Illicit Liaisons, Volume 1
Shortly before her sixteenth birthday, Megan Morgan’s alcoholic mom is sent to a clinic for treatment, and Megan’s aunt moves in. Sharing guardianship is her mom’s younger brother, Jack, who enters Megan’s life like a hurricane. Megan had been depressed and reclusive for many years. Jack forces her out of her shell, introducing her to soccer, dancing, and more. Before she knows it, Megan is on the soccer team, making friends, even throwing parties, and it’s all because of Jack’s magical influence. But then Megan begins to become confused by her feelings for Jack, and one day she decides to be open about her infatuation. Surprisingly, Jack has begun to feel the same way, and though he cautions that it is wrong, that there is no future for a romance between them, the two embark on a relationship. Stolen kisses and dinner dates eventually lead to more amorous encounters; believing herself in love, Megan cannot get enough of Jack. But when they are discovered together, everything comes crashing down.
Illicit Liaisons is the first in a series about Megan; this volume explores, in detail, the incestuous relationship with her uncle that had such a major impact on the woman she’d ultimately become. Despite the disturbing subject matter, this book is very well written, almost pleasurable to page through; readers might find themselves enjoying Megan’s and Jack’s relationship if they could just forget the biological tie between them. While it’s a little unrealistic to think that Megan could have remembered everything in that much detail (the bulk of the story is technically told via journal entries that Megan has written for her therapist after she and Jack are exposed), the story nonetheless flows very nicely, and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all.||Note to the author: To be perfectly honest, I was not really sure what to expect from this book. The plot, as described, made my skin crawl, and I was expecting Jack to be creepy and predatory. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story once I got into it, and how much I looked forward to volume two, which I also enjoyed. (And I am very curious about what happens to Megan in the next books, as well.) The text could use a bit of copyediting, and there were some grammar and punctuation errors that stood out to me (although most readers probably wouldn’t notice them), but otherwise it was all very well put together. I think the only real concern I have is where you got all of the pictures you sprinkled throughout the text, and whether you have the legal right to use them in a book you are selling for profit; I did not see any photo credits anywhere (it’s possible that I overlooked them), so I am curious.