Charade (Swept Away #1.5) by J.S. CooperCharade by J.S. Cooper
Published February 2015
Series: Swept Away #1.5
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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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…

Bianca London is a woman on a mission. Shortly after her father’s death, the hints he left her leads her to discover that her mother’s car accident might not have been a coincidence, and that her father might have been wronged by the company he worked for.

Now she wants to dig for information, and while the current CEO of her father’s former company is practically a mystery man, she uses the man’s brother, David Bradley to fetch for information. But how long will it take for her to get what she needs and how long until she slips up?

What I loved about this book:

  • It gave a much needed insight into the heroine’s background and what she did to put herself in the situation she is in in Illusion
  • It gives interesting hints concerning other characters, and whether they, too, are not who they seem!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The characters are still pretty tawdry

Charade is the prequel to the Swept Away series, and to the first book in the series called Illusion. I would recommend reading Charade only once you’ve read Illusion, just because there will be more suspense this way.

This book wasn’t a must read for me (as it was short and didn’t leave enough space for much action), but it definitely helped clear some of the questions that Illusion left unanswered, and explained exactly what kind of relationship Bianca entertained with David Bradley.

However, even though the writing was good, I still had an issue with the characters. In Illusion, it was only Bianca that was getting on my nerves with all of her back and forth, and that didn’t change in Charade – it only got worse because David Bradley joined the douche-duo. Bianca was a tease and not following through with her plan, leading her to eventually slip in her role!

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And the way she slips up and starts acting impatiently is just so obvious! I really had to roll my eyes! But then again David takes a long time to notice because he’s to busy trying to bag his “girlfriend”.

Yeah, and don’t get me started on Bianca’s friend, who feels like anything but!

But hey, it’s only a novella and it’s not as bad as some of the stuff out there so you might swell read it. Even if I was (still am) annoyed at Bianca in some ways, the cliffhanger at the end of Illusion got to me, and I am intrigued to find out what happens next, so I’ll certainly read on!


Detailed Rating
3 Stars
2.5 Stars
4.5 Stars
All the feels
2 Stars
Overall: three-stars