Illusion (Swept Away #1) by J.S. CooperIllusion by J.S. Cooper
Published November 2014
Series: Swept Away #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
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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.

Bianca London is on a mission. Tipped off by her deceased father, she wants to investigate her mother’s death and find out if it was really an accident, or whether it was a staged coup aimed at her father. However, several clues hint to the fact that she is being watched, and soon enough she is being kidnapped.

But instead of being brought face to face with her kidnappers, she is dropped off on a deserted island, with none other than a random stranger called Jakob, who she ran into at a coffeeshop. But what is the common link between the two, and is Jakob really who he says he is?

What I loved about this book:

+ Interesting storyline and scenario
+ Enjoyable character chemistry with a healthy amount of sass
+ Build-up of underlying sexual tension and nice steamy scenes

What I felt needed improvement:

– Prone to stalling
– The heroine’s monologues can start becoming redundant and annoying
– Total cliffhanger and the sequel is not even out yet (to come March 2015)

This is – again – one of those reads I picked up without really checking out the reviews or rating (and probably not even the blurb). Maybe I just liked the cover. So guess how excited I was when i found out this would be a wannabe remake of Lost (and kidnapped) – that had me, even though the first chapter in the book felt way too neurotic to me, so I was thankful the intrigue started shortly after beginning the book.

I loved both characters, and Jakob – although a bit conceited – really did it to me, just like any dark-haired millionaire stranding on an island and playing MacGyver would. I loved his interactions with Bianca, and even though I liked her too, because of the strong woman she wants to be, I found that she acted a little childishly or even in a contradictory way at times.

Obviously the whole story was quite intriguing: while both are extremely attracted to each other (Bianca trying to hide it, and Jakob being quite blatant about it), Bianca isn’t sure if it’s just a game or if she can really trust this guy who aims that he will take care of her and keep her safe.

I must say that I read this over the Xmas holidays and was interrupted several times, so it took me ages to finish it. Yet, I felt like at some point, bing in Bianca’s head was really messy: one moment she trusts him, and a few minutes later she doesn’t. The back and forth was really tiring, but man I wanted to get to the point so I still read on.

All in all, the concept was refreshing, so it wasn’t a total bummer for me. Actually, the writing was good, the research well done and the pieces did click together, even though the reader is kept in the dark for a long long time. It actually really felt like watching the TV-Show Lost: people are never who you think they are and once you think you have it figured out, you are thrown into a loop. What was a huge bummer though, was the giant cliffhanger that I was dealt, and the even bigger disappointment in finding out that I would have to wait 3 months for the sequel. Let’s just hope it’s good and doesn’t carry on for ages without coming to a conclusion.

Now just as a footnote, here my spoiling 2 cents about one tiny little detail I just couldn’t shut up about:

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Detailed Rating
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4 Stars
Overall: three-stars