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Illusion

(Swept Away #1)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,016 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Indie sensation and New York Times bestselling author of the Ex Games series and the Private Club series, J.S. Cooper introduces the Swept Away series—three new, dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on a desert island with a mysterious stranger—but is he friend or foe?

The day started like every other day...

Bianca London finds herself kidnapped and locked up in a v
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Gallery Books
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
1 star!

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I’m not familiar with this author’s work so I had no idea what to expect but judging from the blurb I had hoped it would be good. While the premise itself is an intriguing one, the execution fell below ground zero for me and for most of the book I was so frustrated I made mad cow sounds because of the idiotic heroine and the plot that seemed to run in circles. As for the ending, I can’t say I didn’t see it coming, but it finally made the book much more interesting. The only positive thing
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Beverly
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars

I am seriously not even sure where to start with this one. Like the book, my review will probably be all over the place.

I was completely torn about my rating because this book had me so frustrated and annoyed that I wanted to DNF, but then I couldn’t quit reading it because I wanted to see what would happen. What’s worse then that, I feel like I need to read the sequel. So I decided on a three star review. This book is frustrating, but in the same respect there is something about it tha
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Dirty Dayna
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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5 Kidnapped Stars

So I haven't read any JS Cooper since her Forever Love Series... and holy heck her writing has improved like a champ!!! This story starts off with an eerie bang!

(quote not exact)I saw an older man staring at me from above a newspaper and when I stared at his coffee cup I noticed it wasn't even from this coffee shop

My fathers phone number flashed on the screen of my cell phone. My dead fathers phone number

Our Main character is convinced her mother wasn't killed in an accide
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Jennifer
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

Amazon Buy Link (Pre-Order) ------->>> Illusion (Swept Away)

~~ 5 "I don't know what to think" Stars ~~

So how would you feel and what would you do if what you believed to be the truth was then brought up to question?

What and who would you trust if you were suddenly kidnapped and stranded on an island with a complete stranger?

I don't really know how to write a review for this book because everything that I want to say wo
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Chanteal Justice
This book was much more than you could asked for. Bianca and Jakob capture you from the very beginning. This book is full of suspense, twist and turns. At some points you don't know if your up, down, left or right. This book was written with great details. I was so disappointed when I reached the last page. I wanted the story to continue. I can't wait for book 2 I will be counting down the days!

Arc review must read!!!
Stephanie
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is this is a phenomenal book I could not put it down. It has everything I mean
deception
mysterious
hot guy
hot girl
comedy
you name it and this book has it all. J.S cooper this is my favorite book you have written. I love all your books but this blew me away.
Bionca is a 25 year old girl pretty much alone in this world. She has been trying to uncover some strange things going on in her life. And by chance she meets this man who is just so unbelievably hot. But she is busy so she can't
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Samantha
Oh my goodie goodie gum drop. After reading a few good books I have been searching for something that grabs me and wont let me go. Well I got it here with Illusion.

Bianca knows something things she shouldn't. A chance meeting at a coffee shop, threatening notes, and a night out with a friend all ensures Bianca ends up kidnapped and put on a tropical island. However she's not alone. the man she met at the coffee shop is there with her too.

Why would someone kidnap them both? They try to figure i
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Aestas Book Blog
WOW. This sounds REALLY good!!!! I can't wait!



A dark and sexy romance about a woman marooned on a desert island with a mysterious stranger—but is he friend or foe?

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 t
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Candace
Suspenseful And Mysterious

Bianca begins looking into the possible murder of her mother years earlier, when she finds a letter that her recently deceased father left for her. The letter hints at foul play by one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, a company that her father once worked for. The more digging Bianca does, the more her life appears to be in jeopardy. She wants to get to the bottom of things, but her persistence may cost her dearly.

When Bianca wakes up tied to a stranger in a
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Cristina
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wasn't able to finish this book and after reading the first chapter I gave up...

I haven't read such a bad written book in a log time so I'm happy I gave up and saved my time...so 2 stars was the best I could do...

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...and rewrite the whole book :P

Later edit...

So...because of Charade I tried and succeeded to finish this novel but...

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The writing was still bad and for two people to live on a deserted island for that amount of time there where many inconsistencies in the story...to many...

But I least
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☕️Kimberly
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Caffeinated Aspects:

The thriller aspect of Illusions was an interesting premise. We go into the tale COLD, only knowing that Bianca is investigating something about her father. Bianca is kidnapped, along with Jackob Bradley a stranger she met only earlier that day. Mysterious notes and a stranger only added to the suspense. (Confession: I accidentally read the novel Charade numbered 1.5 in this series first and it let me know a lot of what was going on. So I am not at all sure if readers will
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Paige
2.5 Stars

The premise to this book made me curious and excited to read the story. Watching the story play out was something else. Bianca is researching her mother' death and father' inventions. She needs information from a power family to do so. This gets their attention. After stirring the pot, she feels like someone is following her and she gets weird notes and vibes from people. Then she finds herself kidnapped and dropped on a deserted island with a man named Jakob that she's met in passing.
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Karen
Nov 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

1 star

Ugh. What can I say? I almost quit reading this several times. At about 40%, I decided to jump ahead to 78% (Chapter 10) and continue to read. Turned out to be a good decision because I don't think I missed anything at all. The same conversation was happening at 78% that was happening at 40%.

There were several reasons why I struggled with this novel. There were several inconsistencies in the story line. One major one invo
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Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Made it to page 100 barely. The characters were so one dimensional. The heroine grated on my last nerve. The story had potential but sadly I wasn't interested enough to continue. I did go to the end just to satisfy my curiosity to find out who was behind it all. It ends in a cliff. This would have been my first book to read by this author...I'm sad it didn't work out.
Julie
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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 fathe
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Kathy Corbett-shreve
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of J.S. Cooper's best stories! Before Bianca' s father passed away he wrote Bianca a letter stating that her mother's death might not have been an accident! When Bianca starts looking into her mother's death, she has someone start following her and starts receiving mysterious phone calls! The next thing she knows, she is locked in a trunk of a car and she is not alone! She is drugged and when she comes to, she is on a deserted island with a man, Jakob who she had a brief encounter wi ...more
Angie
Nov 05, 2014 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arc-netgalley
DNF @ 11%. No. I just can't do it. I have too many books waiting to be read to be rolling my eyes already over this girl.
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Christi Snow
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
My Review:
There are four words to describe why I gave this book such a low rating...
Too.Stupid.To.Live.

That's the heroine in this book to a "T". I don't think I've ever disliked a heroine in a book as much as I disliked Bianca. Seriously, her character drove me crazy. She's trapped on a deserted island with Jakob. She catches him over and over behaving bizarrely, lying to her, and just acting completely bat-shit crazy. But then he touches her and she looks at his perfect body and swoons because
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Mandy
This book was so mysterious! I was hooked from the beginning and could not put this down. There is so much mystery and suspense - I didn't know who to trust and what to believe. Bianca and Jakob are both trapped on an island together with no idea of how they got there, what their connection is, why they are there and how to get off the island. This book had me questioning everything. The suspense and mystery was really exciting. I can't wait for the next book in this series to hopefully get some ...more
Jenifer Kleine
Nov 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
This is one of those book where the synopsis sounds really good, but when you actually start reading it, it really falls flat. The writing for me didn't flow, which made it feel very choppy and hard to keep up with. It was super vague and very confusing. Jakob was "Whats going on?" one minute to a total dick the next. Bianca was just to dimwitted to even want to like. and then throw in Steve out of no where, WTF? When it came down to it, I got about 70% into the book and still didn't want to fin ...more
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
There was so much wrong with this book...But seeing as this is the second book that I have read from this author and not cared for, I think this may be just one of those authors whose writing style doesn't jive with me personally. Though I enjoyed the last two chapters of the book, the rest was very hard for me to keep focused on and I never connected with the characters.
Nina ~ Social Butterfly PR
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-reader, arc
il·lu·sion

iˈlooZHən/

a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.

a deceptive appearance or impression.
a false idea or belief



Before I start my review for Illusion by J.S. Cooper, you need to know the meaning of the title. To say it is aptly named is an understatement because the entire time you are reading this book your perception is probably wrong.

Illusion is a mystery/suspense novel. This is not a genre that I am really familiar with. I tend to read only
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AJ
Nov 26, 2014 marked it as dnf
Shelves: audio
I attempted to listen to this as an audiobook but DNF’d around 15%.

Bianca is investigating her mother’s death which may not have been an accident like she originally thought. She suspects that her investigations may uncover some sort of cover up, and fears that she is being followed. And just when things start to get creepy she gets kidnapped and dumped on a deserted island with a hot stranger.

I couldn’t read any further after:

- After her kidnapping, Bianca, wakes up tied to a strange man in t
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Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Mind-Bending Stars!

This book was.... totally different than anything I have ever read. I knew I would be stepping out of the box reading this because it's not my typical read. This book was twisted full of mystery, steam, twists, turns, suspense, heart stopping moments, and had me gripping the edge of my seat wanting to see what was going to happen next. With that said, I did enjoy this book (though I didn't realize it would end on a cliffhanger until I was almost done) and I looked forward to
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Stacy Hahn
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Illusion by JS Cooper was absolutely amazing! This is one hot and sexy romantic read with dark undertones.

Imagine finding yourself tied up in an enclosed space with a stranger. You're kidnapped and wake up on a deserted island. That's exactly what happened to Bianca London she awakes on the beach tied to Jacob Bradley, the extremely sexy and wealthy man who was kidnapped with her.

Bianca has been looking into her mother's death from many years ago. She had been receiving strange messages and visi
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Tanya
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
IMAGINE WAKING UP....TRAPPED IN THE TRUNK OF A CAR....AND THEN DISCOVERING YOUR NOT ALONE. THEN BEING LEFT ON AN ISLAND WITH A STRANGER. BIANCA HAD BEEN RECIEVING MYSTERIOUS CALLS AND WASNT SURE WHAT WAS GOING ON BEFORE BEING KIDNAPPED. NOW SHE'S ON THE ISLAND WITH JAKOB....VERY SEXY JAKOB AND NO CLUE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO OR WHY ALL THIS IS HAPPENING. WATCHING AS THESE TWO HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH EACHOTHER AND THEIR TIME TOGETHER ON THE ISLAND AND DEAL WITH THE LINGERING HEAT AN ...more
Ralou by Collector Of Book Boyfriends
100 golden stars!!!

Because that's what this book and series freaking deserves!!! And JHC...... I think i just found my TOP 1 favorite book of the year, maybe of the decade!!

I'm utterly speechless right now and my breathing has gone through the roof. Honetsly, WTH was that?? I feel like a wrecking ball hit me right on my head and knocked my senses out cold!

And from where should i start? From the characters or the utter madness that this story is? Because this is the only suitable description for
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
I was seriously excited when I heard about this book months ago that it was one of my most anticipated reads for November! I mean, kidnapped, desert island, hot guy? Sign me up! I've also read a few other books about people being stuck on a desert island and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to see if I was going to enjoy this book as much! After reading Illusion, I wouldn't say that it's my top favourite book that I've read about people being stuck on a desert island, but it was really good ...more
Barbara
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story by the ever talented J.S. Cooper. Bianca has a dead line for her upcoming movie review, when a handsome man sits at her table at the coffee shop. She is attracted to him, but also distracted by a man watching her. So she rudely and abruptly leaves. She is desperately trying to find out about her father's past business and the death of her mother. Then one night she is drugged and kidnapped and wakes up in the back of a car with a man. Many hours later they find themselve ...more
Alison Phillips
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One minute you are having drinks with your best friend at a bar, the next you wake up in the back of a van with a stranger, then the both of you get moved to a deserted island. What would you do?

I just loved everything about this book. You have Bianca, a young woman who just recently discovered from her dying father that her mother's death was not an accident stranded on an island with a hot guy named Jakob. He seems like a genuine person who wants to help her, but who do she trust. The closer s
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