I am madly in love with Alistair Caulfield. Madly! Every single thing about him is devastatingly delicious! All that he endures and suffers through is so admirable and maddeningly heroic, but it's his unyielding, unapologetic passion for Jessica that is magically spellbinding! Alistair is truly the stuff of every woman’s fantasies!
This story grips my heart like no other.
I honestly read and reread this book many times a year, actually every year since it was released. I can't ever get enough! Maybe it's the dreamy longing they have for each other when they were young. Maybe it's the fortuitous fate that brings them together seven years later. Maybe it's the way Alistair lives his life knowing and believing that he will be united with Jessica someday, no matter how long he must wait,
even if it's a lifetime. Maybe it's the insatiable, erotic passion that draws them together and pulls at their hearts. Maybe it's how they are so amazing on the outside, by all appearances, but so imperfect and so broken on the inside. Maybe it's just how they are so right together, and so good for each other in every way. Whatever the reason that I'm irrevocably addicted to their story, and there's too many to count, I love this book with every ounce of my being!
Lady Tarley, Jessica Sheffield Sinclair is undeniably perfect ... statuesque, refined, educated and beautiful, but at a great personal cost. She's betrothed, a match made by her father, but one that she accepts as her duty. Her husband is by all accounts a good, kind and handsome man, but Jess wants more ... a man who will treat her like a wife in public and a mistress in the bedroom.
One chance encounter in the gardens at dawn shows her what she truly craves, what she desperately desires and that's in the sapphire bright, mesmerizing gaze of Alistair Caulfield as he commands her to stay to watch his indiscretions in the gazebo. Jess’s life changed forever on that night ... she’s left a big secret part of her soul with that handsome rake.
Years later, now a widow, and set adrift to the sea of money hungry Lords, she desires to be independent, useful and knowledgeable in the ways of business. Jess sets sail for her property in Jamaica to start her new life, but never dreamed she'd find the one man who still haunts her heart and fuels her passionate dreams every night.
Alistair Caulfield has always been woefully underestimated in all aspects of his life. He’s the fourth born bastard son to a very wealthy Lord, that has been his mother’s painful secret all his life, but he is the one who has paid for it dearly. Everything he has accomplished, bought, and achieved is all on his own merits.
Since he was born with exceptional good looks and legendarily endowed, he has used all the gifts bestowed upon him to make the ladies of the ton very satisfied ... for a price. He is a man who will do anything, say anything, and take any wager to achieve wealth, prosperity and the love of his life, Jessica Sheffield Sinclair, the recently widowed Lady Tarley. But the fates are playing a joke on Alistair ... he is now involuntarily thrust into the society he detests and must now play a role to appease his mother, the family line and The Ton, but at what unimaginable sacrifice.
Jessica and Alistair have a fiery clandestine romance on the ship to Jamaica, but wading the murky, judgmental waters of the ton society is whole new level of polite games and deceptive politics as both Jessica and Alistair come to grips with the intensity of their fierce love for each other and the harsh realities of how they can be together forever. Many obligations stand in their way, but nothing will ever cool their ardor ... Can they trust their love is strong enough to weather the storms ahead?
Brilliant story, Brilliant characters and Brilliant feels on every single page!!
Most people know Sylvia Day’s books from her contemporary series, but even if you don't think you'd like Regency Romance, give this book a shot ... I promise it will be worth every minute you spend in it fully engaged, absorbed and emotionally invested in Jessica and Alistair’s memorable story!
Now, let me just add ... If, and that's a big IF, Sylvia Day ever, ever reads this post ... I would love to leave this heartfelt pleading sentiment ...
Please, please, please write a sequel to this book!! I need to know more!
I desperately want to know how Jessica’s sister, Hester and the wonderful Michael Sinclair get their HEA, and I would love, love, love to see Jessica and Alistair get their “miracle” when they take their belated second honeymoon to Jamaica.
Maybe it can be called “Seven Years To Heal” and it can be half Jessica's future story and half Hester’s love affair ... pretty please?! I really really love Jessica and Alistair, so much, and I would love to see them get everything they've ever dreamed of!
Ok ... now that that's out of my system, hahaha ...
I can't recommend this book highly enough or give it too many stars ... so to all of you romance readers who love to fall in love with the hero, Alistair Caulfield is phenomenal, a cut above ... as heart-melting as he is panty-melting!!
It's such an amazing read!!