A dangerous game was started before the events that transpire in the book, ILLUSION, as Bianca London wanted to uncover the facts about the past. What takes place in this Swept Away novella reveals background information which led to the circumstances in the first book of the series, where some details are made clearer while other realities become more puzzling. J.S. Cooper helps the reader to better comprehend why Bianca is so intent on getting to the bottom of what really happened to her parents, and I found the knowledge learned will be helpful in understanding the upcoming book, DISILLUSIONED. Mysteries are solved in CHARADE, while new dangers seem imminent.
After her mother was killed in a car crash, Bianca London and her father grew even further apart. Much of his time was spent working on new inventions, so she turned to books plus movies and eventually became a historian. Her father has recently died and though all his money was gone, he did have his lawyer give her two boxes. Upon opening them, she discovers a cryptic letter written by her dad which raises several questions. He hinted that her mother could have been targeted, and it is possible he was cheated by the corporation where he worked.
To get the information she needs concerning Bradley, Inc., she must get close to those who run the business. Bianca has never been assertive, but feels she must or the facts about her parents will remain a mystery. A plan is set in motion to meet David Bradley, because he is the brother of the corporation’s CEO. Though he seems nice, she must remember the reason she wants to get close to him.
When an average person goes up against a successful business run by a powerful man, the consequences may not always go according to wishes. Bianca just wants answers to the baffling letter left by her father. But her desire to gather this information may change her life in ways she never imagined. ILLUSION definitely needs to be read before CHARADE, as the reader will then know the price she will have to pay after implementing her scheme. Though there are still lots of unanswered questions, what drove her to take action is more evident.
How Bianca interacts with David shows she is not used to being in control of a situation, and her communication skills with men are certainly not the best. After reading this story, I now realize some of the causes for her behavior during much of the first book. I cannot wait until more of the mysteries in the Swept Away series are exposed. The anticipation builds as J.S. Cooper fills CHARADE with looming threats.
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality Rating: Sensuous
Page Count: 100
Price: 1.99 (eBook only)
Author’s Website: jscooperauthor.com/
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Reviewer: Amelia Richard