I was just chatting with a friend today about when you read a book and it works out good enough for the moment. This is probably how I'm feeling about Seven Years to Sin. The book was a pleasant read - full of great sexual chemistry and a sweet love story about two people finding love after overcoming past loss. 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 were bound to bring this moment back to light.There were many things about Seven Years which worked out well for me. I liked the idea of two people getting to know one another again while trapped on a ship together (although now I just want to go read a pirate bodice ripper because I was hoping for more of a high seas vibe). As a historical, the fare was pretty standard. I've read better, I've read worse. I'm no expert judge of how much detail is accurate or not for the time period, so I leave those aspects to the people who know more about these things. I have to say that I missed some of the more prominent banter and wit which I've experienced in other historical romances. Truly, the strength in this story leaned more on the broken pasts of our characters and the way they learned to express what they wanted from one another. Honestly, I found myself a little bored at times. The love story was nice...the sex was nice...but I wasn't wowed by the story. It was pretty basic. Although, I do give my stamp of approval to Alistair's dirty talking. I can never get enough of that stuff. Overall, this was a fine little read to pass the time after a night of carving pumpkins and drinking cocoa...easy to slip into, yet just as easy to wrap up and move on to something else. If you're a fan of historical romance, chances are, you'll like Seven Years. Most people I know who've read this really enjoyed it and rated higher than I did. I think I just tend to prefer my HR with a little more flair than this book served up.