Seven Years to Sin (Historical #1)
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 ...more
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.
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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 ...more
I can't say that i'm any more sold on Regency romanc ...more
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 ...more
“I feel you,” She breathed… “You have become everything to me.”
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"I've wanted you from the moment I first saw you," she confessed, licking her dry lips. "Every hour I want you ...more
When I first realized my love of adult romance, I devoured any and all historical romance that I could get my hands on. I learned pretty early on that sex scenes in historical love stories could go really downhill, really fast. I’m one of those HR junkies that abhors purple prose and flowery love scenes and eventually hit a dry spell. But when I had seen that notorious erotic romance writer Sylvia Day had written a historical romance series, well, I was too curious to pass up the op...more
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 ...more
...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) ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
One positive aspect in the book : the writing is adequate and can even be nice at times. The other thing I liked, for once the author did not feel the need to badmouth the late husband and to paint him black.
Negative ones now :
- the dialogues are rather poor and the vocabulary used there sound way too contemporary for my taste; I also did not buy the fact that Alistair had ALWAYS used a french letter with his so numerous previous lovers.
- the plot was very predicti ...more
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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.”