Release Day Launch/Tour and Giveaway: Illusion: J. S Cooper

Illusion(Swept Away #1)
J.S. Cooper
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Coming November 11, 2014

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 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.
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.

Read Chapter one and Chapter two on J.S. Cooper's Blog

This is a book that hits you with danger and mystery in the prologue that shocks you, and then reverts back making you desperate to read along til you get to that point in the story again. Little pieces of a puzzle are given to you that you want to piece together. Everyone is suspect. No one is safe to trust. Everything could be a connection, It is full of secrets, cover ups, mystery, danger and suspense.

After trying to get answers about situations in the past, Bianca London finds herself kidnapped with a stranger named Jakob and left on a seemingly deserted island. Can  she trust him? Is he friend of fo? And with the appearance of another person, Jakob seems like the best of the two unknowns. But is he or is his friendliness an illusion?

This book sucked me in from the beginning and kept me guessing and thinking. I had theories. Then would change my mind And then would change it again.
It is a constant circle of  questions, answers, connections, and  distractions that shift and make you question everything and want to know the real truth.

Jakob was arrogant, cocky, sexy, protective, but he runs and hot and cold, has secrets and walls up. Bianca fluctuates between trusting him and not. But she finds herself drawn to this mysterious man who appears to have her best interest at heart. They have chemistry and a magnetic pull that defies resistance and overrides doubt at times. But there is still confusion, fear, mistrust, and mystery swirling under the surface.

This was an interesting, suspenseful, and intriguing start to this trilogy. It was told in Bianca's point of view so we felt her confusion and fear. It built at a good pace and kept me interested. It ended in a logical place, but I was left wanting to continue. I will say that one of my theories was right, but I still want more of the story, more answers, and the whole truth. I want to see how their story continues to progress. And I want to find out once and for all...is Jakob friend or fo? Disillusioned (book 2) is scheduled for release in March 2015.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Illusion is the first in a new trilogy by J.S. Cooper. Stranded on a deserted island with a man she has never met, Bianca London isn’t sure what to believe or who to trust. As events unfold, Bianca becomes more confused about what is going on and who she can trust. But even as she questions her connection with Jakob, she begins to give in to the attraction she feels growing between them.

I had nearly as many questions rolling around in my head at the end of the book as I did at the beginning. So much of what is going on in Bianca’s life at the time of her kidnapping was alarming and cloaked in secrets that even as she begins to sort pieces of the puzzle, I had a hard time trusting the answers she found. 

Trust is at the center of this book. Who do you trust and how do you know you can trust them. Bianca is warned early on not to trust anyone until they give her a reason, and as she puts her trust in various other people, I couldn’t help but think they hadn’t earned that trust yet. For attempting to sleuth her way to answers, Bianca was too naive and trusting to really find the answers to what she was seeking. 

She is stuck on the island with Jakob, a man she ran into once at a coffee shop shortly before her kidnapping. He is bossy, and knows his survival tactics. But every so often, Bianca gets a feeling from him that he is hiding something. 

They are also surprised by the arrival of Steve to the island. He arrives limping and confused as to how he come to be on the island after falling asleep on the beach at his resort. He too doesn’t always seem to be forthcoming with Bianca, but he is also adamant that she not listen to anything Jakob says, a statement that is echoed by Jakob, though Jakob says they can’t trust Steve. 

At times, this felt like the riddle about being in a room with a person who lies all the time and one who never lies and not knowing who is who. Or rather, knowing that everyone is lying and having to sort out what the truths is behind all the lies. And the answers are not entirely clear yet.

I had a couple points where I wasn’t sure I was going to finish reading. Not because I didn’t enjoy the overall premise, or the characters, but because I was so confused and couldn’t trust anything, that I wasn’t sure I could keep going. But getting to the end, I know I will be waiting for Disillusioned in the Spring. There are still so many questions to answer that I have to know what’s going on.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Disillusioned (Swept Away #2)
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J. S. Cooper was born in London, England and moved to Florida her last year of high school. After completing law school at the University of Iowa (from the sunshine to cold) she moved to Los Angeles to work for a Literacy non profit as an Americorp Vista. She then moved to New York to study the History of Education at Columbia University and took a job at a workers rights non profit upon graduation.

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