What would you do if you woke up on a deserted island tied to amysterious hunky stranger?
Do you like hot, sexy romances that are full of mystery and surprises?
Then it’s time for you to read Illusion.
Title: Illusion (Swept Away #1)
Author: J.S. Cooper
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 stars
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Bianca 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 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.
This is a very hard book to review. Why? Because I don’t want to give anything away. This book is shrouded in mystery and suspense, and I don’t want to ruin that experience for you. The whole process of trying to figure out the whos and whys of what is going on, is what made the book so enjoyable to read. So I’ll try to avoid spoilers.
What you do need to know going into this book, and will learn right away in the prologue: trust no one!
Following the prologue, which takes place in the future, we are introduced to Bianca, who’s safety seems to be questioned at every turn. Stalkers, odd notes, false identities.
Without the truth, there is no answer.
I had to wonder why she didn’t go to the police with some of her concerns. And that lack of action proves to be a downfall, ending with her tied to a stranger on a remote island (don’t yell at me for this spoiler, it’s in the fucking synopsis).
My thoughts on Jakob were all over the place. I had a feeling he couldn’t be trusted, but at times, he seemed so forthcoming, that I understood how Bianca would trust him. Only to change my mind minutes later, like her, where I would question his intentions. His stories didn’t always line up and occasionally he would drop information that made me second guess him. Bianca catches some of it, but not all of it.
Jakob definitely frustrated me at times. He was quick to label Bianca as a gold digger, and while she repeatedly mentioned that money isn’t important to her, he continued to question her about this. Someone clearly has taken advantage of him in the past and he is putting the painful experience onto Bianca.
“Do you think it’s wrong for a woman to trick a man into falling in love with her?”
But Jakob was kidnapped too, right? Why both of them? As the two begin to talk, you learn they have a number of things in common, most centering about Bradley, Inc. who Bianca was trying to get information on prior to her kidnapping. Were their kidnappings connected, and if so why? You will go thru all of these questions as you read. Some questions you’ll get answers to, others you won’t.
As for this guy Steve, I didn’t trust him from the get-go. Finding out his purpose on the island was a bit of a surprise to me. I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoilers.
While trust is the issue throughout their experience, that doesn’t seem to stop the two from acting on their sexual chemistry. Maybe it’s the fact that they are practically naked around each other daily, maybe it’s boredom, but they are quick to forget doubts about one another and give into temptation. Recklessly, I might add.
I’d trusted him enough to tell him part of my story. The fact that I was attracted to him made me feel like I’d made a mistake in telling him anything. Maybe I was letting my physical attraction to him override my gut instincts.
The end of this book will answer a lot of questions, and then create new ones. To warn you, it is a cliffhanger, and a pretty fucking big one in my opinion. I’ve already started stalking the author. Sadly, we have to wait until March for book 2. Also, it’s worth noting that this is a trilogy, so I guess I’ll be getting some anxiety meds.
I felt like my romantic suspense adventure was slowly turning into a psychological thriller.
*An ARC was received from the author for an honest review.
I looked up at him. He wasn’t smiling as he stared at me in silence. There was a very primal feel about everything. All of a sudden we weren’t just two strangers kidnapped on an island. We were the last two people on earth. My stomach roared as I stared at his almost naked body. This time my hunger wasn’t for food, it was for him. He took a step toward me and his fingers brushed water off of my shoulder. My skin felt like it had been branded by his touch.
“If I didn’t know better, I’d think you were a siren trying to seduce me.” His voice drifted as he looked out to the water. “Or a nymph. You could be a water nymph.”
“I’m not trying to seduce you.”
“I know.” He scratched his chest. “What would you say if I touched you right now?”
“I wouldn’t say anything.” I moved away from him slightly. “I would slap your hand away.” I took a deep breath, trying to calm my nerves.
J. S. Cooper is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a true romantic that is in love with love. The J. S. stands for Jaimie Suzi. She just thought J. S. sounded cooler! J. S. was born in London, England and moved to the States at age 17. She studied history in college and then went to law school and then decided to follow her writing dreams. J. S. writes ‘New Adult’ contemporary romance books because that is what she also loves to read.
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