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Seven Years to Sin (Historical #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  12,149 ratings  ·  818 reviews
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
Paperback, reissue, 352 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Kensington Trade (first published August 30th 2011)
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Sammy, Recovering Monster Sex Addict
Warning Ladies: Alistar has a dirty mouth, and a body made for sin…

Lord Baybury, aka Alistair Lucius Caulfield


Every woman wether married or single, wants a piece of Alistar. He's fine as hell, and a demon unleased in bed! Alistar is the fourth son of a Duke, and therefor has no money, and little worth. Once reduced to whoring for money under the guise of "Lucius", Alistar is now a wealthy, accomplished man. He is also decidedly single because the one woman he wants, belongs to another.

Lady Tarl
Aestas Book Blog
“You and I have always been inevitable. And I am not a man to take pieces of a whole. I must have everything. The good as well as the bad.”

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I read this book because of how much I LOVED Bared to You (by the same author) and when I heard that this was the book that inspired her to write it, I really couldn’t resist reading it.

First off, you should know that, unlike Bared to You, this is a historical novel. As many of you know, that’s not exactly a genre I read much of and I’ll have
I was asked by a friend, if i wanted to join in on reading this book because apparently the main couple, Alistair and Jessica were the author's inspiration for Bared to You (a contemporary romance), which i had recently read and enjoyed. This is what is considered a Regency romance, which is typically not a genre that has ever "called to me"..simply because i'm not really a fan of historicals, of any kind..but i was curious so i gave it a shot!

I can't say that i'm any more sold on Regency romanc
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I was just chatting with a friend today about when you read a book and it works out good enough for the moment. This is probably how I'm feeling about Seven Years to Sin. The book was a pleasant read - full of great sexual chemistry and a sweet love story about two people finding love after overcoming past loss.

The start of this tale had me grinning mischievously when a very naughty voyeuristic scene happened right off the bat. I knew the stage was being set for a future series of events that w
“If I could… 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…. Tell me you understand,” he demanded, his lips moving beneath hers. “Tell me you feel it, too.”
“I feel you,” She breathed… “You have become everything to me.”

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Samantha Towle
Love, love, LOVED it! Alistair ... holy hotness! All I can say is, I want a carriage ride with him! ;)
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
I've been searching for a word to describe this book and I think I'm going to settle on delicious!.

This is my first foray into Historical Novels and who best to guide me through my first time than Sylvia Day, and guide me she did!.

I was consumed by this book and couldn't put it down and for two days it felt like I was in the moment, the Era and the story itself.

Everything was described so well from the clothing to the setting that in my minds eye I could picture the whole story and it was breat
5 stars.

As I had stated in my Bared To You review, Sylvia Day was an author whose work I had sampled last year and I have no idea what stopped me from continuing on with her books. I think at that stage I hadn't yet joined GR and couldn't keep track of things.

Sylvia Day's writing is exquisite. Direct, straight to the point, there never seems to be any unnecessary drama in her stories. Her men are masculine and can be possessive without being excessively demanding or alpha. Her women are smart (t
3 - 3.5 Stars

I loved the characters especially the passionate and heart baring Alistair. He never wavered, never strayed, he gave his heart to Jess and no matter the obstacles he faced he was too in love to ever give her up. Sylvia Day writes some of the hottest historicals I have ever read and it is very true with this story too. I felt the first half was a little slow, but still good. Once they returned to England it just took off for me. Also the secondary love story between Hester and Michae
Story Rating 5 stars
Character Rating 5 stars
Romance Rating 5 stars
Heat Level 4.5 out of 5
Overall Rating 5+

Sylvia Day IS BACK! I was worried going into this book that it was not going to be a good one because her last book disappointed me so much. Well I must say for me that worry was a total waste of time. This book was absolutely FANTASTIC. I loved it so well that my overall rating was a 5+.

ALL of the characters in this book were very well done.

The story line was very good and had a secondary
Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day

Alistair Caulfield has harbored a love for Lady Jessica Sheffield for many years, but many factors made that love unattainable. He being younger, and the 4th son of a duke and duchess, there was no role for him. Alistair is quite a free spirit, making his own way in the world at a young age and building his own fortune by whatever means necessary.

On the eve of Jessica’s wedding, she is walking her dog for the evening and comes across Alistair engaged in a lechero
Elizabeth (Liz)
I adore Sylvia Day, and this is, by far, her best book in some time!! So much emotion! So much passion! This woman can write couples like no one else!! Alistair and Jessica are sublime together, and equally as interesting individually.

Alistair is sex on a stick, ladies! Love, love, love this story! 5 stars!!!

Feminist agenda in a Regency woman written in such an artificially stilted language it squeaked. With porn-level and porn-style sex. Pretty yucky.

Michelle [Helen Geek]
Apr 26, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Run out and grab a copy now .. worth every dime of the $9 price!
5 Stars!

Absolute perfection. The characters, the talented phrasing, the story; just perfection. I'm not a writer, but I think there is something to be said for the talents of a writer who can write a historical romance really well. Just like a paranormal book, there is so much needed to "set the stage". Contemporary books rely so much on a readers "current point of reference". Not needed is to draw the picture of the clothing, the transportation, the hairstyles, etc. This writer can write a "kic
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
I loved EVERYTHING about this book, the way it was written, the story and I LOVED Alistair & Jessica! This book consumed me and I devoured it knowing it will stay with me forever!

The journey of Alistair and Jessica begins with chaste looks and comes to a head one evening when Jessica stumbles upon a "scene" in a gazebo involving Alistair, where what she witnesses, proceeds to spark a change in her and stays with her until 7 years later when this night becomes pivotal to her future.

Rating: A ... Heat: Sizzling

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 sh
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
There has always been something between Jessica and Alistair and it has never been more intense than the moment that Jess catches Alistair in a compromising position and they can't take their eyes off each other. Unfortunately, that is the on the eve of Jessica's marriage to another man. Fast forward seven years...

This story is the inspiration for Bared to You and if you loved that, you will want to read this even though it is a regency romance. You can really see Gideon in Alistair and although
Kellie G.
Wow, what a great book! Everything about it from the characters to the dialogue to the steaminess was perfect! Sylvia Day is damn good!
Jen (Red Hot Books)
**This review contains strong sexual content**

Sylvia Day has said that the characters in this book helped inspire her to write Bared to You. So I thought the books might have a similar feel. They don't. Both are very sexual, to be sure, but beyond that I didn't feel anything in this book that reminded me of that one.

Lady Jessica is a paragon of propriety. She didn't have much choice. Her father beat it into her at a young age. She married a good man, a kind man. But he died young, leaving her a
What I liked the most about this book was that it didn't have the typical traits of historical romances. A ship instead of society setting for H/h relationship, no misunderstandings, a widow with a happy past marriage, characters with realistic social pressures, secondary romance with also realistic progress, an alternate solution for hero's predicament to become a Duke which showed his true commitment to the heroine. I didn't like the flourished writing style the author used but by the first ch ...more
Spoiler Whore says calm your tits people, it's just a book
Love love love! Alistair and Jess are a very passionate, sensual and incorrigible couple. I loved that Alistair loved Jess for seven years even when she was wed to someone else and that she secretly harbored feelings for him as well. The second story with her sister Hester was good as well and of course there was Michael who was in love with her while she was wed as well.

Favorite lines:

"I've wanted you from the moment I first saw you," she confessed, licking her dry lips. "Every hour I want you
Jess spent many happy years married to her husband before she became a widower but she never forgot the night that she saw Alistair locked in a passionate embrace with a married woman. She has mourned her husband for a year and is finally ready to face the world again and what better way to start than by travelling to Jamaica to visit the plantation she inherited. Alistair has a reputation as a ladies man and a rake but the one woman who he ever cared for was the one who was beyond his reach. Bu ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gina by: Kathleen

I cannot express adequately how much I loved this book. I was concerned in the beginning because it didn't immediately grab me, but oh my god did it more than make up for that about 35% into it.

Jessica always conforming to society norms of the time, she is the controlled and distant lady that is expected of her. On the eve of her marriage, she takes a walk in the some gardens and stumbles upon Alistair having sex with someone who paid him for his services. She can't leave, she
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Seven years ago, Lady Jessica Sheffield witnessed a scandalous act on her wedding day that engraved itself in her mind, never to be forgotten. Years later, she meets Alistair Claufield again and those memories boil to the surface, heating her from the inside out.

Now a widow, Jessica tries to deal with her grief by busying herself with other duties. She boards a ship to the West Indies and this is where Alistair makes his move.

The first and major thing I must point out a
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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,

I felt like this book could have been an easy 5 stars except for a few things. The story could have flowed better and not ended so abruptly. I loved the H and h. Their interactions were never dull and they had good chemistry. They were both brutally honest with each other. I liked that this had a good steam level for a historical fiction. No "flower petals", "velvet rods" or "blushing virgins." The story line was different and fresh. I would definitely recommend this to historical fans who want
Titinha Scaeiro
Só digo que... Ainda bem que havia história para além do casal protagonista... loool


Para quem me conhece sabe que a minha relação com os livros da autora Sylvia Day, não é nada famosa. Tentei ler o primeiro da série Crossfire e não passei dos primeiros capítulos, literalmente não é a minha “praia”. Entretanto saiu outra série, está mais virada para o fantástico e só de ler os comentários de uma amiga facebookiana, traumatizei junto
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
4.75 Sinful Stars :)

To me, there were actually two different stories being told. One is of Lady Jessica & Alistair Caufield and the other of Jessica's sister, Hester, & Michael, a long time friend of Alistair's and Lady Jessica's brother-in-law.

Alistair has had his eyes on Jessica for as long as he can remember. Unfortunately, his station in life would not make a suitable match for Lady Jessica. Plus, she has already been betrothed to Viscount Benedict Sinclair. On the eve of her weddin
3.5 stars. This was a pretty good read. The beginning had me sitting up to take notice. The hero had a really unique character. You rarely see a hero portrayed as a man selling his favors for money and having to face the consequences of shame for living such a life in his past. I also appreciated the fact that the heroine was loved by her husband before he died. I’m so sick and tired of every dead wife and dead husband of the heroes and heroines in all romance novels being the worst spouse imagi ...more
There is lot to recommend this book...

...Hot sex. I'll get that right out of the way. Sylvia Day was the very first writer I'd ever read where I noticed that some historical romances were getting much more explicitly sexual. She always manages to write hot sexy scenes without them sounding, well, over the top crude.

...Great heroine back-story. Jessica, the heroine, was physically abused, is barren and likes to drink a little too much.

...Great hero back-story. Alistair the hero is the (bastard)
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Sylvia Day (aka S. J. Day and Livia Dare) is the #1 New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of over 20 award-winning novels sold in more than 40 countries. She is a #1 bestselling author in 27 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit her at, ...more
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“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.”
“I have wanted you for so long now,” he said roughly, “I’ve no memory of how it feels to be devoid of the craving. But you must know what you do. I need you to think of who you are and where you are and who I am. Think of how things will be once we’ve crossed this threshold. Think of how you will leave this cabin—disheveled and well fucked.” 25 likes
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