Re-Publshed: August 28, 2012
First Pushed: August 30, 2011
Format: eBook (ARC)
**provided by publisher through NetGalley
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Book Depository
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.
Take two people who where abused..one physically and the other emotionally. Put them together in a relationship and you wonder if or how said relationship will even last.
Seven Years To Sin starts of with Jessica Sheffield on the eve of her marriage to Lord Tarley. She's attracted to him, but there is also a strong attraction to the much younger Alistair Caulfield, which she dismisses.
Later that night before her wedding, Jessica spies Alistair "servicing" one of the Ladies in the forest. This one night starts the premise of a story that is beyond mesmerizing. While Jessica marries Lord Tarley and becomes the proper dutiful wife..Alistair takes to sailing to far lands to in part to escape from his families guilt of his bastard birth and his raging feelings for Jessica.
Seven years later with the passing of her husband, Jessica and Alistair cross paths again. Alistair Caulfield is now a self made man and when the opportunity arises for him to finally have Jessica as his, he eagerly takes it.
This story was so good and just as sad. Told from Jessica's and Alistair's POV, it made for a very enjoyable read.
Separated for seven years due to Jessica's marriage to Alistair's best friends older brother and also because Alistair was the youngest of his brothers and therefore, not a suitable match for marriage.
The more I read, the more intrigued I became with these characters. For they both were so flawed that they equally felt they weren't worthy of each others love. Jessica because she was now older and barren and Alistair because of his sordid past.
I loved how Ms. Day gave these people real struggles, it gave them so much more depth. With Jessica being phyically abused and Alistair, emotionally abused..I had to wonder how this story was going to end. Was it going to have a HEA? well that my lovelies is for you to find out.
Just know that this story will have you riveted...at least it did for me. I also liked the fact that Jessica's sister Hester was also inputted into this tale. Hester & Michael need their own book *coughs* hint...hint...
Highly recommended read.
**This was also part of my NetGalley challenge (I don't know why I always forget to post..)