Book Review: Disillusioned by JS Cooper

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Title: Disillusioned (Swept Away #2)
Author: J.S. Cooper
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 288 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

Following on the heels of Illusion, indie sensation and New York Times bestselling author J.S. Cooper brings us the second novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on a desert island with a sexy stranger—but is he friend or foe?

When Bianca and Jakob awake on a sandy shore in the middle of nowhere, their first thoughts are of survival. But as they explore their surroundings and try to discover who stranded them on the island, they can’t deny the electricity surging between them. Soon it’s more than just a campfire keeping them warm…

But just as Bianca is starting to trust Jakob, she uncovers a clue to their abduction—and he may know more than he’s letting on. Was Jakob just as surprised as she to find himself alone with her…or could the man she’s fallen for be her captor?

Grace Review

This being the second in the series, we should get a lot of answers to our questions from book 1, right?  Think again.  I’m more lost than ever.  If you love suspense like I do, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

So what can I tell you about this book? . . . . . . . . . . NOTHING!

Ok, maybe that’s not entirely true, but to avoid spoilers, I can’t tell you much about the plot, other than Bianca arrives back in New York and is more determined than ever to find out answers about Bradley, Inc. and her families involvement.  She gets some help along the way, but I was never clear if that help was honest or a setup.

So, let me recap who I trust after finishing this book:
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Ok, I guess I have to trust Bianca.  Occasional she plays a game with the Bradley brothers, but it’s ultimately in search of the truth, so I’ll give her a pass.

And I guess I have to trust Blake, Bianca’s friend, for now. But I reserve the right to change my mind.

The easier list is who I don’t trust:
EVERYONE ELSE!
Topping off the list:
David
Larry
Rosie (never had a good feeling about her)
Jakob (at times)
Maxwell
The doorman
The “homeless lady”

Yes, this list sounds a bit ridiculous, but you’ll understand if you read the story.  The theme of this book is really, TRUST NO ONE!

It’s easy to identify a black widow, and, yes, they can be more dangerous.  However, the real danger lies with the brown recluse.
What does that mean?
Brown recluses are harder to identify and they leave a more permanent mark.

There were times the Bianca frustrated the hell out of me.  Her game plan seems to change by the minute, and she doesn’t seem like the sharpest tool in the shed.  So many clues seems to escape her, until someone or something jogs her memory.  She does point out her own lack of detective skills, but you would think she’d learn to be more perceptive with time.  But, not so much. Also, it seems like Jakob is playing her perfectly, and she’s too caught in his sex haze to even notice.  I often wanted to shake some sense into her.

Maybe my perfect charade hadn’t been so perfect after all.

There’s a lot of information laid out in this story, I wish I had taken notes along the way.  Some information is withheld simply by Bianca interrupting whoever, and not letting them talk, but we do get some answers in this book.  Which of course lead to more questions.  Some of the plot is overly complex where I wasn’t even sure of the timeline – one part seemed like an endless day and I wondered if I missed a part where Bianca slept or where her phone miraculously got charged.  But I liked that this story kept me on my toes and there really was never a dull moment.

We’d all thought that we were the main players in this game, but we were all just puppets.  Someone else was pulling the strings, and none of us knew who or why.

Just when I feel I have an idea of where the story is going, we get a major plot twist and a huge cliffhanger!  Where this story goes from here is anyone’s guess, but I know I can’t wait to see it all unravel.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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