by J. S. Cooper
Part of the Swept Away series
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 20/11/2014
- Category: Romance
- ISBN: 9781476790985
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Review by gpangel
Illusion by J.S. Cooper is a 2015 Gallery Books publication. I was provided a copy of this an XOXpert, the official street team of XOXO After Dark. In the interest of full disclosure, I read the novella “Charade” first which is out of order. So, going in, I had a little bit of back story working in my favor. Still, I had no idea what to expect when I started this series. What compelled me to give it a try was the suggestion the story was dark and that had my curiosity peaked. When Bianca's father passes away, she is left with a mystery to solve which involves her mother's untimely death years ago in a car accident. In order to find the answers she needs, she must attempt to infiltrate Bradley Inc. and get close to Mattias Bradley. But, once she starts poking around, it becomes quite clear someone aims to shut her down. When Bianca is kidnapped alongside a guy she ran into previously, named Jakob, and they wind up stranded on a deserted island, the guessing game begins in earnest. Who is Jakob, really? Was he in the wrong place at the wrong time? Does he have anything to do with Bradley Inc? Can Bianca trust him or should she be afraid of him? I am often chided for reading books out of order, but in this case it was a big help in understanding how Bianca got to this point in the first place. I don't know if I would have been able to pick up on the nuances in this book if hadn't read “Charade” first. Even though I did have a little inside information, this book was still a train wreck. The plot is outrageously ridiculous, but it's the writing and unintentionally funny dialogue that made the book so bad. Also, be aware there is a HUGE cliffhanger! I do have the third book, but I'm on the fence about continuing on with the series. It depends on whether or not I really want to see the train wreck. 1.5 stars