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Illicit Passion: A Showbiz Family Saga (Royal Command Book 2) by [Stuart, Sarah]
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Book 2 of 2 in Royal Command (2 Book Series)
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Reviewed 5 stars by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite


Illicit Passion (Royal Command Book 2) by Sarah Stuart is the story of a family on the edge of destruction by its own immoral secrets. What happens when a woman loves her own father, passionately, intimately, sexually? The booming voice of the world will be rising, saying it is taboo, but to the elegant and successful television personality, Lisette, it is a completely different story. Lisette loved her father, and had his child, and now, what has been a closely guarded secret may be revealed. The media want nothing more than to feed on the scandal that could rock the world. The family has to do something and they have to do it fast or their already shaky bonds might be shattered forever. The question is: how much time do they have to contain this secret and who might have known about it?


Sarah Stuart's Illicit Passion is a riveting family saga built around incest, blackmail, and the stabbings-in-the-back that take place when someone knows something that shouldn't be known. Stuart is a storyteller who will please readers with her elegance of style. Her prose is sensual and exquisitely beautiful, and she creates characters that are as compelling as they are memorable. The story is interestingly unnerving, with enough suspense to keep readers turning the pages until the very last, and then they will want more. It will keep you glued to your chair until you finish it, and you'll think about the characters for a long time.

From the Author

Writing Illicit Passion was an incredible experience. The majority of the characters had already made an appearance in Dangerous Liaisons, Book 1 of the Royal Command Trilogy, but a discussion on Goodreads had shown me which of "the cast" were the most popular, and which minor characters readers wanted to know more about. James, who had appeared as a troubled teenager, intrigued so many he enters Illicit Passion as the new Laird of Kinloch.

The same thing happened in a Goodreads discussion of Illicit Passion. Michael polled the most votes as the favourite character, but there was enormous interest in the ongoing relationship between "the twins", Harriet and Kit, and in young Greta. Their stories continue in Dynasty of Deceit, which I hope to publish later this year.

Margaret Tudor's Book of Hours continues to hold interest, which is a treat for me as I love history almost as much as showbiz and the research into life in the 16th century is fascinating. My other passion, the protection of wildlife, and concern for unwanted pets, means the royalties from every sale of my books goes to animal charities.

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  • File Size: 3519 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah Stuart; 2 edition (September 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0157DGA2G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book for three reasons. One – It is a compelling story; Two – I never knew what the next twist would be and Sarah continuously surprised me; Three- It is well-written with everything from raw unfiltered sex, blackmail and kidnapping to tender hearts
The Book of Hours is a diary passed down through many generations in the female lineage of Queen Margaret of Scotland from the 1400s. The message to each one is the same – to find love where you may and that love is a gift from God, not kings. But, each pair of hands this book passes through finds challenges to decipher code and read the messages hidden within the book.
Superstar, Lisette Marsh, is trapped in a nightmare of sexual, physical and verbal abuse from an evil actor whose career had been destroyed by Lisette’s father in the first book, Dangerous Liaisons. He threatens to expose the illicit affair Lisette had participated in eighteen years ago with her father, Michael Marsh, which had produced a daughter. Michael Marsh is also an international superstar and constantly under the radar of the paparazzi.
Lisette and Michael’s daughter, Harriet, the one who gains possession of the Book of Hours in this story, deals with her own despair when she falls helplessly in love with her supposed twin, Kit. She is torn apart when the truth comes to light that her mother is indeed Lisette and not Lizzie, who is actually her grandmother.
The plot takes many unexpected twists and turns as the family struggles to free Lisette from the bitter and evil Kevin Tyrone as well as avoid the paparazzi and mend the many lives hurt by all.
If you like a thriller with unbridled complicated sexual encounters, you will like this book. The ending took me by surprise as did many of the plot twists along the way. Sarah brings all of the characters to life and even though this book is a sequel to Dangerous Liaisons, it is a standalone as she weaves that story through this one.
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“Illicit Passion” is one of those stories you won’t be able to put down. Once I plunged into the world of show-biz with its twisted secrets, drama, blackmail and passion, I wasn’t able to stop reading this riveting story because I just had to know how it all would end. What I appreciated the most about this unconventional story is the extremely believable, multi-dimensional characters, with a whole spectrum of human emotions that can’t help but resonate with the reader. Another major point that adds to the author’s brilliant writing is how effortlessly she delivered quite a taboo theme of incest, turning the shocking factor into something natural and filled with the most sincere emotions between Lisette and her father Michael. The thriller aspect with the main villain and the blackmail plot was excellently played out and the ending is just too good to ruin – read it and you’ll love it as much as I did! Five stars!
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Passion, blackmail, exploitation and isolation drive this well crafted tale of love and passion. Illicit Passion is an intense look inside family passions and rivalry. With the dysfunction around an incestuous affair long in the past still driving the family dynamics, Michael and Lizzy fight to rescue their eldest daughter from the sadistic man who is blackmailing her.

The ramifications of incest and adultery resurface in the younger generation when Kit and Harriet who have lived as twins, but are really second cousins fall in love with each other.

Add to the mix, a spoiled youngest daughter, a voice from the past, and a father who is a famous singer and the drama compounds. The whole story is set against the glitz and glamour of wealth and stardom, yet it explores the ugly underbelly of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Stuart has handled her subject well. Her characters are fully complex humans, who try to do the best they can with what they have to work with. The mystery twists and turns through the story and keeps the reader guessing as to whether the evil Tyrone will control the family or will they break free from his malicious influence?

If you like intense mystery with some sexual tension, this is a great read. I highly recommend it.
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I enjoyed this book for so many reasons. It was filled with drama, one juicy twist after another. It had mystery and action, the plot thickening at every twist and turn. The author tackles a controversial topic -- incest -- but she handled it so well, and I admired her guts for the way she wrote the story. She didn't condone incest, but she managed the topic in a way that felt real and believable. Also, I had no idea I was reading the second book of a series until I saw the first book online. But it didn't matter because the story worked as a standalone, and held my interest throughout. The author's writing style is flawless. She did an unbelievable job at characterization in this novel. I was able to understand the characters as though I were each of them, feelings their feelings and thinking their thoughts. Major kudos to the author for this! This is a must read, filled with so much drama and intrigue that I dare you to try and put it down!!! And now....I'm dying to get my hands on the first installment of the series!! 5 glittering stars for this book! I highly recommend this edgy read.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Dangerous Liaisons and didn’t think anything could match it, or in fact how the author could carry the characters and the story forward to another novel.
Sarah Stuart did, and she has done it in such a way it can be read as a standalone. Within the narrative the back drop to the previous story comes through with clarity. It wasn’t repetitive for a reader of her first book, Stuart reminds readers in a subtle way where the story left off and the characters we met Dangerous Liaisons.

The question is, has Illicit Passion lived up to my 5 star review from the prior book? Yes and more. Old characters and new are vivid, real and believable.

Stuart takes a serious topic and weaves it into a well-crafted story. She neither condones incest or glamorises it, what she does do is give the reader a brilliant story line that has mystery and suspense throughout. She treats the emotions of each individual character as if they were her own, love, frustration, anticipation, anger and so much more.

The characters we meet along the way have their own little traits and sense of right and wrong. Dialogue is also believable. I loved and appreciated the little Book of Hours and the author’s research that went into the time period and people in it.

I couldn’t fault the writing or the story. Well done Sarah Stuart.
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