Illusion

J.S. Cooper
Illusion
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Publisher
Gallery Books
Release Date
November 2014
ISBN
9781476791036
Series
Book 1 of Swept Away
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Indie sensation and New York Times bestselling author of the Ex Games series and the Private Club series, J.S. Cooper introduces the Swept Away series—three new, dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on a desert island with a mysterious stranger—but is he friend or foe?

The day started like every other day...

Bianca London finds herself kidnapped and locked up in a van with a strange man. Ten hours later, they're dumped on a deserted island. Bianca has no idea what's going on and her attraction to this stranger is the only thing keeping her fear at bay.

Jakob Bradley wants only to figure out why they've been left on the island and how they can get off. But as the days go by, he can't ignore his growing fascination with Bianca.

In order to survive, Bianca and Jakob must figure out how they're connected, but as they grow closer, secrets are revealed that may destroy everything they thought they knew about each other.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Sep 14, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
79 people found the following review helpful
Being stranded on a deserted island with a hot guy might sound divine, but not too many people would include kidnapping as part of that fantasy!

Bianca London has unwittingly become a pawn in someone's twisted game as she winds up on an abandoned beach tied to a stranger. Even though Jakob Bradley is gorgeous, she's not about to trust him…he could easily be the person who was sending her veiled threats and stalking her in NYC. For all of Jakob's pleas to trust him, Bianca still finds herself holding back. But soon she has to let her guard down. If the two of them are going to find any answers, they're going to have to work together and be honest with one another. Too bad that neither of them know the meaning of honesty.

ILLUSION starts out with a creep factor of 7 and just goes up from there. Bianca and Jakob had an instantly volatile relationship, vacillating between frustration and arousal. I couldn't get a read on Jakob, and I went back and forth just as Bianca did, easily putting myself into her position while she went bananas being trapped on a deserted island with a dude who made the hair on the back of her neck stand up. Jakob is a real ass to Bianca most of the time, and goes between being a total jerk and calling her stupid to calling her "love" and vowing to protect her no matter what.

Bianca, for her part, was the least kick ass heroine ever. She didn't ever need to kill a wild boar or climb a palm tree, she'd have been just fine never ever experiencing those things. It's not that she wasn't capable, she just bitches and whines and complains and causes strife and never accomplishes anything except irritating the reader.

The constant back and forth trusting/distrusting/let's be helpful/let's be secretive thing the two had going on became absolutely exhausting and just TOO MUCH. Also, at times, the dialogue became forced and formal and choppy, while the grammar and consistency errors were glaring (though Jakob's transformation from dark brown hair to northern Italian blonde - while tied up no less - was pretty miraculous).

All that stuff aside, ILLUSION was a fascinatingly creepy read, very unique and one that had me flipping pages furiously. And while the avid reader in me appreciates a fresh and exciting new plot, I'm still on the fence as to whether I actually liked this story. I AM looking forward to the next 2 books in this trilogy though, so Ms. Cooper did manage to hook me good!

Bottom Line: Intriguing start to a new trilogy, beware that the end is a major cliffhanger that isn't addressed until book 2, Disillusioned.
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