Sweet Temptation – Sarah Stuart #BookReview

5 star

Sweet Temptation


Evie Taylor is a career girl with no time for men, but she has a secret passion for Michael Marsh, the unattainable world-famous singer, The Diamond Superstar. Michael has been widowed for two years and the young detective who helped close the case on his wife’s murder still haunts his dreams. He doesn’t expect to find a deadly enemy in Evie’s mother.

Teenage Greta, jealous of her adored father paying attention to Evie, makes a dangerous contact in an Internet chatroom. The Spy, a journalist hell-bent on destroying Michael, sets out to prove he has an incestuous relationship with his eldest daughter, he encourages his adult twins to sleep together, and he is responsible for appalling injuries inflicted on Greta.

Can Evie defeat the virus intent on her death, The Spy, and her mother, to win the heart of the man who’s turned her life upside-down?


I have read all the books in Sarah Stuart’s Royal Command Series, and until I read Sweet Temptation, my favorite of the series was the first book, Dangerous Liaisons.

Michael Marsh, the Diamond Superstar has millions of fans across the globe, but he’s lonely. When his wife, Lizzie, was murdered in front of him, his world shattered. He didn’t believe he could ever love again. That is until detective Evie Taylor, walked into his office. Thirty years his junior, it is a relationship destined to failure from the start. She’s been a fan and star struck by him since she was a teenager. So, when he asks her to move into Mere House with him, she’s ecstatic, but disillusioned when she is never invited to share his bed. She falls gravely ill and lies at death’s door in the hospital for months. That is when Michael realizes he cannot live without her. A hasty marriage in the hospital puts a diamond ring on her finger, but still she is riddled with doubt. How can Michael love her when she is so near death and disgustingly thin? The many skeletons in Michael Marsh’s closet come out and with the help of Evie’s evil and jealous mother, she is convinced the marriage is only a farce and meant to take the heat off Michael when The Spy reports damaging lies about incest and physical abuse in the tabloids. Add Michael’s teenage daughter, Greta, into the mix and the plot thickens. Greta allows herself to become a victim of a sex trafficking ring when she turns to a chat room to ease her own loneliness. She is jealous of Evie and the hours Michal spends at the hospital and convinces herself that her family doesn’t love her. The author did a superb job of getting inside the mind of a typical teenager. But, the danger is real and if not for Greta’s fierce determination, she would have been another statistic.

One of the reasons I loved this story so much is that Michael Marsh redeemed himself. By that I mean, that he had to, for once in his life, think of someone other than himself. The hours he spent with no food and no sleep to sit by Evie’s bedside as she battled to live and fight incessant nightmares put him in a different light. It showed a compassionate caring side of the Diamond Superstar that we had not seen in the other books. 

If you love dysfunctional family drama, suspense, and conflict, you are going to love Sweet Temptation. Sarah Stuart did an amazing job with all the characters, delving deep into their psyche. As a last word, I also have to give her kudos for the detailed way she depicted Evie’s nightmares that haunted her as she lay in a coma. Only someone who had experienced these could write about them in such vivid detail.

About The Author:

Sarah Stuart

Sarah Stuart is an award-winning author whose books are based on her show business experience, her concern for animals, the challenges of her Christian faith, and her passions for history and travel.

Sarah’s hope is that readers will enjoy her novels as an escape from reality, but be left understanding that fame and fortune often comes at a high personal cost. Also, an increased perception of the threat to animals: those shot in the name of sport for trophy heads, endangered species, many poached for their fur and ivory, and tragically discarded pets.

Sarah appreciates reviews very much. Readers have already helped endangered species and discarded pets worldwide; she donates 100% of her royalties to help and reviews encourage others to buy and review for this globally worthwhile cause.

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23 thoughts on “Sweet Temptation – Sarah Stuart #BookReview

  1. Tina, you are so right about the research into sex-traffickers. The first problem was how the character most likely to be trapped, Greta, might become vulnerable. I decided to find out how chat rooms worked, and the most frightening thing was all I typed into a search engine was the word “chat” and up they popped. The only rule was you had to be over eighteen to join, which of course I am, but they had no way of checking; you just ticked a box. No email was required, and no money. It leaves children wide open to “grooming”. My hope is that parents who read the book, and hopefully enjoy the story, will take warning. My sister has young children, and she’s keeping a sharper eye on how they use the Internet.

    Thank you for your good wishes. Sarah

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    1. You’re welcome, Sarah. I’m stunned that kids can enter a chat room by simply ticking a box. We surely don’t want Big Brother monitoring the Internet, and the perverts running the chat rooms certainly won’t, so It really is up to the parents and other responsible adults. I hope your book reaches many ♥

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  2. I was with Sarah in spirit through the weeks she was so desperately ill. I know the courage it took for her to write about those experiences as I was with her every step of the way. As a reader, I find the nightmares a fascinating insight into the half-life of a coma victim: as a friend I find them utterly terrifying. Sweet Temptation (can I just brag here and say I suggested the cover and the title?) is a book I feared would never be written. Well done, Sarah. It’s the best of the lot, and they’re all brilliant.

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  3. When I first ventured into the world of Sarah Stuart’s ‘Royal Command’ saga, I expected romance, laced with some juicy scenes of passion. What I discovered was an intricate web of deceit, loyalty and dark secrets. I read widely across genre, but I will only follow a series if the writing is of a high standard.
    Suffice to say I have read and enjoyed all of this series.
    If you want to know what goes on behind the media coverage, and the flashing images of the press photographers, set aside time to indulge yourself with the first book, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’. Illicit passion, superb dialogue and well-rounded characters are wrapped up in an imaginative and all-too-real scenario.
    Trust me, you will want to read the next book … and the next.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. I totally agree with all you wrote. This series is such a close look into the lives of superstars and the problems they deal with. I appreciate you stopping by and supporting Sarah.

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  4. Hi Everybody
    Jan has modestly failed to say that it was she who gave me the log-line for Sweet Temptation. Without that, and her steadfast encouragement, I would never have tackled writing this book.
    I’m also indebted to my husband and daughter, both for their support through those terrifying months and the details of the experience from the visitors’ POV.
    Research into the way sex-traffickers prowl the Internet in search of gullible young victims is frightening, and I hope Greta’s fictional experiences will alert parents everywhere to the danger.
    Thank you, Jan, for this wonderful post and all your support.
    Hug, my friend. xx

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    1. You are most welcome, Sarah. I always try to follow my intuition in life and I believe the Angels gave me the log-line to get you moving and writing again. 🙂 Big hugs and hope for lots of success with Sweet Temptation!

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