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November 21, 2014

Disliked It: Illusion by J.S. Cooper

Series: Swept Away 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher 
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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. (less)



And my story time adventure continues, today J.S. Cooper's ILLUSION is next on the chopping block. It promises a tension filled romantic suspense that involves conspiracy theories, abductions, and getting trapped in a deserted island. At first glance ILLUSION is the kind of mayhem I crave for unfortunately it seems my reading streak is semi jinxed because I did not like this at all. But let's start with the positives.

What I liked about ILLUSION is the mystery regarding Bianca London and her parents. Her mother died in a car crash which according to her father was no accident but an assassination. Bianca's father was an inventor of a few hit devices unfortunately his former business partners, now called Bradley Inc., cheated him out of his patents and financial compensation. These things had Bianca investigating the situation with the hopes of getting to the bottom of the shadiness and hopefully claim what's rightfully hers and her father's.

This premise made ILLUSION such a fast read for me, in the first 60 pages the stage has been set, Bianca has been abducted, and found herself with a couple of strangers in a deserted island. Once in the island the taunting continued, notes and riddled clues were left every so often and that constant nefarious presence lurking in the shadows had me bracing for the next strike.

That said my dislikes outweighed my likes. Like what I said on Goodreads, ILLUSION has a severe case of TSTL (thanks Sophia of Delighted Reader for educating me on the politically correct term to use for situations like this) and readers should proceed with caution. *rolls up sleeves*

  1. The blurb contains spoilers.

  2. It was easy to figure out who the bad guy is because the prologue was spoilery too. Why bother with the mystery in the first place? Smh!

  3. There were a few redundancies especially in the beginning. Too much use of the same word in a single paragraph it was maddening!

  4. You get abducted and find yourself in a deserted island and only God knows where you are. Instead of trying to figure things out, Bianca was preoccupied flirting and getting it on with the handsome stranger, Jakob Bradley, whom she previously sort of met in a cafe early on in the story. I get the purpose distracting oneself in the middle of a stressful situation but it's obvious that Bianca's priority is somewhat skewed.

  5. Let's walk around the island in our underwear because it should be sexy. Meanwhile our clothes are okay and can be worn intermittently throughout the day. I liked in a tropical island and I'm VERY surprised that Bianca and Jakob didn't get malaria or dengue fever or any other disease induced by insect bites. I guess their hot bodies worked like Off lotion, we need to bottle that shit out then and send it to Africa, Haiti, etc.

  6. There was a shack somewhere in the island and maybe for the purpose of bringing the sexy factor in, Bianca and Jakob preferred to sleep on the beach regardless of the weather conditions. If you found some sort of a shelter wouldn't you grab the opportunity and camp there instead? Protect you from the elements?

  7. Lastly, and I just griped about this a while ago, let's skip the condom because I'm clean. Yup, you take the word of a virtual stranger who admitted that he's been around the block a few times, after all venereal diseases are easy to cure much like the common cold right? In connection to this, Bianca supposedly has intimacy issues but Jakob's magic tongue and penis cured her of whatever issues she had concerning sex.

  8. And the cherry on top, Bianca proves she has a bad case of TSTL so when her house of cards finally fell she has nobody to blame but herself and her stupid vagina.

ILLUSION ended in a cliffhanger althoug it's a cliffie only when it matters right? Yeah I don't care to know what the motive is behind this experiment. I'm sure Jakob will manage to sweet talk Bianca and because she can't live without his sexual prowess, she'll convince herself that this psycho is a good catch.







39 comments:

  1. Lmao! Omg. I'm so glad I'm not the only having a reading funk. Pity the books that stand between us and an absolutely fantastic read. :) Sorry, Braine.

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    1. Thanks for your empathy, I'm happy to report though that the funk is gone and I've been reading awesome books!

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  2. Oh no, not another bad read. :( I really hope your next one is fabulous!

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    1. It is! Excited to make up for this next week :D

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  3. Ack! I don't like it when the blurb contains spoilers. Oh well. Hope you find a better read soon.

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  4. All the spoilers in the blurb and prologue, not good! Also, the sex thing- NO WAY. No sex if no condom. I know they're on an island, but they can skip doing the deed. This definitely sounds like a book that would not work for me. Thanks for the honest review!

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    1. The sex part did not feel organic, more like sex for sex

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  5. Oh my no. I wouldn't like this one at all. That spoiler in the blurb is why I don't read blurbs. I ran into one too many that told EVERY little detail or plot twist. What's the point in reading the book then?

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    1. I got confused, I didn't know if she was gunning for straight up romance but then if she is what's the point of the abduction and all the conspiracy theories behind it? Gah!

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  6. Aw, sorry that it didn't work for you

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  7. If there's one thing I hate more than anything it's TSTL characters. GAH! They are infuriating to the max, and from your review I gather that Bianca was a real winner. I can't believe that there's spoilers in the synopsis. What was the author thinking??

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

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  8. Oh no to the 10th power. I was picturing something like the TV show Lost, but then read your comments. It's like the actual story is the distant backdrop for a series of sex scenes which is uncool when you probably picked up for story time and not porny time. Ugh, well onward and upward to something new to cleanse the palette.

    Hsst, I can't take credit for TSTL since I heard that fictional disorder from others, but thanks for the shout out.

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    1. Me too! I was geared up for some romantic suspense, I think it's the spoilers that ruined it for me.

      I give credit where credit is due ;)

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  9. Why but spoilers in blurbs...gads! Bianca..no, not for me.

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    1. I got no kind words for Bianca, if she used her head instead of her vagina she'd see the signs

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  10. I'm feeling pretty good for having skipped this one. TSTL *haha* I first ran across that on Carmel's blog - had to look it up. I can't believe there are spoilers in the blurb and in the prologue. What?? I'm really sorry you hit another stinker, Braine.

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  11. Hmmmm.... I have read a Cooper book before and it was ok, but it seems I won't be rushing to get this one. Spoilers in the blurb, really??

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Yes, really. Once you read the first 50 pages with the conspiracy theory you can figure it out as much. Bianca's dad was fingering Bradley Inc for her mother's death.. Jakob Bradley in a deserted island and he's not very keen on getting out, the math is easy.

      I was excited too, I heard great things about her books but was very disappointed with this one.

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  12. Oh god, this sounds so not my cup of tea. Avoiding this one, for sure! The MC sounds completely idiotic, ugh. Oh dear, spoilers in the blurb? THAT SUCKS SO MUCH. It ruins the enjoyment of the read, ultimately.

    Lovely review!

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    1. I love suspense and mystery because of the guesswork, there's none of that here sadly.

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  13. I'l sorry it didn't work that much. It's not something I usually go to but in any case I think I'll pass. It's sad the synopsis reveal too much...

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    1. I barely read blurbs, the rare instance that I do I come across a spoiler! Bah!

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  14. Awwww, that sucks because the blurb totally made me perk up. But I would hate most of the things you did. OMG, the no condoms things really pisses me off.

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    1. I'm just imagining all the places he dipped it on and now she gets bits and pieces of those. Ugh!

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  15. First thing, I hate blurbs like that, come on people

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  16. Oh no! Spoilery blurb AND prologue? Then why should we even read the book? And I'd definitely take at least one star off because of the condom issue, and possibly at least another one because Becca suffers from TSTL syndrome.
    I think might have DNF'ed this one if I had it. Thanks for the warning, Braine!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  17. love this review, lols and why put a spoiler in a blurb? just from your dislikes, I know would fairly not like either of these characters. Nothing they did make sense and it kills me that all it takes is a males magic tongue and penis to make a woman forget her sensibilities, smh.

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    1. Yup, these guys' penises are enchanted, the most cautious chick lose it when they behold their magical peen!

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  18. Fab review, Braine! :) And MG, this sounds like a total disaster! I don't think I'll be able to get through the first couple of chapters lol

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    1. I was hoping to be proven wrong hence I kept reading... so disappointed to be right this time around

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  19. I'm still really intrigued with this romantic suspense genre, it definitely adds an interesting angle into straight romances! Your point 4. really drives me crazy though in ANY sort of book where the heroine is more preoccupied with kissing and romance rather than getting off the island/finding food/escaping etc.! It drives me insane! It just sounds like Bianca turned stupid when she found the guy to bed. How frustrating! Thanks for the review Braine.

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    1. I mean I'm not discounting the attraction part but come on! Stop flirting and try to figure out where you are or at least make a HELP sign out of palm leaves or rocks in case a copter/plane passes by!

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