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Top Ten Romance of Fall 2011! "Day creates sympathetic characters and skillfully weaves in some intense subplots about Jess's abusive childhood and her sister's violent husband. The main interest, though, lies in the extensive and graphic love scenes."
--Publishers Weekly

"Seven Years to Sin embodies every great quality of a good romance novel, from its gorgeous yet torrid love scenes to its era-appropriate overtones of women's empowerment. Jessica and Alistair's intense connection both in and out of the bedchamber will make you believe in the power of love..."
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Top Pick! "I'm rather stingy with my 5 rating but this deserved it and more. What an emotional story! An awesome read that just whets your appetite for more by this author."
-- Night Owl Reviews

Top Pick! "I was really moved by these two characters as each slowly comes to the realization that their love for each other should be given a chance. The romance between Alistair and Jessica is truly not to be missed."
-- Romance Reader at Heart

"Day pens a fast-paced, hot and sexy romance with wonderful characters and appealing secondary stories. ...the talented author's tales flow like a river: sometimes rough and over the rapids, at other times calm and quietly moving."
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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... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758290411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758290410
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sylvia Day 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 28 countries, with tens of millions of copies of her books in print. Her Crossfire series has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. Visit the author at sylviaday.com

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Heather BookSavvyBabe on August 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
I very much enjoyed reading Seven Years to Sin. Jessica is a widow, looking to overcome her grief and move forward with her life. To start, she decides to travel to Jamaica to deal with her property there. Alistair has long been infatuated with Jessica and when Jessica boards one of his ships to travel to Jamaica, he decides it is the perfect opportunity to make his move. Neither could anticipate the depth of emotion in their attraction, which began seven years earlier, and neither wants to see the inevitable end of that attraction...

Part of why I really enjoyed Seven Years to Sin is the erotic nature of the romance. For a historical novel, the romance is pretty hot, heavy, and bold. On Jessica's wedding day, she witnesses an erotic sexual encounter that awakened her sexual appetite, and that appetite simmered for seven years until she met Alistair again, but this time she was free to act on the attraction. The society restrictions of the 1800's are still in place, but with the setting being primarily on a boat in the middle of the ocean, those restrictions are more relaxed, allowing the characters to be more bold in their actions. Once Jess and Alistair have to re-enter society, they find that nothing is easy, and their circumstances are not what they thought at all.

Each of the characters have their own issues to overcome. For Jess, this is overcoming her past abuse and this issue gives the story a great deal of depth. Violence against women is a very serious topic, and I imagine that in the 1800's women who were victims were often desperate and with out help at all. Just when Jess thinks she is doing better at putting her past abuse at the hands of her father behind her, she finds that her sister is dealing with abuse.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By tsteiner on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful story of second chances. With a heroine that embraces her independence in a time of repression and a hero that isn't afraid to open up his heart to love.

Jessica was known as the Diamond of the Season, beautiful beyond measure but appearing cold and reserved, a perfect wife for a future Earl. One secretly witnessed deviant scene of inflagrente delicto later and her whole life is changed. Intrigued to discover the art of love making, she begins her life with her husband Viscount Tarley, fully grasping her womanly desires and passions.

Alistair Caulfield is the fourth born son to Duke Masterson. He is an infamous rake and risk taker. Circumstances have allowed him to live a life filled with adventure and minimal responsibility. After being caught in a very compromising position, he does his best to avoid Jessica. On that fateful day, he saw something in her that captivated him. The only thing he could do was to run away from the temptation of her. So Alistair ran fast and far.

Seven years have passed and tragedy has taken Viscount Tarley from Jessica, she is ready to move on. Her husband Benedict ensured his wife would want for nothing and bequeathed her a plantation in Jamaica. She has always desired the freedom to travel and now has the opportunity. Unknown to her, Alistair is also moving on and she just happens to be his target.

Seven Years to Sin was new and exciting for me. I found the writing clear and concise with no predictability. The plot was flawless and the characters were enchanting. Ms. Day's addition of the subplot of Jessica's sister, Hester, was included brilliantly and didn't distract from the story. Her future seems bright compared to her rather dismal past.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Ok, first off I want to start with a disclaimer that I love, adore and devour naughty novels. There is nothing I like more than romance where the hero and heroine are wild for each other and one can read about their chemistry together and watch the sparks they shoot off each other. I don't have a problem whatsoever when the hero and heroine engage in scorching encounters.

That being said, when that is ALL they do it becomes quite boring. Too much of a good thing and all that. I liked the characters very much, they both were flawed but good people, there was none of those silly misunderstanding that could be fixed by simple talking that is so pervasive in most romantic novel plots, I also enjoyed the fact that the heroine wasn't a blushing virgin or some sexually frustrated widow who had been pining away all her life for the right man to awaken her sexually (a very common plot too in historical romance).

I wish the author had been a little bit less bent on writing about her main characters in all sexual positions known to mankind and more in an actual plot. There is really no plot, no secrets to discover (the whole abuse deal was so obvious) there was no conflict and no resolution. All there was was sex, lots of it, in boats, in meadows, in gazebos, on desks, in bathtubs, in bed, in carriages, etc. We got it, we got it, he was experienced and she was wanton really. They were sexually compatible, again we got it. Aside from their sexual compatibility (to which we were treated on every page of the book) I have no knowledge of what they had in common or what exactly was it that they found so fascinating about each other. I dare to venture that they weren't actually in love, they were just in lust.
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