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 eyesall 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 silkand the certainty that surrender will consume them both. . .
"[Sylvia Day is] the undisputed mistress of tender, erotic romance. " Teresa Medeiros
"Day plays on sensual themes with a lush grace. " Romantic Times
Summary & Photo taken from Goodread.com
Length: 352 pages (E-copy)
Source: NetGalley ARC
Publication Date: August 28th 2012 by Kensington Brava (Reissue)
Did I like this book?
Hmm... let's see if this answers your question.
I started it late Monday night and was finished by early Tuesday evening. It was that damn good!
I've known about Sylvia Day for awhile now, even before her novel Bared to You was published. However, like a lot of other authors her books got pushed to the side. Well her books got pushed aside until I saw that this one was available for review from NetGalley.
I love historical romance and when I read the blurb that this was the novel that inspired the author to write her afore mentioned book Bared to You I just had to request it and, as you can tell I really, really, really enjoyed it!
As soon as I started reading this book I noticed that Sylvia Day paid excellent attention to the tone and the speech patterns of her characters. Often times in historical romance novels the characters talk as you and I would. Anybody, who knows anything can tell you that the way we talk now is different than they talked 200 years ago. When I noticed her close attention to the details in the way her characters spoke to each other I knew I was in for a treat.
The story itself was a lot different than I thought it would be. Since I had never read anything by Sylvia Day before I thought that this may be your typical historical romance with the typical but still loveable plot lines, charcters and writing style. However, this book had none of those at least in my opinion it didn't and you know what? I absolutely loved that about it.
In this novel Sylvia Day presents us with a strong yet feminine character in the form of the widowed Lady Jessica. I loved Jessica's character because though she had her faults she was neither high and mighty nor extremely outlandish and uncaring as some heroines in popular historical romances are. She's had a hard time of it and while she has a really hard time letting people and most importantly Alistair in to her heart as well as her confidence. I really felt for her character due to the past abuse she suffered at the hands of her father and the untimely death of her husband. Yet, despite it all she has an inner strength that makes her an even more endearing character. Plus with her and Alistair had their battle of wills she was an apt oponent. Alistair, Jessica's love interest has also had a hard time of it in the past and his past is the one reason that Jessica has taken care not to get to close to him up until now. After witnessing Alistair in a compromising position years before she is determined to not let him under her skin...or her skirts.
I really loved the romance element to this novel because of the obvious chemistry there was between Alistair and Jessica. I mean talk about erotic! I'd have to say that this is probably the sexiest romance I've ever read. Sylvia Day certainly knows how to write her naughty bits in her novels. But, don't think that that is all the novel is about.
Since I got so attached to the characters the ups and downs that they experience through the novel actually made the story all the more real to me. The fact that this book didn't go straight from them getting freaky to living happily ever after was a nice change of pace. Plus the fact that they were willing to fight for each other and to be together just made the book even better.
So basically if you want a super sexy historical romance to read bordering on erotica but with an extremely well thought out cast of characters, and plot I highly suggest picking this one up. I devoured this one in just a day and thought it was wonderfully written and now I have a new favourite author. I recommend this one to all historical romances lovers and those who are new to the genre and are looking for a starting point to start reading. I for one can't wait to read another of her historical romances because her writing is addictive!
* I received a free copy of this book from the published via NetGalley in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not compensated in any way.
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Awesome, I loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★