the emotions she pours into her characters and their lives. It was quite an experience and will have me reading more of her books in the very near future. I'd absolutely recommend this one to anyone who loves historicals with a lot of heat and that enjoys a story whose main focus is on the characters and their relationship.

***Aannnnd I'm gonna rant a little... NowI'm not holding it against the book rating wise but I absolutely loath the new cover for Seven Years to Sin. I am so blasted tired of publishers (or whoever makes the decisions) trying to make everything look like Fifty Shades. It really drives this reader up a wall and is such a huge turn off. I much prefer the original cover where you can actually tell it's a historical. If I'd seen the new cover I would have kept right on going because of the attempt to draw the Fifty Shades crowd. A huge disservice to Day who is a fabulous writer on her own. Gah! Okay rant over***

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I'd love to hear what you thought of Seven Years to Sin. 

Were you loving Alistair and Jessica? 
Have you read Day's other books? Love em?
What are you thinking about the cover switch? Drive you crazy or do you like the new trend? 


  1. Thanks for the review. I have not read this author yet. Historical and steamy. Great combo. I like your rant as I was thinking I prefer the orginal cover. LOL. Some covers that have been changed are alright. Most of them though I would choose the older one. I get confused sometimes as you think it's a new book and it's a book your already read. LOL.
    Sue B

    1. It really is a great combo. This was my first by her but I'll so be reading more of them.

      OMG Sue I've done the same thing picking one up thinking it was a new one then realizing it sounded way too familiar. LOL. So you're definitely not alone in that!

  2. I haven't read it yet, no, but it is on my list---I think I need to bump it up though, LOVED the quote and your review! :D

    I'm with you, I prefer the original cover. Perhaps if everything wasn't being pushed so much towards 50SoG, I wouldn't mind the new cover, as it's nice looking, but because I know where the new theme is coming from, well, I'm not as fond of it. ;)


    1. Oh definitely do. It was one of my favorite surprises of the year :) Mmmmhmm. One of my favorite quotes from the book. Loved "listening" to Alistair :)

      You know, I think you're right. It wouldn't bother me quite as much if I didn't know it was a 50 related change. It's such a gorgeous original cover too. Such a shame to have switched it up.

  3. I have this book on my wish list. I have heard good things about her and it. And I will easily go on record saying the old cover, 100 times better. I would not look twice at the new cover. I am afraid there are a lot of books I will never even look at. Pity. And really, boring and generic. None of them stand out from the others.

    1. Exactly. Me either. Now the original would have caught my eye at the bookstore (and did when I saw it online).

      I hope you love this one. I can't wait to get my hands on another one of hers. I think I'm going to read the Stranger I Married next which is another historical of hers. Sounds pretty good :)


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