Resolution

Resolution

by J.S. Cooper

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Overview

Indie sensation and New York Times bestselling author J.S. Cooper brings us the final novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of heart-pounding romances about a woman marooned on a desert island with a sexy stranger—but is he friend or foe?

When Bianca and Jakob first awoke on a sandy shore in the middle of nowhere, their thoughts were only concerned with survival. But as they explored their surroundings and tried to find out who left them stranded on the island, electricity surged between them. Soon after, Bianca uncovered clues to her abduction, but was left with even more unanswered questions, especially about Jakob’s true motives…

Now, Bianca just wants the truth. Nothing was as it seemed, especially with Jakob. As she discovers cross upon double cross, all she can trust is her instinct, her connection with him. So they decide to return to the island in hopes of finally learning the truth. Bianca and Jakob have been thrown together and torn apart by their secrets—but can she trust him enough to rescue her at last?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476791005
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Swept Away Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 808,342
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

J.S. Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple indie-published books, including the Ex Games series, the Private Club series, and the Martelli Brothers series. Born in London, she now lives in the US, where she is currently working on the next book in the Swept Away series.

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Resolution


  • “Hush little baby, don’t say a fucking word,” he sang in an ominous voice, twisting the lyrics to the old nursery rhyme. His voice was the only sound in the small damp space aside from a low rattling in the corner; I didn’t want to know what or who was making that noise.

    I kept my expression blank and my eyes downward as I sat there uncomfortably. The room was cold and dark and smelled of mold. I coughed as the mildew filled my lungs, and my body shivered on the old rickety chair I was tied to. I didn’t even bother trying to scream; no one would hear me. No one would be coming to my rescue now. It was just the two of us. After everything, it had come to this. My head dropped forward with fatigue. I just wanted to sleep, but I didn’t want to close my eyes. I didn’t want to give him the opportunity to do something when I wasn’t watching. My heart ached for the situation we were in. And I was scared. Really and truly scared, possibly more scared than I’d ever been in my life. This was different from the unknown of the island—the island had been bright and sunny, while this room was dark and dreary. This room screamed of danger, and every nerve in my body was on edge waiting to see what would happen next.

    “I didn’t want everything to go like this.” He held the gun to my head. “You understand that, right? I didn’t want to hurt you. I didn’t want it to come to this.”

    I nodded my understanding, my throat too constricted to speak. My body was frozen in fear as an image of a black stallion running down a white sandy beach flashed into my mind. A strong, beautiful stallion with mesmerizing blue eyes. The beach reminded me of our island and the stallion reminded me of Jakob: strong, powerful, and wild. Somehow the image made me smile and calmed my nerves for a few seconds.

    “A life for a life, right?” His voice sounded broken and raw. “That’s what they say, right?” His voice echoed his sorrow. He didn’t want to do this, but I knew he thought he had no other option. I couldn’t allow myself to look up at him. All I could think was, Is this how it’s all going to end for me? Is this how my story’s going to end?

    “He shouldn’t have done that to my parents, Bianca.” His voice was pained. “He ruined my life.”

    “I understand,” I said softly, my voice cracking as I spoke. I did understand. I didn’t know if I could blame him. “It’s not your fault.”

    “You’re making this hard for me, Bianca.” He sighed and kneeled next to me, moving the gun away from my head. He grabbed my chin and forced me to look at him. His eyes bored into mine, and I could see the regret shining at me. Regret and another emotion I recognized. My heart thudded as I stared back at him. I still had a shot at changing my story. The emotion in his eyes was one I knew well—adoration. He had feelings for me. That was the opening I needed to try to change his mind.

    “You don’t have to do this,” I said softly. “You don’t have to go through with it.”

    “I do,” he said, but his voice was unsure as he gazed at me, his eyes scrutinizing my face.

    “No. If you do, we can’t be together.” I nearly choked on the words, but I knew I had to say them. It was my only chance.

    “You would want to be with me?” He froze. “After all this?”

    “Yes.” I nodded and made myself smile. “We’re meant to be together, don’t you see that?”

    “It was always you, you know.” His fingers touched my leg. “From the first time I saw you, I knew.”

    “So then don’t do this,” I pleaded with him. “This doesn’t have to be the end for us. This can be the beginning.”

    “A new beginning?” He spoke softly, his eyes glazing over as he considered what I’d said.

    “Maybe this is why everything happened,” I said, my voice shaky. “Maybe we’re meant to be together. Maybe this was fate’s cruel joke on us. Maybe this was the only way.”

    “Maybe.” He nodded and stepped back. My body was trembling as I waited for him to decide what he was going to do next. “You really think we’re soul mates?” He stared at my lips, and it took everything in me not to shudder at his gaze. And then suddenly there was a loud bang. I screamed. He fell forward, his head hitting my lap hard, and I screamed again.

    “No!” Tears fell from my eyes as a pool of red blood filled my lap. “No!” I screamed, and looked into his face. What had just happened? I wasn’t even sure. Had he shot himself? He gazed at me with a weak smile, the life draining from his face.

    “Your father did this to us,” he mumbled. “He did this to me.”

    “No,” I whispered, my stomach churning as I felt a wave of arctic coldness fill me. “I’m sorry,” I said honestly. This wasn’t how it was supposed to end.

    “Hush, my little baby, don’t say a fucking word,” he said again, though this time his voice was but a whisper in the coldness. “This is how it should be.”

    “No!” I screamed this time, my voice no longer restrained by fear. I stared at his body and at the gun on the ground, just inches from my feet, the red of his blood trickling into a pool beside it.

    “Please don’t die,” I whimpered, feeling woozy as I took a deep breath. “You didn’t have to do this.” Then I froze. The rattling in the corner of the room was back.

    The fact that I still had company didn’t make me feel better.

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    Resolution 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I am done with this author. She makes you wait too long between books. I bought a book from her and another author that never came out but opened and said the book will come soon! What a waste of money. I work for my money too. I have liked her books, but she takes on way too many projects at once and cannot deliver. Signed lost fan of js cooper!
    JudyLewis More than 1 year ago
    DELICIOUSLY DARK, SERIOUSLY SEXY AND DIVINELY ENTERTAINING !!! Title: Resolution Series: Swept Away Author: J.S. Cooper Designation: Third and Final book of Series, NOT a Standalone Genre: Romantic Suspense My Rating: FIVE DIVINELY ENTERTAINING STARS***** Resolution is the long awaited third and final book in the Swept Away Series by J.S. Cooper and she totally blew my mind - again!!! Cooper has dazzled her readers yet again with the masterful and riveting conclusion to her Swept Away Series and what a conclusion it is! In Illusion, the first book of the Swept Away series, Cooper laid the groundwork for an intricate web of romance, mystery, intrigue and suspense with a wonderfully diverse cast of characters that are fascinating, captivating, complex and intriguing. They explode from the pages and demand your complete attention. This story captures and holds you from beginning to end. I was totally enthralled! Cooper continued the intrigue with Book 2, Disillusioned, and has now delivered Resolution, the pièce de résistance and what I consider to be the best and most spectacular book of the series. It is exciting, dark, powerful, suspenseful, mysterious, compelling, thrilling, witty, riveting, enticing, arousing, romantic, and sensual. The narrative is exceptionally well written in the first person with multiple points of view but the story is told primarily by the female protagonist, Bianca London, complemented with first person inserts from the past as narrated by her father, Nicholas London. The dialogue is smart, snappy, hypnotic, at times humorous and flows effortlessly. The characters are interesting, fascinating, captivating, intriguing, engaging and sexy as sin. A wonderfully written dark tale of danger, murder, deception, betrayal, revenge, suspense, kidnapping, romance and dare I say, possibly resolution and redemption? Beautiful Bianca London is determined to solve the mystery of her mother's death and claim her rightful shares of Jeremiah Bradley's company but suddenly finds herself kidnapped, tied up, in the dark, in the trunk of a moving car with an unknown man. What the heck? This was bad-very very bad! Surely it couldn't get much worse! Wrong! It does get worse, much worse when she awakens on the beach of an unknown deserted island with the very same sexy stranger. Except, he isn't actually a stranger. Bianca did meet him once, very briefly, in a coffee shop. But she doesn't even know his name - until now. After their rescue and departure from the island, Bianca discovers that the handsome stranger and fellow captive is none other than Jakob Bradley, son of Jeremiah Bradley, the man who was quite possibly responsible for her mother's death. After the harrowing experience on the island, Bianca finally learns that Jakob, the man to whom she has given not only her trust but also her heart, has been lying to her from the beginning. He not only betrayed her but is actually the person who orchestrated her abduction! What? Oh my glory! Bianca must decide if the handsome Jakob Bradley is friend or foe but she must remember her Father’s words - “Friends can be foes and foes can be friends”. It seems that none of the people involved are who they say, friends included, and all of them seem to have a hidden agenda, and unfortunately, at least one of them truly wishes her harm - deadly harm. Who's a girl to trust? Will Bianca ever be able to discover the truth hidden in her father's letter and unravel the mystery of her mother’s deat
    AREEDAR More than 1 year ago
    The plot thickens! I couldn’t put this book down once I started! Loved all the twists and turns in finding out the truth. Money, greed and power ruined so many lives. Sadly this is so true today. I loved that Bianca learned to trust Jakob and together they became stronger.
    Blesan More than 1 year ago
    Resolution was a great book! It was a great ending to an amazing series (Swept Away). This series will be one that I reread several times. J.S. Cooper is an amazing author who never disappoints! I always say to myself that the next book of hers can never beat the one I have previous read of hers and then I always fall in love with the next book of hers even more. I definitely read this book but you need to start at the beginning for the back story!
    Babsygirl More than 1 year ago
    Be prepared for a total surprise in this final book of The Swept Away series! What you thought you knew before throw it out the window and get ready to be blown away. J.S. Cooper is not a predictable author. She never fails to surprise me with her books and this complete Swept Away Series had me at every twist and turn. Since the book is written from the perspective of the characters from now and the past, you only know what they know, You find out as they do and get to figure out the secrets with them. I couldn't put it down and was anxious to find out more. A series you will want to read over again. I don't want to give away any secrets, I want the story to unfold for you. Just know the chemistry between Bianca and Jakob is as hot and steamy as ever. Awesome series by a fabulous writer.
    Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
    This story is like a big soap opera! There's a whole bunch of shady things going on. This is the finale of the Swept Away series, so everything comes to a conclusion in this book. I've only read the 1.5 & 2.5 novellas before reading this book, and reading those made me want to read the whole series, and I got this book first, so I went ahead and read this first. I do recommend starting from the very beginning because the books are all connected. Bianca and Jakob met because they were kidnapped and stranded on an island, and they made a connection while trying to save themselves, but some hard truths were revealed, so trust is difficult. In this book, Bianca and Jakob are trying to unravel the mystery of what happened between each of their parents, and who is to blame for the threats and possible murders of Bianca's parents. I like the mystery of this series; there were some good twists, some I knew and some I didn't, so the revelation of everything was interesting, and I found how the story ending entertaining. I liked how the author did flashbacks to the parents at younger ages; even though I didn't really like any of them, I think learning more about them added a nice element to the story. I do like Bianca and Jakob together; they have some cute moments, but I didn't really like the sex scenes because they talk too much during, so they aren't very romantic, but I love how caring Jakob is with Bianca, and how they pretty much are completely honest with each other. This book had intrigue, lots of lies, kinky sweet romance, murder, and some really despicable characters, so that makes for a great, interesting read! It's a fun series! Fun in the sense of the craziness going!
    twilson28 More than 1 year ago
    What a great ending to a wonderful Swept Away series all the books was really good kept me on the edge of my seat. This book Resolution answers all of the questions that was left unanswered in the last books. with a lot of twists and turns that make this book a great read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Really enjoyed the first two and the novellas, but, this one was disappointing. Felt like it was thrown together with a lot of back and forth. Thought Bianca would toughen up after the 1st two but she didn't. A lot of confusing dialogue that didn't add up. I really like JS Cooper 's books but this wasn't what I had hoped.
    cnapper67 More than 1 year ago
    This was the final book in the Swept Away series that follows Bianca and Jakob. I absolutely loved it. It was a great finale and there was enough twists that I was on the edge of my seat until the end. Of course, the romance was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this book and the entire series. I was given an ARC for my honest review.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Ok so we get answers!!! Loved all the secrets and twisty plot line!! This book/series keeps you guessing from beginning to end!!! Love the chemistry and sexy steamy scenes!!! Once you start you can't put it down!!! Love Bianca and Jakob!!! Another awesome series from Jaimie!!! ARC copy from author for honest review
    Ciliciaw More than 1 year ago
    This is the third and final book in the Swept Away Series and it will answer all of your questions. This story had many twists and turns throughout the three books that you think you know what is happened and is going to happen and in some instances you are right but in others you are proven wrong. Jakob and Bianca don't know who to trust and that includes each other at times. The flashes between past and present will leave your head spinning but there are clues to what is going on. This is a story of deceit, betrayal and love. I received a copy of this book for a honest review.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I couldn't wait for this book and once again J.S. Cooper did it again! I loved this series and couldn't wait to find out what happened. Bianca fell for Jakob but kept herself from believing everything he said when she found out he was part of her kidnapping. I was so happy with the ending! I love J.S. Cooper and will continue reading everything she writes!
    HeatherWish1 More than 1 year ago
    *Over-readersanonymous Book Blog* I just can't say this enough, no one writes better romance with a bit of mystery than JS Cooper. All the omg moments had me on the edge of my seat. I was always a bit leery of Jakob and his feelings and intentions torwards Bianca. I am so glad this book played out the way it did. Bianca was always such a loving, trusting person but she grew stronger throughout the series. The twists and turns just made me want more. So sad to see this series end, but it ended in a great way.
    LuluSuarez428 More than 1 year ago
    I just truly loved this 3rd book in the series by JS Cooper. The ending was great. Of course you have to find out what happens, but lets say you will not be disappointed. The story is about Bianca, who her father passed away, and dealt with wondering what happened to her parents, she has gone through so many obstacles, first book she was taken captive to a deserted island with another man, not knowing whom he was. Then next book she comes to find out really who Jakob is and what secret he has, and story behind his brother David also. 3rd book in the series, Well we come to find out, whom is whom in each character, and close to the end you come to find out whom Steve really is, Someone is alive and Jakob and Bianca are surprised, will there life getting to know each other be ruined by lies from there families, especially Jeremiah, Jakob's dad. Jeremiah didn't love anyone, but himself and used everyone. So many lives hurt. But at the end it was well worth it! Just have to read this book. Great story, loved it, I received a free ARC for an honest review. And JS Cooper, Author never disappoints. I love her writing. Great job!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Omg! I couldn't wait for this book to come out to have my questions answered. A must read book. You have to read the first two books to understand what is going on with this book. It's a real page turner. You will not want to put this book down. Now that I'm done with the book I'm like what do I do with my life =) You really do become part of the book and the characters
    Mommyof3boys06 More than 1 year ago
    This is a ARC review. I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is also the last installment of The Swept Away series and is advised to read the first two books, Illusion and Disillusioned, before reading Resolution. I am a fairly new fan of J.S. Cooper. I have read The Swept Away Series and Four Week Fiancé to date, and I am looking forward continuing to read her other novels. Resolution is the final installment in The Swept Away series. The reader will follow the main characters, Bianca and Jakob, as they continue to investigate the deaths of their parents. The major internal conflict throughout the entire series, but most importantly in Resolution, is who Bianca should or should not trust. The reader will also look back to Nicholas' story, Bianca's father, which sets the reader up with information that can not be provided by any other character. Their journey will eventually conclude when the truth is revealed to them and with many surprises along the way! The story of Bianca and Jakob's journey is one of internal struggle of who Bianca can trust throughout all three books, with the conclusion and many answers received throughout Resolution. I am extremely impression at how careful and attentive J.S. Cooper was at providing all the answers from the story. She also did not rush the end of this story as some authors tend to do with conclusions. The reader will have a sense of closure at the end of the story, but definitely not until many more questions of who Bianca can trust and love surface in this novel. Also, J.S. Cooper's writing style is easily to become entrapped in the story. The characters are interesting and easily likable. The reader should not have any issues staying intrigued and interested in the story. I do recommend Resolution to J.S. Cooper fans, old and new! I have throughly enjoyed this story, and all the twists it provides throughout. I recommend The Swept Away series to anyone looking for an enjoyable mystery! The reader will be surprised at the conclusion of Resolution! Enjoy!!
    KristinaHammock More than 1 year ago
    Great ending to a wonderful series! J.S. Cooper is one of my favorite authors, and this book showcased why. Resolution is definitely a 5-star read. I highly recommend this book. An ARC of this book was provided by the author but I would have read it regardless.
    Kmack254 More than 1 year ago
    I received an ARC for an honest review. Resolution was a wonderful ending to the Swept Away series. If you have not read Illusion and Disillusion you need to purchase all three books and read them as soon as possible! J.S. Cooper did a fabulous job writing this story! I want to say so much more about this book but I do not want to spoil it for anyone......expect the unexpected and don't assume anything!
    Skooi12 More than 1 year ago
    I was swept away again!! Another great series and book for Cooper! I loved reading this book and a great end to this series. I could not put the book down!! It is full of suspense and kept me reading until the last page. Every book she writes is a hit and i love to see what is next from her! Thank you the hard work and releasing many books every year!
    Smcfarland13 More than 1 year ago
    OMG! I loved this book! I stumbled on the Swept Away series by accident. I was hooked by the very first book and dove right into the second book. Needless to say, I was anxiously awaiting the third book to see what would finally happen to Bianca and Jakob. The book was wrought with danger, intrigue, betrayal, mystery, and hot sex. Bianca desperately wanted to find out what happened to her mother. Was she murdered like her father's papers led you to believe? Although she loved and trusted Jakob to an extent, there was always a question as to where he really stood in this whole thing. Steve and Rosie play an integral part in the mystery as well. The book took me on a total roller coaster of emotions. I highly recommend the whole series. This book was a great Resolution to the Swept Away series.
    Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
    Resolution is an absolutely stunning epic conclusion to this latest breathtaking series from JS Cooper. I have been waiting awhile to see the last pieces of the insane puzzle that Bianca and Jakob have been desperate to solve, and it was so worth the wait! What I found far exceeded my expectations as is the norm that I have come to expect from JS Cooper. This story’s conclusion is a wild, unpredictable, and shocking masterpiece that fans of Cooper will be salivating over for a long time to come. Nothing is as it seems and just when they think they know what’s going on, the tables are immediately turned and twisted until they no longer know what is up from down. Fabulous, spectacular, and ground-breaking are just a few ways that I would describe this insanely brilliant and incredibly beautiful work of art. Bianca and Jakob just want to solve the mystery that has spiraled their lives out of control. They are done with the lies, the manipulation, and the secrets. All they want is to move on and start a life together and forget their ugly, twisted past. However, their past threatens to do more than just break them up. They aren’t done fighting for each other, and their future will depend on the strength of their heart and the determination of their soul. When things are at their darkest, can Bianca truly put all of her trust, hope, and love in Jakob, or will he finally show his true colors and destroy what’s left of her? I have fallen madly in love with Bianca and Jakob throughout this fantastic series. While Bianca was weary of Jakob when she learned some hidden truths, I felt in my heart that no matter what he was involved in, he would never allow her to be hurt after seeing what a beautiful person she is. They formed a deep bond in a short amount of time that they would need to rely on the days and months ahead, and it proved to be their saving grace. Jakob had a huge heart. He was just scared to share it, but he knew that Bianca would treasure and cherish it all of her days. Watching two enemies become so much more moved my heart and made my soul soar. What an outstanding literary treasure! JS Cooper is a truly magnificent author who has without a doubt stolen my heart, my devotion, and my admiration. She is an authentic person who isn’t afraid to write on the parchment that is really pieces of her heart and use ink that is really the blood from her veins. There is nothing fake about the words that leap off the page and seep into your soul. They are so full of earnest emotion and deep truth that you can’t stop the tears of understanding and awe from falling onto the pages themselves. I challenge all real readers to pick up a JS Cooper book, and I dare you not to feel, to fall in love, and to dive headfirst into the maelstrom of life.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is the perfect combination of mysterious, romantic and steamy. J. S Cooper has wrote a perfect conclusion to the Swept Away Series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Resolution is the last book in the Swept Away series and I have to say this was a great way to end the series. The plot and twists and the double crossing continue all through the book until all is revealed at the end. Loved Bianca and Jakob together . Loved the suspense, the intrigue and the love. Definitely a must read!!!
    TiaV More than 1 year ago
    ***Received a ARC for my honest opinion*** Whoa! I was not expecting what I read at all. It's starts off a little slow in the beginning of the book, but then JS throws in the twist and turns that makes you want to re-read what you just read to make sure that you read it correctly. I love this series!! If you read the first two books, you are left with so many questions, but this book answers all of those questions. This book doesn't only provide Bianca's POV, but also Nick's POV (Her dad aka Charming). This isn't your usual love story. In the first two series, Bianca and Jakob starts off rocky and there's so many questions of if they should trust one another or not. This book opens up everybody's secrets going way back to everybody's parents. There is also a mystery child that no one knew about, but it will all be clear once you read this book!!! Excellent read!!! Thank you so much JS!!!
    Lauraluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely loved this book along with the whole series! The Swept Away series will literally sweep you away. There are all kinds of twists and turns that will have you flipping page after page to find out the answers! You will fall in love with Jakob and Bianca's story from the first moment they meet! Resolution finally gives us all the answers to so many questions we had along the way. Prepare to be shocked when those answers come!!! Loved the suspense along with the love story this book offered! Another hit series for JS Cooper!