J.S. Cooper
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Gallery Books
Release Date
January 2015
Book 1 of Swept Away #1.5
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

From New York Times bestselling author J.S. Cooper comes an e-novella prequel to the Swept Away series, best read after Illusion. Bianca is determined to avenge her father's death, but to do that, she must get in bed with his enemies…

When Bianca's father died, she was left with nothing but her memories—and a box full of secrets. Had her father really been squeezed out of the company he founded? And could his betrayers have something to do with the death of Bianca's mother years before?

Bianca will do anything to find out—even pursue the heir to Bradley, Inc. But the road she's on is a dangerous one, and if David Bradley sees through her charade, it could be deadly…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 24, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
85 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't sure that a prequel novella after the fact could sway me one way or the other on the enjoyment of this series, but I have to say that I'm pretty excited to finish out this series now that I've got the full 411 on Bianca!

It's been a very difficult time for Bianca London. With the death of her father, Bianca wishes that he'd have shared his concerns with her regarding her mother's death in a car accident. Instead, he leaves her with boxes of documents that shed some light onto his history with the Bradley family, a family whose fortunes collide with her family's tragedy. Now, Bianca is determined to make the acquaintance of the youngest Bradley brother David in order to ferret out the truth behind the documents. She didn't anticipate an attraction to the incredibly sexy man, nor did she expect to feel like the mouse to David's cat when he starts getting suspicious of her motives.

CHARADE is book 1.5 in the Swept Away Series and even though it's a prequel, it should be read after book 1, ILLUSION. This short novella gives us some insight as to why Bianca and Jakob were kidnapped and hauled off to a deserted island in that book. I actually liked Bianca in this story; I now understand her reasons for going all super spy on the Bradley's. David came off as goofy but sweet, a bit reckless maybe, but more a harmless trust fund baby. I happened to read ILLUSION and the second book, DISILLUSIONED prior to picking up CHARADE, so I know how portions of David and Bianca's story play out, so I'll just say that maaayyyyybe he's not exactly what he seems. I'm excited to pick up book 2.5, MASQUERADE while I wait for the culmination in this series, RESOLUTION, set for a December 2015 release.

Bottom Line: This is a great addition to the Swept Away Series, lending more empathy to Bianca's character and a better understanding of the characters' backgrounds.
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